On September 11, 2012, between 125 – 200 Islamic militants attacked the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. After nearly eight hours of fighting, US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, US Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, embassy security officers Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were dead and ten others were wounded.
Over the next month, the American people heard a myriad of stories about what happened that tragic night. We were told that it was a riot over a garage-made anti-Islam video to a terrorist attack. Most of the recounts that were closer to the truth came from sources other than our federal government.
On September 16, US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice appeared on 5 major news networks and issued a statement supposedly based on talking points provided to her by a CIA memo. According to her statement, the incident in Benghazi started as a protest over the video and spontaneously got out of control, resulting in the riot, attack and deaths when some extremists joined in the protest.
However, by the time Rice made her statement to the world, it was already known that the video had nothing to do with what happened. In the ensuing weeks, Rice was left with egg on her face as she desperately tried to get herself out of the corner she had painted herself into. As an experienced diplomat and politician, you would have expected Rice to verify her information before addressing the world with her statement.
As it turned out, the information provided to her was wrong. Yes, this was the fault of the CIA and whoever else was responsible in providing her with her ‘talking points.’ But Rice was also at fault for not verifying the information.
The controversy over Benghazi, what happened, could it have been prevented, and what was reported when, is still an ongoing scandal for the Obama administration. One thing is clear, however, and that is the Obama administration had purposely made Susan Rice out to be Obama’s scapegoat for his lies and cover-up.
As President of the United States, what do you do with someone who takes part of the attention and blame off of you? In Obama’s case, he’s rewarding her by nominating her to be his next National Security Adviser.
I find that scary since she wasn’t able to verify her information on something as important as the Benghazi attack. How is anyone, especially the President, supposed to trust her on anything to do with national security? Will she be reporting to the President based upon an unverified and errant CIA memo? Will she be given the factual talking points before she briefs the President?
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t trust Susan Rice to advise me on anything, especially national security. You need someone you can trust who will ferret out the vital information and facts, not someone who just goes with what they’re handed by someone else.
What’s even scarier is that the position of National Security Adviser is not subject to Senate approval. Once Obama makes the appointment, that’s it! If you recall, back in December, Rice was a front runner for Secretary of State, but she dropped out of contention when Republicans began to circle their wagons around her. The question now is whether or not she’ll accept the appointment. God help us if she does.