Pop quiz: Who said this about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, shortly after it happened? “The violence in Benghazi coincided with an attack on the United States Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, which was also swarmed by an angry mob of protestors on September 11, 2012.”
Was it U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice? No, it was the United States Senate. The Senate passed a resolution the day after the attack in Benghazi, on Sept. 12, S. Res. 551. The resolution was updated and passed again Sept. 22 to add the names of those who had died. The original resolution and the update were approved by “Unanimous Consent,” meaning that all 100 senators were officially listed as sponsors or co-sponsors. Neither resolution uses the words “terrorist” or “extremist” or “al-Qaeda.” Both resolutions use the phrase “swarmed by an angry mob of protestors” to describe the attacks in Cairo and Benghazi.So because the Senate assumed this was a protest gone awry as some in the administration and media were saying (and not a clandestine point relating to weapons confiscation) that nullifies the comments of a cabinet level official privy to insider info the Senate never had? The Senate didn't know the facts; Rice most certainly did. Senate was putting out a statement of sympathy; Rice was putting out talking points. Yet some of these media clowns find similarity. McCain's office was correct in their characterization:
“This is total nonsense,” McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said in a statement to ABC News.Not to be outdone, the administration's president czar, Tim Geithner, told CNBC today that sure, they're willing to go off the 'fiscal cliff' if the GOP doesn't raise taxes on the evil rich.
Just think about that for a sec. Obama has already said that raising taxes on everyone could cause the loss of 200 billion to the economy. He's warned that it may spoil Christmas. He's accused the Republicans of being unreasonable in their willingness to negotiate. Yet his official negotiator happily announces they are more than willing to drive the fiscal car into the ditch if they don't get their way. And somehow it's the Senate resolution the media makes hay over.