Reflections on Two Grains of Rice

Opinion by Patricia L Johnson

Senator Lindsey Graham [R-SC] and Senator John McCain [R-AZ] have several things in common. They are both long-term members of the United States Senate, they are both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, they are both Republicans and they both came down hard on United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice for calling the attack on Benghazi a “spontaneous demonstration” as opposed to a terrorist attack during her five September 16, 2012 TV appearances.

McCain and Graham made it crystal clear they will attempt to block any possible nomination of U.N. Ambassador Rice to the position of Secretary of State, including filibuster. McCain suggested he’ll block her nomination due to the fact Rice’s comments either fall under the heading of a Watergate-style cover-up, or the “worst kind of incompetence”, while Graham won’t back anyone who is “up to their eyeballs in the Benghazi debacle”.

Mike Morell, Acting CIA Director told Congress during the closed-door session of the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, November 15, 2012 that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was provided with an “unclassified version” of the events that took place September 11, 2012 at Benghazi, according to Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA].

The ‘unclassified’ version of CIA talking point read as follows:

· "The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the US diplomatic post in Benghazi and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.

Pasted from <http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57550337/cia-talking-points-for-susan-rice-called-benghazi-attack-spontaneously-inspired-by-protests/>

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice simply reiterated the information she was provided by CIA.

“The Honorable” is the formal address reserved for Members of Congress and I fail to find anything ‘honorable’ about the ridiculous spectacle John McCain and Lindsey Graham made when discussing Ambassador Rice, without knowing all the facts!

Aside from the fact these two jumped the gun, what I really want to know is where were they during the other Rice debacle?

Does the name Condoleezza Rice ring a bell with anyone?

Condoleezza Rice made history on December 17, 2000, when she was chosen to serve as the first woman National Security Advisor for a period that began on January 20, 2001 and ended January 26, 2005 when she became the 66th Secretary of State.

During the 911 Commission hearings most of us learned that, on an almost daily basis during the summer of 2001 Rice met with then CIA Director, George Tenet, and on July 10, 2001 Director Tenet requested an emergency meeting to brief Rice and her staff on the possibility of a pending attack by Al Qaeda. Rice claimed she did not recall the meeting, but White House records confirmed the meeting was, in fact held.

Two months later, on September 11, 2001, an attack was made against citizens of the United States, on our own soil, and almost 3,000 individuals perished.

In response to the events of 9/11 the United States attacked Afghanistan on October 7, 2001.

Why were we attacked by Al-Qaeda?

On December 27, 2001 Osama Bin Laden released a video to Al-Jazeera regarding various events including the 9/11 attack and BBC posted the following excerpt from the video:

“Terrorism against America deserves to be praised because it was a response to injustice, aimed at forcing America to stop its support for Israel, which kills our people.”

Our support for Israel hadn’t waned; in fact, the 2012 budget amount submitted to Congress in February of 2011 by President Obama for a particular weapons system in Israel was doubled by the Republican controlled House on H.R. 1540. It was only one of the three areas where the amount allocated was more than requested in the President’s budget. Would you care to guess what was decreased in order to provide Israel with the additional funds?

After our attack on Afghanistan we began to hear rumblings from our government on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Iraq delivered its 12,200-page declaration on Weapons of Mass Destruction to the United Nations on December 8, 2002.

Several weeks later, on January 23, 2003, National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice wrote an editorial published in the New York Times, calling the 12,200 Iraq report a “lie”. "Iraq has filed a false declaration to the United Nations that amounts to a 12,200-page lie". Condoleezza Rice is also a Republican.

Less than two months later, on March 19, 2003, the United States attacked Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi’s were killed, maimed, or forced to leave their homeland, while U.S. taxpayers footed the bill for billions upon billions of dollars to be blown up in a puff of smoke. It is estimated by CRS that direct costs from the two wars exceeded $1.28 trillion dollars as of March 18, 2011.

It is a fact the following four American citizens were killed on September 11, 2012 during an attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya. U.S. Ambassador John Christopher Stevens, Information Management Officer, Sean Smith [former member of the U.S. Air Force] and two private security contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty. Both Woods and Doherty were former U.S. Navy SEALS.

It is also a fact that as of 10:00 a.m. on November 15, 2012 there have been a total of 56,847 U.S. Military personnel killed and or wounded in OIF [Operation Iraqi Freedom], OEF [Operation Enduring Freedom] and OND [Operation New Dawn].

Where were Senator McCain and Senator Graham almost a decade ago? Why weren’t they going over every word spoken with a fine tooth comb?

It appears Republicans have something else in common; they are very quick to call anyone and everyone a liar, if calling the person a liar helps them meet the goals they have set for their Party.

Unfortunately, this time around all it does is make them look like the fools they are.

© 2012 Patricia L Johnson

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