Questions continue to swirl surrounding the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead. Among the most confounding factors were inaccurate comments made by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice in the wake of the assault. The embattled administration official appeared last night on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” to discuss the government’s handling of the crisis.
During the exchange, the host challenged Rice on some of the confusing and contradictory information that emerged in the wake of the terror attack. The ambassador also issued some tough words for those who still believe the Obama administration is hiding key information.
Stewart wasted no time launching into his questioning. Almost as soon as Rice sat down, he asked the ambassador why she was selected to speak out on Sunday morning shows and pondered why someone else more appropriate (i.e. Hillary Clinton or another official) wasn’t chosen. The ambassador gave this long-winded answer:
“I’ve spent many-a-Sunday doing the Sunday shows. In this case, Secretary Clinton, who had been asked originally to do it, felt that she didn’t want to, couldn’t do it that week, having been through quite an intense week with the loss of our colleagues in Benghazi, the violence against our embassies all over the Arab and Muslim world and then — also that Friday having to join President Obama in greeting the families of our fallen colleagues and bringing their bodies back.”
June 30, 2010 – 10:49 AM | by: Marla Cichowski
During testimony this morning the jury listened to several new phone calls between Rod Blagojevich and political consultant, Doug Scofield.
During one call from November 5, 2008 Blagojevich is dissecting Barack Obama’s big presidential win the day before. Blagojevich asks his political consultant, Doug Scofield,”there’s nothing I couldve done about Obama, right? Nothing that wouldve scared him off?” meaning there’s nothing Blagojevich could’ve done to prevent Barack Obama from running for President and winning.
Blagojevich was extremely jealous and angry about Obama’s political success because Blagojevich always wanted to run for President. On the phone call, Blagojevich says “I feel like I failed….like I’m in a bad place.”
Doug Scofield reassured Blago there was nothing he could’ve done to keep Barack Obama from running and called Obamas win a ” crazy combination of timing, fate and luck.”
The two men then started talking about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and how she “couldn’t close the deal.”
Blagojevich admitted he was better off with “this guy living as king,”referring to President Obama.
Doug Scofield says after election day Blago talked about appointing himself as US Senator “a lot” but when Scofield told him it was a bad idea Blago got angry with him. Blago thought it was a ” good idea” and said ” I’m better off with this guy(Obama) winning than McCain”, according to Scofield’s testimony.
Update: Paterson disavows decision
Give Hillary Clinton credit for attempting to be a team player on Meet the Press yesterday, but it doesn’t appear that her heart was in this effort. When David Gregory asks her whether she agreed that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other plotters of the 9/11 attacks should get tried in New York City’s federal court, the best she can offer is that she’ll back whatever Eric Holder and his prosecutors decide on the question. Hillary tells Gregory that she won’t “second-guess” that decision, which sounds like she’s at least a little skeptical:
But does that make Hillary “un-American”?
Update: Did Obama even bother to consult with New York’s governor? According to JWF and the New York Daily News, it appears not:
Gov. Paterson on Monday joined the chorus of critics questioning the government’s plan to try Kalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other accused 9/11 terrorists in New York.
“This is not a decision that I would have made,” the governor said when asked about the upcoming federal trial of KSM and his four underlings.
“Our country was attacked on its own soil on Sept. 11, 2001, and New York was very much the epicenter of that attack,” Paterson said after an appearance at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new CUNY campus in East Harlem.
“Over 2,700 lives were lost,” he went on. “It’s very painful; we’re still having trouble getting over it. We still haven’t been able to rebuild that site, and having those terrorists tried so close to the attack is going to be an encumbrance on all of New Yorkers.”
How long before Moran starts calling Paterson “un-American”?