GOP Gauntlet: Rice’s Practice Run With Tyrants

To succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, the current UN ambassador must overcome a diplomatic challenge as formidable as any that might face her on the world stage: winning over paranoid antagonists with hostile intentions—-members of the US Senate.

Even before being nominated, she is trying to do just that in a process usually followed by those who have already been named for high position, a tour of one-on-one meetings with Senators who would vote to confirm her or not.

Ambassador Rice’s meetings follow the growth of potential opposition beyond the McCain-Graham-Ayotte gang of three Amigos as Maine Sen. Susan Collins tells reporters, “I continue to be troubled by the fact that the United Nations ambassador decided to play what was essentially a political role at the height of a contentious presidential election campaign.”

Meanwhile, the molehill that became a mountain prompts scurrying to cover agency backsides as the FBI and CIA point fingers at each other in what normally would be seen as dropping the ball in a confusing local conflict but has now been inflated into a world crisis.

McCain, Graham et al, consciously or not, are following the 1950s playbook of Sen. Joe McCarthy who pumped up every incident into a global accusation (“Who lost China?”).

No responsible person wants to sweep under the rug a situation that resulted in US deaths on foreign soil, but the torrent of accusations against Rice is coming from Republican partisans who hardly fit that description.

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Author: ROBERT STEIN

4 Comments

  1. Reps just got thrashed and they are using the only stick they have to hit back. This has nothing to do with Rice or Benghazi and everything to do with politics. Both McCain and Graham ran to Condi’s defense after she basically did the same thing, except that her bad intelligence cost 4000+ American lives…not to mention the 100s of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens.

    Dems need to focus their rebuttals on Condi’s role with what happened in Iraq. If Reps want to use this to hurt Obama and Rice, then Dems need to go after one of their political hopefuls.

  2. Meanwhile, in the present, back at Obama’s transparent WH, they are reading headlines from the New York Times, like: “Big Issues Are Lost in Focus on Libya Talking Points” and sputtering: “WTF, on the front page above the fold.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11....._r=1&

  3. No debate that there are transparency problems and things that should be cleared, but that is not why Republicans are fixated on Rice. They are out to kill the messenger because they are out for blood…anyone’s blood.

  4. Reps just got thrashed and they are using the only stick they have to hit back.

    she is running a gauntlet of accusations by a few who are drunk on petty power.

    Exactly right. This is just more contemptible behavior from from a party with a seemingly endless appetite for it.

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