National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, who is widely suspected of being the source of critical leaks from the White House, is resigning and will be replaced by UN Ambassador Susan Rice, who played a key role in misleading the American public about the Benghazi terror attack in Sep. 2012. The NSA post does not require Senate confirmation; Rice withdrew her candidacy as Secretary of State due to the difficulty of confirmation.
The Associated Press reported the shuffle early Wednesday morning, based on an anonymous official source within the White House, who also indicated the change would happen after President Barack Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and returned from his three-country visit to Africa in late June and early July.
Pat Caddell, former advisor to President Jimmy Carter, wrote at Breitbart News in September, prior to the Benghazi scandal:
…Donilon is surely responsible for many of the leaks coming out of the White House, all of which seemed to advance the cause of making Obama look like a tough Commander-in-Chief. These were leaks that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Democrat of California and chair of the Intelligence Committee described as “very, very disturbing.” She added, “It’s dismayed our allies. It puts American lives in jeopardy. It puts our nation’s security in jeopardy.
While the Obama administration vigorously pursued other suspected sources of leaked information–and, controversially, the journalists who reported them–it has not apparently taken action on the White House leaks.
Aside from Rice’s involvement in the Benghazi cover-up, her tenure as UN Ambassador has also been rocky. She was criticized for her absences from work, including during critical votes and debates,. She led the U.S. into the disastrous Human Rights Council, which the Obama administration has been unable to change but to which it has now lent undue legitimacy. The NSA job is viewed as consolation for her withdrawal from the State post.