BY ADEYEMI OSHUNRINADE
Whatever is wrong with Washington politicians these days? Every bill that goes before Congress is met with oppositions and every nomination by the President is harshly scrutinized from the inception. While the fiscal issue remains unsolved, some GOP members are already targeting another issue for controversy, that of the likely nomination of UN Ambassador, Susan Rice for Secretary of State. But is such an attack because of their patriotism for the nation or an effort to get to the truth?
Perhaps, it is right to say since the election of Obama in 2008, some GOP members still harbor grudges. They just can’t stomach the loss and are having a hard time accepting it is time for the nation to move on. The reelection of President Obama should have sealed the deal or serve as a buffer against GOP opposition but instead, it has fueled renewed disdain and hatred for every agenda and program initiated by his administration. And now, the nation is getting the sense there is a looming fight in 2013, if the President dare nominate Susan Rice for Secretary of State.
The current opposition is led by Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte. They are determined to block her nomination if put forward by the President and her sin according to them, was her misrepresentation of intelligence in a statement she made over Benghazi and the killing of four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The opposition gang claimed Ms. Rice should have known better than to read talking points on Sunday morning shows provided to her by U.S. intelligence or at least, use her initiative to assess what she presented to the outside world.
There is no doubt those Americans killed in Benghazi are heroes, they paid the ultimate price for the nation and deserve to be remembered whenever the entire nation honor those killed on 9/11. However, should Ms. Rice pay the price with her career for a talking point that turned out to be intelligence mishap? It seems those attacking her nomination have other agenda. It is nothing but the same partisan politics that has polluted the U.S. Congress and it is certain the Republican base, will not end its opposition until there is a GOP President in the White House.
Such a desire may be out of reach in 2016 as the GOP continues to lose support. Its objection to resolving the fiscal cliff issue is making it unpopular as a party that favors the rich, while the ongoing opposition to Ms. Rice’s nomination is making some to believe such a move by its members, is a witch hunt. Since losing the Presidential race to Mr. Obama in 2008, Sen. McCain has antagonized almost every bill or program put forward by the Obama administration.
The Senator found faults in the decision to withdraw troops from Iraq, criticized the President on Obamacare, was against how the administration handled the Libyan war and staunchly opposed the President’s plan to withdraw from Afghanistan. Among other things, he is currently at loggerheads with the President, on the issue of Syria and now, the talk is about Susan Rice.
Though Mr. McCain and some in the opposition have since softened their stands on the uncertain nomination of Ms. Rice, it may be time to just let go, accept that the game is up and focus on resolving the fiscal issue that is of more importance to Americans. It is clear the current fight is not about finding the truth on what transpired in Benghazi, but rather a witch hunt and the beginning of a new war with the Obama administration or else, the blame over Benghazi would have been placed where it belonged, in the intelligence community and the State Department.
Maybe it is right for McCain, Graham and Ayotte to make a transition to issues that matter to America. They should come together and put the GOP House in order to deal with the fiscal cliff rather than make it all about Susan Rice. After all, it is uncertain if the President would nominate her as Senator John Kerry, remains a potential candidate. In fact, there is a possibility she would drop out of the race due to GOP antagonism but nonetheless, if she is the President’s choice, a misstatement with roots in the U.S. intelligence, should not stand against her aspiration for a higher cabinet position. Remember, no one asked for the head of former President Bush and his CIA chief over Iraq, the worst intelligence failure in American history.
Dr. Adeyemi Oshunrinade [E. JD] is the author of ‘Wills Law and Contests,’ ‘Constitutional Law-First Amendment,’ ‘Murder of Diplomacy’ and ‘SAVING LOVE’ a fiction. Follow on Twitter @san0670.