LOS ANGELES — A parade of Republican senators have taken to the microphone to say they are "troubled" after closed-door meetings with potential Secretary of State nominee U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. She is slated to succeed Hillary Clinton as our top diplomat in the sisterhood of the traveling pantsuit. With a record high 20 women in the Senate, there has never been a better time for pantsuit makers to ramp up.
Rice is making the rounds in meetings with senators to advance her cause. She worked in the Bill Clinton administration, back when “closed-door sessions” with women were actually interesting.
Republicans are holding Rice’s nomination hostage in an attempt to get some honest answers out of the administration. They want to know who orchestrated the false claims that the 9/11 uprisings in the Middle East were responses to a silly, 13-minute YouTube video and which just happened to occur on "Bring Your Grenade Launcher to Work" day. Apparently, the film critics in Benghazi are the most brutal in the world.
A week after the Benghazi attacks, she should have known the facts better. She is either incompetent or a political shill taking her marching orders from the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago.
She seems to be about as good a nominee as we will get from Obama. She is well educated, the daughter of a Cornell University economics professor, and she worked for McKinsey Consulting. It's surprising that the Democrats are not calling her "evil" for her Bain-like background.
But Rice is more hawkish than Hillary and, given her honesty issues, I fear she might get us into another war of "choice."
The anti-Muhammad, anti-Muslim YouTube video should rank right up there with the Gulf of Tonkin supposed "attack" and the Domino Theory that lured us into the Vietnam War, and with the weapons of mass destruction and yellow cake lies that got us into Iraq. These are all excellent examples of why we should not believe our government and should mind our own business.
With CIA Director General Petraeus unable to keep a secret and going down in flames, and with Rice and other surrogates lying about the Benghazi attacks, the White House Situation Room has become the "Compromised Situation" Room. Democrats have owned the White House since 2008 and gained seats in the Senate, which they have held since 2007; they are running out of Republicans to blame for everything.
Senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Kelly Ayotte are branded as racist and bigoted when they don’t blindly support Ambassador Rice’s nomination for Secretary of State. Of course, they were 100 percent behind the nomination of Hillary Clinton, who turned out to be a good Secretary of State, and they supported Dr. Condoleezza Rice.
To be fair, Hillary Clinton also lied for the president, saying it was a spontaneous attack on our consulate because of the video. She is too smart to have believed that, but history shows she will not admit a president lied until the DNA on the blue dress comes back and the facts can no longer be denied.
History will treat Hillary Clinton well. When it is an article of faith that she should have been president, her position is better than being president and screwing it up.
There are also indications that the White House will nominate Sen. John Kerry as Secretary of Defense. Kerry should wind surf through confirmation. It might be a new cold war-type defensive strategy to replace our drones with Kerry, who drones on excessively and will probably seek to bore our enemies into submission.
What we really need to focus on is the fiscal cliff and the economy, which is so messed up and full of lies that Obama may send Susan Rice on Sunday talk shows to defend it. She is a nice pairing with the Obama foul-up menu and will parrot the talking points given her. As we know, Rice goes with anything.
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