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The Real "Troubling Aspect" With Susan Rice

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 11/28/12 13:57

by Dave Mindeman

The Republican Senate accusations regarding Susan Rice as a potential Secretary of State nominee seem to center on an idea that she was being political when she went on some Sunday talk shows and gave the administration position on Benghazi at the time.

But as Rachel Maddow pointed out on her show, this opposition by the Senate Republicans has political implications of its own.

Rice has gone out of her way to give information to top Republicans on the various committees....and each post meeting news conference is like a broken record -- her answers are troubling, they need more information, and John Kerry would be a much better choice.

It is extremely interesting that almost to a person there is always a quote that John Kerry is the "preferred" choice.

Senator Susan Collins had a particularly strange accusation....

Collins (R-Maine), the top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, accused Rice of playing a ?political role? during the presidential election by going on five Sunday talk shows and incorrectly describing the deadly Sept. 11 assault as something spurred by spontaneous protests rather than a deliberate terrorist attack.

And Collins said Rice?s response to Benghazi had an ?eerie echo? of the 1998 bombings of two African embassies, which occurred when Rice was an assistant secretary of state for African Affairs.

Is Collins insinuating that Susan Rice somehow invited the embassy bombings in Africa? Is there more to this, than the coincidental fact of Rice holding a position that involved Africa with her state department job? Senator Collins needs to explain herself as well.

But with each individual Republican statement of how "troubled" they are is the ever present solution they see....

?I think John Kerry would be an excellent appointment and would be easily confirmed by his colleagues,? Collins said.

Why the emphasis on John Kerry? If he vacates his Senate seat to take a cabinet position, that leaves an opening once more for Scott Brown to be a candidate in a special election.

There lies the real political reason for the "firestorm" about Susan Rice. An opening in the Senate.

Susan Rice was not in charge of any embassy. She was not involved in Benghazi decisions. She was merely an administration spokesperson to give the current information that intelligence wanted to make public. She couldn't and shouldn't have veered away from the talking points she was given. She could not delve into classified material. So she did nothing wrong.

Her only sin is that she does not provide the Republicans with a political opportunity to a Senate seat.

And that is the "troubling" part.
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