Tipton, Bennet mixed on Obama’s selection for security adviser

President Barack Obama’s nomination of Susan Rice to be his national security adviser draw sharp criticism from U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and support from Colorado senators, both Democrats.

“I am disappointed by the president’s judgment in this appointment, which unfortunately circumvents any oversight as it does not require Senate confirmation.” Tipton said in a statement in which he noted that Rice in her role as ambassador to the United Nations “was at the forefront of misrepresenting” the attacks on the Benghazi, Libya, installation that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

That chapter is best set aside, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said.

“We in Congress need to move beyond the politics of the tragic events in Benghazi and work with Ambassador Rice as she undertakes new challenges and responsibilities as the president’s national security adviser,” Udall, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that lauded Rice as “an accomplished public servant” who served the nation well as U.N. ambassador.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. said Rice is “well-suited to take the reins as the national security adviser. I am confident that she will continue to provide sound advice to the president and the administration on national security issues.”

Tipton is a cosponsor of a measure calling for a select committee to investigate the attack on the Benghazi consulate on September 11, 2012.


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While Congressman Scott Tipton deserves credit for focusing on the truly scandalous backlog at the VA (“Tipton wants bill to cut backlog at Veterans Affairs”, June 6, 2013), his continued support for the partisan “witch hunt” arising from the fake Benghazi “scandal” (“Obama names Rice as national security adviser; Tipton, Bennet mixed on Obama’s selection”, June 6, 2013) remains reprehensible.

Hopefully, the diversion of “$10 million from conference spending toward efforts to cut the case backlog” will have the desired effect on the backlog without compromising employee training.  Unfortunately, bureaucracies operating in a “use it or lose it” budgetary environment too often find ways to pad expenses in order to avoid cutbacks.  In 2010, the Census Bureau spent some $1 million saved by understaffing Census2010 in Western Colorado on a lavish get-together in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, contrary to Tipton’s disingenuous statement, the appointment of former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as President Obama’s chosen national security adviser no more “circumvents any oversight” than did President Bush’s appointment of Condoleezza Rice to that position – and/or his father’s appointment of Colin Powell thereto.  Indeed, the position was established by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower in 1953 to provide independent and consolidated counsel to the President on national security matters and therefore embodies the doctrine of “separation of powers” imbedded in our Constitution.

Similarly, Tipton resorts to familiar partisan bullshit by falsely asserting that Rice was “at the forefront of misrepresenting” the Benghazi attacks.  As Tipton surely knows from Darrell Issa’s hearings, there were no such “misrepresentations”.  Rather, Rice relied on “talking points” developed and provided by our intelligence community – all twelve iterations of which perhaps incorrectly opined that the attack arose “spontaneously”, because a national security directive prohibited speculation as to responsible parties in order to avoid compromising and/or complicating the anticipated FBI investigation.

The 3d CD deserves better from Tipton.

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