President Obama Names Susan Rice National Security Advisor


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President Obama has named Susan Rice as his next National Security Advisor. It’s a move that’s raising questions and controversy among Republicans and seems curious since she recently withdrew her name from consideration for Secretary of State.  Susan Rice, has been the U.N. Ambassador since her confirmation in 2009 and was rather competent in the position but the fact is, she made errors with Benghazi, plain and simple. Whether it meant she should have been disqualified from being Secretary of State, is another issue. While Rice did serve on the staff of the Security Council as well as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during Clinton’s second term, that hardly qualifies her for the position of National Security Advisor.  Nor does her appointment as U.N. Ambassador.  This is nothing more than vindictiveness on the part of the President for GOP scrutiny which caused her to withdraw her name for Secretary of State.  National Security Advisor does not require Senate confirmation. One other reason for his appointment of Rice, might have to do with criticism from those who say the President hasn’t appointed enough minorities or women.  With Rice he gets both.  President Obama’s other choice, the vacant seat at the U.N., has gone to Samantha Power, the woman who once called Hillary Clinton, “a monster”.  That happened in 2008 after President Obama lost to Hillary Clinton in the Ohio primary.  Her exact words were,”In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio’s the only place they can win. She is a monster, too — that is off the record — she is stooping to anything.”  When she resigned, she said her comments, “do not reflect my feelings about Sen. Clinton, whose leadership and public service I have long admired.”  She must now be confirmed by the Senate.  Politics truly is a strange game.  The President seems intent in righting, what he obviously feels were a couple of wrongs.  If nothing else, one must admire his loyalty.

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