Susan Rice Drops Out Of Running For Secretary Of State
It looks like the bad guys won:
Embattled U.N. envoy Susan Rice is dropping out of the running to be the next secretary of state after months of criticism over her Benghazi comments, she told NBC News on Thursday.
“If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,” Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama, saying she’s saddened by the partisan politics surrounding her prospects.
“That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country…Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time,” she wrote in the letter obtained by NBC News.
This is pretty weak. Susan Rice is a person with an impressive record and a stellar reputation. Many believed that the top job at Foggy Bottom would be hers once Secretary Hillary Clinton left her post shortly before — or after — President Obama is sworn in for a 2nd term. And then Benghazi happened. The attack on a US consulate took place smack-dab in the middle of a presidential campaign, so naturally opponents of the president jumped all over the tragedy in an effort to score political points against him. Many on the right, with Senator John McCain leading the charge, decided that Susan Rice would be their target. Her crime? Accurately repeating talking points she received from the CIA on Libya:
WASHINGTON – CBS News has obtained the CIA talking points given to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on Sept. 15 regarding the fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, four days earlier. CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan says the talking points, which were also given to members of the House intelligence committee, make no reference to terrorism being a likely factor in the assault, which left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.
She was relentlessly attacked for stating that the attacks began “spontaneously.” McCain even went as far as to question her intelligence, charging that “she’s not very bright.” Hmm. Let’s see what the CIA memo she was given said in, its entirety:
- The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the US diplomatic post in Benghazi and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.
- This assessment may change as additional information is collected and analyzed and as currently available information continues to be evaluated.
- The investigation is on-going, and the US Government is working with Libyan authorities to bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of US citizens.
So apparently she isn’t very bright because she did precisely what she was asked by the White House to do, and competently.
From the start of this public crusade against Rice’s nomination, very little of it made sense. Again, questioning her competency made zero sense and struck me as disrespectful. A Rhodes Scholar who has absolutely excelled at basically everything she’s done? Unqualified? Shut the entire fuck up. Also, that’s pretty rich coming from the guy who tapped SARAH PALIN to be his running mate.
And, beyond that, wouldn’t the sensible person to attack over the Benghazi situation be, I don’t know, the sitting Secretary of State? Not someone being considered for the job months from now, the actual, still-on-the-job Secretary of State? For Sen. McCain and others to hone in on Rice — the U.S. envoy to the U.N., by the way — instead of Secretary Clinton proved to me that this wasn’t at all about getting to the bottom of anything. And the fact that McCain skipped hearings on the Benghazi attack to complain about not being given enough information about the Benghazi attack confirmed it. This was about an old scumbag senator, who is probably still salty about getting his ass kicked in 2008, trying to hurt President Obama while simultaneously raising his own profile and keeping his name relevant. It’s as transparent a political play as it is sleazy.
I was actually looking forward to President Obama nominating her and watching Republicans look petty and small during the confirmation process. I was very happy when he stood by her and defended her unequivocally in the face of the maligning attacks. It’s pretty regrettable that she withdrew her name, but it’s yet further evidence of her character and the type of public servant she is. Those on the right that viciously maligned her should be absolutely ashamed of themselves, and it’s my hope that the media show this for what it is: a political hit job.