When the Obama White House needed someone to sell a fake narrative on what happened that fateful night in Beghazi, where four Americans died needlessly, the president tapped Susan Rice.
She was only then the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, so not exactly the person you’d expect to appear on all the Sunday morning talk shows to explain why the Secretary of State failed to protect the U.S. embassy in Libya — and why the White House took no actions on Sept. 11, 2012, the night those four Americans were being murdered by terrorists.
But Rice went on TV for one reason: To pitch a falsehood. She said the attacks were really the result of an inflammatory YouTube video that Muslims found offensive — even though she knew at the time that was not the cause at all (if you’ve never read it, check out the Select Committee on Benghazi Releases Proposed Report).
So, Rice will say pretty much anything at any time.
And on Tuesday, she popped over to Georgetown University to deliver a screeching speech in which she slammed President Rump and his administration.
“Since I left the White House, I’ve become deeply concerned that the United States is squandering one of our greatest strategic assets — America’s leadership of the world. I’m here to argue for a better strategy — a progressive strategy — that will renew our global leadership.
“It seems that the current administration looks at the world and sees only threats. Immigrants. Refugees. Muslims. Mexicans. Even Trade. It’s: “America First” — and the rest of the world last,” she said, according to a prepared text released before her speech.
Rice touted herself often — “I spent eight years actually reading the Presidential Daily Brief, and the last three and a half personally briefing President Obama.” But she always returned to bashing the administration that succeeded her boss. Of course, she also returned to pushing a false narrative — like the Russians stealing the 2016 election.
“Surely, we will often disagree. But, we sure as hell need to agree that a hostile foreign power has no business messing with our elections,” Rice said. “Because here’s the truth: If we cannot find our way to put country over party and democracy over demagoguery, even in the face of such a dangerous external threat, then we might as well hang up our leadership cleats and resign ourselves to becoming a second-rate power.”
She then called Trump a bully. “Conflict is not inevitable, and bluster is for bullies,” she said. “So instead of simply vowing to bomb the bleep out of ISIL, we must use our full arsenal, including cutting off its finances, discrediting extremism online, and helping stabilize fragile states.”
Then Rice mocked Trump’s use of Twitter.
“We can’t allow Twitter wars to become shooting wars,” she said. “So instead of vacillating between reckless saber-rattling and dubbing Kim Jong Un a smart cookie, we should steadily apply increased pressure on North Korea, while protecting our allies and our homeland.”
“And instead of excusing Russia’s outrageous behavior, and branding NATO obsolete, we must defend every NATO ally unconditionally, and firmly counter Russia’s cold war tactics,” Rice said.
Even though the speech was titled “Renewing America’s Global Leadership,” she then wandered in to LGBT rights.
Come to think of it, this sounds like her first campaign speech for… something. Stay tuned.