- Posted November 14, 2012 by
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- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
During today's press conference, the first since March, President Barack Obama seemed to become indignant if not visibly angry that a reporter would dare question why UN Ambassador Susan Rice was put out to talk about the tragedy of Benghazi, which resulted in the murder of 4 Americans. The President bristled that 2 US Senators, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, would question the Ambassador's role in responding to the Benghazi issue.
The President's indignation is misplaced.
If the President is indignant it should be that neither he nor his Administration has been upfront and forthcoming about the apparent intelligence and security failure that led up to the fatal event of September 11, 2012. The President continues to deflect and not provide answers about this terrorist attack.
The President said that Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi and questioning her was not right. If Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi, then why did the President send her out on 5 Sunday news talk shows to talk about the attack and insinuate that rather than it being a terrorist act try and shift the blame to protests over an innocuous and poorly done anti-Islam film?
Mr. President, you are the one who put Rice out there as your spokesperson. You cannot now be upset that as facts have slowly emerged that Rice speaking on the behalf of your Administration on Benghazi misled the American people.
If you are indignant, be indignant with yourself for sending Rice out when you, according to what you said during the Presidential Debates, knew the day after that it was a terrorist attack. You claimed during that 2nd debate that you said as much in your Rose Garden address to the nation.
There are real questions of intelligence failure and real questions about the lack of response to pleas the night of the attack from CIA operatives on the scene for help.
Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Diane Feinstein sees the importance of finding out what went wrong and how to minimize this from happening again in the future enough to seek and get your former CIA Director General David Petraeus to come before her committee to answer questions. Feinstein has made it clear that Benghazi raises real questions about national security and the safety of our diplomatic missions.
As I said your indignation is misplaced.
From the Cornfield, both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees must pursue and seek the answers for the good of the nation about what lead up to, what happened and the circumstances during and after the Benghazi attack.