Tuesday, November 20, 2012

U. N. Ambassador Susan Rice Under Attack

A group of 97 House Republicans sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday, saying that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice misled the nation about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, making her unfit to be a candidate to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The letter, organized by South Carolina freshman Jeff Duncan, said Rice's "misleading statements" about the attack that led to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans "caused irreparable damage to her credibility both at home and around the world."

It was the latest GOP effort to single out Rice for the mixed signals sent out by the administration in the immediate aftermath of the September attack in Benghazi. Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have led criticism in the Senate, saying Rice is unqualified and untrustworthy and promising to block her nomination if Obama picks her to take over the State Department after Clinton steps down.

President Obama responded last week at a news conference, saying McCain and Graham should "go after me" if they want to criticize administration actions. He said Rice had nothing to do with the Benghazi affair and "to besmirch her reputation is outrageous."

On Friday a dozen Democratic female members of the House also came to Rice's defense, saying the criticisms of her smacked of sexism and racism.

It's amazing that the Republicans defended former National Security Advisor Condolezza Rice for misleading the American people on the Bush Administration claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, but have hostility toward Susan Rice for sharing the information she had been given by the CIA on several Sunday television talk shows.. Although this information was revised at a later date, Rice gave the position provided to her by intelligence sources.  This is the fact supported by outgoing CIA Director David Petraeus.

To learn more about Susan Rice, read my post "Meet Susan Rice: U. N. Ambassador".

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