In Cole Porter’s song “Miss Otis Regrets,” the singer passes on the heroine’s regrets that she’s unable to lunch today. Why? She was strung up by a mob for killing “the man who had led her so far astray.” It’s a reasonable excuse presented with demure understatement in Ella Fitzgerald’s classic rendition of the song.
This past Sunday on Meet the Press Rice passed on the opportunity to express regrets for misleading the American people regarding the murder of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans in the 9/11 assault on our facilities in Benghazi. Rice had appeared on all the Sunday gabfests following the murders to characterize the Benghazi assault as a “spontaneous response” to an anti-Islam video.
“What I said to you that morning, and what I did every day since, was to share the best information that we had at the time,” Rice said on Meet the Press. “The information I provided, which I explained to you, was what we had at the moment. It could change. I commented that this was based on what we knew on that morning, was provided to me and my colleagues and indeed to Congress by the intelligence community, and that’s been well validated in many different ways since.”
There is more! Rice added this: “That information turned out in some respects not to be 100 percent correct. But the notion that somehow I or anybody else in the administration is patently false, and that’s been amply demonstrated.”
I killed the better part of the Sunday of Rice’s appearance on the Sunday shows mocking her on Power Line as a knave and a fool for disseminating the “patently false” line being peddled by the Obama administration, from Barack Obama on down. It has been “amply demonstrated” that the line Rice was peddling was false. Like her boss, however, Rice lies without conscience and without apology.