Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:54 PM
proud2BlibKansan (96,793 posts)
GOP opposition to diplomat Rice begins to crack
WASHINGTON -- Republican opposition to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as the next secretary of state began to crack Sunday as Sen. John McCain said she was "not the problem" in the White House's handling of the Sept. 11 attack in Libya and suggested he could be persuaded to swing behind her possible nomination.
McCain's comments provide an opening for the Obama administration, which struggled mightily in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 election to tamp down speculation of a cover-up involving the attack against the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi. The assault killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
At issue is Rice's account - as the administration's representative on the Sunday talk shows Sept. 16 - that the violence was the spontaneous result of a mob angered by an anti-Muslim video posted on YouTube. She said she relied on talking points provided by the intelligence community that were later discredited.
"I think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position," McCain, R-Ariz., told "Fox News Sunday." "But she's not the problem. The problem is the president of the United States" who misled the public on terrorist involvement.
McCain's remarks were in contrast to his previous stance that Rice wasn't qualified to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is expected to step down soon as the top U.S. diplomat, and that he would do "whatever is necessary" to block Rice's possible nomination.
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/11/25/3933783/gop-opposition-to-diplomat-rice.html#storylink=cpy
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Sun Nov 25, 2012, 04:02 PM
riderinthestorm (22,867 posts)
1. I really don't like that they have swung to attacking Obama though.
While its correct that Susan Rice was always a ridiculous target for the GOP, its even more ridiculous that they are zeroing in on Obama.
Wish they'd realize their stupidity on this issue and drop it. Their bizarre efforts at working up Benghazi Bullshit to a fever pitch is troubling.