I’m not sure what’s more peculiar about the Susan Rice story: Senate Republicans’ obsession with Rice’s televised comments about the genesis of the Benghazi, Libya, attack, or Rice’s confession tour of Capitol Hill. If President Obama wants her as his secretary of State, he should make the announcement and then have her make courtesy calls on Sens. Lindsey Graham, John McCain et al.
Rice has received a bum rap for recycling talking points about the attack that were drawn up -- and, now it seems, edited -- by the CIA. Moreover, her comments in one interview about the “decimation” of Al Qaeda aren’t inconsistent with Al Qaeda being behind the Benghazi attack (though defining whether a group is an Al Qaeda “affiliate” is not a simple matter). And, by the way, “decimated” doesn’t mean “destroyed.”
It’s hard to shake the idea that Rice is paying for Mitt Romney’s failure to capitalize on Benghazi during the campaign. Remove that from the equation and you’re left with an “indictment” of Rice that consists of the fact that she didn’t try to ferret out information not contained in her talking points in order to make her boss look bad. For that one lapse, we should disqualify her from serving as secretary of State?