Hillary's Replacement; Susan Rice Is Not the Best Choice to Lead State Department
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice's deceptive Benghazi spin ought to be enough to sink her bid for promotion. Mrs. Rice's infamous talking points insisted that a YouTube video, rather than preplanned terrorism, prompted the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. Yet there's plenty more in her past that calls into question her fitness as a potential replacement for Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state.Mrs. Rice made the rounds on Capitol Hill last week in an attempt to round up support. She met with Sen. Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican, who expressed concern that our ambassadors in Africa had asked for additional security before the 1998 terrorist bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Those requests were turned down under Mrs. Rice's watch as assistant secretary of state for African affairs.More recently, as ambassador to the United Nations, Mrs. Rice pushed to have the United States join the U.N. Human Rights Council, a fraternity of some of the world's worst human rights violators, including Libya when it was under the rule of Moammar Gadhafi. Joining was an effort to reform from within and keep Iran out, but the U.S. presence only adds legitimacy to the body. Yet when it comes to our allies, Mrs. Rice keeps a distance, as in September, when she skipped out on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before the U.N. General Assembly.Candidate Barack Obama's opposition to the Iraq war apparently was one of the reasons Mrs. Rice signed on to his presidential campaign rather than that of …
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Publication information: Article title: Hillary's Replacement; Susan Rice Is Not the Best Choice to Lead State Department. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: December 5, 2012. Page number: B02. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2012 Gale Group.
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