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juliette kayyem

The world does not revolve around Benghazi

UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s statements regarding the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and the resulting uproar from Republicans, have raised a host of interesting theories. So much guessing over so few talking points: Will Rice still be nominated for secretary of state? Can Senator John Kerry emerge as the Rice alternative? Is the controversy all some secret ploy in which Republicans object to Rice, support Kerry, and thereby get former Senator Scott Brown back in office by winning Kerry’s vacated seat? (They might be getting ahead of themselves: I think, if I’m right, people would still have to vote for Brown.) If Brown does run again, will he stick with the truck?

If this saga of hair-splitting over Rice’s words and foreign policy machinations over her future should be given a name (like the Cold War or the Age of Terrorism), it might be “Unforgiving Textualism followed by Rampant Speculation.”

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