National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s arrogant claim that she has no regrets about her explanation over the Benghazi attack shows she’s just like her boss, President Barack Obama, in that she can’t admit when she’s wrong, says Weekly Standard founder and editor Bill Kristol.
"It’s pathetic," Kristol told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. "It’s patently true that she misled the American people. When she's asked 'do you have any regrets?' as I recall, the first thing she says is, ‘No.’ She reflects her boss in this way.
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"It's one thing to sort of hang tough, make your case, say that you didn't do it on purpose, these are unfortunate side effects sometimes of running a complex government. It's another thing to say, 'I don't have any regrets,' which she said, and which President Obama has said about various things in different ways as well. They really don't like to admit when they've been wrong, even though she then said she was wrong."
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Rice told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that she had no regrets about her comments after the Benghazi attack in 2012, which she characterized as a spontaneous uprising in response to a video, even though it turned out to have been an act of terrorism.
Four Americans died in the bombings at the U.S. consulate in Libya, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Kristol said that, like Obama, Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations at the time, should have shown some remorse for her incorrect information.
"It's kind of arrogance," said Kristol, who is also an ABC contributor. "Probably a sense that you just can't give anything in to your critics because then you've opened the door, I suppose. It's a kind of contempt for the American people.
"I've been in the executive branch, much lower level than Susan Rice, but if I misled people, I would say, 'I'm sorry. I didn't mean to obviously. I got some bad information. I should have double-checked it more carefully. But in any case I'm sorry if I misled you.' She is a public servant."
Kristol also denounced Obama for just "sitting on the sidelines" during the crisis in Ukraine instead of pushing back against any influence Russian President Vladimir Putin may try to impart to sway the strife-torn country.
"There're probably limits to what we can do to help, but at least we would be trying to help if we had a strong American president," said Kristol, who also thinks the United States should be helping Syrian rebels in some form to "free themselves from a really crummy and odious" regime.
"But for an American president to just stay out of it is really unprecedented in the last 70 years or so," Kristol said.
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