Someone whose best-known recent accomplishment is helping to spread false accounts about a terrorist attack on Americans might not seem like a natural choice for the post of national security adviser.
But for President Barack Obama, for whom politics and agenda trump everything else, Susan Rice proved her readiness for the position by faithfully sticking to the administration’s talking points on the attack in Benghazi, Libya, last September, even as those concocting the story about it arising from protests over a YouTube video knew it to be false.
Rice’s new job is widely seen as a reward for a key political adviser and ally, and a consolation prize for her having to withdraw from consideration for the post of secretary of state as Hillary Clinton stepped down.
Unlike that post, the job of national security adviser does not require Senate confirmation — something that would have proved an uphill battle for Rice in the wake of the Benghazi affair.
The Rice appointment was simply the latest poke-in-the-eye personnel move by Obama, who shows little interest in trying to court consensus through more moderate, uncontroversial picks. …
America’s security clearly remains threatened both abroad and at home despite the fact that Osama bin Laden has been killed.
The nation needs a national security adviser who understands that and speaks the truth, even if it means having to go against the political will of her boss.
— Distributed by The Associated Press