Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Our UN Ambassador's Shocking False Rape Claim

Several GOP senators have announced they would oppose Susan Rice for Secretary of State if President Obama nominates her because, they say, Rice, currently our UN Ambassador, went on multiple television shows before the presidential election and misled the American people by reporting that the deadly Benghazi attack was just a response to an offensive YouTube video as opposed to what it really was, terrorism.  The GOP senators suggest that Rice, and the Obama administration, deliberately misled the American people in order to spare the administration from charges that  it was not effectively battling terrorism.

We don't know what to make of the GOP's charges, but we do know that the GOP is missing a more important Susan Rice story, one that involves a whopper of a made-up false rape claim.

Back in the spring of 2011, in an attempt to persuade nations growing increasingly skeptical about NATO-led attacks on Libya, especially India, Russia and China, Rice went before a closed door meeting of the United Nations Security Council and announced that Gaddafi's forces were issuing Viagra, the drug used to treat erectile dysfunction, to soldiers "so that they go out and rape" civilians in areas that support the rebels. "This story was taken so seriously that some people started writing to Pfizer to get it to stop selling Viagra to Libya, since its product was allegedly being used as a weapon of war."

According to news reports, Rice's allegation was false. "There is no evidence that Libyan military forces are being given Viagra and engaging in systematic rape against women in rebel areas, US military and intelligence officials told NBC News on Friday." (The story is archived here:

The news report notes that "several diplomats said Rice provided no evidence for the Viagra allegation, which they said was made in an attempt to persuade doubters the conflict in Libya was not just a standard civil war but a much nastier fight . . . ."  Less delicate voices were more blunt: "Rice is a liberal interventionist who was one of those to persuade Obama to intervene in Libya. She utilized this myth because it helped her make the case at the UN that there was no 'moral equivalence' between Gaddafi's human rights abuses and those of the insurgents."

To our knowledge, Ms. Rice has never bothered to explain her claim, never apologized, never expressed regret about it. This, despite the fact that it would be difficult to imagine a false claim about a matter more serious because it was uttered to buttress support for a policy that exposes soldiers in combat and innocent civilians to the most serious risk imaginable. The fact that this false rape claim was made by a leading official of the most powerful nation on earth should be a grave concern to the entire world community.  Yet, we saw no condemnations nor expressions of outrage by anyone, including the GOP and women's groups, regarding this flagrant abuse of the power to cry rape.

Ms. Rice's possible appointment as secretary of state is mired in controversy.  Some on the left are branding criticisms of her as "racist" and "sexist." It is ironic that some of these same persons who are now crying "racism" and "sexism" were among the angry critics who attacked another black woman, ironically also named Rice, when she was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as Secretary of State. Are we to take it that criticisms of black women named Rice are only "racist" or "sexist" when they are uttered by Republicans? People who play the race or gender cards when there is no evidence of racism or sexism are playing a despicable game that seeks to marginalize critics not by answering their criticisms but by demonizing them personally.

But that's not really our issue, is it? Our issue is Susan Rice's false rape claim, and the fact that the GOP is missing the more important story -- a false rape claim that Susan Rice ought to explain.

Thanks to C-Man for reminding us about this story.