Just before taking on her position as President Obama's National Security Advisor, current UN Ambassador Susan Rice surfaced to interject her expert opinion regarding yet another international crisis. She called on all of her expertise in international relations, foreign affairs, and national security to tell us that Edward Snowden, the man who told us all that the NSA says all our data are belong to them, has not damaged national security.
She said it's too soon to judge whether there will be any long-term serious repercussions from the intelligence leaks by the former National Security Agency contractor who fled to Hong Kong and then Russia after seizing documents disclosing secret U.S. surveillance programs in the U.S. and overseas, which he has shared with The Guardian and Washington Post newspapers.
"I don't think the diplomatic consequences, at least as they are foreseeable now, are that significant," she said.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have called Snowden's leaks a serious breach that damaged national security. Hagel said Thursday an assessment of the damage is being done now
Are we to believe Ms. Rice? Thinking back to the last time we heard from our UN Ambassador, she was telling us - on five separate Sunday morning political talk shows - that the Benghazi terrorist raids that led to the murder of Ambassador Chris Stephens and three others was due to a "spontaneous" protest over an anti-Islam video. This despite the fact that in none of the versions of the administrations talking points on the attack was the video even mentioned. Repeated lying like that takes a special talent, remarkable actually.
We now know exactly why Mr. Obama finds Ms. Rice so valuable. Just like the salesperson in a shady used car dealership, she's willing to make the sale by telling the customer, the "mark," just what the owner wants them to believe.