Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot with a campaign to prevent U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice from being nominated secretary of state.
The assault on Rice is supposedly due to comments she made just after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. The GOP just can't seem to drop its failed preelection plan to create a huge scandal out of the tragedy. But the anti-Rice crusade is not only unseemly; it's counterproductive.
Trudy Rubin of the Philadelphia Inquirer is looking out for the best interests of the Republicans in this piece addressing UN Ambassador Susan Rice. She thinks the whole deal is about her absolute obfuscation of the truth during her television talk show tour (meant to assure the American people that the unrest in Benghazi and Cairo related fully to a youtube video).By rousing President Obama's ire with a campaign against his friend Rice, Republicans are boxing him in to picking her over the other, better candidate, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry. That's a shame, because Rice isn't the right choice for this critical position - for reasons that have nothing to do with the Benghazi attack.
What she never mentions in her article are the other reasons for keeping a political hack like Susan Rice out of the office of Secretary of State. She, basically, ignored the growing unrest in Syria and provided China and Russia a foothold of influence. She blew off various Security Council meetings where Israel was involved, and was missing in action when the Gaza Flotilla nonsense was going on. There's more...a lot more. But, you know, Liberal, Trudy Rubin, just wants to help out the Republicans.
Her premise is that Republicans are being overly partisan forcing President Obama to nominate Susan Rice for Secretary of State (which is what?...Non-partisan). She believes that John Kerry would be a better choice. He was in Vietnam, you know.
My personal opinion is that it really doesn't matter who ends up as Secretary of State. It could be Rice, Kerry or Gilbert Gottfried for all I care. It's not going to damage our relations with the rest of the world, because they are already at an all time low courtesy of Hillary Clinton in the current role, and Susan Rice as the missing-in-action US Ambassador. The hottest spot in the world right now is Iran, and both have been totally inept in attempting to influence a favorable nuclear outcome for the United States.