Susan Rice Fires Back At Republican Critics Trying To Benghazi Her On Bergdahl

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On Friday, National Security Adviser Susan Rice hit back at her Republican critics who have tried to make it appear that she said something misleading when she stated that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was recently freed from five years of captivity as a prisoner of war, served his country with “honor and distinction” during an interview on ABC’s This Week last Sunday.  Apparently, that statement has Republicans tittering, as they feel that she made a major mistake in saying anything positive about Bergdahl and that this is a moment highly comparable to her Sunday show interviews after the attacks on Benghazi, when she was the US Ambassador to the United Nations.

The fallout from that Republican-created debacle, even though Rice did absolutely nothing wrong , led to Rice basically withdrawing her name from consideration as Secretary of State, a post that ended up going to John Kerry. Rice was later named the President’s National Security Adviser. It was in that role that she went ahead and appeared on This Week to discuss Bergdahl’s release from captivity. Sadly, for Republican’s, she didn’t defecate all over Bergdahl and call him a traitor. Instead, she talked about him in respectable terms and pointed out that we don’t leave our soldiers behind.

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Because the right sees her as an easy target and will do anything to discredit anyone associated with the current administration, pundits and politicians alike pulled out the knives and started carving her up almost immediately after that interview. With a concerted Republican effort already underway to malign and besmirch Bergdahl’s character and military service record, conservatives took to all forms of media to complain about Rice, stating that she was being deceitful by having the audacity to say that Bergdahl served honorably.

The National Review’s Rich Lowry wrote an article for Politico on Wednesday where he painted Rice as a “sock puppet” who basically parrots what is put in front of her by more powerful people. Fox News’ Ed Henry said that Susan Rice has a “credibility problem” and is “pushing a false narrative.” Bill O’Reilly called her a moron. Yes, he actually said that. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has called for her to resign because he just can’t believe a word she tells him. Of course, this isn’t the first time he’s called on her to resign. Heck, it hasn’t even been a month since the last time he said she should quit or be fired.

Even so-called impartial media figures have been overly critical of Rice. Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski got all flustered earlier this week when discussing Rice’s statements. During a segment on Tuesday’s show, Mika said the following:

I want to put this into context with John Heilemann, and ask you a question. I think it’s three tough questions. The question about his health, it’s a controversy. Why, then, also given his background and everything that we are finding from people who served with him and people who have covered this story and letters that he’s written home — why would Susan Rice be sent out, Susan Rice, be sent out repeatedly to say he served honorably and really push that as one the fundamental reasons behind this swap? And thirdly, with the White House contending they consulted Congress — am I correct, that happened, right? Yes? Yes? They said they consulted Congress. And members of Congress saying they weren’t consulted. What’s going on here? What is going on here? Seriously, I don’t understand it.

 

Finally, on Friday, Rice struck back. During an interview with CNN’s Jim Acosta, Rice clarified her position. At the same time, she didn’t back away from her statements and iterated that the soldier and his family have already suffered quite a bit, and yet, they are now being “tried in the court of public opinion.”

 

RICE: I realize there has been a lot of discussion and controversy around this. What I was referring to is the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war. That in itself is a very honorable thing.

ACOSTA: But ‘honor and distinction?

RICE: Jim, really. This is a young man whose circumstances we are still going to learn about…. He is, as all Americans, innocent until proven guilty. He is now being tried in the court of public opinion after having gone through enormously traumatic five years of captivity. His parents, the same.

 

Rice also made the following statement in the interview:

“But in the meantime, let’s remember this is a young man who volunteered to serve his country. He was taken as a prisoner of war. He suffered in captivity. He’s now trying to begin the process of recovery. Let’s let that happen. And then let’s know the facts including his side of the story, and then we can make a judgment.”

 

The thing is, nothing Rice said about him serving with “honor and distinction” is incorrect or something she needs to apologize for. Yes, there are questions surrounding his disappearance. There have been fellow soldiers who have done interviews stating that they feel he deserted and that soldiers died looking for him (a claim that has been refuted.) However, the facts are that, at this time, he is still an active member of the military who does not have any notable blemishes on his service record. Perhaps he’ll be charged with AWOL or desertion down the road, but that is up to military justice. However, there is absolutely no need for Rice to apologize for anything.

Thankfully, the White House is standing by her. Outgoing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has already vouched for her statement. Meanwhile, a senior White House official told Time the following:

“She sort of brings out this craziness in a certain crowd. If something is taken a half-notch out of context, it calls for her resignation and vicious ad hominem attacks against her.”

Let’s face it. Republicans just hate President Obama with a passion. Everything he does, they have to oppose, regardless of how hypocritical or unseemly their actions may appear. They hold nearly as much disdain for Rice as they do Obama. Any opportunity to bully her and make her cower, they will take. It is despicable, but they don’t care. They will continue down this road us long as it appeals to their base of angry old white men.

50 Replies to “Susan Rice Fires Back At Republican Critics Trying To Benghazi Her On Bergdahl”

  1. CNN seems to have found their replacement for the lost airplane never ending story. They are darn near 24×7 on the Bergdahl story. Jim Acosta is a douche.

  2. I think Rice is going to have her day in the end. Check out Daily Kos, “GOP is headed for a world of hurt on Bergdahl, heres why.”. The truth about his actions and the actions of his fellow soldiers who are slamming him. Check it out.

  3. I don’t believe Susan Rice was ever in consideration for SOS…

    President Obama met with Gov Deval Patrick at the White House the Friday after the election to discuss John Kerry’s replacement as Senator of Mass.

    The meeting was a dinner in the private residence

  4. The loudest mouth against Bowe Bergdahl is Josh Korder……who was thrown out with a ” less than honorable ” discharge…

    Bergdahl has the goods on these guys so they are trying to smear him.

  5. Sorry your making me dizzy from all the spinning. Dont words mean anything? Why cant she just say she mispoke? There is one fact that we already know. He Voluntarily left his post. That is desertion. By her implying that this guy was honorable and distinctive is jumping to conclusions.

  6. He had to be stationed on rank hours, he could have left during mess hall, etc. He’s technically AWOL, which would make him a GOP Presidunce like Dubya?

  7. It’s been another case of Republican douche Baggery. It’s getting to the point where it’s becoming reflexive be uses nothing but their nay saying lizard brains are activated any more. No higher thought is needed.

  8. Actually, she says she didn’t mis-speak. And she didn’t. People get to have opinions, and her INFORMED opinion is that he served with honor and distinction until proven otherwise. Go hang out in the Sea-O-Pee where they love you.

  9. The GOP hates Rice, Obama and Holder. what do these three people have in common! BLACK BLACK BLACK

  10. There is only one thing in the world that drives the GOTP crazy MORE that the having a strong Black man in the White House and that is having a strong and intelligent Brown Female in a position of authority. Ya see the combination of misogyny and racism are too much for the Repugnant mind to control!

  11. When six of the soldiers you served with said you deserted pretty clear that Bowe deserted. Pentagon in 2010 concluded that Bowe deserted. Let the military do their investigation. Bowe most likely will be court-martialed. To call him a hero is ridiculous. Obama is just trying to justify exchanging Bowe for 5 Taliban terrorists. Worst of the bunch has already said he will head back to Afghanistan to kill more Americans and if possible kidnap American soldiers so they can be traded for more Gitmo prisoners. Not a Republican created story. Based on eye witnesses. Obama and Susan Rice can lie all they want. Hopefully the real truth will come out if Obama doesn’t do a white wash of it.

  12. So I assume you are familiar with his ENTIRE service record? Or are you going to judge his entire service record with the last day?

    The truth is you have NO knowledge of his service record so why would you be so eager to label him without knowing the ‘rest of the story”?

  13. Go read the story on his unit.

    Its obvious you have no idea what you are talking about.

    BTW, the 5 are going to Qatar for a year and they are not the worst of the worst. I wish people like you did research

    “2. According to the now famous article by Michael Hastings about Bergdahl, his unit was basically a bunch of undisciplined fuck ups who went out on patrol without helmets, lost weapons, totally lacked morale and respect for military authority, etc. At least two commanders were actually demoted! So, you have to take with a grain of salt the accusations being made against Bergdahl by these people. Especially now that we know they failed to report Bergdahl left the base without permission on a prior occasion, and are still telling the media that he is a “deserter” when they know damn well that’s not true.”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/05/1304556/-The-GOP-is-Heading-for-a-World-iof-Hurt-on-Bergdahl-here-s-why?detail=email

    Go away moron

  14. I know being a liberal I am not suppose to think outside of the group but one thing has me stumped. If they will be in Qatar for at least a year and we are leaving at the end of this year, how is he going to kill Americans if there are none in Afghanistan ?
    Mike Curtis to his brain…Information overload does not compute,please fox tell me what to say. You big dummy

  15. Shiva,

    Such harsh words. Typical Democrat response if you don’t agree. You call them a moron.

    You really are ignorant! Mullah Mohammad Fazi and Mullah Norullah Nori were responsible for ethno-sectarian massacres in Northern Afganistan. Ask the Northern Alliance tribe members about these two. The Afghan people that were terrorized by them don’t want them back.

    And you really think Qatar will be keeping tabs on these five. They will leave as soon as they can which at most is a year.

    You can spin all you want. Bowe will be court martialed and the five terrorists will kill again!

  16. And you know the security and monitoring procedures? Now you still haven’t answered my question. If they will be in Qatar for at least a year and we are leaving at the end of this year, how is he going to kill Americans if there are none in Afghanistan ?

  17. Yeah, just like the 500 bush let go

    Love your hysteria.

    I guess being called a moron comes with the fact that you have sucked up everything you are told and are not allowed to go outside that. You know nothing about this situation and it shows

    And yes, Qatar has to keep these guys in lockdown. Its so pathetic when you cant read

  18. You must thing terrorists are stupid? You think they will wait around a year? You don’t think they can’t run their operations from Qatar? Qatar said they are free to roam. No one will be watching them. Typical Democrat liberal! Stupid

  19. I guess you are afraid to admit Bush let the 500 go and we still have a country.

    I am laughable, you are gone

  20. Show a credible link, do you understand what credible means, where Qatar said they are free to roam

  21. @ Shiva & dj, that dude has been sucking down to much of the tea I’m begining to think FOX is using subliminal messaging on these people.

  22. This is exactly how a$$holes like you twist facts. “He left his post” which implies he was on guard duty and abandoned his post leaving his fellow soldiers in harms way. He was not on “guard duty” at the time. He left the “Post” he was stationed at to go offpost into the community. Before he went offpost he asked his supervisor what was appropiate gear to take offpost and was instructed what gear a soldier was allowed to leave post with.

  23. The 500 Bush let go haven’t done anything because they weren’t major league terrorists. Why do you think these 5 were still being held in Gitmo by Obama? Again live in the present not the past. All you and Obama want to do is live in the past and say it’s all Bush’s fault. Whose laughable?

  24. You are. Simply because the 500 are far bigger then 5. 3 of whom were not military level. The 2 left were enemies of the northern alliance 14 years ago. You assume they will go right back into power. The crooked shah of Afghanistan wont share that power now that he has it. You live for the hysteria and it is, yes, hilarious.

    Back to Breitbarts brain with you

  25. MSNBC, NBC, ABC have all been reporting on this Bowe mess and have been hammering Obama and the Democrats. The Fox News BS is again another Democratic Mantra. Don’t be so stupid!

  26. Tens of thousands of innocent Americans at home and abroad died while GWBush was president, including 9/11 and several attacks at consulates and embassies and 2 unnecessary wars; 100s of 1000s of innocent Iraqis also died due to the war we were lied into. Not a peep out of mouths of Repubs.

    Those 5 recently released from Gitmo were SCHEDULED to be released in 7 months anyway; the deal brokered by Qatar just sped up the process and brought our last POW home.

    Speaking of POWs, the release of John McCain was made possible because of a trade with a Communist prisoner.

    IF Bergdahl is “guilty” of anything, BRING HIM HOME FIRST, then try him in a military court, and call all of those loudmouth turncoats as witnesses.

    Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, President Barack Obama, knows that WE LEAVE NO SOLDIER BEHIND. Obama also got bin Laden…after Bush let him slip away into Pakistan.

    Bush also released over 500 prisoners from Gitmo…

  27. Tens of thousands of innocent Americans at home and abroad died while GWBush was president, including 9/11 and several attacks at consulates and embassies and 2 unnecessary wars; 100s of 1000s of innocent Iraqis also died due to the war we were lied into. Not a peep out of mouths of Repubs.

    Those 5 recently released from Gitmo were SCHEDULED to be released in 7 months anyway; the deal brokered by Qatar just sped up the process and brought our last POW home.

    Speaking of POWs, the release of John McCain was made possible because of a trade with a Communist prisoner.

    IF Bergdahl is “guilty” of anything, BRING HIM HOME FIRST, then try him in a military court, and call all of those loudmouth turncoats as witnesses.

    Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, President Barack Obama, knows that WE LEAVE NO SOLDIER BEHIND. Obama also got bin Laden…after Bush let him slip away into Pakistan.

    Bush also released over 500 prisoners from Gitmo…

  28. @Mike Curtis, when you were in the military did you ever think about going awol or deserting in those tough combat times?

  29. You throw those corporate owned mouth pieces out there like they are the whole truth. Tsk Tsk one of small mind

    They say he caused the deaths of 6 soldiers. Not so fast
    Can Bowe Bergdahl Be Tied to 6 Lost Lives? Facts Are Murky
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/world/middleeast/can-gi-be-tied-to-6-lost-lives-facts-are-murky.html?emc=edit_th_20140604&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=58712335&_r=3

    They say he deserted. OH NOES those pesky facts
    Bergdahl had left his base without permissions on at least one prior occasion, and had come back! This is according to a report in the Army Times. In fact, his fellow soldiers failed to report it at the time. The implications of this are huge. It means that it would be impossible to prove desertion under UCMJ Article 85, because you cannot prove he intended to leave permanently
    http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140603/NEWS05/306030078/Sources-Bergdahl-may-walked-off-base-more-than-once

  30. Does anyone know why Josh Korder was discharged? I saw “retired” on some pages, and “other than honorable” discharged on several others but no one has yet said why he was discharged in the first place. Does anyone know his back story? I also heard that he tried to set up a fund for himself somewhere but it was apparently taken down. From what I have seen on another soldiers Twitter page, no one is recieving any money for these appearances but I find that VERY hard to believe. Something is fishy…Is there any way to find out more about these concerns?

  31. Well looking at him I can honestly say he didn’t retire. The third type of administrative discharge, other than honorable, is equivalent to a bad-conduct discharge. It generally results in the loss of all veterans civilian employment preference and Veterans Affairs benefits.http://www.armytimes.com/article/20080922/BENEFITS08/809220304/Less-than-honorable-discharge-does-not-permanent
    Now back to his friends. If someone talk to 6 people who know you and get the same story verbatim something is fishy. I know if you talk to my friends you would get different stories. Now that they were recruited by a known attack dog of the republican party should give one pause right there. No one knows what happened and those posers who swear they do are idiots.

  32. Sometimes I find it very hard to believe that we’re even discussing this. Apparently, Republicans have completely lost their ever-loving minds.
    So, they really want to put out there, in public, that:
    (1) bringing an American POW home is a bad thing;
    (2) calling said POW anything but a traitor should lead to whoever said that being fired;
    (3) calling said POW’s parents ugly names;
    (4) the release of 5 Gitmo massively illegal detainees 7 whole months early is a super-duper bad thing.

    Don’t look now, Repugs, if the American public ever figures out just how repugnantly vile you really are, you are done. Seriously.

  33. Leaving his post is not necessarily desertion. He had “wandered” off twice before and had returned after a couple of hours. How do you know that isn’t what he intended this time? That would be AWOL, not desertion.

  34. …so, mike…how about o’reilly calling susan rice a ‘moron’? that okay? I saw it and heard it come out of his mouth, so…true story!

  35. These boneheads see Susan Rice as an easy target, and I’m glad to see that she’s fighting back. It wasn’t enough for them that she withdrew from consideration as S.O.S. With their hatred for this president that clouds their judgment, they regularly badmouth various people who are or have been members of the Obama administration. Back in 2013, she gave information that she knew at the time, which is different from lying or covering up. As more details become known in any situation, especially a major one like Benghazi, the information dispensed inevitably changes. Their hatred for this president has led them not only to badmouth this soldier, but also his family. It’s a sad irony, considering that his father has been a staunch Republican. As I said in another post, I hope the Bergdahl family has been awakened to the hate-fueled duplicity and hypocrisy of the Republican party.

  36. For one thing, the release was being litigated in court, as they were scheduled for release 2 freaking years back, and would have to be let go in December anyway. Obama played the Taliban like he plays the GOP all the time. Now, on another front. The ones that are bashing Bergdahl are idiots. All you have to do is look at their twitter feed, calling people “libtards’ and other names show that Grenel set them up as patsies. When ther big mouths get the investigation going on what that unit was doing, and from what I have read around the net, they were morons period. They will all get the court martial they want Bergdahl to get.

  37. Korder has a General under honorable conditions discharge. He did not set up any fund for himself. No one honestly cares about his back story. He had a stellar record with the army and received many awards including but not limited to:
    Purple Heart: For wounds received in action
    Army Commendation medal with ‘V’ Device: For courage and outstanding action in combat
    2 Army Commendation medals: For superior service and unparalleled professionalism
    Army Good Conduct Ribbon: For 3 years continuous service without any negative actions
    3 Army Achievement medals: For various outstanding actions which merited recognition
    Certificate of Achievement: For graduating in the top 10% in the Army Non Commissioned Officer Academy
    Combat Infantryman’s Badge: For participating in an actual combat situation as an infantryman
    Airborne Wings: For graduating Army Airborne School
    And many many more!

    His personal life has nothing to do with Bergdahl! So sit down Karma! (Susan)

  38. As an active duty Army Soldier let me inform you.

    1. We are instructed NOT to leave the confines of our encampment, post, base or OP under no circumstances unless otherwise dictated. That is a directive that is punishable by the UCMJ.

    2. Being unaccounted for (AWOL) Absent Without Leave starts at 24 hours up to 30 days. Punishable by UCMJ

    3. 31+ days of AWOL is desertion and punishable by UCMJ with a max penalty of death (only one person on history has received max penalty.

    PFC Bergdhal left without anyone in his chain of commands knowledge. He jeapordized the mission, the units integrity and other lives with his actions. There is absolutely no honor or distinction associated with those actions.

    And before people begin scrutinizing the discharges and character of the soldiers who spoke out against Bergdhal, remember that Bergdhal himself was kicked out of the US Coast Guard in basic training before joining the Army.

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