Susan Rice’s Legacy

So can we finally just put it down as a ‘given’ that Susan Rice, UN Ambassador and National Security chief under President Obama is a political hack that would have said anything to promote a political agenda, with truth and integrity being only a minor inconvenience.

You remember Susan Rice. She was the one trotted out to the talk shows after a US Ambassador and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the US Embassy in Libya in 2012.

As you may recall, she said that it was a spontaneous riot triggered by some video posted on social media by someone in the US that no one had ever heard of but that Muslims found offensive. And in this spontaneous riot, the ‘rioters’ just happened to bring RPGs.  Of course, we now know from documents obtained by a Congressional inquiry that she knew that the attack was coordinated by the radical terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia.   But since the President had only recently downplayed the continuing threat from radical Islam, this was not the politically favorable explanation. So she made something up.

And of course, Susan Rice also told us about the wisdom of President Obama’s decision not to take any action when Syria first used chemical weapons in 2013.   She said it was a huge triumph not to use force even after Obama said use of chemical weapons was a ‘red line’ that would result in US action.  Why?  Because Syria got rid of all of their chemical weapons through diplomacy, without having to resort to force. She went on to say that we could be sure that had happened because of the inspection process that was part of the agreement.

We were able to find a solution that didn’t necessitate the use of force that actually removed the chemical weapons that were known from Syria, in a way that the use of force would never have accomplished. ….We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.” (Rice, then National Security Advisor, in an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition, Jan. 16)

Well, we now know that certainly wasn’t the case. Only last week, Syria used the same WMD’s (Weapons of Mass Destruction) that Rice said they had verified were gone and 80 people died a horrible death.

And finally, we now find out that it was Susan Rice who had requested names of Trump campaign and transition officials who had been tapped while talking to foreign officials, many Russian. US law forbids giving names of any US citizens who are recorded while the government is recording foreign nationals or officials of other governments. Though there has not yet been a direct link to the illegal leaking of the information to the press, the large numbers of requests by a person in her position asking for the names of US citizens recorded by the government is certainly out of the ordinary to say the least. Why would so many requests to the intelligence services for names be made within a relatively short time?

To paraphrase a recent comment about Russia in the Syrian chemical weapons attack, Susan Rice was either complicit in fabricating stories about issues of national security or incompetent in the execution of her duties in these cases. Either way, integrity and truthfulness were minor players in her political game.

 

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