We commend Senator Lindsey Graham for forcefully answering President Obama's chest-beating challenge at yesterday's press conference. Senator Graham, along with Senator John McCain, had rightly said that UN Ambassador Susan Rice should be denied confirmation if Obama nominates her to be his second-term Secretary of State, as it is rumored he intends to do.
At the White House's direction, Rice serially lied to the American people about the cause of the Benghazi massacre -- audaciously portraying the murder of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, as the consequence of spontaneous rioting over an obscure video about Mohammed, although the administration well knew the murders were the result of a coordinated jihadist terror attack.
At yesterday's press conference, Obama vigorously defended Rice and her shameful performance, warning Graham and McCain that if they opposed Rice, they would have a problem with him. Far from backing down, Graham sharply countered that he already had a problem with Obama for it was the president's abdications before, during, and after the hours-long siege that directly led to the loss of American lives.
That is precisely why the Watergate-style hearings that congressional Republicans have called for are imperative.
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