John McCain and other Republican senators said Tuesday they would oppose elevating Susan Rice to secretary of State until she and other officials answer more questions about the Sept. 11 attack in Libya.The minute I heard that Senator Ayotte joined these two knuckleheads in the meeting, I knew what was up. These are the same three that have been screaming the loudest about the $500 billion in cuts to defense spending that are set to kick in on January 1, 2013 as part of the debt ceiling deal.
"We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get," McCain, R-Ariz., said after meeting with the United Nations ambassador who could be President Obama's next nominee for the State Department.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., who also attended the meeting, said of Rice: "I would hold her nomination until I had additional answers to questions."
All the whoopla about the negotiations related to the so-called "fiscal cliff" has been about taxes and entitlements. But cuts to entitlements are NOT set to kick in on Jan. 1st - thanks to the superior negotiating done by President Obama and the Democrats. On the other hand, what people have been forgetting about are the defense cuts that were included.
These three are going to use this whole Benghazi nonsense as a justification for holding up the nomination of Ambassador Rice to be Secretary of State. They've renewed their commitment to do that when/if President Obama nominates her. And they'll block her until the defense cuts are restored.
That's what all this is about. How Ambassador Rice handled the situation in Benghazi is just a distraction.