The White House may have the chance to bring the Benghazi PR disaster to an end as key Republican’s may stop interference with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice becoming the next secretary of state.
She is seen as the next in line to replace current Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, but her reputation took a huge blow following her comments on the 9/11 Benghazi U.S. consulate attack. Rice prematurely labelled it as a spontaneous reaction to the controversial anti-Islam video, which shook the Muslim world two months ago.
Intelligence officials changed their opinion on the attack, separating it from other assaults in the Muslim world. However, it was delayed and Republicans accused the White House of a cover up ahead of the November 6th election.
McCain, along with other Republicans, initially said they would block Rice’s nomination, to prevent her taking Clinton’s place.
On Sunday McCain told Fox News: “I think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position… But she’s not the problem. The problem is the president of the United States,” who, McCain said, misled the public on terrorist involvement.
He added: “I’d give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took. I’d be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her.”
In her own defence, Rice explained she was relying “solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community” when she made her initial remarks on the attack in Benghazi.
“I made clear that the information was preliminary,” Rice told reporters outside the United Nations. Obama has also defended Rice and criticized McCain’s attacks in a news conference two weeks ago, calling Republican criticism of Rice “outrageous.”
Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with Democrats in the Senate, said he would also require further explanation from Rice before voting to confirm her as secretary of state.
“I don’t feel that I know exactly what she was told before she went on TV that Sunday morning,” Lieberman said on CNN’s State of the Union. “And I think we ought to find out before we decide on whether she’s a good or bad public servant.”
Rice will need to further explain her actions to convince those in the Senate to secure her new potential job. Many still see her as failing in her responsibility to provide accurate information to the public. But with the given chance, the Democrats could recover some lost credibility.
Source - CNN