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William Bradley: Susan Rice, McCain, Obama and the Next Secretary of State

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Easily the most dramatic sequence in a rather strong press conference performance today by President Barack Obama was his vehement defense of UN Ambassador Susan Rice against attacks by Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

Those two worthies said that they would go all out to prevent Rice’s confirmation by the Senate should Obama appoint her to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This due to Rice’s comments on a Sunday chat show about the Benghazi disaster several days after. Rice said then that the attack grew out of a protest against the notorious hate-Islam video Innocence of Muslims.

Obama was outraged by the McCain/Graham attacks on Rice.

“Let me say specifically about Susan Rice: She has done exemplary work. She has represented the U.S. and our interests in the U.N. with skill and professionalism and toughness and grace,” said Mr. Obama. “If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. And I’m happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador? Who had nothing to do with Benghazi? And was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received? To besmirch her reputation is outrageous.”

Clearly Rice was wrong, and just as clearly the attack was simply that, an attack. Nobody brings machine guns and rocket launchers to a protest demonstration. And of course, it turns out that not only was the protest not simply a cover for the attack, it turns out that there was no protest at all.

via William Bradley: Susan Rice, McCain, Obama and the Next Secretary of State.

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Written by edparnell

November 15, 2012 at 4:17 am

Posted in News, Politics

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