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GOP Senators “More Troubled” After Rice Meeting

by Keith Koffler on November 27, 2012, 12:50 pm

Three Republican senators who have led those concerned with the possible nomination of UN Ambassador Susan Rice to be Secretary of State say they are even more troubled after meeting with her today, according to the Associated Press.

Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire met privately with Rice and acting CIA Director Michael Morell for more than an hour to discuss how she managed to go on TV in the days after the attack to tell the world the Benghazi attack was due to a video, when emerging evidence was already showing that the attacks were pre-planned terrorism.

From the report:

“We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn’t get concerning evidence that was leading up to the attack on the consulate and the tragic death of four brave Americans and whether Ambassador Rice was prepared, or informed sufficiently, to give the American people the correct depiction of the events that took place,’’ McCain told reporters.

Said Graham: ‘‘Bottom line I’m more disturbed now than I was before that 16 September explanation.’’

‘‘I’m more troubled today,’’ said Ayotte, who argued that it was clear in the days after the attack that it was terrorism and not a spontaneous demonstration prompted by an anti-Muslim video.

Here’s some video of McCain as he briefed reporters on the meeting:

McCain and Graham had appeared to be backing away from their opposition to Rice in recent days after being pursued by a pack of lawmakers armed with smears that their opposition to her was racist and sexist.

Another Republican, Sen. Bob Corker or Texas, described Rice as better suited to a political than a diplomatic post:

‘‘When I hear Susan talk she seems to me like she’d be a great chairman of the Democratic National Committee,’’ Corker said. ‘‘There is nobody who is more staff supportive of what the administration does. That concerns me in a secretary of state.’’

Rice and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) are the leading candidates to replace departing Secretary of State Clinton.

{ 20 comments }

Girly1 November 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Just the facts, please! We know you are ‘deeply troubled ‘ and ‘disturbed’ but feelings don’t count. Put the woman under oath and hold a public hearing. Same goes for Hillary and Obama! Step it up!

Langley Spook November 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Why the H#ll was the useless “UN Amb.” Susan Rice put out there? Did anyone ask that. Where was Sec. State Hilliary, or DNI, or CIA…???!!!

Anonna November 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm

They put Rice out there because it was a way to get their fairy tale into the discourse without anyone who had responsibility getting entangled. Look at Rice’s defense, given by Obama (given here in translation into what-he-really-meant), “What the hell does she know? She had a list of things that she was told to say and she did it. She’s just a tool. How can you be mad at a tool, you racist sexist Republican!”

See, while this little circus whilrls ’round, everyone who had any responsibility is not involved in any way — skirts and pants legs clean.

cincycinco November 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm

John Kerry is actually a pretty good choice. For THIS President, anyway. Here’s a little of Kennedy LIte’s foreign policy chops;

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/003/947nzczv.asp

Hey, now he can help legitimize TWO tin-plated dictators with crazy, free-spending wives! PERFECT!

Rod November 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm

What – MORE incoherence AFTER meeting with someone from this administration? I’m shocked.

regina November 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

gross.

Jeff1000 November 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

We’re screwed either way, Rice or Kerry, but at least Susan Rice has been exposed for the political hack that she is.

Jeff1000 November 28, 2012 at 1:38 am

It is a good idea though to get Kerry to leave his Massachusetts senate seat for the S.O.S. post.

Rice is toast, now let’s find out why the “president” (in name only) let four Americans die in Benghazi while he watched.

anneinarkansas November 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm

What does it take to get the woman under oath in a Public Hearing?
The families of the four murdered Americans and the American people deserve nothing else but that.

Lizzy November 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Something we don’t have any longer a responsible government.

GWShrub November 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

IMO, John Kerry is a fraud. He didn’t even throw his own medals over the fence…..they were SOMEONE ELSES!! And regarding his swift boat incident, I’m a Vietnam vet, I saw some action, I’m familiar with what enemy fire can do. If he was “…..receiving fire from both sides of the river….”, why weren’t there any holes in his aluminum boat? And some of those photos show his crew wearing their flak vests & carrying their weapons, etc, walking along the shore. It was all staged, embellished & set up. Guys from my unit used to do that too, get all their gear on, brandishing their weapons and take photos to send home to their sweethearts. I guaranteed that if they were in a real live fire-fight nobody would be taking photos….
….unless they were Ernie Pyle.

And the same thing with hitting the under-water mine, it exploding and wounding him in the butt. Where was he? Hanging his a$$ out over the gunwale drinking a brewskie?…….Why no damage to his boat?

I’ll concede the “purple OWIE” to his finger.

Langley Spook November 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I havent seen the word “gunwale” (can anyone pronounce that correctly? -LOL) used in awhile, being a former USN Deck SN

Girly1 November 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Good grief! That annoying Ayotte woman rambled on for 5 minutes on the Megan Kelly show and had absolutely nothing new to say after spending an hour with Susan Rice. What a bunch of wusses!

DeniseVB November 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Wasn’t Rice John Kerry’s foreign policy adviser in 2004 ? Awkward :)

Girly1 November 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm
Nancy November 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Personally, I am more concerned with the mishandling of repeated requests for additional security prior to 11Sept12, that were ignored. That is the meat of the matter, that requests were made for more security prior to that attack, and those requests were denied. The gravy on top of the meat is the attack on the consulate on 11Sept12 that was clearly a terrorist attack, and presented to the FAMILIES immediately after, as they were greeting the caskets containing their loved ones as a demonstration gone wild over an obscure video. Then, even though the WH and DOD watched in real time and HAD to know it was a terrorist attack, continued for weeks lying to not only the American people, but the world. If people let this go, and do not hold Obama and his cronies responsible, we are TRULY done as a country. We need to step it up before he is re-innaugerated. He needs to go!!!

Jane November 27, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Thank you!! That is the correct question that keeps getting swept aside!!!!!

cincycinco November 28, 2012 at 7:48 am

Example of automatic Democrat response to any question.

Q. Why did the chicken cross the road?

A. It’s George Bush’s fault and you’re a racist.

Why waste time with hearings, press conferences, etc.? Just stipulate to this answer for everything.

Scottso November 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

There answers were even crazier. In the meeting with the Senators yesterday, they said that the FBI was to blame for taking out any information about terrorism. Later in the day, the CIA came out and said it wasn’t the FBI that cut out any info on terrorism, but it was the CIA.

So someone is lying again…

cincycinco November 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm

It’s George Bush lying, and you’re a racist for even pointing it out.

See how well that works? One answer fits all!