The withdrawal of Susan Rice as the front runner for the position of Secretary of State in the face of unrelenting criticism and opposition from Republican lawmakers cannot help but resurface memories of another cabinet official in a previous administration, also named Rice (later to be Secretary of State). In that instance, National Security Advisor Rice, along with Colin Powell and other administration officials, deliberately lied to the American public and the world about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The intelligence was, they later claimed, faulty. But the lie consisted in the assertion that the US had certain knowledge of the presence of those WMDs. But they didn’t. They were not only wrong, but misleading to the tune of a trillion dollar war, over a hundred thousand lives lost, and on-going chaos in Iraq.
Susan Rice spoke on the basis of faulty information from security agencies. But lie? The evidence isn’t there, Sen. Graham and Sen. McCain.
Payback, or a smokescreen? If so, that may not be necessary. Republicans have notoriously poor memories. More than likely it is just another chapter in the saga of the relentless opposition of the Republican Party to whatever the Obama administration proposes, including the $60 billion emergency funds requested for the victims of Hurricane Sandy currently being held up in Congress by the Grand Old Party… of No. And incapable of shame.