McCain and Co. 'Troubled' After Meeting Susan Rice
Could-be secretary of state can't win over critics
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 27, 2012 12:01 PM CST
John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte are seen following their meeting with Susan Rice today.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Susan Rice met with her harshest GOP critics on Capitol Hill this morning—and apparently it didn't go well. The US ambassador to the UN was hoping to reassure John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte that she wasn't trying to mislead anyone when she described the Benghazi attack as a spontaneous protest—and perhaps get a sense of whether they'd support her rumored secretary of state candidacy. But the senators emerged decidedly unconvinced, the Wall Street Journal reports.

"We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some we didn't get," McCain told reporters after. Ayotte and Graham sang much the same tune. Rice's explanation "does not do justice to the reality at the time," Graham said. "All I can say is that the concerns I have are greater today than they were before."

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Nov 28, 2012 3:09 AM CST
Donald Rumsfeld was Secretary of War (Defense) between 2001 and 2006, so none of this should be news to him: June 14, 2002, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan Suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 51. February 20, 2003, international diplomatic compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Truck bomb kills 17. February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan Gunmen on motorcycles killed two consulate guards. July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan Suicide bomber kills two. December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Militants stormed and occupied perimeter wall. Five killed, 10 wounded. March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan Suicide car bomber killed four, including a U.S. diplomate directly targeted by the assailants. September 12, 2006, U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria Gunmen attacked embassy with grenades, automatic weapons, and a car bomb (though second truck bomb failed to detonate). One killed and 13 wounded. January 12, 2007, U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the embassy building. No one was injured. July 9, 2008, U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey Armed men attacked consulate with pistols and shotguns. Three policemen killed. March 18, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen Mortar attack misses embassy, hits nearby girls' school instead. September 17, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen Militants dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles, grenades and car bombs. Six Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were killed. Sixteen more were injured. As for Obama, the attacks in Cairo and Benghazi are the first two attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission in an ostensibly peaceful country during his entire presidency—and they were sparked by that idiot wingnut Islamophobe Terri Jones. The embassy in Afghanistan was targeted by the Taliban last Sept. 13, but that's a country at war.
Nov 27, 2012 11:26 PM CST
Has anyone noticed that they brought a woman with them this time? Isn't that clever? Now women can feel better while living in a State run by Republicans. Boy, that's a relief. Who saw that one coming? The GOP is full of " tokens" who don't mind being exploited.
Nov 27, 2012 10:13 PM CST
I think this is a bit much. I know Benghazi is a big deal to Republicans who think it's the next Democratic Watergate but let's put it in perspective. Since the Benghazi attack number of US troops killed in attack in Aghanistan = 68 Since the Benghazi attack number of US civilians killed by other US civilians = about 3600 (national murder rate in 2010 4.6 per 100k) Since this was posted 10 hours ago = about 17 (1600 people per month / 30 day average / 24 hours x 10) So 4x more people have died since the post of this comment than from the terrorist attack. Time to drop this obvious non issue, Obama et all gained nothing by claiming the attack was purely due to protests (which were taking place and provided convenient cover for the attackers) and by attributing it to terrorists solved nothing. Time to pay attention to the matters killing people today not to minutia an event that killed 4 people 3 months ago.