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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 05:27 PM

Rice’s star rises as congressional opposition dims

Source: AP


BY BRADLEY KLAPPER


TOPICS: FROM THE WIRES, POLITICS NEWS

WASHINGTON (AP) — With congressional opposition softening, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice could find her name in contention as early as this week to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of State. It’s a step that may signal greater U.S. willingness to intervene in world crises.

As President Barack Obama nears a decision on Clinton’s successor, Rice has emerged as the clear front-runner on a short list of candidates that many believe has been narrowed to just her and Sen. John Kerry, despite lingering questions over her comments about the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya.

Administration officials and congressional aides say Rice will be making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to discuss the attack in private meetings with key lawmakers whose support she would need to be confirmed.

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Read more: http://www.salon.com/2012/11/26/rices_star_rises_as_congressional_opposition_dims/

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Reply Rice’s star rises as congressional opposition dims (Original post)
DonViejo Nov 2012 OP
leveymg Nov 2012 #1
Dokkie Nov 2012 #3
leveymg Nov 2012 #5
wisteria Nov 2012 #29
geek tragedy Nov 2012 #6
Hutzpa Nov 2012 #8
wordpix Nov 2012 #12
leveymg Nov 2012 #15
Hutzpa Nov 2012 #18
Odin2005 Nov 2012 #33
godai Nov 2012 #34
leveymg Nov 2012 #46
pampango Nov 2012 #47
leveymg Nov 2012 #50
Odin2005 Nov 2012 #52
leveymg Nov 2012 #56
BlueStreak Nov 2012 #16
Hutzpa Nov 2012 #19
brush Nov 2012 #45
BlueStreak Nov 2012 #48
brush Nov 2012 #51
BlueStreak Nov 2012 #57
brush Nov 2012 #58
goclark Nov 2012 #49
Lucinda Nov 2012 #10
wordpix Nov 2012 #11
wisteria Nov 2012 #28
wordpix Nov 2012 #13
leveymg Nov 2012 #17
Hutzpa Nov 2012 #20
leveymg Nov 2012 #38
Walk away Nov 2012 #27
underpants Nov 2012 #21
wisteria Nov 2012 #26
godai Nov 2012 #37
wisteria Nov 2012 #43
Odin2005 Nov 2012 #30
leveymg Nov 2012 #39
Dubster Nov 2012 #2
Tarheel_Dem Nov 2012 #4
wisteria Nov 2012 #24
Arkana Nov 2012 #54
wisteria Nov 2012 #59
Tarheel_Dem Nov 2012 #55
ginnyinWI Nov 2012 #9
wisteria Nov 2012 #23
wisteria Nov 2012 #44
wisteria Nov 2012 #25
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #7
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #14
wisteria Nov 2012 #22
ginnyinWI Nov 2012 #41
wisteria Nov 2012 #42
DCBob Nov 2012 #31
Odin2005 Nov 2012 #32
wisteria Nov 2012 #35
Odin2005 Nov 2012 #36
wisteria Nov 2012 #40
Beacool Nov 2012 #53

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 05:32 PM

1. If someone can tell us the policy difference between Susan Rice and Condi Rice, we're listening.

Both seem much to quick too get us into optional wars and confrontations rather than to negotiate diplomatic settlements.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 05:37 PM

3. One has a D and the other an R?

 

When she is not too busying calling for the removal of a head of state we do not like, she is busy plotting assist rebels and bomb his country to pieces. You are a diplomat, act like one.

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Response to Dokkie (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 05:43 PM

5. LBJ faced a similar choice. I hope Obama doesn't make the same mistake.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:35 PM

29. I hope he makes the right choice and goes with Sen. Kerry. n/t

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Response to leveymg (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 05:52 PM

6. "Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S."

"The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."


"Days after Dr Rice gave Mr Tenet her approval, the Justice Department approved the use of waterboarding in a top secret August 1 memo."


So, yeah, other than incompetence that lead to the loss of 3000 American lives, lying us into a war that cost us even more lives than that, and actively participating in a torture regime, Condi Rice is no different than Susan Rice.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 06:00 PM

8. You cannot be serious

please get your facts right. Why compare Condi and Susan?

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Response to Hutzpa (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 06:07 PM

12. thank you

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Response to Hutzpa (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 06:38 PM

15. We're still waiting for an example of a concrete policy distinction between the two

Not between the Bush and Obama Administrations, but some meaningful difference in ideology or modus vivendi between the the former Secretary of State and the presumed next one.

What are their professional differences, or why should we expect to see different outcomes in the conduct of US diplomacy and foreign policy?

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Response to leveymg (Reply #15)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:25 PM

18. There is no meaningful anything

Did Susan Rice lied us into war? Did she mislead Congress in her appearance? What the hell are you talking about, stop with the lame effort in trying to smear Susan Rice. She much more smarter, sharper than Condi by a very long margin.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #15)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:44 PM

33. Alerted for Naderite talking points.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #33)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:03 PM

34. Alerted? n/t

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #33)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:16 AM

46. Earth to Odin: the election is over.

It's okay, Odin. I'm a loyal Dem who has worked in DC, held paid positions for the DSCC, DCCC, and worked election campaigns back to LBJ. I just don't think it's in our national interest to get into a set of newer, bigger wars in the Middle East, even if Susan Rice and others wants to style them as "humanitarian interventions."

I am not Ralph Nader.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #46)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 08:47 AM

47. Are you against all 'humanitarian interventions' or just those undertaken by the US?

If the UN approves of such an intervention, is that enough to make it acceptable? Or should there never be an intervention when a government slaughters its own civilians?

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Response to pampango (Reply #47)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 09:57 AM

50. Like Susan Rice, I am haunted by US and int'l failures to protect in Rwanda.

But, I am opposed to the US and its erstwhile allies in the Middle East sparking multiple uprisings and arming the opposition under the guise of "humanitarian intervention" in what becomes bloody, protracted civil wars (Syria), or situations where large quantities dangerous weapons such as MANPADS fall into the hands of Jihadi groups (Libya).

I am particularly opposed to enabling al-Qaeda and similar Salafist militias to fight a series of religious wars across the MENA region, when experience tells us that in the end they will only turn the weapons and training against us. That is precisely what has been happening under the guise of "humanitarian intervention." Smart people such as Dr. Rice and Pres. Obama should have learned that lesson after 9/11, but apparently failed to do so in time.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #50)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:07 AM

52. I was a kid when Bosnia and Rwanda happened.

Those events haunted me and are what turned me into a Liberal Internationalist. I have no qualms about helping overthrow evil regimes.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #52)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:34 AM

56. Sometimes, the consequences of regime change are worse than the regimes.

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That's the weighing that goes on in my head. It's a least-harm approach.

I have no illusions about Liberal Internationalism. Like any other approach to foreign policy, it entails human suffering and costs, foreseen and not, as well as potential long-term benefits. In the particular cases of Libya and Syria, these particular interventions aren't justified by the costs and risks of unintended consequences.

I don't trust foreign policy professionals who get it very wrong, and nor should you.

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Response to Hutzpa (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 06:41 PM

16. Then compare Obama with Bush

There are some differences.

Bush was ending the Iraq war. Obama declared it is ended, although we probably have about as many people on the ground in Iraq either way when you add up the private contractors.

Bush was on track to "start ending" Afghanistan by 2014. In contrast, Obama plans to start ending Afghanistan for sure by 2014.

Bush locked up lots of prisoners without due process in Gitmo. Obama has processed and released some of them, but has kept Gitmo open.

Bush used drones in horrible ways that killed lots of civilians and fomented animosity toward the US. Obama has tripled the use of drones.

Bush stood aside while Israel conducted genocide in the West bank. Obama stood aside while Israel committed genocide in the West bank.

That isn't to say there haven't been differences. Obama navigated through Libya accomplishing our desired outcome with no US lives lost. Bush probably would have sent in the Marines.

Obama Will have nothing to do with the atrocities in Syria. Bush probably would have sent in the marines.

On balance I definitely trust Obama more than Cheney on these matters. But if you are implying that the Obama policies are a lot different from Buah's in fact, I would have to disagree.

The policies are practically indistinguishable. The discussion is more honest and the execution is better under Obama, but the policies have not changed in any significant way.

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #16)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:26 PM

19. Bwahahahaha!

the funnies are out in force today. Not even worth my energy.

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #16)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 03:09 AM

45. How can you call their policies indistinguishable?

Obama hasn't gotten us into two wars with money borrowed from China that was not put on the budget. And Obama certainly has been presented with tough decisions to make as far as sending or not sending troops to Egypt, Libya and Syria. He wisely kept our troops out of those entanglements which allowed self determination by the Egyptian and Libya people, a good thing. We shouldn't try to control everything by always meddling into other countries domestic upheavals, a policy that future presidents would be smart to follow. Syria is still going through its civil war without us interfering and trying to impose our will on who governs, and therefore avoiding untold American casualties, along with the resentment and hatred of the side we didn't chose to support. That fact alone probably saved us from indirectly creating thousands of eager new recruits for al-Qaeda. And btw, not following Bush's policies of eagerly jumping into wars, we saved billions, perhaps trillions of debt added to the deficit. And one more thing, those Bush-incurred off-the-books, supplemental debts for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, President Obama, in the interest of transparency, added them to the budget which increased our deficit tremendously, which in turn tremendously increased the volume of repugs yammering and blaming the President for so much spending and the jacked up deficit. And another btw, the current administration has the lowest spending rate of any administration since Eisenhower. You can look it up. One other huge foreign policy difference; the President didn't lose interest in going after Bin Laden like W Bush did and now Bin Laden's corpse is shark bait at the bottom of the ocean.

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Response to brush (Reply #45)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 09:17 AM

48. If Bush was a 9.0 on the military-for-corporate-benefit scale, then

Obama is at least a 7.5.

He gives great speeches, but at the end of the day, he is a pragmatist. He picks his battles very carefully, and this is an area he just isn't willing to shake up. I can't say that I blame him too much. Talk about entrenched interests. If he has one big battle left in him, it should be to break up the too-big-to-fail banks or to shake the grip of Big Pharma that is costing us twice what we ought to be paying for drugs.

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #48)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:03 AM

51. He is who he is and the country is what it is

Can President Obama change it, because we don’t exactly live in the United States of Altruistic Utopia? Let’s get real and understand who we are and how we are viewed in the world. We live in the United States of America, perhaps the most rapacious and imperialistic country to have arisen in history. Since 1893 when we first flexed our imperialistic muscles with a Navy gunboat and overthrew the monarchy in Hawaii at the behest of ex-pat American sugar growers who wanted free reign to operate their plantations, and on through our Cuban double cross at the end of the Spanish American War, add the Philipines, Nicaragua, Haiti, Guatemala, Panama, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Chile, Iran (helping the British to overthrow a democratically elected leader, intent on nationalizing it’s oil industry, in order to install the compliant Shah), Viet Nam, Grenada, and finally Iraq, we have extended the outrageous conceit of “Manifest Destiny” to a global scale to invade at will, occupy or foment coups in foreign lands in order to gain control of their natural resources for huge profits for our corporations like Dole, United Fruit, Standard Oil, Anaconda Mining, and on and on. These foreign interventions have been cloaked in the mantle of national security and furtherance of Democracy of course to sell them to ordinary Americans needed for the military. And many of us have bought into it for over a century, some of us, not so much.

But to think that one man can change our foreign policy direction in three and a half years is unrealistic and naïve. I of course am not privy to foreign policy goings-on but I would think that sometime soon after a new, first-term president is inaugurated a briefing takes place where corporate and military leaders make it clear to the newby that U.S. interests (that reads “corporate” interests) will remain the direction that our foreign policy takes and any attempts to change it could be dangerous (i.e. JFK). He/she would most likely be told that he/she has some latitude in domestic policy like civil rights, healthcare, social issues, environmental (not too much though), etc. but to steer clear of wholesale foreign policy changes (war is very profitable for corporations after all).

With all that to contend with plus Bush's mess to clean up, I think he's done pretty well. He is the first president to pass a healthcare bill and he's also invested in and will continue to champion green issues and perhaps move us away from having to pursue our invasive foreign policy direction towards, and let’s be clear, non-white countries' natural resources, as we will develop our own domestic alternative energy sources. Other presidents to come should follow his lead. So on your military-for-corporate-benefit scale, which I give you is a real elephant-in-the-room factor that most people either ignore or are unaware of, I would say he's much lower than a 7.5.


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Response to brush (Reply #51)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:37 AM

57. Where his heart is, is much lower than 7.5, I agree

But when you look at the ACTUAL practices, well, that's a different story. Basically I agree with you about the limits of what one man can do. I think the frustration here is that he does show a vision of a world where a President doesn't have to let Israel commit genocide any time they want to, a world where we don't take a trillion dollars a year from the commoners in order to make it safe for non-tax-paying multinationals to extract resources from less powerful people around the world, and so on.

And Obama also knows this kind of change takes a long time. He is trying to put some of the stepping stones in place to get us there. The issue is that the rhetoric doesn't come anywhere close to the reality -- not because he's lying or untrustworthy -- but because in his mind, the long term and the present are blended together. The rest of us have to live in the present

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #57)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 03:50 PM

58. " . . .the long term and the present are blended together. The rest of us have to live in the presen

Very thought provoking lines, BlueStreak. And I agree with your view on Israel and of course, the wealth extraction by the multinationals. Looks like we're mostly on the same page.

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Response to Hutzpa (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 09:45 AM

49. I'm AA...my first thought was

both ladies happen to be African American.

Certainly it could not be their political party.
Both are well educated etc.
Hum.... now it's back to square one.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 06:04 PM

10. If Susan Rice agrees with SOS Clinton's current approach - there are huge differences. n/t

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Response to leveymg (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 06:06 PM

11. and you're an expert in diplomatic settlements because....?

no links, no nothing. How has the O admin. fixed the US image around the world after BushCo? Rice is one reason and if O wants her, I'm for her. She is an outstanding candidate, see her background here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_E._Rice

If that's not experienced enough for you, I don't know what will be. Also, we have not gotten into any wars and staying in Afghanistan until 2014 is O's plan, not Rice's.

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Response to wordpix (Reply #11)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:33 PM

28. She is not as outstanding as Kerry

And, she doesn't have the same experience or world recognition as Kerry.
I will be very disapointed in Obama if he nominates her.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 06:09 PM

13. "seem"? "Get us into optional wars?" FYI, Condi got us into wars, Susan tries to keep us OUT

a big difference.

It "seems" you don't know the difference so you should educate yourself. They are not at all the same.

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Response to wordpix (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 06:42 PM

17. You seem to have never heard of US intervention in Libya or Syria and Iran.

Susan Rice has been one of the most forceful voices within the Obama Administration for what she styles as "humanitarian interventions" and sanctions regimes which turn out to be indistinguishable for old-fashioned US covert operations and regime change. Tell us what the difference is?

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Response to leveymg (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:29 PM

20. Let me make this easier for you

I'll rather have her style of leadership than Condi any given day. You mention Libya, at least Qaddafi is dead without losing a soul.

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Response to Hutzpa (Reply #20)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:31 PM

38. I guess only Americans have souls to you. Newsflash: 15K antiaircraft missiles are loose

and floating around arms markets in the region because Clinton, Rice and Co. decided to regime change Libya and they ended up getting shipped off to Syria and Gaza and other places. But, you probably didn't even know that. But, I'm afraid, you will hear about it one of these days.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:33 PM

27. Why don't you ask the families of our soldiers who died in Iraq? I bet they know the difference. nt

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Response to leveymg (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:32 PM

21. Susan is qualified

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Response to underpants (Reply #21)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:30 PM

26. Not as qualified as Senator Kerry.

And, she doesn't have the disposition for this post.

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Response to wisteria (Reply #26)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:16 PM

37. She appears to be, not at all diplomatic.

Back when she was an assistant secretary of state during the Clinton administration, she appalled colleagues by flipping her middle finger at Richard Holbrooke during a meeting with senior staff at the State Department, according to witnesses. Colleagues talk of shouting matches and insults.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-susan-rices-tarnished-resume/2012/11/16/55ec3382-3012-11e2-a30e-5ca76eeec857_story.html

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Response to godai (Reply #37)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:55 PM

43. I have read those reports of her antics before.

I have to wonder if she tries bully those who do not agree with her into going along with her. I can't bring myself to support her, not when I know that Senator Kerry should have this post-because he is the entire package and not just real friendly with the President.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:40 PM

30. Are you fucking serious???

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #30)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:34 PM

39. I am. Not all neocons are Republicans. This crew is taking us to war, again, and we're

not even started spreading "freedom" across the Mideast.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 05:34 PM

2. Spam deleted by gkhouston (MIR Team)

 

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Response to Dubster (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 05:39 PM

4. Bad idea. If it's John Kerry, we might be saying hello to the jerk we just said goodbye to. Sadly,

there's not another Elizabeth Warren to run against him this time. I hope it goes to Rice.

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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:26 PM

24. That is a far fetched notion and not good enough to keep someone

from moving forward.

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Response to wisteria (Reply #24)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:13 AM

54. Far-fetched, you say?

Spoken like someone who doesn't live in Massachusetts.

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Response to Arkana (Reply #54)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:21 PM

59. He has served Mass well for many years, it isn't fair to suggest he not take a post,

simply because others are afraid of something that may not even come to pass. And, I am certain what happened in Mass before will not happen again with Democrats. Suppose he decided to retire and not run in 2014, are you going to make him stay?

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Response to wisteria (Reply #24)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:30 AM

55. It is not worth the gamble to again lose a safe seat to the likes of Scott Brown. That happened....

before, and many of us thought the very "notion" of Scott Brown taking Teddy Kennedy's seat was "far fetched" as well. Leave John Kerry where he is, because Susan Rice is more than qualified to fill the vacancy of SoS, foreign relations has been her career for a couple of decades now.

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Response to Dubster (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 06:02 PM

9. I agree that Kerry is the better choice.

He's got the better background for it, knows a lot of people he'd be working with in other countries. He's got more experience and could do more for the Obama legacy.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-21/kerry-is-the-right-choice-to-lead-u-s-diplomacy.html

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Response to ginnyinWI (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:25 PM

23. This is one person who is going to be very disapointed in our President.

I consider this a snub of sorts against Senator Kerry and a big fat promotion for someone who is not on par with Kerry.

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Response to ginnyinWI (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:56 PM

44. You make a huge point in assisting in Obama's legacy. n/t

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Response to Dubster (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:27 PM

25. Me too, but I think I am hoping against hope. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 05:55 PM

7. And here a link to The AP article too...


AP: http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/rices-star-rises-congressional-opposition-dims


Just now saw the breaking news on Twitter


Breaking News ‏@BreakingNews

Officials, aides say UN Ambassador Rice to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday to discuss Libya attack - @AP http://bit.ly/TZEhkW

https://twitter.com/BreakingNews/status/273193205510598658



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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 06:36 PM

14. Susan Rice will meet Tuesday with Senators McCain, Graham, Ayotte, and Wednesday with Susan Collins.


That is what they just said on MSNBC.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:22 PM

22. All I can say is I would prefer he went with Senator Kerry.

I don't think she has the right experience, world recognition, or knowledge that Senator Kerry has. And, it seems the only reason she is considered the top choice is because she is friendlier with the President. I have to wonder how Senator Kerry feels about her making the rounds this week. I am preparing myself for disapointment and disillusionment with our President if/when he picks her. I don't know whose idea it was to suggest Senator Kerry for Secretary of Defense, but it seems insulting and opens him up to a replay of 2004. Sometimes I just don't understand the logic of this administration.

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Response to wisteria (Reply #22)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:43 PM

41. we can still hold out hope.

Maybe it is all just speculation and possibly a way to appoint Kerry without running him through the rumor mill. Obama did pick Hillary because he thought she was the most qualified...so maybe he will look at this objectively and make a similar choice in Kerry.

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Response to ginnyinWI (Reply #41)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:48 PM

42. We can hope, but I can't help but feel angry right now.

It seems such a bad move and dare I say a slap in the face for Senator Kerry. If I didn't know better, I suppose I wouldn't care if it was Rice, but I do, and to overlook qualifications, experience, world recognitons and calls from foreign leaders suggesting they would prefer to work with Senator Kerry, it all seems so very sad.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:41 PM

31. Republicans once again caught shooting before aiming.

fools.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:42 PM

32. Good! Screw the racists attacking her.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #32)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:06 PM

35. I never saw the opposition against her a rasism.

Expalin to me what made the attacks racism. Please.

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Response to wisteria (Reply #35)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:13 PM

36. White men calling a black woman with a PhD "incompetent"?

There was no incompetence, it was a racist dog whistle.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #36)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:41 PM

40. That is not racism, IMO.

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They were never attacking her because she is Black or has a PHD, they were after her to get to the President. She seemed to them to be an easy target rather than trying to go after Clinton or the President.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #36)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:08 AM

53. So white men can't criticize a black woman?

Did you feel the same when Condi Rice was SOS? Are white legislators supposed to stay mute when a minority public official states something that they disagree with?

I'm not saying that I agree with McCain and Graham, but I don't agree that two white guys against a black woman is racist in this context. Rice is the UN ambassador, making statements on behalf of the WH on all networks on a certain Sunday in September. Two senators of the opposing party have objections over her remarks. What does her race or gender have to do with anything?

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