Most reporters haven’t been following Ambassador Susan Rice’s performance at the United Nations since her appointment in January 2009. To many journalists, Rice’s misleading interviews on the five Sunday Shows the weekend after the 9/11/12 terrorist attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were one of the first times they had heard from her. To veteran foreign policy observers, Rice’s shameful performance that Sunday was one of many blunders over the last four years.
Rice’s refusal to answer questions about why she blamed the Benghazi violence on a YouTube video was met Wednesday with a feisty defense from President Obama saying don’t blame Rice because the White House sent her out to do the Sunday shows. The “stop picking on Susan” retort from the president looked like a big brother defending his little sister on the playground. It was an odd moment for a woman wanting to be America’s top diplomat.
1. Rice has a notorious anti-Israel bias; in February of last year, Rice raised her hand to oppose the resolution condemning Israel building settlements, but then raged, “We reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” and declared that such activity was basically the cause for “corroded hopes” in the Middle East. She condemned “the folly and legitimacy” of Israel building settlements. Just recently she listened intently to Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad belittle the United States at the UN, yet left the UN when Benjamin Netanyahu spoke.
When Rice was John Kerry’s chief foreign policy adviser during his presidential campaign, Kerry suggested appointing Israel-haters James Baker and Jimmy Carter as negotiators between the Israelis and Palestinians. When there was a furious reaction, Kerry blamed his staff – which was effectively Susan Rice.
2. After the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the UN Security Council voted to expand troops there to protect the citizenry. She was absent from the Security Council vote, never showed up and didn’t initiate anything.
3. By this time, everyone knows she was sent by the White House to lie on Sunday talk shows about the cause of the Benghazi attacks. She stated we had “substantial security presence” at the consulate; the attacks were spontaneous, not a pre-planned terrorist assault, and were the result of “a small handful of heavily armed mobsters”; and the attack was “a direct result of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated.” She had the nerve to insist, “We do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned.”
- Obama’s Outrageous Defense of Susan Rice (realclearpolitics.com)
- Obama Throws Susan Rice Under the Bus, Then Blames the Bus Driver; Media Applauds (bernardgoldberg.com)