Testimony Today in Congress About Benghazi Incident

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 9:15 am

Hearings in Congress today pile on the political debate over the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. The hearings come on the heels of the Pickering-Mullen report, which looked at the actions of the State Department and foreign service leading up to the attack, finding serious deficiencies in management and “grossly inadequate” security at [...]

Susan Rice Withdraws From Consideration for Secretary of State

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 1:12 pm

I imagine this will be perceived as the right wing collecting a scalp, but considering that liberal groups increasingly saw Susan Rice as no picnic either, this probably falls under the auspices of an acceptable loss. This is the statement from the President: Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to [...]

Republicans Gear Up for Susan Rice Nomination Fight, Which Could Be Stopped By Ending the Filibuster

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 7:00 am

Apparently the meetings between potential Secretary of State nominee Susan Rice and cranky old warhawks didn’t go very well. “Bottom line, I’m more disturbed now than I was before,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the critics, said after the meeting. The Republican senators have repeatedly said they are concerned with how Rice explained what [...]

Muddled Intelligence After Benghazi Assault Reflects Communication Difficulties By White House

By: Monday October 22, 2012 6:18 am

Tonight’s Presidential debate will focus on foreign policy, and that means we will once again wade into this attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, the details of which look more muddled than ever. The need for clarity among the media and political class – either this arose from a spontaneous demonstration, or it was [...]

The Debate’s Benghazi Moment: America Cheers the Media Correcting the Record

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 6:00 am

President Obama won the second debate against Mitt Romney last night by managing to defend elements of his first term record and articulate a second term agenda, while his opponent struggled with specifics and was haunted by the spectre of George W. Bush, who he probably thought was disappeared for electoral purposes in this country. [...]

Clinton Takes Responsibility for Security During Benghazi Attack

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 8:35 am

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took full responsibility for the security situation during the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, saying that the State Department held full control over embassy security and not the White House.

Political Fallout From Benghazi Attacks a Tower of Spin

By: Monday October 15, 2012 9:15 am

The attack on the US consulate in Benghazi has become a political football, in ways that the father of slain US Ambassador Chris Stevens wants to see stopped. That’s not likely, as both sides highlight the aspects of the story to their advantage, and suppress the aspects that present vulnerabilities. For the Obama-Biden team, they [...]

Charges and Counter-Charges at House Hearing on Benghazi Attacks

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 11:30 am

Congress decided to return to work early, or at least one committee did. The House Oversight Committee is holding a hearing at this hour on the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including US Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Marcy Wheeler has been bravely live-tweeting the event; I don’t think I could [...]

Libya Blows Through Third Government in a Year

By: Monday October 8, 2012 10:00 am

With Mitt Romney prepared to hunt down attackers in Libya, maybe we should clue in to how that country has reacted to the deadly assault on the US consulate in Benghazi. First of all, the newly elected Prime Minister has been given a vote of no confidence, which in Libya as in most Parliamentary democracies triggers the collapse of the government:

Romney to Call for Intervention in Syria, Libya in Foreign Policy Speech

By: Monday October 8, 2012 7:00 am

In a speech today at the Virginia Military Institute, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will commit to arming Syrian rebels, and will attribute the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi to the “same forces that attacked our homeland on September 11th, 2001,” which under the still-active Authorization to Use Military Force commits the United [...]

House Republicans Press Obama Administration With Questions About Terrorist Attack on US Consulate in Benghazi

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 7:45 am

Tonight’s debate is supposed to be focused mainly on the economy, but the Romney campaign has worked hard to get the Benghazi consulate attack into the conversation. And given the shifting story from the White House and the potential implications, that might be a good idea. House Republicans gave a boost to this argument by [...]

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