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Krauthammer: If Susan Rice Didn't Know Anything About Benghazi, "Why The Hell Are You Sending Her Out?"

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: You called at it a show of passion, I would say it was his usual show of indignation, which is his default response whenever he feels defensive or backed into a corner. 'How dare you attack my U.N. ambassador?' And then he gives the strangest defense by saying she didn't have anything to do with the Benghazi [attack]. Then why the hell are you sending her out there? Why didn't you send out the Secretary of State, or the CIA Director, or [Secretary of Defense] Panetta or somebody, who did know?

And then he does play the sort of Lancelot defending the mistress in distress? It made Mitt Romney and the binders with women look positively feminist in comparison, this kind of patronizing attack on the two male Senators who would dare attack the girl, which what was intended in his tone. This is all the usual -- you know, if you attack the pride, he'll strike you on that. It was clearly defensive, and it was also a stonewall. I mean, after all, what she said was absolutely and completely misleading. Either inadvertently, in which case it's complete incompetence or on purpose, in which case it's deception. Then he basically, he took the bait on that and said, 'Look, that wasn't her speaking, that was me speaking. If you want to pick on somebody, pick on me.'

How can anybody pick on him or even question him, if he hadn't had a press conference in eight months? You know, he clearly hasn't been out there. He's been hiding behind inquiries, behind investigations, and now behind Susan Rice. But now I think he's out there, and he is vulnerable on this. I think he may regret having said that.

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