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December 30, 2012

Obama on Benghazi: There was "some sloppiness"

President Obama said the review of the attack in Benghazi identified some "severe problems" in protecting U.S. embassies -- and pledged to fix it.

"We're going to solve this, we're not going to be defensive about it, we're not going to pretend that this was not a problem, this was a huge problem," Obama said on Meet the Press, saying his administration would follow every recommendation suggested by the review panel that found serious security shortcomings. 

He said the review found "some sloppiness, not intentional," in how embassies were secured in areas where the U.S. can't rely on the foreign government.

He said the U.S. has "some very good leads" on the suspects, but wouldn't elaborate. And he defended Susan Rice, his UN ambassador who withdrew her name from consideration as Secretary of State, saying calling Republican criticism of her TV appearance after the Benghazi attack, a "politically motivated attack on her."

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