How Much Is Obama Spoiling For A Fight?
posted at 8:17 pm on November 28, 2012 by Duane Patterson
Still lots of speculation over whether or not Barack Obama will nominate U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to be the next secretary of state for the United States. After yesterday’s disastrous appearnce by Dr. Rice in front of Senators McCain, Graham and Ayotte, and a follow up with Homeland Security Committee ranking member Susan Collins of Maine today, it appears that any such nomination would essentially be dead on arrival.
But yet, the President is still acting like he wants to move in the direction of Dr. Rice anyway. Holding his first Cabinet meeting since the election, with Dr. Rice in attendance, he said this:
Just a bit ago on Hugh Hewitt’s show, Senator Ayotte minced no words when explaining what troubles her about the nomination.
No, absolutely. So yesterday, I met with Ambassador Rice, and here’s where we are. A couple of concerns – number one, we know that the representations of connecting the Benghazi attacks to the video or protest, that was false. And the issue was she, you know, when she came into the meeting, she admitted that that was wrong. Well, I guess the first question is if you knew it was wrong and then the acting CIA director said we knew firmly by September 22nd that that was wrong, in terms of the intelligence, but no one, she had appeared on every single major news network, and had said, obviously made those representations. She never corrected them. That’s number one. But secondly, here’s what I learned that really bothered me. It wasn’t just, I think we were left an impression that somehow she was just relying on these unclassified talking points that were changed. That’s deeply troubling in and of itself, and let’s just understand the change. The change was that as reported, the classified talking points said that individuals with ties to al Qaeda were involved in the attack on the consulate, and that was removed, the al Qaeda references removed from the unclassified talking points. But in her position as ambassador to the U.N., she didn’t just review the unclassified talking points. She received daily intelligence briefings, and she did in fact review the classified talking points. So in other words, when she went on the Sunday shows, regardless of the reasons for it or the reasons for the unclassified version not containing al Qaeda, which I think are dubious, she went on and made representations, obviously, that would have led you to believe that this wasn’t a terrorist attack.
She also keyed in on Senator Collins’ concerns, which are that Dr. Rice previously served as the assistant secretary of state for African affairs in 1998, the very time our two Embassies were blown up by what later became al Qaeda. Providing security to those compounds would have fallen under her purview. Dr. Rice had no answers to Collins’ concerns, and yet she’s trying to remain a viable potential nominee. It makes you ask a question about Obama’s real intent here.
The President is not adept at leading, being president, or campaigning, really. If there hadn’t been a 24/7 media campaign in the mainstream media to do the heavy lifting for him, he would not have won this most recent election. MSM gave him at least three points’ worth of a tailwind. What the President excels at is sowing division in the country by throwing up red herrings in order to keep people’s eye off whatever ball with which he’s trying to score.
Either Obama believes he won, and he’s just that arrogant to believe that he gets who he wants, regardless of the veracity, or lack thereof, of the proposed nominee, or he wants the circus atmosphere to continue, allowing the left to continue to attach racial undertones to a potential nomination where there are no racial elements to discuss.
Dr. Rice clearly had access to classified breifings that undercut both what she said on the five Sunday shows, as well as the White House defense that she was just reporting on what she was briefed. So why the theatrics of continuing to defend her? Could it be that he’s keeping the specter of the Rice nomination alive as a distraction so that while too many of us, me included, focus on this, he’s gaining speed for the tax hikes he so desperately wants?
I’m all for continuing to pull threads on Benghazi wherever there are threads to pull, because the truth is owed to the familiies of those who lost their lives there. And the American people should know the truth about what their government does and doesn’t do. But that said, I’m becoming concerned that this is becoming a rope-a-dope scenario.