Besmirching Amb Rice is not racism it is crass political grandstanding.
She didn't lie. She wasn't being "political". She stuck to the talking points given her by the intelligence community, she even qualified her answers clearly stating that it was early on in the investigation and new information would come to lilght. Maybe some of her detractors should actually watch the interviews she gave.
She is a highly respected UN ambassador that has done an outstanding job for america in terms of international diplomacy. She is a dedicated public servant, and yet a few republicans want to hang her for doing her job.
By their question of why she was on the talk shows that sunday its clear that these critics have no clue that the UN ambassador is one of the most senior people in the state dept, authorized to speak on behalf of the United States to the rest of the world. She was certainly qualified to speak on behalf of the administration and the state dept, which she did.
by all means investigate and get the serious questions answered, like what was the story with mission security? why was the ambassador travelling so "light" in a dangerous place? What was up with the turkish envoy he met? how long had the arms smuggling been going on? Why did the CIA rely on being covert for most of their operational security when it was an open secret the locals knew what was up? there's a great many questions to be asked and answered, but Amb. Rice isn't at all responsible for any of it.