Susan Rice is nothing if not an unquestioning transmitter of messages that emanate from President Barack Obama. So when the president asked her to provide media cover for the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations went out on a media spree to blame the event falsely on a video that ridiculed the Great Prophet.
Challenged last week by Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham to the effect that they would attempt to block any nomination of Susan Rice for the position of Secretary of State, President Obama responded with a typically unpleasant hissy fit:
“If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. For them to go after the U.N. ambassador…and besmirch her reputation, is outrageous. And, you know, we’re after an election now.”
If President Obama persists in nominating Susan Rice for the position of Secretary of State, he will make yet another serious mis-judgment of character. And Benghazi is not the deciding issue in this assessment.
Successful diplomats have to exude attractive personalities and sensitivity as to the concerns of those with whom they must attempt to deal. Susan Rice does not possess such stellar qualities. She is labeled ‘witch’ with good reason:
“Even in a town that rewards sharp elbows and brusque personalities, Rice has managed to make an impressive array of enemies – on Capitol Hill, in Foggy Bottom and abroad. …Back when she was an assistant secretary of state during the Clinton administration, Rice 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 condemned Clinton’s Iraq and Iran positions, asking for an ‘explanation of how and why she got those critical judgments wrong. She mocked a McCain trip to Iraq (‘strolling around in a flak jacket’), called his policies ‘reckless’ and said ‘his tendency is to shoot first and ask questions later. It is dangerous’. Dana Milbank, ‘The wrong person to fight for’, The Washington Post, November 18, 2012
For President Obama to press for Susan Rice would be equivalent to a President Romney pressing for John Bolton as Secretary of State. Neither person is remotely diplomatic. The media would be swarming all over a Bolton nomination. So why are they so silent over Susan Rice? Broomsticks anyone?
At least John Bolton has the benefit that he understands the real-political nature of the world that surrounds the United States. Susan Rice does not have a clue. She is a one of Obama’s three witches flying blindly in a world inhabited, not by sycophantic ravens, but by hostile hawks.