In "GOP ups attack on Rice" (Eagle, Nov. 20), 97 Repub lican House members sent a letter to President Obama that she made "misleading statements" about the Benghazi U.S. consulate attack in Libya. Susan Rice, the U.N. ambassador, was simply presenting the intelligence handed to her, yet the letter stated, "Ambassador Rice is widely viewed as having either willfully or incompetently misled the American public in the Benghazi affair."
It is now apparent that someone in our intelligence community had altered the intelligence that was given to her. Obama said, "Rice had nothing to do with the Benghazi affair and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous." and a dozen Democratic female members of the House also came to Rice's defense, saying the criticisms of her smacked of sexism and racism.
One cannot escape the impression that the belief that Rice wittingly or not tried to dupe the public is a paranoid delusion. As in most paranoid delusions, the Republicans' belief appears to be an almost total projection of their own perpetration of falsehoods on the public for their own gain during the campaign onto someone else. This reinforces the impression that many elected Republicans are in the throes of delusional beliefs that render them unwilling or unable to take responsibility for their behavior and cope effectively with reality.
It is interesting that Rice may have been the only government official that used the term delusion to describe Gaddafi's paranoid beliefs about his own citizens before the Libya invasion. The Republicans may be uncomfortable with her willingness to call a delusion a delusion.
Since the election, the delusions seem to be worsening and it looks more and more that the Republicans are unable rather than unwilling to drop them. If unwilling, they will likely compromise with the fiscal cliff gun to their head, but if unable they will likely not. We will then be in the situation of a large group of Republican House members being incompetent to govern reasonably due to a delusional state that they can no longer help.
If they take rational government down they take us all down, especially economically. We can't let the delusional injure us. Exploring an impeachment process on the basis of possible mental incompetence to rationally govern due to delusions would appear to be the only solution.
Let's hope it's not necessary, but let's not shirk our responsibility if it is.
AUGUSTUS F. KINZEL, M.D.