Susan Rice Calls Benghazi 'A False Controversy'

By Susan Jones | December 23, 2013 | 8:58am EST

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:

Benghazi One Year Later: WH Still Pledging to Bring Attackers to Justice

WH Benghazi Documents Show CIA, State Both Wanted Terror References Removed from Talking Points

Clinton and Panetta Never Talked During Benghazi Terror Attacks

WH: Obama Called Hillary on Night of Benghazi Attack--More Than Six Hours After It Started

CNSNews Reader,

The media are hard at work weaving a web of confusion, misinformation, and conspiracy surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

CNSNews covers the stories that the liberal media are afraid to touch. It drives the national debate through real, honest journalism—not by misrepresenting or ignoring the facts.

CNSNews has emerged as the conservative media’s lynchpin for original reporting, investigative reporting, and breaking news. We are part of the only organization purely dedicated to this critical mission and we need your help to fuel this fight.

Donate today to help CNSNews continue to report on topics that the liberal media refuse to touch. $25 a month goes a long way in the fight for a free and fair media.

And now, thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, you can make up to a $300 gift to the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of your choice and use it as a tax deduction on your 2020 taxes, even if you take the standard deduction on your returns.

— The CNSNews Team



Sign up for our CNSNews Daily Newsletter to receive the latest news.