Susan Rice On the Hot Seat
September 30, 2012 • 9:42AM

House Homeland Security Committee chair Peter King called for Obama's U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to resign on Friday, for her blatant attempt to cover-up the 9/11 terrorist assassinations in Benghazi. Rep. King told CNN that to insist that the killings in Libya were spontaneous, "was such a failure of foreign policy messaging and leadership, such a misstatement of facts as was known at the time— For her to go on all of those shows and in effect be our spokesman for the world and be misinforming the American people and our allies and countries around the world, to me, somebody has to pay the price for this."

The presumption had to be that this was terrorism, King told CNN, pointing out that Rice did not say that it was too early to say that we can say definitively whether it was terrorism or not; she ruled out that it was an act of terrorism.

In an interview with The National Review on the same day, King reiterated his call for Rice to resign, and demanded a full Congressional investigation. Benghazi "was a hotbed of al-Qaeda activity, of militia activity, of terrorist activity. We knew that the facilities that we were using there were not adequately fortified. These were temporary, basically private residences which had almost none of the protections that a consulate should have. To allow the American ambassador to go there, to allow us to keep records or documentation there or anything in such an unsecure and such a dangerous area and such unsecure facilities with such little security appears to be gross negligence, and may be criminal negligence," King said.

The White House had a statement out in support of Ambassador Rice, practically within seconds of King's CNN interview. ("Ambassador Rice has done extraordinary work for the President at the United Nations and for the American people. The President greatly appreciates the work that she does every single day and he is looking forward to her continued work.") Obama's favorite John, Sen. Kerry, also quickly issued a statement in defense of Rice, professing to be "deeply disturbed by efforts to find the politics instead of finding the facts in this debate." Kerry insisted that people forget about finding out the truth quickly, and instead "allow Secretary Clinton's proactive, independent investigation to proceed."

The administration's egregious lying is one story that is not going to go away, however, given that everybody with "an IQ above plant life" understands that this was a terrorist attack, as former Governor Mike Huckabee so eloquently put it. CNBC show host Larry Kudlow joined the calls for Rice to resign in his Sept. 28 show, and emphasized that the question that must be take up is the "chain of command" behind Rice's lying Sept. 16 media blitz. Rice's immediate boss is the Secretary of State, and above her stands Obama. Responsibility here stops at the White House, he emphasized.