Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious

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Stacy Rush is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. Her columns post on Wednesdays.

People lie.  It is a fact.

It began with Adam and the whole apple thing and pervades our daily lives from the benign little white lie meant to spare another’s feelings to the more toxic type meant to deceive.
Some common themes for lying include:

  • to save face;
  • to avoid taking responsibility;
  • to avoid confrontation;
  • to please;
  • to gain benefit without out paying the price;
  • to influence others; or,
  • for self-protection.

Another fact:  Susan Rice lied.

As the White House appointee, she lied repeatedly when she proclaimed the Benghazi attack was the result of a spontaneous demonstration due to a disgusting video.If you read Ambassador Rice’s transcripts, in each Sunday show appearance she uses the same explanation almost verbatim:

But our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous — not a premeditated — response to what had transpired in Cairo. In Cairo, as you know, a few hours earlier, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated.

Carefully choosing her words using terms such as “current” and “at present” allowed Mrs. Rice to knowingly lie while leaving herself and the administration a convenient out.

In college, a friend of mine constantly used the following phrase: BGO, meaning blinding glimpse of the obvious — pointing out those things which are clearly apparent.

If this non-political operative can clearly see Ambassador Rice was sent out on September 16 to lie, accept the BGO and move on.  There are more important questions on which the GOP should focus.You may think the bigger question is why she lied. To this I say, BGO. She had a plethora of reasons based on the themes referenced above. One reason would be to avoid shining a light on the failure of Obama’s do-nothing foreign policy. Another possible excuse is to avoid shining a light on the fact that even though Obama said so, Al-Qaeda isn’t dead, decimated or on the run.

No, Mr. President.  Unfortunately for our household, it’s Hostess that is dead, decimated and gone. For the rest of America, sadly Al-Qaeda is definitely on the rise.

Why Ambassador Rice lied is not the question the GOP should be as asking.  Instead the GOP should be asking this:  if the fact Ambassador Rice lied on September 16 is such a BGO, why did Obama throw Rice’s name out to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State?

Some would insist it’s Obama’s post-election arrogance, but this is entirely too simple an answer for this administration. This is a slight of hand, a distraction.
The GOP would be well advised to accept the BGO — she lied. Instead focus on what this administration is really trying to hide.


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