Susan 'Benghazi' Rice's Iran press conference: An exercise in dissemblance?
Rice, who angered a large number of Americans when she blamed a YouTube video for the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, was sent out to do what she does best: look straight into a television camera and "lie through her teeth on behalf of hr feckless bosses in the White House," said former military intelligence officer and police anti-terrorism operative Michael Snopes.
"When [Susan] Rice shows up, get ready to be lied to. With four Americans dead in Benghazi and radical Islamic groups vying for power in the post-Gaddafi Libya -- which she should have known about -- Rice blamed a poorly produced motion picture about the Islamic Prophet Mohammed. As far as a lie, it ranked right up there with Bill Clinton's 'I never had sex with that woman... Monica Lewinsky,'" Snopes quipped .
Ms. Rice told reporters point blank: the United States is not engaged in any type of military coordination with Iran over combating the Islamic State militants. However, she stopped short of denying the letter from President Obama to Iran's real leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. As described in an Examiner news story, The Wall Street Journal claims that the Obama letter was supposed to be a top secret document, but counterterrorism analyst, former police training officer Larry Bengalina, who trained cops in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he believes the letter was actually leaked by Obama's White House minions in order to show Americans he's "on top of the war on ISIS."
"The fact is that in his figurative eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with the Iranian government, Obama blinked," said Bengalina, who is a candidate for a doctorate in public safety administration. "The Iranians weren't oblivious to Obama's 'red line' with Assad that showed our President was all talk. That so-called red line appears to have moved to U.S. states such as Arizona and Texas, where Obama decided to sic his Attorney General [Eric Holder] on GOP politicians and sheriffs who dared to try to curtail illegal immigration," he told the Examiner on Friday morning.
Rice also dismissed any link between Iran's nuclear program and the campaign against the Islamic State. "We have never made that linkage, so the reports that suggest the contrary are inaccurate," she told reporters the White House Press Corps on Friday.
The Wall Street Journal had reported on Thursday that in his letter sent to Khamenei in the middle of last month, Obama stressed that "any cooperation on Islamic State was largely contingent on Iran reaching a comprehensive agreement with global powers on the future of Tehran 's nuclear program by a Nov. 24 diplomatic deadline."