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  •  Pretty good explanation. But this is from the (6+ / 0-)

    transcript from Susan Rice on Meet the Press:

    MS. RICE:  Well, let us-- let me tell you the-- the best information we have at present.  First of all, there’s an FBI investigation which is ongoing.  And we look to that investigation to give us the definitive word as to what transpired.  But putting together the best information that we have available to us today our current assessment is that what happened in Benghazi was in fact initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in Cairo, almost a copycat of-- of the demonstrations against our facility in Cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video.  What we think then transpired in Benghazi is that opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding.  They came with heavy weapons which unfortunately are readily available in post revolutionary Libya.  And it escalated into a much more violent episode.  Obviously, that’s-- that’s our best judgment now.  We’ll await the results of the investigation.  And the president has been very clear--we’ll work with the Libyan authorities to bring those responsible to justice.
    •  That's a good quote to post (3+ / 0-)
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      What the Republicans focus on is the part that says that it was a "spontaneous" reaction to the Cairo demonstrations.  They say that this is categorically false.  They then ignore the bolded portion of your quote.  

      I admit I haven't followed it closely enough to say whether or not there was any demonstration at all prior to the attack.  It sounds like there wasn't but that matters very little in my mind.  The reason that this is an issue is that there was a planned attack that day and Americans died.  But this has happened numerous times since 9/11 and the only real difference is that an Ambassador died for the first time in like 30 years and that the Republicans are playing political games with it.

      We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

      by theotherside on Sat May 11, 2013 at 03:32:47 PM PDT

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    •  More transcripts from Rice (0+ / 0-)

      Do the media even go back and read the actual transcripts?

      Not only the above, but Rice was on Face the Nation and said this:

      MR. SCHIEFFER: Do you agree or disagree with [the previous guest, the president of Libya’s general national congress] that al Qaeda had some part in this?

      MS. RICE:  Well, we’ll have to find out that out. I mean I think it’s clear that there were extremist elements that joined in and escalated the violence. Whether they were al Qaeda affiliates, whether they were Libyan-based extremists or al Qaeda itself I think is one of the things we’ll have to determine.

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