Let's start with Condolesa Rice lying about a mushroom cloud to promote, the first ever, unprovoked invasion by American forces on another country. It got thousand of Americans killed and tens of thousands maimed. That is a classic example of misinformation being very bad. Historians will probably judge it to be criminal. Senators McCain and Graham gave their full support when she was nominated as Secretary of State. They defended her actions; even while our innocent soldiers were still being killed.
An example of not providing known information that resulted in thousands of casualties was the action of Winston Churchill during WWII. Allies had cracked the secret Nazi war codes (Enigma). They didn't tell the Nazis or the public for obvious reasons. But the decision to hide information had a catastrophic consequence; England became aware that the Nazis were going to bomb the city of Coventry. If the reacted, or informed the public; the Nazis would know they had cracked Enigma, and stop using the code. Churchill made the decision to let his city, and its citizens to be bomed without warning. The point is this; providing or not providing information is not always as clear a distinction as black from white.
Susan Rice was provided CIA talking points and instructed to use them. It has been suggested that she was privy to different information. I don't know that to be true, but if she was, so what. She could know other things, but know every other thing. Some of the other things, not known by her, could have influenced what was to be provided. It is the nature of the clandestine community. High ranking ministers were privy to the fact that Coventry was to be bombed, and disagreed with not informing them. We know that thousands of English citizens were killed, what is unknown to this day, but surely exists; is how many of the worlds citizens were spared. The decision, in no small way, contributed to the defeat of the Nazis.
Back to Susan Rice; If she had said Al Qaeda was involved, nothing would have changed geo-politically. the four Americans would still be dead. Almost to months later the situation is still not fully clear. She got information second-hand on a situation in a foreign country whose government is in its infancy. There is Republican outrage that they were denied an opportunity to exploit it for political purposes. Condolesa Rice actions contributed to thousands of American dead. Susan Rice did as instructed, after the fact, and had absolutely no involvement in the act itself. We can conclude one thing; Senators McCain and Graham consider their hurt feelings more important than twenty-five thousand killed and maimed American soldiers. It gives me pause. What about you?
Senator John Kerry must speak out on this travesty!