Susan Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations who peddled the administration’s story that the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, started with a protest over a video, is getting kicked upstairs.
According to a Washington Post report, President Obama will name Rice as national security adviser Wednesday afternoon, replacing Tom Donilon.
The Post portrayed the Rice appointment as a “defiant gesture to Republicans who harshly criticized Ms. Rice for presenting an erroneous account” of the Benghazi attacks.
That’s one way of looking at it.
It could also be considered a “defiant gesture” to the American public, or anyone else who dislikes “erroneous” accounts coming out of the White House about attacks that leave American ambassadors dead.
The controversy around her “erroneous account” ended up sinking Rice’s potential to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. That job would require Senate confirmation Rice would have had trouble getting.
The job of national security of advisor doesn’t need Senate approval.
One of the best descriptions of Rice’s performance in the United Nations ambassador job was offered last month by Vice President Joe Biden, of all people.
“When she speaks,” Biden said, according to the Post, “no one wonders whether or not she is speaking for the president.”
They just wonder whether she’s speaking for the truth.
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