It’s ironic how Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have the hatchet out for Dr. Susan Rice, who the former claims isn’t qualified for the Secretary of State job. Here are some of her accomplishments: valedictorian, Stanford Phi Beta Kappa, Rhodes Scholar, Oxford Ph.D. Dr. Susan Rice also served under the Clinton administration as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and also served on the staff of the National Security Council. McCain has had a longstanding war of sorts with Susan Rice.
She attended Stanford University, where she received a Truman Scholarship and graduated with a B.A. in history in 1986 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded a Rhodes scholarship and attended New College Oxford where she earned a M. Phil in 1988 and PhD in 1990. Her dissertation, entitled “Commonwealth Initiative in Zimbabwe, 1979-1980: Implication for International Peacekeeping” was honored by the Chatham House-British International Studies Association as UK’s most distinguished in international relations.
Dr. Rice also served as a foreign policy aide to 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and again in the 2004 presidential campaign of John Kerry. She was also a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. She was also managing director and principal at Intellibridge and worked at Brookings Institution as a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development program.
Fox News (surprise, surprise) also has the hatchet out for her citing her “miserable” record at the U.N., claiming she skipped crucial meetings and undermined the Bush Administration. Well, considering their abysmal record on reporting the truth, I’ll pass on deeming this a credible position. Fox News contributor John Bolton was a bully at the U.N., but the network would never tell you the truth. It goes against their vendetta against President Obama.
John McCain and Lindsey Graham have just improved Susan Rice’s chances of being nominated and confirmed to replace Hillary Clinton. Here’s two interesting takes on a possible Susan Rice nomination:
Bloomberg: Obama’s “spirited defense” of Rice “has moved her a step closer to being named to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”
First Read: “If you thought that Obama might decide to pass on nominating Susan Rice to be the next Secretary of State, think again. Yesterday’s confrontation might have been the best thing to happen to her chances of being nominated. The president is a pragmatist and is usually someone who likes to avoid confirmation fights for his appointees. But the more the GOP attacks Rice, the more dug in the White House and president might get.”