Amb. Susan Rice Defends Herself On Benghazi
The U.S. Ambassador to the UN spoke to reporters at the United Nations.
“As a senior U.S. diplomat, I agreed to a White House request to appear on the Sunday shows to talk about the full range of national security issues of the day, which at that time were primarily and particularly the protests that were enveloping and threatening many diplomatic facilities, American diplomatic facilities around the world, and Iran’s nuclear program.”
Hours before the Benghazi violence, a mob in Cairo attacked the U.S. Embassy there to denounce the videos as anti-Islamic blasphemy. Killed in the Benghazi violence were Ambassador Chris Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith and two former Navy SEALs, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.
“The attack on our facilities in Benghazi was obviously a significant piece of this” pattern, Rice said.
“When discussing he attack against our facilities in Benghazi, I relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community,” she said.
“I made clear that the information was preliminary, and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers,” she added.
“Everyone, particularly the intelligence community, has worked in good faith to provide the best assessment based on the information available.”