- It does not surprise us that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice either willfully or blindly parroted altered Benghazi talking points, going on five Sunday news shows on Sept. 16 to push the false narrative that the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was not a terrorist attack but a flash mob inflamed by a months-old Internet trailer insulting to Islam. This isn't the first time she has been clueless about and blind to the reality of terror.
As we mentioned in an earlier editorial about her possible appointment as secretary of state, "In 1996, while serving as assistant secretary of state for African affairs under former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Rice helped persuade President Clinton to rebuff Sudan's offer to turn Osama bin Laden, who was then living there, over to U.S. authorities."
Richard Miniter, author of the book "Losing bin Laden," told World Magazine in 2003 that Rice played a primary role in scuttling the deal in which Sudan could have turned over bin Laden to the U.S.
As a member of Clinton's National Security Council, he wrote, she doubted Sudan's credibility.
"The FBI, in 1996 and 1997, had their efforts to look at terrorism data and deal with the bin Laden issue overruled every single time by the State Department, by Susan Rice and her cronies, who were hell-bent on destroying the Sudan," Miniter said.
Miniter noted that "Rice (cited) the suffering of Christians (in Sudan) as one reason that she doubted the integrity of the Sudanese offers. But her analysis largely overlooked the view of U.S. Ambassador to Sudan Tim Carney, who argued for calling Khartoum's bluff."
Rice wanted to punish Sudan rather than cooperate with it and accept its offer.
Carney co-authored a Washington Post op-ed with former Bill Clinton diplomatic troubleshooter Mansoor Ijaz in 2002 in which they detailed how Rice had frustrated attempts to get bin Laden even as Sudan had agreed to cooperate in 1997 to aid in rooting out terrorists without the U.S. dropping sanctions against it. ref1
Yes, based on her recommendations as a part of Bill Clinton’s National Security Team in 1994, her refusal to suggest action in the Rwanda genocide that left more than 800,000 men, women, and children to be hacked to death by machete in the fastest genocide ever recorded will always be a scarlet letter on her dress and make her this generations Hester Pyrnne.