Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United States, speaks to the media at the United Nations following Security Council Consolations after North Korea announced they have conducted a third nuclear test on February 12, 2013 in New York City
*Susan Rice, currently the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will replace Tom Donilon as President Obama’s national security adviser – a position not subject to Senate confirmation.
Rice has been at the center of a firestorm over early accounts of the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which later proved to be incorrect. Rice came under intense fire from Republicans for initially characterizing the Sept. 11 assault as a spur-of-the-moment response to a crude anti-Muslim film. The Obama administration later said the violence was a planned terrorist attack.
Rice dropped out of the running to become Secretary of State in December – a post that was later filled by John Kerry.
She will be formally introduced in her new role by President Barack Obama at 2 p.m. ET today.
A White House official says Samantha Power, a former special assistant to the president on the National Security Council, will be nominated to replace Susan Rice as the U.N. ambassador.
Soledad O’Brien spars with Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Monday, October 22, 2012 the issue of the Consulate bombing in Libya.
*The Libya incident where four Americans were killed in the bombing of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, has become a controversial presidential debate topic, but Romney started it!
Now he’s got other people bickering over his misinformation of the president not calling it a terrorist attack and why it happened.
Soledad O’Brien had Rudy Giuliani on her show “Starting Point” Monday, and she let him have it when he kept deflecting questions about Matthew Dowd–chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign–and his defense of the White House in receiving ample information on the bombing in Benghazi.
Sarah Palin thinks Obama needs to grow a ‘big stick.’
`*Sarah Palin has been off the radar for a while, but now she thinks she can garner a little attention if she weighs in on the Libyan attacks to the U.S. Embassy.
But, what she still hasn’t learned is that it is best to keep her mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open her mouth and remove all doubt.
Palin has tried to redeem herself over the years and prove that her I.Q. is higher than previously believed, but there has been little evidence that anything has changed.
According to the Huffington Post, she had the audacity to disrespect the president after the Libyan attacks on the U.S. embassy saying:
“America can’t afford any more ‘leading from behind’ in such a dangerous world,” Palin wrote in a Facebook post. “We already know that President Obama likes to ‘speak softly’ to our enemies. If he doesn’t have a ‘big stick’ to carry, maybe it’s time for him to grow one.”
*In an interview with “60 Minutes” to air this Sunday, President Obama suggested that Mitt Romney acted too quickly in responding to the U.S. embassy in Cairo’s statement condemning an anti-Islam video, reports Politico.
“There’s a broader lesson to be learned here. Gov. Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later,” Obama told CBS News’s Steve Kroft in an interview that was actually scheduled before the four Americans were killed Tuesday at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
“As president, one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that,” Obama added. “It’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts and that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make them.”
Asked if Romney’s remarks were irresponsible, Obama responded: “I’ll let the American people judge that.”
White House press secretary Jay Carney read more of what Obama said in the interview to reporters aboard Air Force One as the president headed to Las Vegas for an evening campaign event.
Most Republicans “reacted responsibly, waiting to find out the facts before they talk, making sure that our number one priority is the safety and security of American personnel,” Obama said, according to Carney. “It appears that Gov. Romney didn’t have his facts right.”
There is “never an excuse for violence against Americans, which is why my number one priority and my initial statement focused on making sure that not only are Americans safe, but that we go after anybody who would attack Americans,” the president added, according to Carney.
As previously reported, Romney blasted the Cairo embassy’s statement on the film, saying Tuesday night that “the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.” The embassy’s statement was released before the attack in Libya, amid protests that brought a few thousand people onto the streets of Cairo.
Romney doubled down on his sentiment during a press conference Wednesday morning, in which he said that the president and his administration “clearly sent mixed messages to the world.”
In his interview with CBS News — according to Carney’s reading of the president’s statements — Obama defended the embassy’s response, saying it was “an effort to cool the situation down” as protests broke out in Cairo. “It didn’t come from me. It didn’t come from Secretary Clinton. It came from folks on the ground who are potentially in danger. And my tendency is to cut those folks a little bit of slack when they’re in that circumstance rather than try to question their judgment from the comfort of a campaign office.”
More broadly, Obama added, “we believe in the First Amendment. It is one of the hallmarks of our Constitution that I am sworn to uphold. And so we are always going to uphold the rights for individuals to speak their minds. On the other hand, this film is not representative of who we are and our values, and I think it’s important for us to communicate that.”
The online trailer for “Innocence Of Muslims,” a movie written, produced and directed by amateur filmmaker Sam Bacile, is being blamed for sparking deadly demonstrations in Cairo and Benghazi on Tuesday. The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other American diplomats were killed during the uprisings, leading to increased tensions in the Middle East.
As a result, Bacile, who has no discernible film industry credits and told The Wall Street Journal “Islam is a cancer,” has gone into hiding, The Associated Press reports.
Bacile’s treatise depicts the Prophet Muhammad — an offense to Muslims in and of itself — as a greedy bastard child, a womanizer who approves of child molestation and a warmongering fool. Bacile told the AP he is a real estate developer and an Israeli Jew, but Yigal Palmor, the spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, told The New York Times, “Nobody knows who he is. He is totally unknown in filmmaking circles in Israel. And anything he did — he is not doing it for Israel, or with Israel, or through Israel in any way.” Palmor also called Bacile “a complete loose cannon and an unspeakable idiot.”
Florida pastor Terry Jones, whose notoriety derives from threats to burn the Koran, has been called a proponent of the film. On his website, Jones called Innocence Of Muslims “an American production” and said it “reveals in a satirical fashion the life of Muhammad.”
The WSJ said Bacile wanted “to showcase his view of Islam as a hateful religion.” Bacile told the paper Innocence Of Muslims was a “political movie” rather than a “religious movie.” He said he raised the $5M budget from about 100 Jewish donors and worked with 60 actors and 45 crew to shoot over three months in California last year.
The movie was shown in one nearly empty theater in July last year, Bacile told The Associated Press, which spoke to him from his undisclosed location. From there, Bacile showed some remorse about the violence in Egypt and Libya, according to the AP, but blamed lax security. He said, “I feel the security system is no good. America should do something to change it.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama have both condemned the killings. Ambassador Stevens’ death was the first of an American envoy abroad in more than two decades, The New York Times said.