WHAT A RESOUNDING VICTORY FOR Ms. SUSAN RICE.
She would be deserving of it.
The Republicans in the United States Congress cannot get over their defeat by President Barack Obama at the 2012 presidential election, and they are now harassing the Intelligence community in connection with the Benghazi attack in which four Americans were killed, as a means to get him to admit that his administration has been "negligent or incompetent", with respect to the attack.
They were now clutching on every little excuse they could find to minimize the significance of the election and the thorough thrashing the electorate had given them; and as if they did not have any shame, they were using the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Ms. Susan Rice, as a "whipping boy" for no good reason at all, except to cast aspersions on the Obama administration. (Excuse the sarcasm, as Ms. Rice is a woman).
Ms. Rice spoke about several issues on the Sunday that she went on her rounds to announce how the Benghazi attack had happened on five different TV programs, that a film or movie had sparked a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt, at the U.S. Embassy there, and militants in Benghazi had seized the opportunity of that demonstration and used it to attack the U.S. outpost in that city.
They had used assault weapons, such as grenade launchers and other sophisticated military firearms and incendiary devices to invade the outpost, setting it on fire and murdering the four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.
The Republicans were charging that Ms. Rice knew the invasion on the outpost to be a terrorist attack, but she deliberately linked it with a demonstration that was not happening in Benghazi, and in view of that, she has given a wrong information to mislead the American people.
According to the Republicans, she did so, solely to protect an administration that was proud on boasting to have killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the notorious terrorist group, al Qaeda, and the mastermind of the infamous 9/11, 2001 attacks on the WTC in New York City and the military headquarters, the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C., in which almost 3000 American citizens died.
First of all, they (Republicans) did not represent the American people, as it was President Barack Obama's primary responsibility to do so; therefore, nobody knew the "American people" they were talking about.
In other words, if Obama did not speak for the American people, then who did? (It would not be Sen. John McCain or Sen. Lindsey Graham or Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner).
If they had anybody to represent, it would be their own political party membership, and that they should mention it by name, as the Republican Party; and when they did, the words "the American people" would not apply under any circumstance, whenever they were espousing their party's agenda.
Secondly, for the sake of patriotism, they should respect the office that President Barack Obama held, as well as his administration, as they would someday be fortunate to become the government of the land and they would expect their opponents to show respect for that government and whoever was the Republican president.
Now, going back to the Benghazi attack that the two Congressional Intelligence Committees were investigating, they (Republicans) have turned them (investigations) into a political "witch hunt", and their eventual target was Obama, to bring him down anyhow, to redeem themselves of their failure to win the 2012 presidential election.
Painfully speaking, it was not the memory of the four dead American diplomats in the Benghazi attack that was their driving motivation, but the fact that they had lost millions of dollars by pitching the party's nominee, Mitt Romney, against Obama, and their effort has come to naught.
To badger the Obama administration would be the next best thing to get revenge, as a way to discredit the president in the eyes of, yes, the American people, who had voted him into power for the second time, just a short while ago. (Tuesday, November 6th., 2012).
To them (Republicans), Ms. Rice and other names that have been mentioned in regard to the Benghazi attack, including Gen. David Petraeus and other top National Intelligence officials, (and not to mention the four diplomats), were just pawns in a political game that they were playing, whose main objective would be to destroy Obama's reputation.
The irony of it all was that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be leaving the administration very shortly, and it has been rumored that the president would nominate Ms. Rice as her (Clinton's) replacement; and because of that, some Congressional Republicans have written him (Obama) a letter objecting to Ms. Rice's appointment in advance.
"On Monday, 97 House Republicans sent a letter to Obama indicating that they would oppose Rice as a potential nomination, saying her “misleading statements” following the fatal attacks have caused “irreparable damage to her credibility."" (Fox News, 11/21/12).
At the same time, a leading member of the party was asking Ambassador Rice to "apologize for Benghazi" in a TV interview; and for what, nobody knew.
Ms. Rice was still standing by her statement that her announcement, a few days after the Benghazi attack, that the attack has developed in a "spontaneous" manner, in response to a film or movie that has sparked a string of demonstrations in the Muslim world, was based on information that had come from the Intelligence Community.
Many, however, thought that it would be better for those honorable members of Congress going after her, to put their time to doing something substantial or beneficial, like finding a solution to the "fiscal cliff" crisis that the nation was facing.
Besides that, they the people, would be happy, if she was given the nod by President Obama to be the next U.S. Secretary of State. They were hopeful that the Senate would approve her by a resounding majority without any delay. It would be a victory for the young lady and her career.
P.S. (Oh what a tangled web we weave. When first we practice to deceive. - Sir Walter Scott). That was given to the writer by another hubber.