Oh, wait, that quote is about former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, in defense of her position of Secretary of State, not Susan Rice. About Condoleezza Rice, who presided over the attacks of September 11th, an infamous day which saw nearly 3,000 souls (American and foreign) perish due to a lapse in security. Due to a decision, a conscious decision, to not take a warning seriously. It wasn't about Susan Rice, who is our representative to the United Nations with no control over the national security apparatus, at a time when four Americans tragically died in a terrorist attack, about which the facts were understandably ambiguous for a few weeks.
My bad. I confused Condoleezza with Susan. I confused our National Security Advisor with our representative to the United Nations. I confused 3,000 dead with 4. It's inexcusable.
I wonder what McCain (and Graham's) excuse is. Do they even try for one? Or is their ridiculousness likewise inexcusable?
(Also, too, thanks ThinkProgress for the easy quote).