Susan Rice's 'credibility problem'

It's not like Susan Rice was a trusted source of information prior to her shocking statement that Bowe Bergdahl served with "honor and distinction." It's just that this latest idiocy appears to be the straw that broke the camel's back.

Even Rice allies are telling her to shut up.

The Hill:

But even Obama’s allies say Rice should lay low for a while to avoid attracting more flak on Capitol Hill and elsewhere in Washington.

“First she’s given incomplete talking points about Benghazi, then she’s dispatched to say on the talk shows that Bergdahl served with ‘honor and distinction.’ If I were Rice, I’d start taking Sundays off,” wrote Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson.

Robinson’s unsolicited advice to Rice meshes with what her fiercest critics on Capitol Hill are saying.

“My recommendation is that from now on Susan Rice stay home with her family and not go on any of the Sunday talk shows,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

“Who told Susan Rice he served with honor and distinction? Where does she get all this stuff? Who told her that the consulate in Benghazi was strongly and significantly secured when it was a death trap?” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

Republicans still resent Rice for her claim that the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, erupted spontaneously from an unruly crowd protesting an inflammatory film that mocked Islam.

McCain and Graham have accused Rice of a political cover-up to protect Obama from criticism for not adequately defending U.S. personnel in Libya on the 11th-year anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Rice’s tenuous relationships with key figures on Capitol Hill has made it more difficult to sell the decision to release five senior Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl.

Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken has taken the lead in apologizing to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for not giving her a personal heads-up on the swap and briefing senators at a classified meeting Wednesday.

Lingering GOP suspicion of a Benghazi cover-up has spurred Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to set up a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks and calls for a similar panel in the Senate.

Danielle Pletka, vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, said Rice has become viewed as an adviser often deployed to handle the administration’s political dirty work.

“Susan Rice is like a ghost. We hardly see anything of her and they seem to trot her out to tell convenient untruths,” Pletka said. “I’m not sure it’s whether she doesn’t know what the truth is, she’s not interested it in telling it or she’s just a patsy for people who make decisions in the administration.”

Rice appears to be following Rule #1 in the Leroy Jethro Gibbs rulebook; never apologize because it makes you look weak. She is a tackling dummy for Republicans because she's such an easy target. However, this latest dust up has more to do with major figures in the administration being totally clueless about how people view Bergdahl's alleged desertion.
 
It's been said that the reason so many in the administration were blindsided by the controversy is that they didn't think the desertion was important to the overall narrative - that the important thing was they got an American out of the hands of terrorists. After all, Viet Nam war era draft dodgers and deserters were largely treated with kid gloves. Nobody made a huge stink when Carter pardoned all the draft dodgers who went to Canada. So their utter astonishment at the rage expressed by active duty and former military people caught them flat footed.
 
Rice probably thought that inflating Bergdahl's service into something it wasn't was just politics and she'd get a pass. Whatever the reason, the last vestiges of her credibility are now in tatters.

It's not like Susan Rice was a trusted source of information prior to her shocking statement that Bowe Bergdahl served with "honor and distinction." It's just that this latest idiocy appears to be the straw that broke the camel's back.

Even Rice allies are telling her to shut up.

The Hill:

But even Obama’s allies say Rice should lay low for a while to avoid attracting more flak on Capitol Hill and elsewhere in Washington.

“First she’s given incomplete talking points about Benghazi, then she’s dispatched to say on the talk shows that Bergdahl served with ‘honor and distinction.’ If I were Rice, I’d start taking Sundays off,” wrote Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson.

Robinson’s unsolicited advice to Rice meshes with what her fiercest critics on Capitol Hill are saying.

“My recommendation is that from now on Susan Rice stay home with her family and not go on any of the Sunday talk shows,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

“Who told Susan Rice he served with honor and distinction? Where does she get all this stuff? Who told her that the consulate in Benghazi was strongly and significantly secured when it was a death trap?” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

Republicans still resent Rice for her claim that the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, erupted spontaneously from an unruly crowd protesting an inflammatory film that mocked Islam.

McCain and Graham have accused Rice of a political cover-up to protect Obama from criticism for not adequately defending U.S. personnel in Libya on the 11th-year anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Rice’s tenuous relationships with key figures on Capitol Hill has made it more difficult to sell the decision to release five senior Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl.

Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken has taken the lead in apologizing to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for not giving her a personal heads-up on the swap and briefing senators at a classified meeting Wednesday.

Lingering GOP suspicion of a Benghazi cover-up has spurred Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to set up a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks and calls for a similar panel in the Senate.

Danielle Pletka, vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, said Rice has become viewed as an adviser often deployed to handle the administration’s political dirty work.

“Susan Rice is like a ghost. We hardly see anything of her and they seem to trot her out to tell convenient untruths,” Pletka said. “I’m not sure it’s whether she doesn’t know what the truth is, she’s not interested it in telling it or she’s just a patsy for people who make decisions in the administration.”

Rice appears to be following Rule #1 in the Leroy Jethro Gibbs rulebook; never apologize because it makes you look weak. She is a tackling dummy for Republicans because she's such an easy target. However, this latest dust up has more to do with major figures in the administration being totally clueless about how people view Bergdahl's alleged desertion.
 
It's been said that the reason so many in the administration were blindsided by the controversy is that they didn't think the desertion was important to the overall narrative - that the important thing was they got an American out of the hands of terrorists. After all, Viet Nam war era draft dodgers and deserters were largely treated with kid gloves. Nobody made a huge stink when Carter pardoned all the draft dodgers who went to Canada. So their utter astonishment at the rage expressed by active duty and former military people caught them flat footed.
 
Rice probably thought that inflating Bergdahl's service into something it wasn't was just politics and she'd get a pass. Whatever the reason, the last vestiges of her credibility are now in tatters.

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