Igor at ThinkProgress:
President Obama has yet to nominate anyone to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, but Republicans are already lining up in opposition to potential replacement U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, citing her complicity in the administration’s alleged failures in responding to the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
On Wednesday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) promised to filibuster Rice’s nomination and “do whatever to block the nomination that is within our power.” “She’s not qualified,” McCain explained, arguing that she misled the public by initially attributing the September 11 Benghazi attack to protests over an anti-Islam video. He claimed that at a minimum, Rice is guilty of “not being very bright, because it was obvious that this was not a ‘flash mob’ and there was additional information by the time she went on every news show…in America.”
But interestingly, McCain took a far different approach to another Rice in 2005. When President George W. Bush nominated National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to the post, McCain defended the nomination, despite Rice’s central role in spreading the false intelligence that Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction. The Democrats held hours of hearing and ultimately confirmed Rice, but not before McCain accused the opposition of using politics to delay her confirmation and challenging her “integrity”
Seven years later, there is no evidence that Susan Rice mislead the public, yet McCain is leading the charge to oppose her. Rice was “speaking from a set of talking points provided by the U.S. intelligence community, which was also provided to Congress. The video has also been cited by those on the ground as being an impetus for the attack in recent weeks, challenging the Republican narrative.”
This is the kind of shit that gives tribalism a bad name. I don’t know when Igor joined ThinkProgress, but I am very sure that in 2005 TP was condemning the appointment of Condi Rice as Secretary of State.
Susan Rice did most assuredly mislead the public, the only question is whether she did so intentionally or not. Then again, so did Condi Rice. In my view, McCain was wrong then and right now.
It is really disgusting the way both parties swap positions with each other so easily. It all depends on whose ox is being gored – principles have nothing to do with it. The only guiding principle at ThinkProgress appears to be “Help the Democrats win.”
Until Susan Rice is completely forthcoming about everything she knows relating to what happened in Benghazi and the attempted cover-up that followed, she should not be confirmed for any other office. And depending on her answers, maybe not then either.
My prediction – If Susan Rice is nominated to replace Hillary, McCain and some other Republican senators will put on a dog and pony show during the confirmation hearings, but ultimately she will be confirmed.