Jon Huntsman, who is probably this close to following in the footsteps of another sane former Republican presidential hopeful, Charlie Crist, and bailing on the Ship of Fools that is the modern GOP, unloaded on his dorkier political brethren and cistern thus:
Former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman on Monday urged lawmakers, including those in his own party, to temper their criticism of the administration’s handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Huntsman, who served as U.S. ambassador to China under President Barack Obama, said that it would have been nearly impossible for authorities to instantly obtain accurate intelligence about who was responsible for the September attack, which resulted in the death of four officials. Because of that, he said, recent criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for not immediately declaring the attack an act of terror was either politically motivated or misplaced.
“The issue of Benghazi, I think you can attribute to the fog of war, more than anything else,” Huntsman said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “When you’re in a wartime setting and you have an attack like that — let’s face it. No one is prepared for an attack like that. There is, as Robert McNamara used to say, there is a fog of war. And it takes awhile to sort through the details. And it doesn’t do a whole lot of good for the political class to point fingers before you even know what was behind it. And you’re not going to know that [immediately].”
Huntsman’s words fell on deaf ears. Susan Rice is a black woman, and the only black women named Rice that the GOP likes are those that fawn and toady to PNAC Platoon neocon leaders like Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. The Republican Party is totally a prisoner of the base whose rabid racism and xenophobia the Party has spent decades encouraging as a way to get them to cut rich people’s taxes. You cut taxes, see, and then the gummint doesn’t have the money to spend on nonexistent Cadillacs for nonexistent black welfare queens in Deee-troit. (Ever wonder why Reagan had his nonexistent black welfare queen driving an American-made car as opposed to a Mercedes or Toyota? Hmmmm. But I digress.)
The next two years are going to be very ugly.