Obama Not Worried About Benghazi-gate.

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National Security Adviser Tom Donilon is stepping down, to be replaced by Susan Rice.  This is sure to make many heads explode among the Tea Partiers, who are convinced that Susan Rice was complicit in covering up "the truth" about Benghazi (although what "the truth" is, Obama opponents don't seem to know.  But rest assured, the truth is out there, and it's been covered up, and they'll find out what it is soon enough).

Seriously, several months ago, Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration as the replacement to Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.  It was political grace that forced her to do so; Republicans were insisting that she knowingly lied when she went on Sunday morning talk shows and told the press that, according to the CIA at that time, the Benghazi attacks appeared to come spontaneously from protests.

We now know that Susan Rice didn't lie so much as tell the truth based on what the CIA told her.  That hardly makes her criminal or evil.  

The National Security Advisor position, unlike Secretary of State, does not require congressional approval, and by putting Rice in that position, Obama is basically thumbing his nose at the right wing — saying "I'm not intimidated by your scandal-mongering, and I'm not going to let it affect how I run my administration."

Good for him.