GOP Senators embraced Condi Rice as Sec. of State after she ignored 9/11 warnings, but pummel Susan Rice



Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash, via my pal Mark Karlin:

Condi Rice, as National Security Advisor, was generally the funnel through which such intelligence alarms went through before getting to Bush.  She also had separate meetings with George Tenet, head of the CIA, who reportedly told her of the agency's concern about Al Qaeda launching attacks in the US, including hijackings.  In fact, at one point during a public inquiry about the 9/11 attacks, Rice was forced to read the headline of the infamous August 6th CIA memo:  “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”

Yet, despite all the signs pointing to willful negligence – which included not even taking the minimal step of heightening security against hijackings at airports – Condi Rice was confirmed as Secretary of State by an 85-13 vote of the United States Senate on January 26, 2005, with the full support of the Republican caucus.  Dissenting votes included Democrats such as Barbara Boxer and the late Robert Byrd who felt that Rice was not being held accountable for her role in ignoring the 9/11 warnings and her support of the Iraq War.

So when Reuters headlines its article about Susan Rice's meeting with GOP senators this morning, "Rice meeting with senators fails to dampen criticism," you know that the Republican double standard of hypocrisy is in full swing.  Whatever the explanations that occurred after the killings in Benghazi were, Susan Rice is UN Ambassador, not the National Security Advisor.  The Republican pummeling of Rice -- given its historical support of the Bush administration/Condi Rice failure to even try and prevent 9/11 coupled with its bloody war policies – is more than just partisan politics.  

After all, we are talking about national security here – and the only security that the McCain/Graham Republican Party appears to be protecting is their own jobs.  More than 3000 people from all nations died in the Twin Towers on 9/11 and in the other hijacked planes.  Thousands upon thousands more perished in two wars launched by the Bush administration. [...]

It's all part of the same shameful bullying that we have seen for years, one that puts the national security interests of the United States in partisan peril.

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