Tuesday, for the first time, Rice stated outright that there was never any protest or demonstration. Republicans who have read the same intelligence that Rice accessed say it's laced with references to al Qaeda and terrorism, and they're mystified as how she could have come away with a primary narrative about a spontaneous protest and a video.
McCain and Graham have accused the Obama administration of pushing a false narrative in advance of the election because President Obama had claimed that al Qaeda had been decimated; the thinking is that a terror attack killing four Americans on what is technically U.S. soil overseas -- not to mention the first killing of a U.S. ambassador in over 30 years -- could have proven politically difficult for Mr. Obama.
I don't like Susan Rice and I don't trust her. I have never had a great deal of sympathy for the 'wounded adult child.' Sorry. In my practice, I've dealt with women and men who have suffered sexual abuse as children, or been battered as children, etc. That is awful and does very real and lasting damage that the survivor has to work very hard to overcome.
But there are also the people who just decided they're going to have a chip on their shoulder. They never go to counseling, probably because they realize that they don't really have any real problems.
Susan Rice is one of those. She's nursed an idiotic chip on her shoulder against her own mother for years. My parents died when I was a very young child. (My older brother raised me.) I really don't have a lot of sympathy for the I-wanted-a-Huffy-bicycle-that-was-pink-and-my-sister-got-it-instead crowd who use that sort of nonsense to cut their family out of their lives.
I would love it if my parents were alive. If they could have, for example, seen their grandchildren. Or if they could have seen that for all my troubles growing up (and I could be a handful), I turned out okay.
So I don't have a lot of sympathy or patience with people like Susan Rice who turn their backs on their living parents out of some sort of petty power play.
Attkisson's article attempts to track down the forever changing claims of who changed the talking points -- the FBI? The CIA? On and on it goes.
Ruth has been covering this topic for weeks and, last night, she offered "The best Benghazi reporting today?" which I hope you read.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):