It strikes me that the Republicans are being a little disingenuous in their efforts to derail the not-even-announced nomination of UN Ambassador Susan Rice to Secretary of State, replacing the resigning Hillary Clinton.
Her CV, for one, suggests an intelligent and gifted person who would be adept at managing foreign affairs for the Obama administration, perfect for the job. In this, she would outshine the presumptive second choice, Senator John Kerry, which is no easy feat.
The controversy, as you know doubt know ad nauseam, is Rice’s comments in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the Benghazi compound of the American ambassador there.
The facts are pretty clear: an organized attack occured on the compound on September 11. Either coincidentally or in a coordinated misdirection, there was also a protest in Egypt over some bloody idiot’s idea of a prank on the same day. It doesn’t really matter how Egypt played into this, except it also made a convenient excuse to buy a little time if needed.
Rice went on the Sunday talk shows, and implied that the Egypt attack may have been a part of the Libyan massacre, even if tangentially. This was the talking point the CIA had handed up to the administration, which greenlighted it as an interim explanation, even thoough it was clear fro mthe get-go this was a terrorist attack.
Why the deception? The CIA had assets on the ground in Libya that would have been exposed if their information had been made public.
Republicans, in the grand tradition of the type of treasonous behavior they always seem to engage in, outted the information as blithely as they outted Valarie Plame.
But the disingenuousness does not stop there, no sir. Let’s assume that the worst-case scenario they have been desperately trying to smear Rice with were true: this was a political cover-up to let the re-election campaign succeed in putting Barack Obama back into the White House and that Susan Rice was complicit in this.
These are the same asshats who confirmed, nay lauded, the murdering of 3,000 Americans on American soil by confirming Condoleeza Rice as Secretary of State, despite the fact that the administration for which she was National Security Director (right there, terrorism falls in her domain) botched the intel at the very least and possibly deliberately ignored it in order to pick a fight with Iraq in a time when the administration was falling apart under its own weight.
So really, gang, pack up your tents and shut up about the long walk home. While there may be legitimate reasons to feel unease at a Rice tenure at State, this is not the issue to pick the fight on. Cabinet nominations are almost always rubber stamped, and if the message of the November election is anything, it is that obstructionism will no longer be tolerated on your part.