Rich Lowry | Susan Rice: A Promotion for Misleading the Nation?

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is set to go straight from misleading the country about a matter of national security to a promotion.

A top candidate to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, Rice famously purveyed erroneous information about the Benghazi terror attack on five Sunday shows a few days after the deadly incident.

But, hey, these things happen. The conventional wisdom says Republicans should get over it and concentrate their energies on more useful pursuits like caving to President Barack Obama on taxes. We are supposed to believe that Rice’s performance was one of a series of innocent mistakes that coincidently minimized a terror attack in the weeks before a close-fought presidential election.

Rice assured everyone that Benghazi was a “spontaneous reaction” to an anti-Muhammad video. It was then exploited by “opportunistic extremist elements.” And they happened to have “heavy weapons, which unfortunately are readily available in post-revolutionary Libya.”

It didn’t take a degree in international relations, or even in a stint at the Model U.N. as a teenager, to recognize this as transparent nonsense. On Face the Nation that very morning, the president of Libya directly contradicted Rice in saying that the attack was an al-Qaeda-linked preplanned act of terror. But Mohammed Magariaf didn’t have the benefit of the best work of the U.S. intelligence community.


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