A POLITICAL PARTY CLINGING TO STRAWS.
Would that be what the GOP was trying to do to survive?
Now that the cat is out of the bag, members of the United States Congress, backed by the Republican Party, to attack U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, will let up the unnecessary pressure that they are putting on her.
She has been accused of making incorrect remarks about the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012, by militants using assault weapons and killing four diplomats at that outpost in Northeast Libya, that it (attack) was "spontaneous", stemming from a film or movie on Mohammad.
Her response was that she had based her statements, made during a TV tour on the Sunday after the incident, on information that the Intelligence community had supplied, that the attack was a demonstration that got out of hand and was taken over by terrorists armed with grenade launchers and other incendiary weapons to set fire on the outpost.
The U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens and four of his colleagues were murdered; and thus creating a huge problem for President Barack Obama during his campaign for a second term bid.
The Republicans did not waste time to make such a misfortune into a political issue, claiming that al Qaeda was responsible for the attack, but Ms. Rice has been sent by the White House to "cover up" the true cause of that attack.
Obama was on the campaign trail boasting that he had ordered the Navy Seals to take care of the mastermind of the erstwhile 9/11 attacks in 2001 on the WTC in New York City and on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. that killed almost 3000 American citizens.
The leader of al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, was no more; and now that he was dead, his organization was decimated and has been made inactive.
However, the Republicans were saying, "Not so fast, Mr. President"; and by linking al Qaeda to the Benghazi attack they would discredit that claim and slow down the momentum the Obama campaign was gaining over his opponent, Mitt Romney, who was not doing well politically, but for the super-PACs that were hauling in loads of big donations and contributions from the rich and powerful in the country, and from only ... knew where.
Now, they had the material, known as "the Benghazi attack" to destroy Obama, or so they thought; but that, to their dismay, backfired and he won the 2012 presidential election over Romney.
They then turned their focus on Ms. Rice soon after the election, and still hanging on to their accusation that she has misled "the American people" by the statements she made about the Benghazi attack, they could make it into a "Watergate" type scandal, and use it "to kill two birds with one stone", thus getting rid of both her and Obama.
The talking points that Gen. David Petraeus testified to before the Congressional Intelligence Committees, in regard to the information coming out of Benghazi that fatal night, have been altered or "scrubbed" by the White House; by the exclusion of the words "al Qaeda" and "terror".
In other words, they have been deleted from the declassified version of the CIA reports, to give credence to the "false" statements by Ms. Rice, the Sunday after the incident.
President Obama had warned Republican leaders that their pursuing of Ms. Rice was misguided, and if they were going to go after anyone, they should "come after me"; referring to himself in his news conference last week.
Just this morning, the issue has rather taken a new turn, according to a newspaper or media article in such a way that,
"The unclassified talking points on Libya, developed several days after the the deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, were not substantively changed by any agency outside of the intelligence community, according to the spokesman, Shawn Turner." (CNN, 11/20/12).
It added that, "Turner, the spokesman for National Intelligence Director James Clapper, said that was not the case." referring to the Republican accusation that the alteration has been made by someone in the Obama administration.
That should have ended the story; but they (Republicans) have also sent a letter to the president, advising him not to appoint Ms. Rice as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's replacement, should she (Clinton) decide to leave the administration. WHAT?
The pursuance by a political party of a public servant, who has done nothing wrong was insane. The obsession by the Republicans of finding a way to destroy a successful diplomatic career of a young lady was nauseating, and therefore it must stop right now.
The country needed them, as members of Congress, to do better, this time around, in solving the enormous financial problems that were ahead, or else the economy that has been resuscitated by Obama of dying from a free fall in 2009, would run into a worse situation, by going over the notorious "fiscal cliff" that all economic analysts were praying that it should not happen, as that would bring about a recession of unfathomable proportions.
Someone once said that, "If you want to wash yourself clean, do it yourself." They, the Republicans, should go back and look for the mistakes they made in the past for them to lose the election and to make the right adjustments, or else, the Republican Party would be doomed to failure, in the long term, than to pick on Ms. Rice.
Besides, Obama has won his second term as president of the U.S., and therefore he should be the spokesperson for the American people; not they, the Republicans.
The country would undoubtedly acquiesce to that as a fact. Also, it would not want the GOP clinging to straws.