For those who are interested, Ambassador Rice's letter can be seen here: http://images.politico.com/global/20...er_letter.html
It is unfortunate that Ambassador Rice could not have had an opportunity to be evaluated on the merits of what she had to offer. She is just the latest casualty of an often toxic atmosphere in which political differences have become personalized to the extent that those differences displace objectivity and adversely impact political appointments and policy decisions.
Ambassador Rice is correct that the position of Secretary of State should not be "politicized." She understands that politicizing the nation's top diplomatic post in particular and foreign policy in general would disconnect that policy from the nation's interests on which it should be grounded. Such an outcome would be exploited by the nation's enemies. She also understands that a tough confirmation fight could divert the nation's policy makers from tackling other pressing matters related to the country's fiscal imbalances, economy, and need for immigration reform.
Her Senate foes attacked her unfairly strictly because she stayed on script with the message the Intelligence community provided her. There's no courage in attacking a messenger who had nothing to do with the development of the Intelligence Community's assessment, much less the policy choices related to the Consulate in Benghazi. In contrast, she displayed a sense of courage in asking the President not to consider her for a position that only few in the nation's foreign policy community can ever hope to attain.
What a shame. I have the sense that she would be a great SoS. This now will make John Kerry the top choice, but that will leave his seat open for Scott Brown.
Chuck Hagel Secretary Of Defense Nomination Looks Likely: Report
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) is likely to be nominated as the Secretary of Defense, Bloomberg reports.
Sources tell Bloomberg Hagel has passed the vetting process at the White House counsel's office. Obama reportedly discussed the position with Hagel at the White House on December 4.
There are three reasons Susan dropped out, Benghazi, Benghazi and BENGHAZI! obama wants this to go away before the facts come out.