MS. SUSAN RICE MUST REMAIN AT THE U.N.
She has, and still doing a good job for the U.S.
The insistence of some Republican lawmakers for Ms. Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., to resign on the reports that emerged shortly after the Cairo demonstration and the attack on the Benghazi consulate, is ridiculous.
She could only talk about what the intelligence officials have gathered so far from what was going on in Benghazi at the time as the demonstration, that was the forerunner of that attack, took place in Cairo, Egypt, spontaneously.
The two news reports were then made to overlap each other, and even the media was forced to focus on the anti-Islam movie as the cause of both the demonstration and what eventually was seen as a terror attack in Benghazi.
The Ambassador's part was to give the information based on what the State Department knew, and if it was anything at all, her source, which was the intelligence services, should be blamed for that information; and to ask her to resign would amount to putting pressure on "the messenger", rather than those providing the message.
In today's article on FoxNews.com front page, the ambassador is somehow exonerated by a key statement that "The office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appeared to take the blame in a statement Friday for initial claims that the attack was tied to the anti-Islam film." (FoxNews.com, 10/02/12).
Rep. Peter King, the New York Republican, who heads the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, must have been in the same frame of mind at first as anyone else, including the ambassador, that the Benghazi attack was not pre-planned, and that it had come out of the desecration of Muhammad in a movie, which has started a demonstration at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.
He, King, was the one asking Ms. Rice to resign, when he was in a position to extract more information from the National Intelligence Director, James Clapper, to correct the situation. It would be then that he could apportion any blame.
To pick on Ms. Rice to resign was outrageous, as she was doing her job to deliver what she has been told to do. She has the support of the State Department, which has issued a statement in the article, thus,
"... spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday that the department rejects any call for Rice's resignation, adding that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has confidence in Rice and believes she has done a "superb job."
Many Democratic leaders in Congress, with Sen. John Kerry, (D-Mass) and Senate majority leader Harry Reid among them, have thrown their support behind Ambassador Rice, asking her not to resign; with Sen. Reid accusing the Republicans of trying to "politicize the tragic events in Libya" and stressed that Rice was basing her statements on "preliminary information."
Besides, the fresh reports of both the Cairo siege and the terrorist Benghazi attack did not lend themselves to easy or simple interpretation at first, as they were mixed, confusing, complex and complicated.
The abruptness of the demonstration in Cairo, as well as the assault on the consulate in Benghazi, added to the use of the word "spontaneous", of both events; and for the ambassador to have used it in the information she had, would not have been her fault under any circumstance.
Therefore, for King to solely put the blame on her would rather be preposterous on his part.
Ms.Rice must stay put at the U.N.