The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Today

Hi66° Increasing Clouds

Tonight

Lo45° Mostly Cloudy

Monday

Hi73° Mostly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo48° Mostly Clear

Tuesday

Hi73° Mostly Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo45° Partly Cloudy

Wednesday

Hi68° Mostly Sunny

Wednesday Night

Lo45° Partly Cloudy

Thursday

Hi67° Mostly Cloudy

Thursday Night

Lo45° Mostly Cloudy

When a president goes rogue

Send to Kindle
Print This

What Winston Churchill said of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles — that he was a bull who carried his own china shop around with him — is true of Susan Rice, who is, to be polite, accident prone. When in September 2012 she was deputed to sell to the public the fable that the Benghazi attack was just an unfortunately vigorous movie review — a response to an Internet video — it could have been that she, rather than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was given this degrading duty because Rice was merely U.N. ambassador, an ornamental position at an inconsequential institution. Today, however, Rice is Barack Obama’s national security adviser, so two conclusions must be drawn.

Perhaps she did not know, in advance of the swap of five terrorists for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the, shall we say, ambiguities about Bergdahl’s departure from his platoon in Afghanistan, and the reportedly deadly consequences of his behavior. If so, then she has pioneered a degree of incompetence exotic even for this 10-thumbed administration. If, however, she did know, and still allowed Obama to present this as a mellow moment of national satisfaction, she is condign punishment for his choice of such hirelings.

View my options or Sign in