- - Sunday, April 16, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Pardon those who did not take Susan Rice at her word when she recently went before MSNBC TV cameras and “categorically denied committing any wrongdoing by seeking the redacted names of Trump campaign aides” in her latest political dust-up (“Unmasking’ of Trump aides reveals Susan Rice at center of multifarious controversies,” Web, April 12). Lost in earlier Beltway sparring over Rice’s role in the Obama administration’s response to the Benghazi attacks were the hard facts of the timeline for those events.

The attacks on the Benghazi consulate occurred on the evening of Sept. 11, 2012 (the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks). Rice did not go on the five Sunday talk shows until the following weekend, at least four days after the atrocities. By then the intelligence community, military and State Department had all had plenty of time to update and confirm that the the killings were in fact carried out by organized, hardened terrorists, and were in no way the doing of a “spontaneous”

mob angry about an anti-Islam video on the internet. There is good reason to think Rice willfully deceived the American public over the Benghazi attack because letting the facts out would have damaged the Obama’s 2012-reelection narrative that al-Qaeda was “on the run.”

Further, Army Sgt. Bowe Berdahl did not serve with “honor and distinction,” as Rice also publicly declared at the time of Obama’s trade of Bergdahl trade for the five Taliban prisoners. So let the Senate and House Intelligence Committees’ investigations go forward. Americans deserve to learn the information that has been unearthed.

COL. CHRIS J. KRISINGER



U.S. Air Force (retired)

Burke, Va.

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