Time to Kneecap the Three Amigos

Okay, this is just getting stupid. Even after the CIA explained that Susan Rice was using intelligence-approved talking points, and briefed Senators on the fake-Benghazi scandal, the Nuevo Three Amigos (plus Amiga Nueva) are still not satisfied. Kelly Ayotte, in an attempt to “burnish” her foreign policy cred in preparation for 2016, has announced that she will place a hold if Susan Rice is nominated as Secretary of State — the first time in US history, it appears, that this has been done to a Sec State nominee.

Enough. President Obama should:

1) Give Rice a recess appointment as Sec State.

2) Submit her nomination to the US Senate for regular confirmation.

3) Get an opinion from OLC that renewing a recess appointment means that the appointee receives full salary. (There is a very obscure and vague statute that can be read to suggest otherwise. Writing a persuasive opinion against this reading would take a competent lawyer about a day).

4) Tell the various Amigos which orifices of their bodies they can stick their heads into.

And by the way: the point of the “Three Amigos” was that they were a trio of ridiculous incompetents. Yep, that’s right.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

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Jonathan Zasloff

Jonathan Zasloff is a professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles.