Susan Rice Calls Benghazi 'A False Controversy'

Susan Jones | December 23, 2013 | 8:58am EST
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National Security Adviser Susan Rice (AP Photo)

( - "I don't have time to think about a false controversy," National Security Adviser Susan Rice told CBS' "60 Minutes" in an interview that aired Sunday.

Rice was talking about the September 11, 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and her insistence five days later -- on all five Sunday talk shows -- that the attack was a spontaneous event arising from a little-known anti-Muslim video.

"In the midst of all of the swirl about things like talking points, the administration's been working very, very hard across the globe to review our security of our embassies and our facilities. That's what we ought to be focused on," Rice told "60 Minutes" correspondent Leslie Stahl.

As for why then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn't do the interviews on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, Rice said, "She had just gone through an incredibly painful and stressful week. Secretary Clinton -- as our chief diplomat -- had to reach out to the families, had to greet the bodies upon their arrival at Andrews Air Force Base. If I were her, the last thing I would have wanted to do is five Sunday morning talk shows. So I think it's perfectly understandable. So when the White House asked me, I agreed to do it."

"Do you ever think, 'Gee, wish I hadn't done that.' You know, if you hadn't done that, I'd be calling you Madame Secretary," Stahl said.

"You can call me Susan," Rice replied. That's where the taped interview ended.

Also see:

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