We know plenty, though, about what role Ms. Rice played in all of this, and it wasn't much. Five days after the attack that left four dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Ms. Rice went on several Sunday morning talk shows to give the administration's position on what had happened. She dutifully recited unclassified talking points made at the request of a Democrat in Congress, reportedly Maryland Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. Those talking points reiterated an early and incorrect assessment that the attack had stemmed from a spontaneous demonstration in opposition to an American-made anti-Islamic film, and although they referred to the involvement of "extremists," they did not include the name "al-Qaida." By the time she appeared on television, Libya's president was publicly challenging the notion of a spontaneous demonstration, and some in the U.S. intelligence community were privately doing so, but that information didn't make its way into the talking points.