U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice continued her “charm offensive” on Wednesday, and managed to offend several more Republican senators, including the famously moderate Susan Collins of Maine. ”I still have many questions that remain unanswered,” said Collins, who is the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Collins also said she was “troubled” that Rice was evidently willing to “play what was essentially a political role at the height of a contentious presidential campaign.”
That’s a reference to Rice’s infamous tour of the Sunday talk shows to spread the false Administration narrative about the Benghazi attacks. All of the current drama surrounding Rice’s potential nomination to be Secretary of State is an absurd attempt by Team Obama and its media chums to avoid a very simple truth: Obama had a phony story he desperately needed to spread about Benghazi to “win” a couple of news cycles. He didn’t want questions asked about why murdered Ambassador Chris Stevens was so poorly protected in a dangerous region on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, or how the supposedly “decimated” al-Qaeda could be strong enough to launch a massive, coordinated assault against the American consulate. The President very definitely did not want probing questions asked about his Administration’s decisions during the attack, or his own behavior afterwards. And his political team sensed an opportunity to hammer Obama’s opponent in the presidential race, Mitt Romney, for daring to voice what turned out to be entirely accurate and timely criticisms as the horrors of September 11, 2012 unfolded.
So the Administration cooked up a fantastical narrative about “spontaneous video protests” that no one could have foreseen, and sent loyal political operative Susan Rice out to spread it. There’s nothing more to it. The only reason this is a big story now is that Obama sympathizers are twisting themselves into intellectual pretzels to avoid the truth, and extend ridiculous amounts of consideration to the Administration’s flimsy excuses. They’re trying to construct an alternate reality in which Susan Rice was out for a pleasant autumn stroll when she was waylaid by a pack of rogue booking agents, dragged into talk-show studios, and left to fumble her way through a couple of interviews with nothing but a set of heavily edited talking points – edited by persons as yet unknown, to remove everything the CIA knew from Minute One about terrorist involvement.