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Susan Rice’s tarnished resume (Dana Milbank!)
Washington Post ^ | November 16, 2012 | Dana Milbank

Posted on 11/17/2012 12:10:43 PM PST by neverdem

President Obama had a rare “bring-it-on” moment when ABC News’s Jonathan Karl asked him about threats by Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham to block the confirmation of Susan Rice, should he nominate her for secretary of state.

“If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me,” Obama said Wednesday at his East Room news conference, defending his U.N. ambassador from charges that she misled the public about attacks on Americans in Libya.

“For them to go after the U.N. ambassador . . . and to besmirch her reputation, is outrageous. And, you know, we’re after an election now.”

It was reminiscent of his put-down of McCain in early 2010, when at a health-care forum he reminded his former opponent: “The election’s over.”

Obama’s over-the-top defense of Rice was surprising, particularly in contrast to the president’s relative indifference in accepting the resignation of CIA chief David Petraeus, one of the most capable public servants. And it was disappointing, because McCain, even if wrong on the particulars, is right about Rice. She is ill-equipped to be the nation’s top diplomat for reasons that have little to do with Libya.

Even in a town that rewards sharp elbows and brusque personalities, Rice has managed to make an impressive array of enemies — on Capitol Hill, in Foggy Bottom and abroad. Particularly in comparison with the other person often mentioned for the job, Sen. John Kerry, she can be a most undiplomatic diplomat, and there likely aren’t enough Republican or Democratic votes in the Senate to confirm her.

Back when she was an assistant secretary of state during the Clinton administration, she appalled colleagues by flipping her middle finger at Richard Holbrooke during a meeting with senior staff at the State Department, according to witnesses...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: susanrice

1 posted on 11/17/2012 12:10:47 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Put her next to Colon Bowel in the Lying to the UN pantheon.


2 posted on 11/17/2012 12:15:16 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: neverdem

Isn’t Milbank a huge lib? I try not to follow WaPo much so I ask.


3 posted on 11/17/2012 12:29:20 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: neverdem

Obama surrounds himself with idiots , makes him feel smart . After the 2008 election they told us millions of times how smart Obama was ,this time nothing


4 posted on 11/17/2012 12:29:53 PM PST by molson209
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To: ColdOne

He’s advocating for John Kerry.


5 posted on 11/17/2012 12:35:16 PM PST by petitfour
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To: neverdem

Go after me....AND I’LL TELL YOU I WON!!!


6 posted on 11/17/2012 12:35:43 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: neverdem
Rice was one of the first former Clinton administration officials to defect to Obama’s primary campaign against Hillary Clinton.

Very interesting article! I hope people actually bother to read it, something that doesn't seem to happen often on FR.

I think Hillary is between a rock and a hard place. Rice has always been the "whatsoever king may reign, still I'll be the Vicar of Bray" type. Now that race has intervened, it is obviously "whatsoever black king may reign, etc." But strangely enough, Hillary has likewise always made her career by cleaning up after powerful men, first her husband and now Obama.

I had actually hoped at the start that Hillary might have a mind of her own and a conscience (except that she's a hard core leftist, and they don't have consciences because they're too busy breaking the eggs to make that Stalinist omelet). But she doesn't.

The only question is how long she can legally stay out of the country and keep refusing to testify.

7 posted on 11/17/2012 12:46:11 PM PST by livius
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To: Paladin2
Put her next to Colon Bowel in the Lying to the UN pantheon.

When are we going to get a white guy as Secretary of State? The women and minorities we have been giving this job to are jokes and backstabbers (Colin Powell). Condeleeza Rice was no prize either. Hilary and Madeleine Albright???  Russia, China and Muslim nations are laughing at us. At who we put forth to represent us.

8 posted on 11/17/2012 12:48:38 PM PST by dennisw ( The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: petitfour

That makes sense now. Thanks


9 posted on 11/17/2012 12:50:23 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: neverdem

Don’t think she will receive confirmation because even most of the dems thinks she has nothing except what Obama has to offer a gift of gab and nothing else.


10 posted on 11/17/2012 12:55:00 PM PST by Vaduz
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To: neverdem

His cabinet and advisors are an assortment of radical Alinsky-types, so what harm does another Marxist do. America needs prayers.


11 posted on 11/17/2012 1:04:49 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: dennisw

You are correct. We insult almost every culture other then those used being matriarchal. I recall the montagnards were the very first society I ran into where a woman ran the village.


12 posted on 11/17/2012 1:28:19 PM PST by Lumper20
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To: Lumper20
The guys were bad ass though. As the Italians say, “It is a woman's home, men only live there.”
13 posted on 11/17/2012 2:04:51 PM PST by Little Bill (A)
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To: neverdem

Just FTR Milbank = McCrisis in wanting Lurch at State. But frankly, given Rice v. Lurch, I’ll take Lurch.


14 posted on 11/17/2012 3:06:11 PM PST by StAnDeliver (Own It.)
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To: ColdOne
Isn’t Milbank a huge lib? I try not to follow WaPo much so I ask.

HUGE lib.

And, while he has every reason to contest Rice's fitness for the job, he's also carrying Kerry's water.

Either will be a disaster...

15 posted on 11/17/2012 3:08:29 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: neverdem
Back when she was an assistant secretary of state during the Clinton administration, she appalled colleagues by flipping her middle finger at Richard Holbrooke during a meeting with senior staff at the State Department, according to witnesses...

All that means is that she's just another of the young-smartass wet-ears that Slick Willie brought into responsible White House jobs far too early in life, because, as a bad man, he needed to be surrounded by people who were callow enough for him to dominate despite his personal corruption and misconduct.

It's something to keep an eye out for: whenever you see that, watch out for the morals and honesty of the man in charge. Examples: Jack Kennedy, Dick Nixon, Bill Clinton.

16 posted on 11/17/2012 3:12:35 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: okie01
Either will be a disaster... yes it will be.
17 posted on 11/17/2012 3:13:01 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: Paladin2

Oh come on,lets talk about paying our fair share. I spent twelve years on active duty. Many others did far more than I did. Did we pay our fair share? How many cabinet officers in the Obama Administration served in the armed forces? Have they paid their fair share.

These things are relative, of course. I also paid an awful amount of taxes after my service ended. I do think I have paid my fair share. And anyone who questions Alan West can be sure that he has far more than paid his fair share with his service to our country.


18 posted on 11/17/2012 3:39:51 PM PST by billhilly
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To: livius

I read the whole article. I forgot about how Rice gave Holbrook the finger.

What is missing in this article is Rwanda and Rice refusing to call it “genocide” when she worked for Clinton....

John Kerry will get the slot...but then watch those lib women in Congress not squeal like a pig cause the One picked a man over a woman...


19 posted on 11/17/2012 4:04:14 PM PST by Engedi
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To: Vaduz

She’s distraction, he’ll go with Samantha Power.


20 posted on 11/17/2012 4:33:47 PM PST by AliVeritas (God's will be done. Pray, Pray, Pray, Penance, Penance, Penance.)
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To: neverdem

Wow, Dana Milbank is now racist and sexist. Stalinists eat their own, as many of Stalins’ comrades found out when they got the bullet in the neck.


21 posted on 11/17/2012 5:18:00 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Engedi

I agree, I don’t think it’s going to be Rice for SOS, although I’m not sure it will be Kerry. Obama wants Kerry to go to Defense to PO the military and show them how much contempt he has for our forces.


22 posted on 11/17/2012 6:43:07 PM PST by livius
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To: dennisw

“When are we going to get a white guy as Secretary of State?”

Haven’t had one since Warren Christopher, but he was an idiot.

I was hopeful that John Bolton would be the guy in a Romney administration, but we weren’t blessed with regime change.


23 posted on 11/18/2012 7:34:04 AM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: Senator Goldwater

“Warren Christopher, but he was an idiot.”

I don’t remember that. What I do remember is he was pretty old and his eyes were always half lidded as if he was asleep. He was ridiculed for this the by the mass media. He was very normal compared to the mutants in Bill Clinton’s cabinet such as Janet Reno and that midget Donna Shalala


24 posted on 11/18/2012 9:01:33 AM PST by dennisw ( The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: neverdem

Even in a town that rewards sharp elbows and brusque personalities, Rice has managed to make an impressive array of enemies — on Capitol Hill, in Foggy Bottom and abroad. Particularly in comparison with the other person often mentioned for the job, Sen. John Kerry, she can be a most undiplomatic diplomat, and there likely aren’t enough Republican or Democratic votes in the Senate to confirm her.


Oh, there will be a 100% aye vote from donks in the senate,,,guaranteed. Even if they believe she is totally unqualified, they will vote for her. Why? Because she is black. ANY AND ALL opposition or criticism of a black liberal is automatically racist. Libs have used the skin color card so much they have painted themselves into a corner. They will be forced to support her.


25 posted on 11/18/2012 9:41:02 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: dennisw

Yeah Christopher was an idiot. He was undersecretary to Cy Vance in the Carter administration, and was on the wrong side of most Cold War issues of the day. To the point where Max Kampelmann and Jeane Kirkpatrick broke with Democrats like Christopher and formed the national security team for Reagan’s first term, whose policies defeated communism.

Clinton ignored all this and stacked his administration with the handmaiden’s of defeat, including the likes of Christopher, Lake, Talbott and Albright, and rather than ignore or appease communism, they ignored nd appeased aislamic jihadists in the nineties and gave us 9/11 for their deriliction.


26 posted on 11/18/2012 3:35:04 PM PST by Senator Goldwater
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