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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:34 AM

Susan Rice: Just Another ‘Incompetent’ Black Woman

Dec 1, 2012 4:45 AM EST

You can disagree with Susan Rice, but our U.N. ambassador is not an incompetent liar, as conservatives have implied. Sophia Nelson on the old stereotypes at play in the GOP’s attacks.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d think it was the summer of 2008 again, when the angry white men of Fox News and conservative talk radio were attacking an accomplished, smart, well-educated black woman for not being “patriotic” and “loving her country.”

Only this time, the punching bag is not First Lady Michelle Obama. It’s U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. For weeks now, we have watched GOP senators from John McCain to Lindsey Graham to Susan Collins go after Rice like she is some kind of rabid apologist for Muslim extremists, or on the side of those who intentionally set out to kill our Libyan ambassador and several U.S. military and State Department personnel in Benghazi.

Rice has either “misled the country,” Graham said on Face the Nation this month, or is “incompetent.” Her response to the crisis was “not very bright,” McCain said separately.

Ambassador Rice is a well-credentialed, experienced, senior-ranking diplomat in the United States government. Last month, she was called upon by her commander in chief and her Secretary of state to go on the Sunday talk shows and give the best explanation of the intelligence that had been reported to the White House up to that point about the “possible causes” of the uprising in Benghazi, which resulted in the murder of four United States citizens. She did her duty within the limitations of what she knew and the intel that was provided by our CIA.

So the question is: why has the GOP’s bloodlust been aimed so tightly at Susan Rice and her comments of that day? Why must she be labeled a liar, or a conspirator, the one to answer for the terrible tragedy in Libya? Why not go after the proper person in the chain of command, Hilary Rodham Clinton? (In my opinion, I have always been a bit annoyed at the fact that Clinton did not herself make the rounds on the Sunday shows that weekend—or better yet, why not Vice President Joe Biden?) Why all this anger and investigation now into Ambassador Rice’s every decision, dating back to 1998 when she was assistant secretary of State under President Bill Clinton? Did I miss a memo? Has she been nominated for a new job yet in the second Obama administration?

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CurtEastPoint Dec 2012 #1
otohara Dec 2012 #2
frazzled Dec 2012 #3
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:43 AM

1. Watch Rep. Fudge tell it...


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:01 AM

2. Her Support of Iraq War


she was pretty darn sure Saddam had those "WMDs" hiding somewhere.


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Response to otohara (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:12 AM

3. Just like Hillary Clinton and John Kerry

So what's your point?

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Response to frazzled (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:39 AM

4. Hillary is Not POTUS


for that very reason. In 04 I was a Dean delegate.
I have no control over who Obama pick for SOS - all of these folks FAILED miserably when it came to Iraq.

This quote from Ms Rice is particularly disturbing:

“I think he has proved that Iraq has these weapons and is hiding them, and I don’t think many informed people doubted that.” (NPR, Feb. 6, 2003)

We at DU were terribly misinformed - duped into not believe their lies.

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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:52 AM

5. Sick of the dog whistles and being told to circle the wagons. She's a hawk. Not good SoS material.

We've all heard this lame excuse for supporting her bid for that office. Not every enemy of my enemy is my friend.

She's supported every war in the MidEast, including Iraq, and that's enough to disqualify her.

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