Appearing on The Daily Show last night, U.N. ambassador Susan Rice told host Jon Stewart that “it feels good to be out of the hotspot” after being the focus of the Obama administration’s explanation of the Benghazi consulate attacks as well as her potential candidacy for secretary of state. Discussing the Sunday talk-show talking points she used that blamed the attacks on protests over a YouTube video, Rice said, “I shared the best information that our intelligence community had at the time,” and that the “bigger tragedy . . . is that we’ve spent all of these months trying to figure out the origin of some talking points.”
In response to why requests from slain ambassador Christopher Stevens for increased security at the Benghazi consulate were ignored from the State Department, Rice told Stewart that “folks were doing the very best with what they had, and it wasn’t good enough in these circumstances.” When Stewart asked what she would say to her critics as well as critics of how the administration has handled the aftermath of the attacks, Rice said they are “dead wrong” and that “they are, in fact, doing a disservice to those we lost.”
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