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Why Rice Resigning, Misses The Point

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Dr. Susan Rice should resign her post as the U.N. Ambassador of the United States.

The bald-faced lies that she blatantly repeated five days after the savage and brutal attack against the American compounds (plural) in Libya on September 11, 2012 are enough to bar her from being allowed to represent the United States in any position of trust for a very long time to come. Americans don't like it when facts get mixed up or miscommunicated, but purposefully using the media megaphone that is the top television news platforms to openly lie to the American people defies Nixonian and Clintonian levels of brash arrogance and contempt for the Americans who pay her salary.

But it also must be clearly understood, that Dr. Susan Rice simply resigning from her post as a highly placed official within the current administration accomplishes almost zero.

It's not like Dr. Rice has been all that busy pressing for human rights and the spread of freedom at the United Nations. She, like her supervisor President Obama, was evidently too busy for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and boycotted his speech before the General Assembly--just like Iran.

Her lack of importance within the administration was in fact probably one of the ideal reasons she was touted as the mouthpiece on something as important as the U.S. rapid response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2012.

But Dr. Rice is not the only one who participated in the blatant falsehoods told to the American people, told to the media, and most importantly told to the families of the victims of the 9.11.12 attacks.

According to multiple sources, including Israeli and British journalists, Fox News' Catherine Herridge, and finally some outlets in American broadcast media, the trail of dereliction, disaster, and dishonesty was shared by many.

Reporters who work for the Jerusalem Post were able to confirm, that as early as September 4th, Libyan intelligence was issuing warnings to the Obama administration as to the looming violent environment, the intentions of the organized terror forces on the ground in Benghazi, and the approximate timeline of a coming attack. This was followed closely on the heels with British media on September 9th.

The Ambassador's itinerary still had him out of Libya and tending to matters in Europe. Instead of acting on the early intelligence, keeping the ambassador out of country for a few more days, the administration took no action--an epic shoulder shrug if ever there was one.

This was followed by direct communication from Libyan intelligence to U.S. intelligence in the final 48 hours that conditions on the ground were hardening and that an attack on an American outpost was imminent. These concerns were mirrored by thoughts that Ambassador Stevens had been documenting in his own personal journal, in his own personal handwriting, fearing for his own life.

Sources confirmed this week that after the attack the U.S. was told clearly of Al Qaeda's involvement, and what meticulous planning had gone into shelling both the American consulate, but also the CIA safe-house. It was nearly 5 days later that Dr. Rice began disseminating a narrative that President Obama continued to repeat--even to the U.N. this week, and having the creator of the film at question in the narrative arrested.

President Obama and Secretary Clinton also both repeated the known-false-narrative at the memorial homecoming ceremony of the four dead Americans, as the ceremony was carried live to Americans by news networks.

In large measure the pro-Obama media had been willing to overlook the entirety of this story. After Obama's repeated false assertions at the U.N. and more sources beginning to speak with journalists, not to mention the Prime Minister of Libya--on NBC--was seen openly laughing at the idea that a YouTube video had caused the attack, only then did senior officials Clinton and Panetta change their public confession of the narrative. Meanwhile Press Secretary Jay Carney seemed stunned and offended when the White House press corps asked him simply why the President hadn't clarified his view of the events.

But now we--The American People--are to believe that a resignation from perhaps the least effective U.N. Ambassador we've ever had, would somehow solve the issue of the dishonest narrative, the mangling of intelligence, the negligence of sending a great Ambassador to his own assassination, lying to the national media, forcing an innocent man to do a perp walk, arresting him, and continuing to tell the same lie to the gathered body of nations?

Does anyone suppose that the families of the ambassador, the retired air-force officer, or the two navy seals that we buried would believe that was good enough?

The perpetration of this lie, the continuation of this false narrative, and the attempt to distract the whole of the American people did not end without severe loss. We not only lost one of our best ambassadors--who was dearly loved by even the people of the nations he worked in. We not only lost heroes of the first degree as those Airman, and Seals did all they could to protect our sovereign space on that hostile night. We did not only lose most of the intelligence that had been gathered and many of our live assets in the almost forgotten about attack on the CIA secret safe house. We lost hard drives with information, lists of assets across our northern Africa operation. And we lost our dignity as other terrorists in other nations seized upon that moment of American weakness.

It is of no surprise that our assessment can only be--of this entire operation--total and absolute failure on every level.

For such outcomes people should lose jobs at minimum, and in some cases where criminal lying was perpetrated, perhaps even harsher outcomes for some of those involved.

And if this is but one snapshot of our effectiveness and readiness in that region of the world...

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