Arlington VA June 6, 2014
The latest "Stupid Award goes to...."
Susan Rice, National Securtity Advisor to the President is reported in The Hill, A Washington DC political newspaper this morning as 'standing by her statement" on SGT Bowe Bergdahl, as a person who servied 'with honor and distinction'.
Reporting on an interview with Jim Acosta of CNN, and speaking from Normandy, where she accompanied the President to ceremionies honoring the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, Rice is reported to have said this, "I realize there has been a lot of discussion and controversy about this (her statement). What is 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."
When Acosta pursued the line on honor and distinction, she repled, "Jim, really. This is a young man whose circumstances we are still learning about." She indicated that Bergdahl was being tried in the 'Court of Public Opinion", and that the public should wait to hear the whole story before making judgement.
In one sense, she is right. We should hear the entire story before making final judgements in this, or any case. However, in this case, we have the statements and e-mails Bergdahl sent to his parents and others; his statements to mebers of his unit; and the public comments of his own platoon members, who were there on the ground, and put in harms way as he walked away from his guard post. As a retired member of the military that's enough for me to make an initial judgement. I have believable words from both sides of the argument.
Well, it took some time to decide on it. I was originally going to award it for her absolutely incredible performance after the Benghazi killings, but I did not. I chalked her statements up to a silly, political syncophant who simply went out and said what the idiots in the White House told her to say. I could not completely understand how someone with her supposed intelligence and acumen could do such a thing, but I gave her the benefit of the doubt.
So, now here she is again. Shooting off her mouth on the Sunday shows, making the same stupid political error as she did before, and then defending it, as she did in the past, probably because the same idiots in the White House told her to do it again. She is rapidly becoming another Jay Carney--either stupid, uncaring of the truth, or simply a political expedient driven to front the defense of something rapidly becoming indefensible. It amazes me that an educated, obviously bright, person could look someone in the eye like she does and expect to be believed.
Well, I settled on her as my next awardee.
CONGRATULATIONS SUSAN RICE - NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER TO THE PRESIDENT, AS THE JUNE, 2014 STUPID AWARD WINNER!