We know things are much worse than we could have ever imagined once we learn that even mainstream media is having a hard time swallowing anything National Security Advisor Susan Rice has to say about Benghazi, NSA or Edward Snowden.
Rice was interviewed for CBS’s 60 Minutes where she talked about what she thought were then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s reasons for not appearing for interviews following the attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which resulted in the deaths of four people, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
When asked about the Sunday talk shows she appeared on following the attacks to defend the White House’s line, Rice responded by saying that she doesn’t have time to think about the “false controversy.” The line she repeated throughout that Sunday after the attacks was later confirmed as, at best, misleading.
“In the midst of all of swirl about things like talking points, the administration has been working very, very hard across the globe to review our security of our embassies and our facilities. That’s what we ought to be focused on.”
During the Sunday shows, Rice defended the White House’s original talking points by claiming that the attacks had occurred spontaneously as a response to an anti-Muslim video. At the time, Rice confirmed that the attack wasn’t aimed at the United States or its policies.
Many have been criticizing the administration for maintaining the version of the story that Rice defended so vehemently even after so many whistleblowers stepped forward to report that Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi had been concerned about their safety and the vulnerability of the consulate even before the attacks had occurred. According to the report, Senior State Department officials had been previously warned of the situation in Benghazi but chose to withdraw security personnel from the facility in spite of the risks.
When asked about the NSA’s surveillance programs, Rice was quick to defend the unconstitutional spying practices by stating that “what the NSA and our intelligence community does as a whole is designed to protect Americans and our allies. And they do a heck of a good job at it.”
When 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl expressed the public’s concern by mentioning the untruthful testimonies given by officials in the intelligence community like James Clapper, Rice calmly explained that the “false representations,” as she put it, had been identified and corrected but failed to give any plausible explanation regarding Clapper’s need to be dishonest in the first place. If they had nothing to hide, why did he lie when asked if the NSA gathered Americans’ records?
The Obama Administration’s failures are the perfect examples of how bad things can go when government grows too big. Nobody seems to be rushing to accept responsibility for Benghazi and admitting to any mistakes. Likewise, nobody seems eager to willfully admit the NSA is actually doing something wrong by obtaining data it shouldn’t have access to without a warrant.
Susan Rice may have not been able to get the position of Secretary of State, which is what she seemed to want, but her name and story won’t fade away from our memory that easily.
Future National Security Advisers, remember: Rice’s legacy could serve as the perfect example of what not to do once you accept the position.