The GOP successfully slandered the record of Susan Rice, pushing her to cut short her successful path of government service.
Republicans argued that Susan Rice misled Americans in the hours following the attack of the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Obviously, they claimed, Susan Rice is not of the skill or character to represent the United State as our Secretary of State.
This is so hypocritical on so many levels that…well, it reinforces my argument that you cannot be a Republican today without either being incredible uninformed or stupid or you’re simply a morally corrupt person.
Sadly, Americans are not the best with history and the GOP is abysmal with facts. But doesn’t anyone on the right recall another woman named Rice, one who, well, let’s see, supported false claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? How about all of those Susan Rice critics — people like one-time GOP presidential contender John McCain — who also misled (perhaps deliberately so) the United States and the world into a disastrous war?
Among the most vocal Susan Rice critics was Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. In November on Face the Nation, Graham attacked Susan Rice. He said “There are too many questions to be answered. I don’t quite frankly trust her rendition of Benghazi…I would not vote for her unless there’s a tremendous opening up of information explaining herself in a way she has not yet done.”
Lindsey Graham, however, was among the biggest apologists for the Bush administration’s Iraq fiasco. In fact last November blogs lit up After Graham’s Face the Nation appearance.
People with memory and conscience pointed out that Graham shrugged off criticism of GOP mistakes claiming that every intelligence agency in the world thought Iraq had WMDs. Well, that point can be debated, but if they did believe Iraq had WMDs — and intended to use them — that belief was largely formed by deliberately misleading information (i.e., lies) coming from the the Bush administration which, by the way, included Condoleezza Rice.
Unfortunately people who vote for today’s GOP hypocrites and liars do not pay attention to facts or worse don’t care. Ideology is easier to defend, you don’t have to bother yourself with facts. But ideology and facts are not inherently incompatible. One’s beliefs should be supported by the facts, not the other way around. But there are many among us who choose to believe before they think.
Look, the GOP is a disgrace, it is a desperate band of ignorant regressives. People like this are not our future and the sooner they are out of the way the better. Simply — and gently — talking about these examples of blatant dishonesty and hypocrisy might be enough to swing momentum away from the mistakes that are ruining us.
Talk about GOP hypocrisy. And think about this when they start talking. Hold the GOP accountable. Demand facts over failing ideology.
- McCain and Graham attack Susan Rice. Hypocrisy? (tv.msnbc.com)
- “Technically Speaking, Bush Wasn’t Lying About WMD’s” Says Condoleezza Rice (internetweekly.org)
- McCain And Graham Defended Condoleeza Rice Over Iraq WMD Testimony (buzzfeed.com)
- GOP senators make hypocritical attack on Susan Rice (couriernews.suntimes.com)