WaPo: Susan Rice Tarnished Resume Includes Flipping Bird at Richard Holbrooke, Dissing Hillary Clinton

Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN.

WaPo:  Susan Rice Has Tarnished Resume, Flipped Bird at Richard Holbrooke, Insulted Hillary Clinton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On second thought the possibility of U.N. ambassador Sandra Rice replacing Hillary Clinton just got a little dimmer in Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank’s view. It seems that she made some enemies in Washington D.C. through the years and since she’s a woman, she’s expected to conform to a particular decorum, in the eyes of people like Dana Milbank:

Back when she was an assistant secretary of state during the Clinton administration, she appalled colleagues by flipping her middle finger at Richard Holbrooke during a meeting with senior staff at the State Department, according to witnesses. Colleagues talk of shouting matches and insults.

Among those she has insulted is the woman she would replace at State. Rice was one of the first former Clinton administration officials to defect to Obama’s primary campaign against Hillary Clinton. Rice condemned Clinton’s Iraq and Iran positions, asking for an “explanation of how and why she got those critical judgments wrong.”

Clinton got a measure of revenge in 2010 after she worked out a deal with the Russian foreign minister on a package of Iran sanctions to be adopted by the U.N. Security Council. The White House wanted Rice to make the announcement (part of a campaign to increase her profile that included high-visibility foreign trips and TV appearances), but a Clinton aide got Kerry to ask Clinton about the matter during an unrelated Senate hearing.

It was Rice’s own shoot-first tendency that caused her to be benched as a spokesman for the Obama campaign for a time in 2008. She unnerved European allies when she denounced as “counterproductive” and “self-defeating” the U.N. policy that Iran suspend its nuclear program before talks can begin. She criticized President George W. Bush and McCain because they “insisted” on it. But, as The Post’s Glenn Kessler pointed out at the time, European diplomats were rattled by such remarks because the precondition was their idea.

Rice’s put-down of Clinton was tame compared with her portrayal of McCain during 2008, which no doubt contributes to McCain’s hostility toward her today. She mocked McCain’s trip to Iraq (“strolling around the market in a flak jacket”), called his policies “reckless” and said “his tendency is to shoot first and ask questions later. It’s dangerous.”

I didn’t realize she was a one-woman wrecking outfit, but it seems that she is being scapegoated by the Republicans for simply repeating the talking points she was given. Be that as it may, she may not be of the same ilk as Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice or Colin Powell, and could very well not be the person President Obama ends up picking. Had John McCain and Lindsey Graham raised plausible reasons why they don’t want her as the Secretary of State instead of having a vendetta against her for going off the CIA version of the events that transpired in Benghazi, then maybe people would listen. For the record, I am sure she isn’t the first to flip a finger at another colleague.

Just to put this all in perspective, here’s the New York Times’ take on Susan Rice:

In her sure-footed ascent of the foreign-policy ladder, Ms. Rice has rarely shrunk from a fight. But now that she appears poised to claim the top rung — White House aides say she is President Obama’s favored candidate for secretary of state — this sharp-tongued, self-confident diplomat finds herself in the middle of a bitter feud in which she is largely a bystander.

“Susan had a reputation, fairly or not, as someone who could run a little hot and shoot from the hip,” said John Norris, a foreign-policy expert at the Center for American Progress. “If someone had told me that the biggest knock on her was going to be that she too slavishly followed the talking points on Benghazi, I would have been shocked.”

At the United Nations, and in posts in the Clinton White House, Ms. Rice, who turned 48 on Saturday, has earned a reputation as a blunt advocate, relentless on issues like pressuring the regime in Sudan or intervening in Libya to prevent a slaughter by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

Um, she doesn’t sound like the crass bully Dana Milbank is trying to portray her as. Without trying to excuse Susan Rice’s so-called off-color behavior, how many of her colleagues have displayed similar behavior? Unless it was really outrageous and criminal, it didn’t disqualify them from their jobs. On that basis, I scarcely believe that’s enough to disqualify her from the top job at the State  Department.

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Sen. John McCain’s Comment Susan Rice Unqualified for Secretary of State Position Smacks of Hypocrisy

Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN.

Sen. John McCain’s Comment Susan Rice Unqualified for Secretary of State Position Smacks of Hypocrisy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.”

Now McCain’s bold veep pick Sarah Palin, attended five colleges in six years to get one Bachelor’s degree, can’t finish anything she starts, couldn’t name one periodical she regularly reads. couldn’t cite a Supreme Court case and saw Russia from her backyard. I can only sum up Sarah Palin’s accomplishment with the following cartoon:
Sarah Palin John McCain veep pick

Sen. John McCain’s Comment Susan Rice Unqualified for Secretary of State Position Smacks of Hypocrisy, Compared to Sarah Palin’s Experience

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