Source: California Political Review
On the anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was ambushed. Four Americans, including Ambassador Stevens, were killed. They say bad news travels fast, and this was no exception. Despite the frequent reports on the details of the tragedy, no one initially knew exactly what happened on the night of September 11, 2012.
Then-UN ambassador Susan Rice was sent onto five Sunday talk shows to explain the attack and set the story straight. Though she adamantly blamed an anti-Islamic video called “Innocence of Muslims” for inciting a spontaneous protest, recent House hearings on the Benghazi scandal revealed that Rice’s talking points were completely false. Not only was the consulate the target of a planned, terrorist attack, this information was no secret to the State Department. The fact is the explanations released by government officials simply weren’t true.
Though Rice wasn’t alone in propagating a scandalously false tale, her involvement in what some are calling Benghazi-gate stands out because of Wednesday’s announcement: Susan Rice has been appointed to take over for Tom Donilon as the US’ National Security Advisor.
It’s interesting because Rice’s Benghazi comments were considered so crippling that she was withdrawn from consideration for Secretary of State. Though she carried too much baggage to even dream of the needed Senate confirmation for that position, she has assumed a job which ironically gives her even more influence. The National Security Advisor need only be appointed by the President, and Rice’s role in the Benghazi drama has not lost her any favor with Obama.
Senator Rand Paul was one of the first to express his concern at this appointment. This apprehension is not unfounded because Rice’s account of Benghazi was not simply a Biden-esque political gaffe. K.T. McFarland, who held national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan Administrations, put it bluntly: