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Loyalty Rewarded: Susan Rice and Samantha Power

Obama cares little about the public's opinion of his appointees; see how tenaciously he has clung to Eric Holder so far through thick and thin.

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Jean Kaufman

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June 5, 2013 - 1:30 pm
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In a move that should surprise absolutely no one who’s been paying attention, President Obama has named Susan Rice to replace the outgoing Tom Donilon as national security adviser.

Not only was the move expected, but for Obama it makes perfect sense, although in conventional terms it would seem somewhat odd for a president to appoint someone with such a controversial and easily criticized past. But Obama cares little about the public’s opinion of his appointees; see how tenaciously he has clung to Holder so far through thick and thin.

It’s exactly the thing for which Rice has been criticized — her dutiful presentation of the administration’s deceptive but politically advantageous talking points about the death of the ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Benghazi — that makes Rice most attractive to Obama as a close aide. He can trust her, and he doesn’t trust too many people.

I called her presentation “dutiful,” but another word for it would be “loyal.” It’s a loyalty that lies not only in Rice’s having presented those deceptive “facts” in the first place, but in never having turned on the administration afterward for putting her in that position (perhaps originally without her knowledge of the deception), even though it ended up costing her the post of Secretary of State, which would have required congressional confirmation.

Rice stuck with Obama even after she was thrown under the bus, as it were. And now she has been rewarded with a job that arguably could be as important in terms of influence if not prestige, because it is likely that Obama listens to his national security adviser at least as much, if not more, as he does to his secretary of State. To Obama, loyalty is almost everything, and Rice has the added bonus of actually having more of a background in foreign affairs than her predecessor.

The Rice appointment also frees up the job of UN ambassador, which gives Obama the opportunity to name another controversial woman and Obama loyalist to that position, Samantha Power. Power has a long record of supporting his foreign policy, is a fellow graduate of Harvard Law School, and is married to well-known leftist law professor Cass Sunstein. In an interesting twist, Power (like another close Obama adviser, Valerie Jarrett) was born outside the U.S. — in Power’s case, in Ireland to non-citizen parents who emigrated to the U.S. when Power was nine (Jarrett‘s parents were expat Americans in Iran during her early childhood).

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Obambus just keeps piling on the stupid.

But to be fair, sort of, it seems to be an action you can see in other presidents as they start going lame duck. Only in the case of Nixon nominating Carswell or Bush nominating Harriet Miers (both SCOTUS cases), the worst did not go through. Under Clinton all sorts of mediocrities and worse were appointed to all sorts of positions.

But really, when we already have Kerry and Hagel, there's no way to go lower. Dennis Rodman maybe, or Barbra Streisand.
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I watched that nightmare press conf. of "rewarding". Rice simply could NOT keep a smug smile off her face for longer than a few seconds at a time. Power came across as America-hating "true believer" in prog/lib ideology. Either way we're screwed.
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OBAMA ANNOUNCES SUSAN RICE AS NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR ON OMINOUS DAY

Because of deadly terrorist attacks in Boston, Benghazi, Ft. Hood, Little Rock, and the near catastrophes of Times Square and Christmas Day 2009, I pray it wasn't an ominous sign that Obama announced Susan Rice's appointment as his new National Security Advisor on June 5, 2013: the 45th anniversary of Bobby Kennedy's assassination by a Palestinian gunman-the first act of political terrorism on US soil stemming from the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East. The portentousness of this date plus the fact that Rice was a political stooge for Obama's Benghazi cover up, incompetence and possible crimes shouldn't make anyone sleep easier at night.
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Just as Obama Inc. plunged the sharpest knife into Israel's back, along comes the rest of the post mortem, and this time via an irredeemable Israel hater, Samantha Powers -http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/06/06/the-ultimate-betrayal-from-barack-hussein-obama-towards-israel-the-poison-pill-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

And behind the scenes she more than assisted with the bloody upheavals all over the Mid East, you know, via the so called R2P "humanitarian" assists! We know how THAT turned out. Benghazigate, anyone?

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
45 weeks ago
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A doctrinaire Marxist for whom democratically elected government is meaningless. And oh those Jews, wink wink.


http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/168657#.UbAXaOCUAy4
45 weeks ago
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They are fellow travelers. It matters not that they are unqualified for the job, since the POTUS himself is unqualified for his job. This is taking "political appointees" to its logical extreme.
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Power is another member of the well heeled Irish Mafia; she along with Joe Biden and Sebelius will bring their long toothed Irish hatred to the American public.
45 weeks ago
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Mark Levin nailed it, he has to keep Rice, Lerner and Holder quiet. If he disses them and cuts any one of them loose, he or she may sing like a canary and bring everybody down.
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Very upsetting in a moral sense. In the practical sense, one takes comfort in the notion that UN ambassador is a sinecure and NSA is . . . well, it's a sinecure in Obama's administration, considering Jarrett is the one calling the shots.
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"Obama cares little about the public's opinion of his appointees;"

What can the rubes do to him? They voted for him knowing about Benghazi, Fast & Furious, Solyndra payoff, BP Oil spill incompetent response...

Obama: You f*cked up, you trusted us.
45 weeks ago
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Obambus just keeps piling on the stupid.

But to be fair, sort of, it seems to be an action you can see in other presidents as they start going lame duck. Only in the case of Nixon nominating Carswell or Bush nominating Harriet Miers (both SCOTUS cases), the worst did not go through. Under Clinton all sorts of mediocrities and worse were appointed to all sorts of positions.

But really, when we already have Kerry and Hagel, there's no way to go lower. Dennis Rodman maybe, or Barbra Streisand.
45 weeks ago
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