Man up McCain, and apologize to Susan Rice

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

This morning I posted:

McCain 3 StoogesThe worst purveyors of this "Benghazi! Benghazi!! Benghazi!!!" faux
scandal have been the new Three Stooges, Sens. John McCain, his puppet
boy Little Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte as "Shemp." They have
perpetrated a fraud for purely partisan political retaliation. They
besmirched the reputation of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who has been
vindicated by the emails released this week.

The new Three Stooges owe Susan Rice and the American people an
apology. They have demonstrated their utter lack of character and
judgment to serve in the U.S. Senate. If they had any honor, they would
submit their resignations from the U.S. Senate for their indefensible
actions.

Others are making the same point. Steve Benen writes today in Rice's rehabilitated reputation:

When Time's Michael Crowley reported this week on what we
learned from the disclosure of internal administration emails on
Benghazi, it noted three larger takeaways, one of which was "Susan Rice got hosed."

That
was true before, but it's even more obvious now. Republicans, led by
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), set out to destroy the U.S. ambassador to
the United Nations last November, blaming her for Benghazi talking
points.
The campaign against Rice worked — she was not nominated for
Secretary of State — but it's now painfully clear she "played no role
in crafting the talking points,"
and simply shared with the public the
best information available at the time.

Indeed, our friends at Politics Nation are asking a good question: "Where's the apology for Susan Rice?"
The Rev. Al Sharpton added, "The GOP smear campaign against Ambassador
Rice was vicious, personal, and wrong. That's why she deserves an
apology, but I won't hold my breath."

Susan Rice apparently will receive a consolation in prize.

Insiders with ties to the Obama administration tell The Cable that
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has become the heir
apparent to National Security Advisor Tom Donilon — a post at the
epicenter of foreign-policy decision making and arguably more
influential than secretary of state, a job for which she withdrew her
candidacy last fall amid severe political pressure.

"It's definitely happening," a source who recently spoke with Rice
told The Cable. "She is sure she is coming and so too her husband and
closest friends."

"Susan is a very likely candidate to replace him whenever he would
choose to leave," agreed Dennis Ross, a former special assistant to
President Obama and counselor at the Washington Institute. "She is close
to the president, has the credentials, and has a breadth of
experience."

The National Security Advisor post does not require Senate confirmation.

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