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Susan Rice was right, John McCain "living in fantasyland"

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As former ambassador and U.S. diplomat in Iraq Joe Wilson (married to Valerie Plame) and Chris Hayes said on All In, "fall person" (now National Securtiy Advisor) Susan Rice was absolutely on target when she appeared on Sunday talkers and referred to the video that inspired the Benghazi attacks. To combine quotes from Wilson and Hayes, "All this time later, Susan Rice was actually right. They just make things up."

And all those self-righteous Republicans in DC were dead wrong. They were dead wrong as they smeared Rice, tried to destroy her career, and eventually managed to prevent her nomination as the next Secretary of State.

Susan Rice deserves an apology. The Congress members and right wing talking heads who did this should start berating their own incompetence and disgraceful tactics instead of sabotaging our national security efforts.

As Joe Wilson said, "It is really dishonorable what these people are doing up on the Hill, and the right wing echo chamber." Watch:

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Joe Wilson:

"For John McCain to say we somehow had won the [Iraq] war, he's living in fantasyland. It was a time bomb waiting to go off and it's now going off.

"My view is we should just stay out of it. We've killed enough Arabs for a lifetime."

Also included in the video is an interview with Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby.

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McCain Earns An Upside-Down Pinocchio

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Maybe John McCain should take his own advice. He certainly has plenty for National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

According to The Hill:

“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.).

McCain questions the veracity of her comments over the release of POW Bergdahl. He's entitled to his opinions, just not his own facts.

So if what's good for the goose is good for the gander, Senator McCain must also curtail his visits to the Sunday talkers due to his inaccuracies -- lies -- regarding the prisoner swap-gate.

HuffPo:

John McCain has spent much of the past week denying that he changed his position about exchanging Taliban prisoners for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl. So he probably wasn't happy on Friday morning, when the Washington Post's official fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, sided with the people who think McCain flip-flopped on Bergdahl.

McCain told Jake Tapper on Thursday that, although he previously expressed his willingness to exchange prisoners for Bergdahl, he would never have done so if he'd known exactly which prisoners would be exchanged.

What's really amazing is that McCain claims he never knew which prisoners were going to be exchanged. This potential deal had been discussed for two years. Maybe if McCain went to briefings on the subject instead of microphones and cameras complaining he wasn't getting informed, it might help. But in this case, to say that McCain didn't know which five Taliban were to be released, or that it was for Bergdahl (he was our only POW, the last one)  seems totally ludicrous to the point of being laughable.

But then he can’t object to the most important detail–the identity of the prisoners–that was known at the time he indicated his support. McCain earns an upside-down Pinocchio, constituting a flip-flop.

So, John "I talked while I was a tortured prisoner" McCain, it's time for you to refuse the politically motivated invitations to speak on the Sunday shows or else you'll be earning another upside-down Pinocchio, only this time with a big red cherry on top.

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Please read about this week's Sunday talkers on Politico.

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Video- On Fox News Sunday, Mary Matalin Dismisses Susan Rice As "A Presidential Pet"

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Over at Cole's place the other day someone asked who is the politician and/or political person you'd most like to get physical with, and not in a good way. Matalin is up there on my list, not that a quick slap across the mug of Lady Cheney wouldn't thrill me too. Via MM.

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Live Streaming Video- President Obama Makes a Personnel Announcement 2:15p EDT

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Video- Fox & Friends: ‘Curious Timing’ Of Susan Rice Replacing National Security Adviser: She ‘Misled’ Nation

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Speaking of misleading. Via.

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Susan Rice as next National Security Advisor. "It's definitely happening."

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Since The Cable is subscription only, Taegan is my go-to on this story:

"Insiders with ties to the Obama administration tell  that U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has become the heir apparent to National Security Advisor Tom Donilon -- a post at the epicenter of foreign-policy decision making and arguably more influential than secretary of state, a job for which she withdrew her candidacy last fall amid severe political pressure."

Said one source: "It's definitely happening."

Yes it is, despite all of this:

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Honestly, at this point, even if I were inclined to dislike and distrust Susan Rice, I'd still be doing back flips over this, simply because of what the GOP has put her through. They are the ones I increasingly dislike and distrust, and they have done nothing to alter my perceptions and everything to heighten them.

Once again, Republicans have made utter horse's asses of themselves over a fantasy-scandal. May it continue to backfire in their sour little faces.

Congratulations, Susan Rice. Feel free to gloat.

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