The first breaking news story of the day was Susan Rice being named as the next National Security Adviser, replacing Tom Donilon who has resigned. This is a defiant move by President Obama aimed squarely at the Republicans who had a freak-out over Susan Rice’s prepared remarks about the Benghazi terror attack that left four Americans dead. These Republican senators had a feeding frenzy over nothing. So, President Obama has fired two warning shots to the Republicans — first with his three nominations to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and now with Susan Rice. Um, in other words, he’s standing by her and rewarded her with a great job for which she is well qualified.
The New York Times reports, “In a major shakeup of President Obama’s foreign-policy inner circle, Tom Donilon, the national security adviser, is resigning and will be replaced by Susan Rice, the American ambassador to the United Nations.”
The appointment will put Susan Rice, who is “an outspoken diplomat and a close political ally, at the heart of the administration’s foreign-policy apparatus. It is also a defiant gesture to Republicans who harshly criticized Ms. Rice for presenting an erroneous account of the deadly attacks on the American mission in Benghazi, Libya. The post of national security adviser, while powerful, does not require Senate confirmation.”