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Why Obama blinked on Susan Rice nomination
FoxNews.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | christian whiton

Posted on 12/14/2012 12:03:28 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper

On Thursday, President Obama took the unusual step of issuing a statement saying Susan Rice, the embattled US ambassador to the UN, had withdrawn herself from consideration to be secretary of state.

This was highly odd conduct for a White House because Rice was never nominated. In instances like this, presidents usually just nominate someone else and decline to discuss discarded possibilities for appointments.

This tells us that the White House remains deeply worried about the Libya scandal.

That Rice deliberately used her position to mislead the American people is no longer disputed by serious journalists. She went on every major Sunday news show after the 9/11 murder of US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and incorrectly attributed the cause to an obscure video and supposedly spontaneous protests.

In fact, as Rice almost certainly knew from her intelligence briefings, the Libyan government, and even unclassified emails that the killing was a deliberate attack by an Islamist group.

Rice presumably did this to advance the president’s reelection campaign. A successful terrorist attack did not fit Obama’s contention that “the tide of war is receding” in part because “al Qaeda is on its heels.” Presumably other administration officials, like Secretary of State Clinton or Pentagon boss Panetta, declined to do the dirty work out of wise concern for their reputations.

That left Rice, the politico with a history of misleading the American public on national security matters for electoral reasons.

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1 posted on 12/14/2012 12:03:38 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Certainly it’s in Dear Leader’s interest that Benghazi stays out of the headlines. Who gave the order to stand down?


2 posted on 12/14/2012 12:13:18 AM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Because deep down 0bama is a chickenshirt.


3 posted on 12/14/2012 12:14:41 AM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I find it no coincidence that the liberals all began to criticize Rice at the same time. The crew at the white house realized that Benghazi would return to the front page if she was nominated. When they figured that out, the White House sent out the word to throw Rice under the bus, therefore eliminating her as a viable candidate. Obama’s protection crew at work. Benghazi will now fade into the sunset, without even a report being generated. Sad.


4 posted on 12/14/2012 12:18:39 AM PST by 2010Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I find it no coincidence that the liberals all began to criticize Rice at the same time. The crew at the white house realized that Benghazi would return to the front page if she was nominated. When they figured that out, the White House sent out the word to throw Rice under the bus, therefore eliminating her as a viable candidate. Obama’s protection crew at work. Benghazi will now fade into the sunset, without even a report being generated. Sad.


5 posted on 12/14/2012 12:19:00 AM PST by 2010Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
The Ricecake has a horrible diplomatic record that was starting to become disseminated.

What qualified her as an expert on Africa?

yitbos

6 posted on 12/14/2012 12:24:56 AM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: 2010Freeper

This can be thought of as that vulnerable area just behind Achilles’ foot and below the calf area.


7 posted on 12/14/2012 12:26:59 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: bruinbirdman

Is that a 5 o’clock mustache shadow on her face, or just the shadow of her nose?


8 posted on 12/14/2012 12:31:11 AM PST by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: FrankR

The proper medical term is beak.


9 posted on 12/14/2012 12:39:13 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The only thing missing is the red beret.


10 posted on 12/14/2012 12:44:49 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: TigersEye


11 posted on 12/14/2012 12:45:55 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: FrankR

she walks like a lumberjack


12 posted on 12/14/2012 12:58:43 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Berlin_Freeper
....but a pyrrhic one given the ability of most Americans to sniff out a liar.

If that were true, the liar in chief would not have been re-elected. It seems most Americans these days are gullible, ignorant fools.

13 posted on 12/14/2012 12:59:19 AM PST by Bullish (The stench from this amateur regime stinks all the way to Kenya.)
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To: 2010Freeper
...the White House sent out the word to throw Rice under the bus...

They threw her under a bus? Is she dead?

14 posted on 12/14/2012 1:18:43 AM PST by Isabel C.
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I was a non-nomination from the start. Perhaps she asked Obama if she could be SOS, then he just allowed it to float knowing it was never going to happen.

It’s no skin off his nose. He threw her to the wolves when he let her name get floated.


15 posted on 12/14/2012 1:21:04 AM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: Berlin_Freeper; annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; ...
"This tells us that the White House remains deeply worried about the Libya scandal."

Sooner or later, this thing is going to explode. They cannot keep it under wraps for four years. obama might not care about the American lives being sacrificed for politics and the islamic caliphate, but the American people do. And there are enough of us to keep this fire burning until the cows come home and the chickens roost in his on again, off again, gray frizz where they belong.

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.


Benghazi Index

16 posted on 12/14/2012 1:24:01 AM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: Behind the Blue Wall
This tells us that the White House remains deeply worried about the Libya scandal.

And well they should be. I suspect that there has got to be something really damning there that perhaps we haven't even considered yet. Obama has Bill Clinton way beat in the Teflon department, and I honestly can't think of anything they could reveal that would affect his popularity in any way.

However, some of the others that he has tried to get to take the blame - such as Hillary, who was offered up immediately and just as immediately made it clear she wasn't going to take the fall - are clearly worried and I would say not just about their reputations, but about legal repercussions. Hillary has practically gone to live in-flight ever since then, travelling all over the place to avoid testifying, and now she's developed a mysterious illness that will have outbreaks that will probably prevent her from ever testifying. So there's something really bad there.

I suppose it could just be Obama's negligence, but that's hardly news. It must have been something he actually did - but what?

17 posted on 12/14/2012 3:02:07 AM PST by livius
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To: livius

Investments in Keystone Pipeline XL , alone is why


18 posted on 12/14/2012 3:27:17 AM PST by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: livius
It must have been something he actually did - but what?

Order the stand-down and subsequently refuse aid to Americans fighting for their lives? What could be more damning?

19 posted on 12/14/2012 3:33:23 AM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Anyone that makes “the one” look bad must pay the price. The attack on Benghazi makes a mockery of Barack Hussein’s 2009 speech where he said
“America is not — and never will be — at war with Islam.”


20 posted on 12/14/2012 3:38:41 AM PST by shoff (Vote Democratic it beats thinking!)
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To: luvbach1

What everyone is ignoring is.where was obamo for the full seven hours? Probably went to bed early or watching a movie or otherwise not fully engaged when it was actually happening....


21 posted on 12/14/2012 3:46:30 AM PST by CharlotteVRWC
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Because he’s going to make her NSA?


22 posted on 12/14/2012 3:50:20 AM PST by jersey117
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To: CharlotteVRWC

Hopefully the Clinton appearance before Congress will start to fill in the timeline.

Where was clinton when she learned of the attack?

What did she do and where did she watch the video?

What rescue plans were discussed?

and

Who gave what orders concerning the military plans to rescue our men?


23 posted on 12/14/2012 4:00:12 AM PST by John Galt's cousin (WTF? We couldn't rescue four men in Benghazi? Is our military IMPOTENT? ( /s ))
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To: CharlotteVRWC

Hopefully the Clinton appearance before Congress will start to fill in the timeline.

Where was clinton when she learned of the attack?

What did she do and where did she watch the video?

What rescue plans were discussed?

and

Who gave what orders concerning the military plans to rescue our men?


24 posted on 12/14/2012 4:00:12 AM PST by John Galt's cousin (WTF? We couldn't rescue four men in Benghazi? Is our military IMPOTENT? ( /s ))
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To: CharlotteVRWC
...not fully engaged when it was actually happening....

You're right. That's a distinct possibility. Delegating by default decision-making to subordinates, as yet unnamed. He is lazy.

25 posted on 12/14/2012 4:00:21 AM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: luvbach1

Be fair, the IWON cannot be expected to miss his non stop politicing or hanging upside down from the rafters.


26 posted on 12/14/2012 4:02:43 AM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: bruinbirdman
What qualified her as an expert on Africa?

She's a female and she's BLACK.

27 posted on 12/14/2012 4:07:18 AM PST by dearolddad
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The entire episode is a sham. John Kerry will now be nominated, and the cowardly Senate will approve him. Just think, a traitor as Secretary of State.


28 posted on 12/14/2012 4:14:50 AM PST by MSSC6644 (Defeat Satan: pray the Rosary.)
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To: MSSC6644

Bingo:

What has Obama got to fear over Benghazi? According to the press it never happened.

Who is going to do anything about it?

Has Speaker Boehner even mentioned it? It’s a dead issue. People here who beleve it will haunt Obama’s second term must be forgetting that things haunted his first term , but nothing was ever done about it.

Personally I believe if Kerry is nominated the Senate Republicans will fall all over themselves saying what a great guy their colleague is.


29 posted on 12/14/2012 4:33:47 AM PST by Venturer
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To: John Galt's cousin
Hopefully the Clinton appearance before Congress will start to fill in the timeline.

State Dept: Clinton may not testify on Benghazi next week

"The ARB's responsibility is to brief the secretary. The secretary has said she will be transparent to Congress," Nuland said. "What is required, Josh, is that the secretary's response to the ARB's conclusions has to go to Congress within 90 days of her receiving the report."

She hasn't received the ARB report yet. It's been delayed.

30 posted on 12/14/2012 4:41:11 AM PST by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: Venturer
Yep.

"And the GOP senators who were most hostile to Rice — John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and, later, Susan Collins of Maine — all have said they would welcome Kerry as Secretary of State."

31 posted on 12/14/2012 4:46:48 AM PST by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

32 posted on 12/14/2012 4:50:59 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Why?
‘Cause he doon’ wanna answer no steeeenking questions!

Thaaas why!


33 posted on 12/14/2012 4:52:00 AM PST by Flintlock (PARANOIA--means having all the facts.)
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To: Travis McGee
A Red Carpet for Radicals at the White House by Steve Emerson and John Rossomando IPT News - October 21, 2012

A year-long investigation by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has found that scores of known radical Islamists made hundreds of visits to the Obama White House, meeting with top administration officials.

Court documents and other records have identified many of these visitors as belonging to groups serving as fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other Islamic militant organizations.

http://www.investigativeproject.org/3777/a-red-carpet-for-radicals-at-the-white-house

Dems Tap Radical Islamists for Cash by STEVEN EMERSON AND JOHN ROSSOMANDO IPT News - November 1, 2012

“The Investigative Project on Terrorism has learned that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Democratic Party fundraiser with leaders of Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood front groups in May of this year.”

“Senior Democratic Party establishment figures seem intent on engaging and accommodating these new and sometimes radical elements in their party as an up-and-coming new constituency and money source. Most mainstream Democrats, have yet to grasp the full extent of their party’s infiltration.”

http://www.investigativeproject.org/3792/dems-tap-radical-islamists-for-cash


34 posted on 12/14/2012 5:03:30 AM PST by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I am thinking more along the lines of what Glenn Beck calls the Overton Window. Obamussolini put out the name of someone so over the top that his real pick, John Ghenghis Khan Kerry, seems perfectly acceptable by comparison.


35 posted on 12/14/2012 5:31:13 AM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: luvbach1

Supposedly, Obama was the only one who could ask for the trans-border authority to bring support onto the scene. And maybe he didn’t do it, or did it and it was refused by whatever country he requested it of, so he just shrugged and went to bed and left these people to die.

But it seems as if there was already some kind of support there, from drones if nothing else, and in any case, when it suits him in checking off names on his kill-list (inconvenient jihadis who are rivals of his favorite jihadis), he doesn’t appear to care much about borders. So that would make it seem as if perhaps somebody asked his permission to use the assets they already had, and he either denied it or refused to answer.

Even so, I’m not sure that would be enough. People would just say that he didn’t understand the situation because he had been misled by his advisers, or that he had greater goals of some sort (remember, Obama is godlike to these people).

Actually, looking back at the above scenarios, I’d think that the most damning would be the one where he never actually gave an answer, and just went off to bed so he’d be fresh in the morning for his campaign tour. He never appears in any photos of the famous “situation room,” although Hillary and some of the other people he’s tried to use seem to have been there. So perhaps he did just go put on his jammies and refuse to answer the knock on his door.

I remember there was one curious statement that came out from the WH early on: there was a delay of several hours between the first attack (the one that killed the Ambassador and his aide) and the second one (where the SEALS were killed), so Obama thought it was over. In other words, he wasn’t particularly bothered by the fact that the Ambassador was (at that point) missing and the aide was known to be dead, and once the immediate shooting was over, he just went to bed and probably left orders that he not be disturbed until morning. He’s known to be very spiteful and vindictive, so the other people there were no doubt afraid to disturb him when the second attack broke out.


36 posted on 12/14/2012 5:48:21 AM PST by livius
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To: haffast

“She hasn’t received the ARB report yet. It’s been delayed.

They keep stone-walling to run out the clock.

WE WANT ANSWERS


37 posted on 12/14/2012 11:11:24 AM PST by John Galt's cousin (WTF? We couldn't rescue four men in Benghazi? Is our military IMPOTENT? ( /s ))
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To: MSSC6644

FNC showed a poll this morning that had Kerry favored by more than wanted Rice, but Kerry’s number was only 23% or something like that, whereas 37% wanted “someone else” and 18% were “don’t know.” So the support for Kerry is underwhelming, outside the Senate.


38 posted on 12/14/2012 11:30:40 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Berlin_Freeper
I think French-looking elitist gigolo surrender monkey John Kerry is the perfect choice for Obama’s SOS.
39 posted on 12/14/2012 11:33:17 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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