Susan Rice Emerges as Obama’s Top Pick for Secretary of State
November 13, 2012 - 10:38 am
Well, why not? Obama is considering John Kerry for Defense, which would put someone who built his career on smearing the military in charge of the military. So it would make perfect sense for him to put someone who lied about the deaths of four State Department personnel in charge of the State Department.
Mr. Obama has made no official announcement about Clinton’s replacement, but CBS News has confirmed that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is the president’s top choice. The Stanford alum and former secretary for African Affairs during the Clinton administration went on to be a trusted aide to Mr. Obama during his 2008 campaign when she served as his top foreign policy adviser.
Rice, however, would be in for a tough confirmation in the Senate if nominated for Secretary of State. She has already faced criticism from Republicans for her handling of the aftermath following the attacks at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the killings of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Rice publicly proclaimed that the attacks were “spontaneous” and a result of an American-made, anti-Muslim film and not a terrorist act. Critics say her explanation was rooted in politics just weeks before the election.
“I think Susan Rice would have an incredibly difficult time to get through the Senate,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on “Face the Nation” Sunday. “I’m not going to promote somebody who I think has misled the country or is either incompetent,” he added.
A Rice nomination would confirm that Obama has no interest in the American people getting anywhere near the truth about the Benghazi attack, and no interest in surrounding himself with anything other than the most determined liars.