Senators Kelly Ayotte, Lindsay Graham and John McCain have been having a grand time lambasting United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice over her statements in the aftermath of the September 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens. While cooler heads continue to assess exactly what happened leading up to the attack (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/sorry-senators-an-independent-panel-is-the-best-way-to-investigate-benghazi/2012/11/16/a986eacc-2f73-11e2-a30e-5ca76eeec857_story_1.html), Ayotte, Graham and McCain brazenly grandstand like Mayberry's Barney Fife for a cable media monster desperate for post-election fodder.
At least we know this one isn't about race. To his credit, Senator McCain fastidiously avoided "going there" during the 2008 election when all around him were doing it and urging him to join them. IMO, he has earned the benefit of the doubt in this regard. But he clearly continues to hold the hardest of feelings about his defeat and has allowed that continuing animosity to feed his fatuity in this matter. His display of hypocrisy in claiming a Stanford-educated, Rhodes Scholar with two decades of foreign policy service is "unqualified" after selecting Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate is nothing short of breathtaking. I also don't recall Senators McCain or Graham blasting Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice after 9/11, nor do I recall them holding Secretary Colin Powell responsible for the misstatements he made before the United Nations in the lead up to the invasion of Iraq. No, this isn't about race, but their duplicitous behavior is no less odious.
The travesty regarding McCain's, Graham's and Ayotte's treatment of Ambassador Rice is that this situation is a carnival sideshow to the real issues around Benghazi. What are State Department policies regarding security? Should America have such an open presence in a locale where hostile factional activity is high? Should the diplomat on the ground in such a volatile environment even be allowed such personal, one-to-many engagement on a day-to-day basis? Was there a request for additional security, was it honored and if not, then why not? We have much to learn regarding the security of our diplomatic missions from every node of the effort from Washington budgeting all the way down to in-country management. The hostility directed toward Ambassador Rice is an embarrassing display of political hucksterism.
From what we know as of today, Ambassador Rice would make a fine Secretary of State and the President would do well to select her. Too bad she has to run a gauntlet of political foolishness in order to do what she is already well capable of doing.