It finally occurred to the Wall Street Journal editorial board that Susan Rice isn't running for the White House in 2016. Ambassador Rice has built a fine career that is GOP-worthy in every respect for some vintage McCarthyite slashing, but absent any discernible political aspirations on her part, what's the point in destroying her over Benghazi?
It has also occurred to the WSJ that President Obama won't be running in 2016, either. The children at Fox News, the drug-addled Rush Limbaugh, the lobotomized Jen Rubin, the psychotic Glenn Beck and all the other far-right agitators aren't as deeply strategic and analytically complex as the WSJ editorial board, thus the former couldn't know what has dawned on the latter: politically, Obama-as-principal-target ain't the GOP's future, not, anyway, in regard to the GOP's Benghazi Illusion.
As for former CIA director David Petraeus? Sure, he's changed his story to Congress and once flooded its zone with misleading memos which were vacant the necessary disclaimers and disclosures--in other words, he might be the Benghazi Illusion itself. But he's the Hero of Iraq, a reputation which must be GOP-defended at all costs and from all angles; he's the man with the star--several of them, actually--a bit smudged, perhaps, but boys will be boys; and besides, he's a Republican, therefore some "further digging" into his doings, says the WSJ, might be in congressional order (but not really, for Petraeus is "an easy scapegoat").
No, observes the WSJ, this is Hillary Clinton's "bailiwick"--from consulate security to U.S. policy on Libya to U.S. policy on Syria to guns in the hands of al Qaeda to RPGs in the arms of Islamist extremists to, pretty much, the whole Middle East thing. It's all her doing, it's all Hillary's failings, it's all Mrs. Clinton's responsibility--because, as the WSJ finally gets around to noting, she has "[set] her sights on a 2016 Presidential run."
In time, the slow kids--the Foxists and the Limbaughs and the Becks--will catch up; they'll realize, as the WSJ has, that in the right-wing mind a transfer of political accountability must take place. Obama is old news. Everything bad--and everything is bad--is now Hillary's fault.