The Benghazi, Libya tragedy was not explained away by Susan Rice. Rice went on the talk show circuit with edited talking points to remove references to terrorism and al-Qaeda. More questions were raised rather than answered as a result.
Here are the White House's five separate answers as to why edits were made:
- Not to tip off al-Qaeda
- Links to al-Qaeda were too tenuous
- The talking points were debated by collective experts
- CIA said the FBI removed the al-Qaeda references
- CIA later said they removed the references