NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR
Rice had been considered a leading contender for secretary of state, but Republican-led opposition against her potential nomination spurred the ambassador to withdraw her name from consideration in December.
Critics faulted Rice for saying that the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, originated from a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam video. The Obama administration later said the violence was a planned terrorist attack. The raid left four Americans killed, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.
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(CBS News) People often ask me, “Of all the administrations you’ve covered, which was the most secretive and manipulative?”
The Nixon Administration retired the trophy, of course. Since then, my answer is, “Whichever administration is currently in power.”
Information management has become so sophisticated, every administration learns from the previous one. Each finds new ways to control the flow of information.
It’s reached the point that if I want to interview anyone in the administration on camera, from the lowest-level worker to a top White House official, I have to go through the White House press office.
If their chosen spokesman turns out to have no direct connection to the story of the moment, as was the case when U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was sent out to explain the Benghazi episode, then that’s what we (and you, the taxpayer) get.
And it usually isn’t much.
But it shouldn’t stop there. The president needs to rethink his entire communications policy, top to bottom. It is hurting his credibility and shortchanging the public.
And to head the review, how about someone other than the Attorney General, whose department is so deeply involved? That makes no sense to me. [FULL QUOTE]
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So, you have clipped the Carolina wings of an ultra-qualified black woman in politics. What have you gained more than a black mark on your own legacies. But, you don’t care for fairness in government. “No whipped cream on your apple pie, Susan Rice,” you tell your victim. Today the American people have more respect for the victim of your power-play than any success you may take delight in. Enjoy the bitter taste of such success as it macerates in your sorry mouths.
Note: Senator Graham’s first name is “Lindsey,” actually. Sorry.
As speculation continues that President Obama will nominate Amb. Susan Rice as Sec. Hillary Clinton‘s successor at the State Department, media are focusing on the Republican threats to block Rice from being appointed. But sadly, press are excluding the historic nature of Republican threats from their reporting. Eric Boehlert examines the record: http://mm4a.org/113pDR0