15 Feb 2013 03:57 PM EST
-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: Susan Rice with John Stewart on The Daily Show (Image Source: Comedy Central)
Appearing on The Daily Show with host Jon Stewart last night, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice addressed the ongoing criticism of the administration of President Barack Obama and its handling of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, calling Republicans “dead wrong, and they are in fact doing a disservice to those we lost,” for their attitudes toward the matter.
Rice has become the scapegoat in the eyes of the right for initially painting the attack as a protest instead of a premeditated strike.
“I shared the best information that our intelligence community had at the time, and they provided the talking points that I used,” she told Stewart.
Rice added that “they were wrong in one respect, we learned subsequently... and that is that there wasn’t, in fact, a protest. But in every other respect, they have more or less held up over time.”
“Secretary Clinton, who had been asked originally to do it, felt that she didn’t want to, couldn't do it that week, having been through quite a pretty intense week with the loss of our colleagues in Benghazi... so I was asked as I’ve been in the past, and I said I would,” she said of briefing talk shows following the incident.
Rice cited that the “bigger tragedy” “Is that we’ve spent all of these months trying to figure out the origin of some talking points which were cleared at the highest levels of the intelligence community, and in my opinion, not enough time doing the service that we owe to our fallen colleagues who have been lost.”