SUSAN RICE, ABANDONED BY DANA MILBANK, AND NOW BY MAUREEN DOWD: “Rice should have been wary of a White House staff with a tendency to gild the lily, with her pal Valerie Jarrett and other staffers zealous about casting the president in a more flattering light, like national security officials filigreeing the story of the raid on Osama to say Bin Laden fought back. . . . An Africa expert, Rice should have realized that when a gang showed up with R.P.G.’s and mortars in a place known as a hotbed of Qaeda sympathizers and Islamic extremist training camps, it was not anger over a movie. She should have been savvy enough to wonder why the wily Hillary was avoiding the talk shows.”

Yes, she could have figured that out just by reading the New York Times on September 12, a story that surely came from inside national-security sources.

UPDATE: Obama And The Gingerbread Man.

ANOTHER UPDATE: “Lindsey Graham was on fire on ‘Meet the Press’ today. About the Benghazi attack and the statements various people made about it.”

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