Susan Rice joins Christina & Danielle for a festive glass of wine and a remarkably candid conversation about the private side of her very public life — from growing up in D.C. amidst race riots to fending off Putin’s advances as National Security Adviser. PLUS: Why Jews do Christmas better, and more holiday fun.

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  1. Henry Racette Contributor

    I found the interview with Ms. Rice interesting. It did not, however, raise Ms. Rice in my estimation.

    For most of us on the right, I think Ms. Rice is best known for her role in promulgating a particular view of the Benghazi massacre following that event. To your credit, you ladies touched on that during the interview. I found Ms. Rice’s response unsatisfying.

    Ms. Rice spoke at considerable length during the interview about integrity, tough love, speaking the truth, and frankly discussing and confronting ideas with which we may disagree. Yet on the matter of Benghazi, her defense was that she reported what she believed to be true, she wanted to be a “team player” with the White House, and and that what she said was “in one critical aspect in error.”

    Indeed. The one critical aspect was the entirety of the message. The White House spin was that the Benghazi attack was the result of an animated anti-Islamic video posted on YouTube. This was not true; State Department officials were appalled when they learned that the White House, through Ms. Rice, was promulgating that message.

    So, first substantive criticism: I would have more respect for Ms. Rice if she had owned her role in promulgating a false narrative. Instead, she minimizes it with a vague phrase that suggests that what she said was mostly true, when in fact it was in service to a narrative fabricated specifically to hide the truth. She was used, with or without her knowledge. She knows now that she was used; she should have acknowledged that, along with appropriate regret.

    The second criticism is related: Ms. Rice told a touching story of her then-nine year old daughter suffering psychological harm from exposure to the negative news coverage of Ambassador Rice following her Benghazi misstatements. I can’t help but sympathize with any parent worried about her child, and I’m glad that her daughter has recovered. However, the man who became the scapegoat for the Obama administration, the man she erroneously accused of being responsible — albeit indirectly — for the Benghazi massacre because of his, in her words, “hateful video,” was vilified, arrested, and imprisoned as a consequence of the White House’s dishonest and self-serving narrative.

    Ms. Rice piously observes, as she speaks of her daughter’s experience, that “the politics of personal destruction … has unintended consequences on innocent people who didn’t sign up for this.” It would have been nice if she had acknowledged that her misstatements also had consequences — if she had owned her part in that.

     

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    • December 28, 2019, at 1:20 PM PST
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  2. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    How will black Americans vote in the future? 

    I don’t know, but Susan Rice, Juan Williams, and Colin Powell all have sons which are more conservative.

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    • December 29, 2019, at 6:37 AM PST
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  3. Tedley Member

    I’m with @henryracette. I enjoyed listening to Rice’s life story and her successes, it’s proof that America isn’t what the Progressives©️ say. Her story about Putin was funny. 

    However, she still says that it’s the video that caused Benghazi. ?

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    • December 30, 2019, at 1:57 AM PST
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