Rice fires back after dropping out of contention for secretary of state

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  • -5

    Herve Nmn L'Eisa

    Of course blaming others for her own ineptitude. Just like her mentor. Adios and good riddance.

  • 3

    Jimizo

    A pretty dignified end to some sordid politicking.

  • -1

    Laguna

    There's likely more to the story - probably some seriously embarrasing financial conflicts.

  • 1

    globalwatcher

    Well calculated personal move by Susan Rice. Agree with her decison that the country has too many pending issues that need to be tackled as a whole. I personally believe Sen. John Kerry or Sen. Jim Webb will be a better match for this position.

  • 2

    noriyosan73

    "Every dog has his day." McCain et al will want something next year, and it is going to be politically expensive. They never expected her to withdraw her name from the nomination process so quickly. Now they stand around with their hands in their pockets wondering "did we win?" A battle like this on the Senate floor when the economy should be the priority. What a pathetic group of self-centered bureaucrats.

  • -2

    edojin

    There's gotta be more to this story than is being said. Probably powers that be in the Obama administration want to downplay the Benghazi fiasco as much as possible. There are many more mysterious issues in that case than are being discussed by the American press. As Rice has become the public face of the tangled administration description of what happened in Benghazi, they don't want her to be in the spotlight as new issues might arise causing even more embarrassment to Obama and his handling of the situation. Some of these issues are so serious that, if true, Obama would be in deep, deep trouble.

  • 2

    lostrune2

    When Susan Rice couldn't convince even moderate Republican Senator Olympia Snow a couple weeks ago, people then knew she would have no chance. She'd still remain US Ambassador to the UN.

    Anyways, between the two: Rice is more of a hawk; Kerry is more of a dove.

  • -5

    Serrano

    Gosh, isn't there a better candidate than John Kerry for the top diplomat position?

  • 0

    lostrune2

    Gosh, isn't there a better candidate than John Kerry for the top diplomat position?

    Better candidates, yes. But as in life, it's also who you know. Remember, Kerry helped prep Obama during the series of debates. That gives him a leg up.

    Though then again, the Dems may not want to lose that Massachusetts Senate seat.............

  • -1

    bass4funk

    Well calculated personal move by Susan Rice. Agree with her decison that the country has too many pending issues that need to be tackled as a whole.

    Yep, I totally agree.

  • -4

    Serrano

    "( there are ) Better candidates, yes."

    But Obama probably won't nominate any of them over John Kerry.

  • -4

    Serrano

    "Clinton, who has said she will not serve in Obama's second term"

    Why not?

  • 1

    wipeout

    But Obama probably won't nominate any of them over John Kerry.

    Should he? His original candidate was shot down. How many times are his opponents supposed to be permitted to play that card?

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    sailwind

    Her role as a top administration defender over the attack which killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans drew her into a furious row with Republicans keen to dent Obama after his re-election victory.

    I guess conjecture is now what passes for journalism these days.

  • -5

    Serrano

    "Should he?"

    Well, yeah, since Kerry isn't anywhere near the most qualified person for the job.

  • 2

    wipeout

    Well, yeah, since Kerry isn't anywhere near the most qualified person for the job.

    Uh-huh. Who are those?

  • -3

    Tom Webb

    You dropped the ball woman. You should know better than to trust first impression in crisis. Go out quietly, get a univ teaching job and write your book.

  • 2

    SuperLib

    I guess Republicans will take any wins they can get. Benghazi didn't quit pay off for them initially but they got some good mileage in the end.

  • -2

    lachance

    Thank God she's gone. She doesn't have the snap, crackle and pop necessary for a secretary of state. She's fluff. Don't need her. Don't want her. Give us somebody with a Clinton credential.

  • -2

    Tom Thompson

    where there is smoke there is fire, good riddance

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    Fadamor

    As noted in the article, Rice was never actually named as the prospective replacement for Clinton. All the brouhaha that the Republicans generated over this was a pre-emptive strike. They took advantage of the confusion that ensues whenever something happens halfway around the world and used it as "proof" that the administration was intentionally misleading the public. That kind of confusion has NEVER happened before... say, like when a President was convinced that the purchase of a bunch of 5-inch aluminum tubing was proof-positive of Iraq manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.

    Oh wait, that was a Republican Administration, wasn't it? Republican Administrations are NEVER confused or mis-informed, so I must be mistaken. Either I'm mistaken or (using the current crop of Republican's logic) that previous Republican Administration deliberately misled the American public in order to justify starting a war - a war which just HAPPENED to take the public's attention away from the fact that our troops had just swept through Afghanistan and had not found Bin Laden. I believe the Republicans even had a term for that kind of misleading activity. During the Clinton Administration they called it "Wagging the Dog" - as in the (dog's) tail wagging the dog rather than the other way around.

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    globalwatcher

    SerranoDec. 14, 2012 - 09:04PM JST

    "Clinton, who has said she will not serve in Obama's second term"

    Why not?

    Because she is preparing to run for the next presidential election. She needs a little break after all before that.

  • 2

    Bgood41

    Allegedly speaking, Susan Rice would be a perfect candidate to win the "SPONTANEOUS PARROT" award this year.

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    Fadamor

    Allegedly speaking, Susan Rice would be a perfect candidate to win the "SPONTANEOUS PARROT" award this year.

    If so, she would join that talking puppet whose mimicry created the award in the first place: Condoleeza Rice.

  • -1

    tkoind2

    The GOP is beating that Libya thing to death like a dead horse. And ruining having a competent person prepared to step into that very important role.

    To be honest I am tied of the the GOP and their endless BS on this topic. They have been clearly defeated on the facts, clearly seen to be creating some new conspiracy theory for their flat earth followers, and lacking in any integrity on this issue.

    And the many examples of people buying into the GOPs debunked theories STILL, is sad. You people need to read more and study your facts.

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    sailwind

    They took advantage of the confusion that ensues whenever something happens halfway around the world and used it as "proof" that the administration was intentionally misleading the public.

    I'd say the Obama adminstration took advantage of protests over a film as an advantage to use as cover for their gross incompetence in protecting and providing adequate protection for Ambassador Stevens and his fellow Americans on the anniversary of Sept 11 in the Middle East. Susan Rice was made point person to push this narrative to the American people despite having access to classified intelligence that totally contradicted this.

    Hot air breaks this down so anybody can get it without the partisan squawking.

    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and as part of President Obama’s national security team, she had access for up to five days to the classified daily intelligence briefings that told her there was no “spontaneous protest” that turned violent at our consulate in Benghazi.

    The bottom line is four Americans are still dead, and the rest of the country doesn’t know who screwed up and why. That investigation needs to continue in Congressional hearings. But one of two scenarios about Dr. Rice’s testimony still have to remain true. Either She had intelligence to the contrary and she intentionally misled the nation about the terrorist attack on 9/11/12, or she didn’t read or believe the classified intelligence she had access to was more accurate than the unclassified version. That doesn’t speak well for her competence.

    http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2012/12/14/when-rock-center-goes-mushy-left-on-susan-rice/

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    tkoind2

    Sailwind, Won't justify more of this nonsense with a debate. The evidence stands against your silly conspiracy theory of administration incompetence. It has been repeatedly disproven. One day I sincerely hope you will join the rest of us in reality and dismiss beating this very dead horse any longer.

  • -2

    sailwind

    The evidence stands against your silly conspiracy theory of administration incompetence.

    Doesn't square with actual reality or the facts. Congressional hearings are now being held questioning the adminstrations competence and John Kerry himself is pointing out the very same things that I did. I do hope that one day you will be able to actually take off your partisan glasses and see things as they really are.

    Amid ongoing questions about the September violence in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads to Capitol Hill next week to testify on the matter, appearing before both House and Senate committees to answer questions about the sequence of events that led up to the attacks, and how the State “We ask our diplomats and development personnel to operate in some of the most dangerous places on the planet,” said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she’ll appear next Thursday morning. **“We owe it to them, and we owe it to the memory of Ambassador Chris Stevens and his three fellow Americans who lost their lives in Benghazi to get past the politics and focus on the substance of what happened **and what it tells us about diplomatic security going forward.”

    Later in the day, Clinton will testify to the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the findings of a State Department review of the circumstances surrounding the attacks

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/335563/clinton-testify-congressional-hearings-about-benghazi-katrina-trinko#

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    tkoind2

    Yes, yes.... sailwind. I am sure this is fun and hard to give up. But the facts remain stacked considerably against this nonsense you and the right persist in promoting. Despite already very funny instances where Fox News guests debunked this claim making the pundits there look very foolish.

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    sailwind

    But the facts remain stacked considerably against this nonsense you and the right persist in promoting.

    The "nonsense" being promoted was that our Ambassador lost his life due to a protest of a offensive film to Muslims and was not the victim of a planned targeted terrorist attack. If Susan Rice did not promote this "nonsense" she wouldn't be withdrawing her name from consideration.

    But don't worry tkoind2, any fall out from the Congressional hearings will be just get the BenSmithing treatment in the Obama Lapdog Media: Obama's got nothing to worry about.

    Urban Dictionary Definition: BenSmithing

    (v) A political tactic that disguises itself as journalism in order to protect Democrats, most specifically Barack Obama.

    1. Something happens or is discovered that might hurt Obama.

    2. That something is discovered in the alternative media and uncovered.

    3. Ben Smith (or the equally dishonest PolitiFact and Media Matters) pretend to investigate it, write something up disguised as "definitive," and then hand the complicit media an excuse to ignore it in the media.

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    lostrune2

    "( there are ) Better candidates, yes."

    But Obama probably won't nominate any of them over John Kerry.

    You seemed to have skipped the 2nd part of my post:

    But as in life, it's also who you know. Remember, Kerry helped prep Obama during the series of debates. That gives him a leg up.

    That's why networking is also important.

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