Edwin M. Yoder Jr. [letters, Nov. 20] criticized Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) for holding U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice accountable for her remarks immediately after the attack in Libya. He claimed that their “insinuation that the ambassador was merely flacking for the White House is too insulting to be countenanced.”
Ms. Rice may, in fact, feel insulted. But what is insulting to the American people is the insinuation that a Cabinet officer or ambassador would be booked on Sunday news programs, especially to discuss a matter of this importance, without complete and careful coordination with the White House with regard to both placement (the selection of shows on which to appear) and message (what to say). This would be true even if the timing was not so near a presidential election.