In an unusual display of disunity, State Department officials have disowned remarks by one of their top officials, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, regarding her explanation of the deadly terrorist assault on U.S. diplomats in Libya in September. Not only did they say Rice's characterization of those attacks as "spontaneous" was wrong, but also, they said that assessment was never the conclusion of the State Department at any point in time.Hudson asked why it was important? Mr. Hudson, it's important because Susan Rice has very close ties to the White House. She was the principle foreign policy advisor to Obama prior to her appointment to the UN. That means that she has a direct line to Obama and Valerie Jarret...who make all the decisions in this administration. That the State Dept is throwing her under the bus is significant because that means they will fight trying to blame the Benghazi disaster on the SecState, Hillary Clinton...thereby ruining her chance in the 2016 presidential campaign. This the first indication that not all is well in the Liberally dominated DC bureaucracy...
In a conference call to reporters on Tuesday, senior State Department officialssaid they couldn't explain why Rice went on a Sunday talk show blitz last month describing the Benhazi attacks as a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Islam film in the U.S. "That was not our conclusion," the officials said. "That is the question you'd have to ask others."
In the Rice version of events, the attacks that led to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans began as an anti-film demonstration and devolved into a deadly assault. But State Department officials say there was no anti-film demonstration. "Everything is calm at 8:30 p.m., there is nothing unusual. There had been nothing unusual during the day outside," officialstold reporters Tuesday. "Then at 9:40 they saw on the security cameras that there were armed men invading the compound." [This was the conference call that FoxNews, the only major outlet asking questions was excluded from...hence the long time in reporting on that call. ed.]
In contrast, Rice said this on NBC's Meet the Press on Sept. 16: "Our current assessment is what happened in Benghazi was in fact initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in Cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in Cairo, prompted by the video." That's a view she repeated on CBS and Fox News.
I suspect that some are beginning to think that Mr. Obama is going to lose this election cycle...and don't want to go down with his sinking ship...think about that for a moment. Until now, the DC bureaucracy has been marching in lock step with the Obama administration...the fact that an important Dept is breaking away...could very well spell the beginning of the end.