- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

File this under Most Disingenuous Argument Ever. Susan Rice, of Barack Obama national security adviser fame, actually penned a piece for the Washington Post decrying President Donald Trump administration’s “false statements” about wiretapping — saying such unproven allegations present a danger to America.

That buzzing in your ears is from the rapid head-shaking that probably started, involuntarily, as soon as you finished reading that quick sentence.

Rice, of course, while U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was the chief player under Obama to advance the narrative — the false statements — that a YouTube video cut by a California man that criticized the Muslim prophet was the reason for the terror attacks on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, back in 2012.

Back in 2012 — on September 11, 2012, on the anniversary of the Islam-inspired terror attacks on U.S. soil.

Back in 2012 when Obama was trying hard to press the line that his administration had put a stop to terror and had made great diplomatic gains with the Muslim communities of the world.

Even then, the idea of a YouTube video sparking the terrorism that left four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, dead was nonsensical. But Rice dutifully went out and sold the mantra on mainstream media outlets everywhere — sparking discomfort even among State Department officials.

“I think Rice was off the reservation on this one,” wrote the State Department’s senior Libya desk officer, in an email to colleagues, as Mediate reported.

And colleagues agreed.

In fact, there was even talk at the time, and not just among conservatives, that Rice’s YouTube comments were dangerous to America’s national security, because it advanced a narrative put forth by Obama — that it’s not the radical Islam, stupid. As the logic goes, if you can’t name your enemy, how can you fight your enemy?

How can you win against your enemy?

According to Rice, the enemy in the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi was a YouTuber. 

What a disgusting show of false narrative — but she did her public relations job well, in the eyes of the Obama administration. She was moved from the ambassador slot to that of national security adviser, and held that role from 2013 to the end of Obama’s time in office.

Still, the people weren’t fooled. Her YouTube message was nothing but a lie, and a dangerous one, at that. But now she has the gall — the absolute hubris — to criticize Trump for what she complains is the compromising of America’s national security?

Here’s a sampling of her written statements. under the headline “When the White House twists the truth, we are all less safe.”

First, she spoke of the Trump administration’s furtherance of a claim that Britain’s intelligence spied on Trump Tower, at the request of Obama. Then, she brought up how FBI chief James Comey said in congressional testimony earlier this week that his agency has no evidence to support that claim.

And then, this: “The foundation of the United States’ unrivaled global leadership rests only in part on our military might, the strength of our economy and the power of our ideals. It is also grounded in the perception that the United States is steady, rational and fact-based. To lead effectively, the United States must maintain respect and trust. So, when a White House deliberately dissembles and serially contorts the facts, its actions pose a serious risk to America’s global leadership, among friends and adversaries alike.”

Unbelievable.

Every once in a while, there comes a politician, a public servant, a public entity, who is so out-there on the truth scale — so partisan and so blind to anything that smells of honesty — that their statements and actions are breathtaking in their Twilight Zone persona. Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson was one, when he said — seriously — to elderly people that Republicans opposing Obamacare “want you to die.”

Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare, fit the bill, when he said the health care bill’s passage relied mostly of the “stupidity of the American voter.” John Kerry made the cut when he said, during a secretary of state meeting with 45 nations’ heads in Washington, D.C., that climate change was as big a threat to the world as ISIS — as Islamic-based terrorism.

But Rice?

She tops the list in terms of breathtaking narratives.

Talk about a pot calling a kettle black. Rice gives a whole new meaning to that phrase — she creates an entirely new category, with her face front and center.

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