In September 2012 Susan Rice made the rounds of the Sunday gabfests to promote the lie that a YouTube video prompted a riot that led to the deaths of our men in Benghazi. She was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations at the time, faithfully peddling the transparently false Obama administration line. I wrote about Rice’s performance that morning in “Fools and knaves.”. Rice’s performance perfectly represented the Obama administration’s methodically twisted way with the truth, explained forthrightly by Obama NSC spokesman Ben Rhodes in the invaluable New York Times Magazine article by David Samuels.
Today the Washington Post runs Rice’s column “When the White House twists the truth, we are all less safe.”. Rice does not look back. She does not engage in self-reflection. Rather, she admonishes the Trump administration.
I could say she should know. I could say she is a flawed messenger. I could say that Susan Rice embodies the problem of the unreliable narrator. But words fail me.
Glenn Reynolds comments: “Pathetic of WaPo to run this.” That’s certainly true.
Quoting himself, Glenn adds: “And speaking of less safe, ‘The troika made up of Susan Rice, Samantha Power, and Hillary Clinton was perhaps the most disastrous foreign policy crew in American history.’” That’s true too.
But wait! There is more. Glenn notes in an update: “Trump’s credibility is shot, says . . . Jen Psaki? Really, CNN? That’s what you’ve got? Of course, if legacy media banned Obama officials who lied to the public, they wouldn’t be able to have many Obama officials on. . . .”