Susan Rice’s ‘Worst Week’ Could Derail Secretary of State Bid



Susan Rice's 'worst week' could derail Secretary of State bid (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Should President Obama nominate Susan Rice to be the next Secretary of State – and her loyal boss may have been pushed into doing so by the clatter of Senate Republicans eager to prevent that – Ambassador Rice already will have undergone a blistering public vetting. Her race, her gender, her personality…



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  1. I have a great idea. Lets give Kerry the job and then invite Brown back into the Senate. Sounds smart, doesn’t it Dems?

  2. On the other side of the coin, is Susan Rice more qualified than John Kerry? Is she being considered instead of him to protect his seat?

    “Rice’s Failure in Rwanda Precludes Her From Becoming Secretary of State”

    “In a 2001 article published in The Atlantic, Samantha Power, author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning A Problem of Hell and arguably the world’s foremost voice against genocide and who currently serves on the National Security Council as an aide to President Obama, referred to Ambassador Susan Rice and her colleagues in the Clinton Administration as Bystanders to Genocide. She quotes Rice in the 2002 book as saying, “If we use the word ‘genocide’ and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November congressional election?” Rice’s subordination of a human tragedy of epic proportions to partisan politic interests mirrors the current allegations of why she denied a terror attack in Benghazi. Rice then joined Madeline Albright, Anthony Lake and Warren Christopher as part of a coordinated effort not only to impede UN action to stop the Rwanda genocide, but to minimize public opposition to American inaction by removing words like “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing” from government communications on the subject.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....17779.html

  3. The article zu links to has several commentors who refute the author’s facts; however the Secty. of State is in line for the presidency, as are other cabinet members, and should be judged with that in mind as well as diplomatic skills.

    If Ms. Rice has difficulty dealing with four US senators, how would she fare in the maelstrom that is the Middle East? Mr. Netanyahu is only one of the many zealots involved in that part of the world.

    This does not excuse the trifecta from spurious claims that Ms. Rice lied, misled, was incompetent in her Sunday talk show circuit. We can only imagine what these senators would have been saying on Sept 16 had no administration official agreed to be interviewed – it wouldn’t have been pretty.

  4. “In 1996, while serving as assistant secretary of state for African affairs under former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Rice helped persuade President Clinton to rebuff Sudan’s offer to turn Osama bin Laden, who was then living there, over to U.S. authorities.”

    http://news.investors.com/ibd-.....htm?p=full

  5. Z, this article and the charges it cites do bear further scrutiny. I hope they are inaccurate.

  6. dd

    Investors.com is a Wall Street wannabe which “carries columns from writers it describes as “On The Left and On The Right“,[5] including L. Brent Bozell, Richard Cohen, E. J. Dionne, Victor Davis Hanson, Charles Krauthammer, and Thomas Sowell.” If you see more than one “leftie” in there, let me know.

    This is an unattributed editorial that repeats the “facts” listed in Huff Po linked above. This is a perfect example of how a “smear campaign” works. Get someone to write something about something someone else wrote about; get it published in a venue that does print both right and left authors (we won’t check the percentage of print either gets – that would take too long), then let the poison seep into the collective news’ consciousness.

    zu is bringing us sparks from the raging fire that is intent on dissing Ms. Rice, her boss Ms. Clinton, and her boss Mr. Obama, and all those on the ships at sea who would challenge the rabid right’s hold on power. Don’t get burned.

  7. Ohio, good points, this could just be second guessing and/or faulty judgement calls.
    However, I am not too thrilled with her handling of things in the present such as the shows (oh, well) and the Transcanada stock. If I were angling for the Sec. job, I would have dumpted those stocks that might have anything to do with potential State Dept. decisions. Just saying.
    Too bad, she does seem to have an extensive foreign policy background and I’m sure the Dems don’t want to risk losing the Mass. Senate seat if he puts in Kerry.
    As others have said, nominating Rice at this point of her toasting, may not be a fight Obama wants, or could even win.

  8. This is from the original article regarding Rwanda, written by Susan Power, not a “rightie”, but someone on Obama’s staff.

    “At an interagency teleconference in late April, Susan Rice, a rising star on the NSC who worked under Richard Clarke, stunned a few of the officials present when she asked, “If we use the word ‘genocide’ and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [congressional] election?” Lieutenant Colonel Tony Marley remembers the incredulity of his colleagues at the State Department. “We could believe that people would wonder that,” he says, “but not that they would actually voice it.” Rice does not recall the incident but concedes, “If I said it, it was completely inappropriate, as well as irrelevant.””

  9. “Clinton’s foreign policy staff had to fend off criticism it failed to do more to nab al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden prior to Sept. 11, 2001. According to former ambassador to Sudan,Timothy Carney, when the Sudan offered to help the United States capture bin Laden, Rice and counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke advised against it. Later, the 9/11 Commission said no credible evidence existed that Sudan would have made good on its offer.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/.....i/1728985/

  10. “Clinton’s foreign policy staff had to fend off criticism it failed to do more to nab al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden prior to Sept. 11, 2001. According to former ambassador to Sudan,Timothy Carney, when the Sudan offered to help the United States capture bin Laden, Rice and counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke advised against it. Later, the 9/11 Commission said no credible evidence existed that Sudan would have made good on its offer.”

    If we are going back 15 years to dig up “stuff” on Susan Rice, it seems only “fair” to go back 10 years and dig up even bigger “stuff” on her namesake, Condoleezza:

    National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said on CNN’s Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer that the tubes “are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, centrifuge programs” and “we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”

  11. At an interagency teleconference in late April, Susan Rice, a rising star on the NSC who worked under Richard Clarke, stunned a few of the officials present when she asked, “If we use the word ‘genocide’ and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [congressional] election?”

    I believe it would be in better context and in better taste if both the original author and the commenter would make it clear that this occurred 18 years ago.

  12. If Condalisa Rice is vetted for public office again in the future, that would indeed need to be considered.

  13. Dorian,

    That was a follow up to my original post which tastefully did include:

    ““In a 2001 article published in The Atlantic, Samantha Power, author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning A Problem of Hell and arguably the world’s foremost voice against genocide and who currently serves on the National Security Council as an aide to President Obama,…”

  14. If Condalisa [sic] Rice is vetted for public office again in the future, that would indeed need to be considered.

    It sure wasn’t when the Bush administration made her Secretary of State…

  15. That was a follow up to my original post which tastefully did include:

    ““In a 2001 article published in The Atlantic, Samantha Power, author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning A Problem of Hell and arguably the world’s foremost voice against genocide and who currently serves on the National Security Council as an aide to President Obama,…”

    2001 still does not ‘tastefully’ equate to 1994

  16. Dorian, I misunderstood what you were saying.

  17. Geez, no one is asking about how she is doing her current job at the UN.

    I would think that would be the most important criteria from a Sec of State…performing well as the US UN ambassador should qualify one for the job.

    Is she doing THAT job well?

  18. SL, good question. My impression, which is probably wrong and is simplistic, is that the U.N. job is mainly, like a press secretary, transmitting the State and WH positions.

  19. I do not know the answer to the question. I guess we are supposed to assume she is doing that job well? I will assume that she did a better job than Bolton.

  20. I will assume that she did a better job than Bolton.

    Not a very risky assumption I think.

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