I remember during the Bush Presidency people who I think either lacked character accused the president of intentionally "lying" about wmds in Iraq in order to justify invasion. I was highly offended Americans old accuse their own president of such a think when to me it was obvious he and everybody else for that matter thought Iraq had wmds. In a situation like Benghazi where the details events were unfolding far more quickly that the lead up to the invasion of Iraq, my assumption is the YouTube video was what what honestly believed to be the motive AT THE TIME Rice made those statements. After better intelligence came to light then the honest thing was to that the initial reports were not true, which is exactly what she did. However there are those who take the fact that better information became available later and and saying she was "lying" at first. That IMHO is just as much dishonest as saying Bush lied about wmds in Iraq because he thought there were when he made the initial claim.
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Yes lets look at those Merits outside of Benghazi that she was offering up. Course she isn't fit to be the UN Ambassador let alone the SOS.
UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Susan Rice has had a series of diplomatic triumphs as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. President Barack Obama, an old friend, showed he has her back when last week he publicly challenged her Republican critics over the Benghazi controversy to "go after me" rather than her. She knew former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright from the age of 4.
And yet Rice is now fighting for her political future. Her chances of becoming the next secretary of state - replacing Hillary Clinton - have been significantly damaged.
Senior Republicans, such as Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, have said they will oppose her getting the job, signaling a confirmation battle if Obama decides to nominate her. Some critics in the U.S. media, such as Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, have said she is unsuitable for the position.
Diplomats on the 15-nation U.N. Security Council privately complain of Rice's aggressive negotiating tactics, describing her with terms like "undiplomatic" and "sometimes rather rude." They attributed some blunt language to Rice - "this is crap," "let's kill this" or "this is bull****."
"She's got a sort of a cowboy-ish attitude," one Western diplomat said. "She has a tendency to treat other countries as mere (U.S.) subsidiaries."
Two other diplomats - all three were male - supported this view.
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, himself not known for mincing words, publicly admonished Rice after she said Russian calls for an investigation into civilian deaths in Libya caused by NATO were a "bogus" ploy.
"Really this Stanford dictionary of expletives must be replaced by something more Victorian, because certainly this is not the language in which we intend to discuss matters with our partners in the Security Council," said Churkin, mocking Rice's education at Stanford.
More immediately at the United Nations, she faces criticism from human rights activists and some diplomats because of U.S. opposition to public criticism of Rwanda for its role in the worsening conflict in the Congo.
Still, it is far from smooth sailing for Rice. Security Council diplomats and human rights activists have more recently criticized her over Rwanda.
Her involvement with the East African nation began in the 1990s, when she was a National Security Council official responsible for international organizations and peacekeeping.
Still reeling from its 1993 failure in Somalia, the United States under Clinton did virtually nothing to stop the Rwanda genocide in 1994.
Nearly two decades later, council diplomats and rights groups accuse Rice of protecting Rwanda and President Paul Kagame, a charge that Rice's defenders say is baseless.
That doesn't wash with some human rights activists. "Despite its influence on Rwanda, in public the U.S. government has been inexplicably silent," said Philippe Bolopion, U.N. director for Human Rights Watch.....snip~
http://www.debatepolitics.com/breaki...ndidate-5.html (Susan Rice Withdraws as Sec of State Candidate)
Susan Rice battles critics over style, substance, perceptions - Yahoo! News
Can you say Blackhawk Down? You do remember our two Embassies that got hit back then Right? Kenya and Tanzania? Darfur Ring any Bells?
Do you think the Russians and UN Human Rights Groups and Activists are all Republican and trying to destroy her already Destroyed Reputation with the Continent of Africa?
Don't you actually think that Susan Rice did the Only thing She could do to stop her Political career from being Completely Destroyed.....as it should be! Did you want to continue to talk about Susan Rice's Merits?
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Well here hopefully this time you will remember that the ones that are sinking Susan Rice's Career are those from the left.....Perhaps you should have a talk with those Progressives.....huh?
Just For the Record: The Left Took Out Susan Rice
Certainly, Republicans like John McCain and Susan Collins had issues with Rice, and made that clear (although McCain also "softened" his opposition). But is there any thinking person out there who believes the Obama administration would have accepted her withdrawal if opposition to her could have been portrayed as some kind of right wing "dog whistle"? Please.
What ultimately did Rice in was criticism from the likes of Maureen Dowd (twice -- here and here) and Dana Milbank and Lloyd Grove and in the Atlantic magazine(both here and here) and in Foreign Policy even in a piece on the hallowed (to liberals) op/ed page of the New York Times. Hillary Clinton let her opposition to Rice be known. Those are the kind of opponents that a Democrat nominee simply cannot overcome -- not a couple of Republican senators when the administation's customary M.O. is simply to attribute everything to race and gender.
Note also that the Republican opposition was based specifically on Rice's misleading statements in the wake of Benghazi. It was her critics on the left, in contrast, who highlighted gauzier, more personal issues, characterizing Rice as someone afflicted with a supposed "personality disorder" (Grove), who is "ill-equipped to be the nation's top diplomat" because of her "shoot-first tendency" and "pugilism" (Milbank), with a "bull-in-the-china-shop reputation" (Dowd).....snip~
Just For the Record: The Left Took Out Susan Rice - Carol Platt Liebau
Even Clinton Chooses Kerry over Rice.
Hillary Clinton 'doesn't want Susan Rice to take over as Secretary of State' | Mail Online
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