The Act Is Growing Old

I am getting a little tired of turning on the national news and seeing John McCain and Lindsey Graham continue with their witch hunt over what happened at the American Consulate in Benghazi back in September.  They are hell-bent on placing the blame for the entire incident on UN Ambassador Susan Rice, and wrongly so.  I have written about this is in the past, so I will not recap the whole thing again, but these Senators are focusing on the wrong person, in my opinion.  Did Ambassador Rice relay incorrect information in the days after the attack?  Yes, she did.  Does she deserve the ridiculous character attacks two months later?  No, she does not.

McCain and Graham, along with Senator Kelly Ayotte, met with Rice and the acting director of the CIA yesterday about the situation.  And they came away unsatisfied with what they heard, which is really not a surprise at all.  It didn’t matter that Rice and Director Michael Morell told them this:

“The talking points provided by the intelligence community, and the initial assessment upon which they were based, were incorrect in a key respect: there was no protest or demonstration in Benghazi.  While we certainly wish that we had had perfect information just days after the terrorist attack, as is often the case, the intelligence assessment has evolved.”

Apparently, coming out, hat-in-hand, and admitting that they did not have the best information available but made statements anyway is not enough for these Senators.  I get the feeling that nothing short of Susan Rice resigning her post and taking her name out of the running for Secretary of State will make them happy.  I think she should stay at her UN post until President Obama nominates her for the Secretary of State position, if he does.  If she were to do anything else, it would prove that Senators can stomp their feet and whine and moan until they get their way, no matter what the issue is.  It is not like Susan Rice lied about WMDs and got us into a war with Iraq or something (that was the other Rice, the one that McCain and Graham gleefully supported and defended when she was nominated and eventually confirmed as Secretary of State for President Bush).  Again, false and misleading information is ok if it gets thousands of American troops killed, but not after four Americans are killed.  I just want to make clear the position these men are taking.

Of course, these Senators could have been mature adults like their colleague from Oklahoma James Inhofe, who was also very critical of Susan Rice before he learned more about the situation.  Here is what he said:

“I assumed she had full knowledge of everything that went on. I’m not at all convinced of that now. I think she very well could have been thrown under the bus.”

He is in no way excusing the fact that misleading information was given, but understands that she was doing her job.  He also did not say that he would not block her nomination based on other reasons, but it appears he will not do so based on this situation.

Let’s be honest, this is nothing more than a political stunt.  If they really want to block the potential nomination, I think they should actually take to the floor of the Senate and filibuster her, instead of just threatening.  Make good on their threat instead of doing the proverbial “saber-rattling” to get their way.  What they are hoping for instead is that President Obama will not nominate Susan Rice, but John Kerry instead (he is very qualified, by the way).  Once confirmed, Kerry’s Senate seat would open up, triggering a special election in Massachusetts, and they feel that Scott Brown, who lost his re-election bid earlier this month, would win, thus gaining them a seat in the Senate.  John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte have no shame in trying to advance their political agenda.  At one time, McCain was a voice of reason in the Senate, but that time has long since passed.

Some information in this post, including the quotes above, were taken from an article on CNN.com.  You can read the full article by clicking here.

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