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Questions loom over Rice's credibility (time to go hide)
The Hill ^ | 6/07/14 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 06/07/2014 10:56:12 AM PDT by Libloather

National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s comments that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl served with "honor and distinction" has amplified GOP criticism of President Obama's prisoner swap and undermined Rice’s credibility on Capitol Hill.

Independent experts have cast doubt on Rice’s judgment, given questions about whether Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban after deserting his post in Afghanistan. Even allies of the White House are suggesting she stay off the Sunday talk shows.

“When I saw her on TV making that honor and distinction comment it just seems so phony to me,” said Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at Boston University. “I think she doesn’t think seriously about the content of the words and it gets her in trouble and it embarrasses the president.

“It’s a problem if you have people who say things that end up attracting such adverse attention,” he added.

Rice is under fire for touting Bergdahl’s military record, after his former platoon mates accused him of deserting his post and endangering the lives of his comrades.

She doubled down on her statement Friday by insisting that Bergdahl deserved praise for volunteering to serve in a dangerous conflict.

“Let's remember this is a young man who volunteered to serve his country. He was taken as a prisoner of war,” she said in a CNN interview.

Patrick Ventrell, Rice’s spokesman, said “she stands by what she said in this instance and stands by her service.”

But even Obama’s allies say Rice should lay low for a while to avoid attracting more flak on Capitol Hill and elsewhere in Washington.

“First she’s given incomplete talking points about Benghazi, then she’s dispatched to say on the talk shows that Bergdahl served with ‘honor and distinction.’ If I were Rice, I’d start taking Sundays off,” wrote Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson.

Robinson’s unsolicited advice to Rice meshes with what her fiercest critics on Capitol Hill are saying.

“My recommendation is that from now on Susan Rice stay home with her family and not go on any of the Sunday talk shows,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

“Who told Susan Rice he served with honor and distinction? Where does she get all this stuff? Who told her that the consulate in Benghazi was strongly and significantly secured when it was a death trap?” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

Republicans still resent Rice for her claim that the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, erupted spontaneously from an unruly crowd protesting an inflammatory film that mocked Islam.

McCain and Graham have accused Rice of a political cover-up to protect Obama from criticism for not adequately defending U.S. personnel in Libya on the 11th-year anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Rice’s tenuous relationships with key figures on Capitol Hill has made it more difficult to sell the decision to release five senior Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl.

Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken has taken the lead in apologizing to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for not giving her a personal heads-up on the swap and briefing senators at a classified meeting Wednesday.

Lingering GOP suspicion of a Benghazi cover-up has spurred Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to set up a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks and calls for a similar panel in the Senate.

Danielle Pletka, vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, said Rice has become viewed as an adviser often deployed to handle the administration’s political dirty work.

“Susan Rice is like a ghost. We hardly see anything of her and they seem to trot her out to tell convenient untruths,” Pletka said. “I’m not sure it’s whether she doesn’t know what the truth is, she’s not interested it in telling it or she’s just a patsy for people who make decisions in the administration.”

Rice on Friday pushed back against criticisms that she plays fast and loose with the facts on Sunday talk shows.

“I'm up front with the American people. And I always do my best on behalf of my country and I do my best [with] the facts as we know them,” she told CNN.

“In the case of Bowe Bergdahl, for me to condemn him without any opportunity for him to have the chance to tell his side of the story, without any due process that we accord any American, that would be inherently unfair,” she said.

Tommy Vietor, a former spokesman for the National Security Council, told BuzzFeed earlier in the week that the White House expected a backlash against the prisoner exchange that freed Bergdahl and wanted the public to reflect on Bergdahl’s service and years of captivity before the partisan sniping began.

Rice defends her Benghazi statements by arguing that she provided the best available information when she went on the morning talk shows.

“Parts of it turned out to be wrong. I regret that the information I was provided was wrong and that I delivered to the American people. That doesn't make me a liar,” she said.

Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution, said national security advisors traditionally promote the president’s political as well as policy agenda.

He said much of the Republican hostility against Rice stems from her role as a national security adviser on Obama’s 2008 campaign and her opposition to the troop surge in Iraq, which McCain and Graham vigorously supported.

Blinken is viewed with less animus by some Republicans on the Hill because he initially worked for Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign —when he and Obama were opponents — and is considered not as close to the president.

“If I were convening a jury to weigh in on Susan’s performance, McCain and Graham couldn’t be on it because they’ve become so caught up in this particular debate that it’s hard to believe other issues will get a truly independent hearing in their mind,” O’Hanlon said.

“Susan now is associated not only with these two specific issues but also the president’s campaign,” he added. “When Susan Rice was helping Obama win the nomination and get ready to defeat McCain, she was a core part of his campaign.”

O’Hanlon said McCain and Rice sparred at the time over the efficacy of increasing troop levels in Iraq “and that has not been forgotten.”

Nevertheless, he said Rice’s statement on Bergdahl’s service is “one you can challenge on a number of levels.”

“Some of the concerns are very valid,” he added.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benghazi; bergdahl; liar; rice; susanrice
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Unlike Bergdahl, she does what she's told to do.
1 posted on 06/07/2014 10:56:12 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal; ...

I don’t question Susan Rice’s credibility. There is no question in my mind that she has no credibility at all.

2 posted on 06/07/2014 10:59:25 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: Libloather

One issue I have with Susan Rice is that she is trotted out to explain and defend using talking points.

I haven’t heard much about this issue of the talking points. But I am frustrated that we are spoon fed talking points, as opposed to being told the truth of a situation.

Why exactly do we need to issue talking points to have someone go talk to the media? Why don’t they just tell us what the facts are, and what the administration position is based on the facts?

Between the Benghazi talking points and Bergdahl talking points, it appears to me that Susan Rice is used by the administration, and she gets trotted out when others in the administration don’t want to address an issue. Then we’re supposed to swallow the MSM feed that the administration has told us all we need to know about something, and that’s supposed to be the end of it.

3 posted on 06/07/2014 11:00:33 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et)
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To: Libloather

Wake up all you LIV’s. Nothing about this administration even narrowly resembles the truth. They lie for political advantage. It is their number 1 play in their game plan.

4 posted on 06/07/2014 11:01:06 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Clintonfatigued

you just have to look at who hired her.

5 posted on 06/07/2014 11:01:14 AM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: Clintonfatigued
she has managed to keep BOWE's Lil Secret fairly well....

6 posted on 06/07/2014 11:01:26 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Yipes, that’s hideous. I feel bad for laughing.

7 posted on 06/07/2014 11:05:04 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: Libloather
unlike bergdahl she has been tasked to help destroy the country, given the same task, bregdahl would prolly follow orders too
8 posted on 06/07/2014 11:05:28 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I think she’s just incredibly stupid. They tell her what to say and she doesn’t think about researching whether it’s true or not and as a result it damages her personally. But that’s the kind of President we got here: A damn coward who puts other people in the fire and doesn’t care if they get burned. I mean just think: This is going to follow her around for the rest of her career no matter what she does. Her reputation is going to be that of a liar and an idiot courtesy of B. Hussien.

9 posted on 06/07/2014 11:09:21 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Libloather

“If this administration were to have a cartoon mascot it would be Scooby-dubious.” - Greg Gutfeld

10 posted on 06/07/2014 11:09:40 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Libloather

Questions????? There’s no question whatsoever about her “ credibility.” Anyone who reads scripts from O or TOTUS very quickly loses any credibility they may once have possessed.

11 posted on 06/07/2014 11:11:35 AM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: Libloather
"Questions loom over Rice's credibility"

This is congruent with such headlines as:

Questions loom over Rice's being faster than a speeding bullet.
Questions loom over Rice's being more powerful than a locomotive.
Questions loom over Rice's ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Questions loom over Rice's coming to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.
Questions loom over Rice's changing the course of mighty rivers.
Questions loom over Rice's bending steel in her bare hands.
Questions loom over Rice's disguise as a mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper.
Questions loom over Rice's fighting a never-ending battle against truth, justice, and the American way.

12 posted on 06/07/2014 11:15:12 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: Libloather

There are only two words for her.
Useful Idiot.

13 posted on 06/07/2014 11:16:39 AM PDT by certrtwngnut
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To: Carl Vehse

This stupid woman is the National Security Advisor! Her face says it all..she has a blank look..the lights are dimmed and nobody is home.

14 posted on 06/07/2014 11:18:20 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Clintonfatigued

Exactly. She will do anything Obama says, just like the rest of the libtards in this republic. They are dense and they know it.

15 posted on 06/07/2014 11:18:36 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?s)
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To: All

One of Megyn’s guests asserted Susan was the idiot behind the Bergdahl release——that she was in fact pushing for it.

Hoping to pump her tattered resume (cackle).

She’s not qualified for the job as pickle-slicer at McD’s.

16 posted on 06/07/2014 11:19:55 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Libloather

Questions loom over Rice having a brain.

17 posted on 06/07/2014 11:20:27 AM PDT by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: Oldexpat
This stupid woman is the National Security Advisor! Her face says it all..she has a blank look..the lights are dimmed and nobody is home.

Worse still, Susan Rice is part of the Traitorobama kakistocracy.

18 posted on 06/07/2014 11:21:33 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: Libloather

I wish someone would ask her exactly what date the Pentagon labeled him a POW. Because they never did.

19 posted on 06/07/2014 11:22:36 AM PDT by autumnraine
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To: Libloather

If susan rice was white she couldn’t get a job.

20 posted on 06/07/2014 11:26:17 AM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED.)
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