Most rabbit holes look simple enough, but even a rabbit hole can be dangerous if unseen.
A good dog can break its leg in one. So can a horse, or a human. First there is a loud crack of bone, and then comes great pain.
But there's another kind of rabbit hole, the
These are truly dangerous, because it is this kind of rabbit hole that an entire nation can step into, and when it does, a country can break more than an ankle.
A country can break its own back.
And it is in such a
There's little we can do about it. She's the one who got herself stuck in there. And she's the one who can dig herself out.
But Rice might start digging out by testifying before
In this smelly business that has occupied Americans for months, there are two issues for congressional investigators, and the nation, to consider.
One involves the conclusion of intelligence that Russian-backed cyber thieves broke into
These leaks, of information that
Putin may have "hacked" the
And what was in those emails -- about
But there is no doubt the Russians interfered with American elections, and that can't be tolerated. What also can't be tolerated is the hint that American intelligence was subverted for partisan political gain.
Did the Obama White House spy on its political opponents, namely Trump and his people, and leak intelligence information to reporters to damage him?
That's just as serious as the Russian business. If political spying on domestic opponents is allowed -- especially with the kind of data-gathering now available to our intelligence agencies -- our republic will collapse in a spineless heap.
If you're a Democrat, you'll hold to one and brush off the other, and if you're a Republican, you'll do the opposite. So why not do what's right for the country and consider both?
As far as Rice is concerned, she could tell everything she knows about why
"Let's see what comes," she told friendly interviewer
She won't "sit here" and prejudge? That's a polite way of saying "No. There's no way I want to testify before
Perhaps that's because
American intelligence must be allowed to gather intelligence on foreign actors, and sometimes the identities of American citizens caught up in it must be "unmasked" or known in classified settings for proper analysis.
Americans will allow this as long as intelligence-gathering isn't used for partisan political gain.
"The notion, which some people are trying to suggest, that by asking for the identity of the American person is the same as leaking it -- that's completely false," said Rice on Tuesday in the friendly interview. "There is no equivalence between so-called unmasking and leaking."
Rice categorically denied ever leaking the name of her counterpart, Flynn, who was forced to resign in February after he reportedly misled Vice President
"I leaked nothing to nobody," Rice said.
"I don't think we should just discount how big a deal it is that
"I think she should testify under oath on this," Paul said.