Susan Rice: No regrets on Benghazi involvement
February 23rd, 2014
02:03 PM ET
7 years ago

Susan Rice: No regrets on Benghazi involvement

Washington (CNN) – In her first "Meet the Press" appearance since her use of Benghazi “talking points” set off a political firestorm in 2012, National Security Adviser Susan Rice was asked point-blank whether she has any regrets about her involvement in informing the public of developments regarding the violence before, during and after the attacks on a U.S. post in Libya.

"No," Rice bluntly told David Gregory on the NBC program.

He noted that many believe the controversy over the accuracy of Rice's talking points cost her a chance at becoming secretary of state.

“This information I provided, which I explained to you, which was what we had at the moment, it could change,” Rice said. “I commented this was based on what we knew on that morning was provided to me and my colleagues and Congress, by the intelligence community, and that's been well validated in many ways since.

“That information turned out to be, in some respects, not 100% correct. But the notion that somehow I or anybody else in the administration misled the American people is patently false,“ Rice said.

Republican Sen. John McCain, an outspoken critic of Rice's involvement in the Obama administration’s delivery of information on the attacks, responded on CBS’s “Face the Nation" that he was “almost speechless.”

"It's patently obvious, first of all, that Susan Rice had no reason to be on the program,” he said of the Sunday in 2012 when she appeared on five talk shows.

“She had no involvement in it," he said of actual events on the ground in Benghazi. “Second of all, she read talking points that we're now beginning to believe came from the White House, which were absolutely false.”

At the time of the September 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Rice was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The attacks left four Americans dead, including J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

In the wake of the controversy, Rice withdrew her name from consideration as a possible successor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

On being President Obama's national security adviser, Rice said that "she couldn't ask for anything more" and that "it's the greatest honor in the world to work for the President of the United States and on behalf of the American people."

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. barryinlasvegas

    Why does the White House keep sending this woman out to the talk shows. She has no credibility – but then neither does Obama – especially when it comes to foreign affairs.

    February 23, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    See, this Benghazi is just a playback swan song–nothing more than this, just sheer ploy of many shenanigans by GOP thugs to just cash-in, these idiots darn we'll know it will NOT work their favor.

    February 23, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    But Hannity said . . .

    February 23, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Bill from GA

    Susan Rice said the same thing the news agencies, Time, and CNN were saying at the time. The network news reporters, reporting on Ms Rice's comments, left out her qualifying statements, making her remarks sound like the absolute, final word. They should apologize to her.

    February 23, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. king

    miss rice what ever happens in the political world where the repubs haven't taken it and twisted to make it sound like imminent facts. i knew from the start that alquaida wasn't involved, because alquaida is a terrorist organization, and when they didn't came out the next day, burning flags, and stomping on Americans dead bodies shouting they have just killed some infidels. i knew that alquaide didnt have nothing to do with this incident. the problem is a lot of people refuse to use their own intellect and rational, instead relying on fox news. which still haven't hired a dem host, since ive been begging them to. miss rice you will be vindicated of villain portrayal the right have cast upon you with their hatred.

    February 23, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Republican Sen. John McCain , “almost speechless.”

    Good news from a guy who's been on more Sunday shows then Bullwinkle J. Moose.

    Why go to Church , when you can stay home a see John McCain on Sunday's talk shows ?

    February 23, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Susan Rice: No regrets on Benghazi involvement

    Hey Dude... WE stonewalled "that" past the election
    so what is there to regret ???

    The Lib / Progressive / Democrat UTOPIA ? NIRVANA end
    justifies ANY and ALL means.... EVER TIME !!!

    FORWARD >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>>
    ALL of america MUST be like Detroit.
    Yes WE Can

    February 23, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. don in albuquerque

    But then McCain is speechless on any number of items, like, um.......take gravity for instance. I have no more problem with her saying she operated with the information she had at the time. Didn't W say precisely the same thing a few months ago about Iraq? I have no problem with either one, of course I do not believe either one. Of course W's misinformation proceeded to fill thousands upon thousands of graves, hers just gave the right wing something else to whine about.

    February 23, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. shehar39

    and that is why it is so disturbing

    February 23, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. shehar39

    No regrets? talk about heartless

    February 23, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Go girl , who cares what the GOP CLOWNS say. The American voters DONT. I guess the GOP morons will have to wait for the suprise we have for them in November ???????

    February 23, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Good for Ms. Rice! She is standing up to the Faux "News" liars and crooked politicians like Darrell Issa. I wish more Democrats had a backbone like hers!

    February 23, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Sam

    Hmm, we all knew she was lying, and she did too. She was promise a post after the heat when down, typical politicians.

    February 23, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. Harold Read

    It was NOT an attack!!!
    It was a, "spontaneous group of protestors upset about the YouTube video"! It was NOT a group of trained and heavily armed militia who executed a successful assault plan that cost US citizens their lives.

    The director of the YouTube has been caught and throw in jail.
    Obama got to attend his campaign trip to Las Vegas.

    February 23, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Getoverit

    When your actions have no consequences, it's easy to not have any regrets.

    February 23, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP STOOGE Romney claimed he new everything about the attack before the goverment even new in his LOSING 2012 campaign. Maybe we should send him and ann over there so he can investigate and bring the moron Issa along for some combat experience!!!!!

    February 23, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. rs

    Republicans still lying about Benghazi…..

    February 23, 2014 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. i'malib

    I don't know what the big deal is, we ALL know it was caused by a video!

    February 23, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. gustifer53

    It's one of those I told you so things... You Republicons, Teabaggers, CNN and Fox Comedy Hour that you all plus the ignorant criminal himself Issa were barking up the wrong tree. Now what are you are going to find to complain about?? I know it will definitely be something, probably in the lines of ignorant to insane. Get started dreamin something up. WOW you all amaze us sane people!!! LOL

    February 23, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. don in albuqueque


    You know this and can prove

    February 23, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    Obama gave her plenty of payback for her lying about Benghazi.

    February 23, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. gustifer53

    Like they say, you can take a horse to water, but can't make them drink. Same things goes for Republic0ns and Teabaggers, they would die of thirst before believing anything, other than what Fax Comedy Hour, CNN or Ted Cruz lies to you about. Great way to live your lives...

    February 23, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Silence DoGood

    Benghazi is the new Birth Certificate. One conspiracy after another. Meanwhile the country needs to move forward.

    February 23, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    People don't care Benghazi nor livinski.

    February 23, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. Scott

    The Bengazi attack is a real scandal for the president, Susan Rice, and Hillary Clinton. Bridge-gate is a real scandal for Chris Christie. Both stories warrant attention from CNN – but the wholly unqualified ambassadors Obama is picking to represent us should be a major story too. Come on CNN. You're usually my favorite news source.

    February 23, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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