Rep. King calls on Susan Rice to resign
Our UN ambassador lied to the American people and Rep. Peter King wants her resignation.
Rep. Peter King called for the resignation Friday of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice for initially saying that the deadly Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was spontaneous.
"I believe that this was such a failure of foreign policy messag[ing] and leadership, such a misstatement of facts as was known at the time ... for her to go on all of those shows and in effect be our spokesman for the world and be misinforming the American people and our allies and countries around the world, to me, somebody has to pay the price for this," the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee told CNN.
In a Friday statement, Director of Public Affairs for National Intelligence Shawn Turner sought to explain the change that eventually lead President Barack Obama to say the attacks were terrorism and "not a mob action."
"In the immediate aftermath, there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in Cairo. We provided that initial assessment to executive branch officials and members of Congress, who used that information to discuss the attack publicly and provide updates as they became available. Throughout our investigation we continued to emphasize that information gathered was preliminary and evolving," Turner said.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) defended Rice late Friday in a statement, saying, "I'm deeply disturbed by efforts to find the politics instead of finding the facts in this debate... I'm particularly troubled by calls for Ambassador Rice's resignation. She is a remarkable public servant for whom the liberation of the Libyan people has been a personal issue and public mission."
King's point is valid. Whatever the initial intelligence reports were on the attack, there were Libyan government eyewitnesses - including the leader of a prominent, pro-American militia - that came out within a few hours of the death of our ambassador, and said that there was no demonstration prior to the attack and any idiot could see that it wasn't "spontaneous" as Rice and the White House continued to insist. Fire her for being stupid,then.
The intel folks falling on their sword for administration lies and incompetence isn't going to work. Rice has got to go, and perhaps a few others who pushed the ridiculous notion that an anti-Muslim film was responsible for the death of our ambassador.