One of the common refrains we hear from people who are rightfully outraged by what happened in Benghazi is that we must find out what happened so that it doesn’t happen again. That leads to a question about U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s time as a State Department employee in charge of the African region during some other embassy bombings nearly fourteen years ago.
Did something similar to what happened in Benghazi already happen somewhere else and on Rice’s watch?
This is really a great point made by Senator Susan Collins (R-MN) after her meeting with Rice about the Benghazi attack and it’s one that hasn’t been underscored enough (if it’s been made at all). In 1998, as Collins points out, Susan Rice was the “head of the African region of the State Department” when the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed (yes, those are in Africa) in 1998.
Not only that but as was the case in Benghazi, embassy staff in Kenya and Tanzania requested more security and were denied. Collins has long been viewed as one of the Senate’s weaker Republicans but this is an excellent question.
Via the Free Beacon: