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Susan Rice as National Security Advisor

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    President Obama is appointing Susan Rice as his National Security Advisor today. This appointment is not subject to Senate confirmation. It will be interesting to see how Republicans take this appointment after their false and manufactured accusations against her following the Benghazi terrorist action.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    How can it be interesting to see what the GOP has to say about this appointment, that's like betting on a one horse race, isn't it ?
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Susan Rice was largely vilified by Republicans because she was considered a front runner for the Secretary of State's job...Hillary Clinton's replacement. At the time they didn't care about the facts...it was all political.

    Now as National Security Advisor, there should be no reason to vilify her further. She is immensely qualified. So will they continue to vilify her or remain quiet? Prudence would suggest that they just be quiet and say nothing, but hate runs deep amongst some members and they can't keep their mouths shut.

    That's what I personally will find interesting.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    From Media Matters:

    Fox Uses Debunked Benghazi Myths To Attack Susan Rice Appointment

    They live their own lies...they can't help themselves.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Schmidt Wrote: Susan Rice was largely vilified by Republicans because she was considered a front runner for the Secretary of State's job...Hillary Clinton's replacement. At the time they didn't care about the facts...it was all political.

    Now as National Security Advisor, there should be no reason to vilify her further. She is immensely qualified. So will they continue to vilify her or remain quiet? Prudence would suggest that they just be quiet and say nothing, but hate runs deep amongst some members and they can't keep their mouths shut.

    That's what I personally will find interesting.
    That is very true, Schmidt. I think this was a spectacular move by the President, both politically and professionally. President Obama wanted to nominate her as Secretary of State, there is pretty much zero doubt about that. Republicans were able to derail that, but now they have to watch as she has an even greater role with the President than she would have had as Secretary of State. As Secretary Kerry is traveling the world, Susan Rice will be stationed in the White House and will have the President's ear pretty much anytime day or night. The fact that it doesn't have to go through Senate confirmation is just the cherry on top.

    With regards to the Republicans--I'm sure they will pitch a fit for a day or two until they realize there is absolutely nothing they can do about her appointment. It will be interesting to see how the Senate Republicans handle Samantha Power's confirmation hearing, however. They may try to turn it into a quasi fight about Rice, but I don't think that will gain much traction.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dr. Susan Rice's credentials: Susan Rice biography

    Born on November 17, 1964, in Washington, D.C

    Class valedictorian and president of the student council at the National Cathedral School, a prep academy in Washington, D.C.
    Competed in three different sports and became a star point guard on the basketball team.

    Graduated from Stanford University -- bachelor's degree in history in 1986; earned Departmental Honors and University Distinction, and became a Harry S. Truman scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

    Earned a Rhodes scholarship.

    Attended University of Oxford in Oxfordshire, England; earned her M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations.
    Her dissertation examined Rhodesia's transition from white rule and her paper won the Royal Commonwealth Society's Walter Frewen Lord Prize for outstanding research in the field of Commonwealth History, as well as the Chatham House-British International Studies Association Prize for the most distinguished doctoral dissertation in the United Kingdom in the field of International Relations.

    Finished her distinguished academic career in 1990 at age 25.

    Worked as an international management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    In 1992, she married her Stanford romantic interest, Ian Cameron, who was working as a television producer in Toronto for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The couple lived in Canada until 1993.

    In 1993 took a job director of international organizations and peacekeeping in the National Security Council in Washington, D.C., under President Clinton.

    She calls her "most searing experience" a visit to Rwanda during what was later classified as a genocide. "I saw hundreds, if not thousands, of decomposing corpses outside and inside a church...It was the most horrible thing I've ever seen. It makes you mad. It makes you determined. It makes you know that even if you're the last lone voice and you believe you're right, it is worth every bit of energy you can throw into it."

    Took new posting as special assistant to the president and senior director for African affairs in 1995.

    In 1997 took post of assistant secretary for African affairs upon recommendation of her mentor, Madeleine Albright. With this appointment she became at age 33 one of the youngest assistant secretaries of state ever.

    In 2002 Rice become a senior fellow in foreign policy for the Brookings Institute, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. As a fellow, Rice specialized in research on U.S. foreign policy, weak and failing states, as well as the implications of global poverty and transnational security threats.

    Rice took leave from Brookings in 2008, to become the senior foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama during his presidential campaign.

    In November of 2008, Rice was nominated to be the U.N. Ambassador for the United States. On January 22, 2009, she was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, making her the first African-American woman to be America’s ambassador to the U.N.

    Rice and her husband have two children, and currently reside in Washington, D.C.

    Her most important assignment is "Working Mom."
  • Liberal Democrat
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    And John McCain has called Susan Rice, "not very bright."
  • Democrat
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    .....and John McCain is missing something upstairs. I applaud McCain for his service to the country, but that's about it. John McCain is all politician and culperable to mistating facts to drum up obstruction to Obama. McCain may not be as blatant as McConnell, but he marches in step with the Republican base to disregard any action that would give Obama credit for success. If Rice is not smart enough to be National Security Advisor than McCain is definitely not smart enough to be a politician representing our country. Rice is far more intelligent by her record than anything that McCain has ever accomplished. Rice is still flying while McCain continues to crash and burn.

    As for the rest of the Evil Flying Monkey Fan Club, if they put up opposition to Rice, than I wonder what they are saying about the three Federal Appeals Judgeships that Obama is appointing. One of the new appointments has a great story on winning a lawsuit against a State Trooper group that racially profiled him and his family coming back from a funeral. He also made several other lawsuits since 1992 that has changed that state's character on racial profiling. So now he is about to be a Federal Appeals Judge. Sometimes the little guys win one.

    These appointments Rice and the three judges are an "in your face", Republicans. I love it. Looking forward to 2014 and vote every Republican/Tea Party candidate on the ballot out. I never take the straight ticket so, I can enjoy voting my Democrat over anybody else.
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  • Democrat
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    Thank you Zack!.
    Although this is a public forum the rules of civility do matter, anytime someone has to include in their postings racial slurs, and rants of unintelligible babble, its time to pull the plug.