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The Disgrace That Is Susan Rice

Posted on | September 17, 2012 | 27 Comments

The position of Ambassador to the United Nations has been held by such distiguished persons as Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Jeanne Kirkpatrick and John Bolton. This is what’s so outrageous about the idiocy of Susan Rice:

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi last week was not premeditated, directly contradicting top Libyan officials who say the attack was planned in advance.
“Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous – not a premeditated – response to what had transpired in Cairo,” Rice told [Jake Tapper] this morning on “This Week.”
“In Cairo, as you know, a few hours earlier, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated,” Rice said, referring to protests in Egypt Tuesday over a film that depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud. Protesters in Cairo breached the walls of the U.S. Embassy, tearing apart an American flag.
“We believe that folks in Benghazi, a small number of people came to the embassy to – or to the consulate, rather, to replicate the sort of challenge that was posed in Cairo,” Rice said. “And then as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons… And it then evolved from there.”

Was the Egyptian protest also “spontaneous”? Could we suppose, hypothetically, that radical elements in the Islamic world are capable of coordinating activities on a certain date known in advance — say, for example, September 11?

The fathomless nitwittery is thickly layered: Rice’s continued insistence that this was all about a “very offensive video”; her post hoc propter hoc explanation of the Benghazi attack as a reaction to the Cairo riot; and then her claim that some “extremists . .. with heavier weapons” just decided to drop in at Benghazi – “Surprise! Sorry we’re late. Did you miss us?” — to add their RPGs and machine guns to the festive atmosphere of what was otherwise a spontaneous peaceful protest.

Perhaps we should consult an expert on affairs in Libya?

Consulate Attack Preplanned, Libya’s President Says
NPR

Libyan president: ‘No doubt’ attack ‘preplanned’
Politico

Libya’s Mohamed Yousef el-Magariaf: Attack
On U.S. Embassy Was ‘Planned — Definitely,
It Was Planned by Foreigners…’

American Power

(Via Memeorandum.) Kinda emphatic, the contradiction:

BOB SCHIEFFER: Was this a long-planned attack, as far as you know? Or what — what do you know about that?
MOHAMED YOUSEF EL-MAGARIAF: The way these perpetrators acted and moved, I think we — and they’re choosing the specific date for this so-called demonstration, I think we have no — this leaves us with no doubt that this has preplanned, determined — predetermined.
BOB SCHIEFFER: And you believe that this was the work of al Qaeda and you believe that it was led by foreigners. Is that — is that what you are telling us?
MOHAMED YOUSEF EL-MAGARIAF: It was planned — definitely, it was planned by foreigners, by people who– who entered the country a few months ago, and they were planning this criminal act since their — since their arrival.

Rice’s idiotic explanation that the U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans were killed in Libya because of a YouTube clip and a copycat “spontaneous” protest inspired by Egypt blithely ignores the specifics of the situation in Benghazi prior to the deadly attack. Before anyone ever heard of this stupid video, before anything happened in Cairo, U.S. officials in Libya were warned:

Three days before the deadly assault on the United States consulate in Libya, a local security official says he met with American diplomats in the city and warned them about deteriorating security.
Jamal Mabrouk, a member of the February 17th Brigade, told CNN that he and a battalion commander had a meeting about the economy and security.
He said they told the diplomats that the security situation wasn’t good for international business.
“The situation is frightening, it scares us,” Mabrouk said they told the U.S. officials.

If that’s what Mabrouk and his comrade told U.S. officials on Sept. 8, and if the Libyan president says the attack was “definitely . . . planned by foreigners,” how can Susan Rice so confidently declare that the violence was not “premeditated”?

Answer: Because Susan Rice is an idiot.

 

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  • mario

    this woman is a dangerous idiot.

  • steveb

    America was hit with a terrorist attack on 9-11 for the second time in our history. We all see with our own eyes lie after lie from Obama, Hilary, and Rice. We all see the immediate coordinated media effort to attack Romney, right on cue. We know the man who made the movie they keep droning on about was a huge Obama contributor. I think the whole thing was planned, coordinated by Obama as an “October surprise”, with his “Brotherhood” buddies. Then Al Qaeda shows up in Libya with rocket launchers and grenades. They didn’t count on that part, did they? That wasn’t part of the script?

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  • SDN

    “Answer: Because Susan Rice is an idiot. an effing liar.

    FTFY.

  • http://twitter.com/Chip111305 Chip Halstead

    Could someone please explain the disconnect here. Victoria Nuland, the State Dept spokeswoman, announces a shut down of all press inquiries re the Libyan debacle on Friday, based on an FBI criminal investigation of the matter. Then on Sunday, Susan Rice, the UN ambassdor & State Dept employee, hits the chat shows to discuss the Libyan debacle.

    Someone needs to quiz both Nuland and Rice on the State Dept’s current position. Has the criminal investigation been called off? Were and are State Dept officials always able to talk about the matter, if they so choose, regardless of any investigation? Was Susan Rice off the reservation? Was she appearing in her personal capacity or in her official capacity? Should all press inquiries be directed to Rice rather than Nuland henceforward?

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  • OldmanRick

    Yep, it’s true. BO surrounded himself with idiots so that his intellectual shortcomings would seem brillant in comparison.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shawny-Lee/100001989148504 Shawny Lee

    Allen West On UN Ambassador Rice Asinine, naive, inept, incompetent and borderline ignorant video

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/…/

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  • Wombat_socho

    Because shut up, as Jim Treacher explains.

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  • elaine

    Ambassador Rice isn’t an idiot… she’s an evil shill covering for her corrupt, evil boss.

    There are reports from multiple sources that the attacks were premeditated. The consulate at Benghazi had no Marines stationed there. (Marines protect the sensitive documents, not the diplomatic staff.) Sensitive documents were stolen from the Benghazi consulate — documents which include the names of Libyans working with us, as well as the locations of all safe houses in Libya. The consulate in Benghazi was given a security check prior to 9/11 and passed it, even though local security and third party contractors all warned the consulate’s security was woefully inadequate. There are also reports that the local security did precious little to actually protect our ambassadorial workers when the attack began.

    It took fifteen minutes for the mob to breach the consulate walls and set the place ablaze. Does that sound like adequate security to anyone?

    Rice and this administration HAVE to say this was all caused by a video no one ever heard of because if they admit security was lax and insufficient, if they admit there was credible intel an attack was imminent, then that begs a lot of questions, doesn’t it?

    Such as Why was security so lax? Why were there no Marines at the Benghazi consulate? Why wasn’t a FAST team assigned to Benghazi and other facilities in advance of 9/11, given that muslims ALWAYS take some kind of action or have some kind of protest on that date?

    By claiming it was a spontaneous protest as a result of some video, all those questions go away, don’t they?

    Of course, as many others have asked, if it was a spontaneous protest, how did all those grenade launchers and antiaircraft guns show up? Who brought them and why?

  • MicahStone

    Reason #6,784,259,012 to ensure that OBOZO is NOT re-elected: rice is being considered as the replacement for Shrillary Rotten Clinton as Sec of State. Imagine, an even more political, clueless, hyper-partisan, incompetent twit as Sec of State !!!!! (Does anybody know if rice, like Shrillary, embarrasses decent Americans with drunk, dirty dancing displays on the taxpayer’s dime while overseas on “official” business? Or does she do even worse things?)

    Rep. Allen West: “Well it’s very simple. When I listen to the US Ambassador Susan Rice today, several words came to mind: asinine, naive, inept, incompetent and borderline ignorant…”

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    Just so: Rice is no idiot, but she is a far left anti-
    American, antisemitic liar who will say whatever it takes to cover for Obama and the radical muslims who hate us.

  • Finrod Felagund

    This administration is reminding me strongly of the ancient king who decreed that the tide couldn’t come in.

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  • Taxpayer1234

    Reason #5,000,000 West should be our next SecState!

  • Taxpayer1234

    That woman is a truckload of stoopid! Granted, the UN is full of idiots just like her, but she’s the worst of the worst.
    BTW, I’m suspended from Twitter–again!!! I’d appreciate your support, fellow travelers!

  • elaine

    We know the man who made the movie they keep droning on about was a huge Obama contributor.

    Nakoula didn’t donate to Obama; the Breitbart headline referred to Bill Mahr.

  • firefirefire

    ..and a world class liar. Isn’t it nice to have liars and the lying liars they are, running our feckin’ gov’t?

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