If there had been a real need to reveal the identities — an intelligence need based on American interests — the unmasking would have been done by the investigating agencies.
The national-security adviser is not an investigator. She is a White House staffer. The president’s staff is a consumer of intelligence, not a generator or collector of it. If Susan Rice was unmasking Americans, it was not to fulfill an intelligence need based on American interests; it was to fulfill a political desire based on Democratic-party interests.
Well, no kidding. In case nobody’s noticed though, the Democrats are getting increasingly insular on this stuff. Hinderaker has suggested that Rice will plead the fifth and it wouldn’t surprise me at all. Not so much to protect herself, mind you, but to protect the movement. The tribe.
A political hack she is…(watching her multiple performances on the Sunday talk shows lying about Benghazi, repeating the claim that the whole thing was caused by a video that nobody saw, is I think sufficient proof of that…)
But the fact of the matter is that Rice would not make an independent move, there… Just as she certainly did not in the case of the Benghazi debacle. She had to be getting directions from some place and there’s only one place that kind of direction can come from.
Further, as McCarthy points out, only the intelligence agencies involved can make the call of unmasking. So the question becomes, did that call come directly from the Oval office? Perhaps more directly, is there any other reasonable explanation than the unmasking order coming from Obama himself and simply facilitated by Rice?
At this point I’d have to suggest that there isn’t any other reasonable explanation to all of this. But as I pointed out in my response to Stephanie Trussell yesterday not a bit of it’s going to matter without some serious jail time being attached to it…. Jail time issued to all involved…including the only place where the order could have come from… Barack Hussein Obama.
At least if all of this comes to light we will have a better understanding of the rumors we’ve been hearing about Obama spending 5.4 million dollars on a mansion in Dubai… On the idea that extradition from that country is sketchy at best.