Skip to comments.GOP Must Play Hardball In Benghazi-Gate
Posted on 11/21/2012 1:04:18 PM PST by Kaslin
While the soap opera All the Generals Girls currently occupies the top spot in the Washington, DC ratings wars, the Benghazi Chronicles, with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice in a starring role, continues to enjoy strong ratings as it should.
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney played it safe during the campaign -- refusing to press the many questions surrounding the September 11th fatal attacks on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
The campaign was the perfect forum from which to demand and obtain answers to questions about why the United States was so poorly prepared for the violent attacks in Benghazi. It also served as an appropriate stage on which to discover why the Administration continued to mislead the American public about the forces behind the attacks.
With those opportunities badly flubbed by Romney, attention is now focused on Republican leaders in the Congress to use their confirmation, legislative and oversight powers to do what Romney did not play hardball and demand answers.
Republicans should quickly and firmly brush aside Obamas symbolic bravado during last weeks news conference, when he dared the Republicans to take [him] on and leave Rice alone. This is a red herring. The GOP also should be firm in casting aside the nonsense being mouthed by Rices defenders, such as Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, who are playing the Race Card by claiming criticism of Rice is founded in racial prejudice.
What Republicans should not brush aside, but should continue to focus on, is that Benghazi-Gate represents a most serious series of errors committed by the Obama Administration errors in judgment, intelligence, security, and policy that began long before the September 11th attacks; and which continued even after the tragic death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
This is serious business; and whatever smokescreens the Administration and its defenders throw out there charges of sexism, racism, partisanship, or whatever must not be permitted to pull the GOP off target. The GOP is the loyal opposition in this equation, and must not allow itself to be bullied into submission or start chasing animals down irrelevant rabbit holes. If the Republicans in either House flub this, then the incompetence displayed by the Obama Administration in meeting the challenges not only in Libya, but in Iran, Egypt and elsewhere, will continue and likely result in future debacles.
While the importance of Benghazi-Gate extends far beyond Susan Rice, the stakes for her are especially high. She is Obamas personal choice to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. For the President, if this truly is the proverbial ditch in which he has decided to fight to the death, its outcome will greatly impact how successful he will be in moving his second-term agenda forward on a number different issues.
On paper, Susan Rice clearly is qualified to serve as Clintons successor at Foggy Bottom Stanford University, Rhodes Scholar, National Security Council, and youngest-ever Assistant Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton. She is accurately described as tough, smart and, according one biography, unafraid to offer direct and plainspoken assessments.
Why then is there such controversy swirling around her potential nomination to State, based on clearly erroneous assessments of what happened in the Benghazi attack offered publicly by her in the tragedys aftermath? The answer to this series of questions actually is rather straightforward and simple.
Rice inserted herself into the eye of the Benghazi hurricane, and became the face of the Obama Administrations efforts to downplay and explain away the attacks in the final weeks leading to the November 6th election. No Republican Senator or Representative forced Rice into what turned out to be the unenviable position of describing the Benghazi attack as nothing more than a spontaneous response to an obscure film with anti-Islamic overtones. She either chose to enter the fray (perhaps hoping to burnish her credentials in anticipation of an Obama win), or she was too weak to resist efforts by others in the Administration to push her into the front lines so they could stand in the shadows and not be tarnished.
Either way, legitimate questions are raised about Rices judgment and about her ability to operate in the tough, complex political milieu in Washington.
The explanation by Obama and others, that Rice should not be criticized for her post-Benghazi statements because she was just reading the talking points that had been given to her, are equally devoid of merit. Do we want or need someone as Secretary of State who blithely reads talking point stuck in front of her, regardless of their merits or whether they make sense?
The answer to this and related questions clearly is No; and Republican leaders in both the House and the Senate must use their considerable powers to withhold funds, block nominations, and subpoena witnesses to get to the bottom of this fundamental foreign policy and national security debacle. If they dont, who will?
But they wont, the GOP is complicit in America’s demise, willing partners even..
yeah but the public has already forgotten about Benghazi. They are back to thinking about Kardashian and 2 1/2 men.
Uh huh, Right Bob Barr. The GOP’s Leadership is ALL ABOUT Hardball playing, right? Gee, I bet the GOP Leadership lineup of Boehner, Cantor, and McConnell strike mortal fear into the hearts of Democrats everywhere, dontcha think???
ROTFLMBO!!.......oh, is this a serious thread? (Sorry)...Hardball, cajones, “a pair”, guts, courage, fearlessness ( and the list goes on) are not words usually associated with the GOP. My bad...
“Must play hardball” is right - but I doubt they’ll suddenly start doing their damn job now
But they wont, the GOP is complicit in Americas demise, willing partners even..
True that. Expecting the GOP to play hardball is like asking a classical pianist to play heavy metal music. GOP believes in the old political maxim “to get along, go along.” They have long been enablers for the growing reach of liberal policies.
The stupid party has its weak leadership in place.
Republican hardball? Is that like Ryan Dunn and Steve-O?
The GOP needs to call 1-800-rent-a-set.
Get this question answered or immediately resign....NOW!!
**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**
GOP leadership getting ready to get tough.
The GOP needs a set of hardballs to play hardball. The GOP ‘nads are remain locked in a closet in the dem cloak room.
In reading comments, I see I’m not the only one disgusted with the GOP. Getting them to play hardball on anything would be an impossible task.
Well, it isn’t going to. Not even going to waste my time thinking otherwise.
Pubbies don’t play hardball. They’re not called the stupid party for nothing.
Hard ball. Thats a joke. Tammy Faye can barely restrain himself from boo hooing into his hanky after every cave in to the Dem demands for more money and higher taxes. They are all running scared right now. Afraid they will lose their cushy jobs, perks, power and pensions.