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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

WATCH: President Obama Appoints Susan Rice And Nominates Samantha Power

President Obama defied Republican critics Wednesday by naming UN Ambassador Susan Rice as his new national security advisor.

Rice recently faced a furious flood of criticism from congressional Republicans, who claimed she was intentionally trying to mislead the country over the attack on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Offering the best intelligence available at the time, Rice said on all five Sunday morning news shows that a peaceful protest had turned violent in response to an anti-Islamic video. The GOP’s campaign against her compelled Rice to withdraw her name from consideration as a replacement for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Rice will be replacing Tom Donilon, who will be resigning in early July, and the Senate does not need to confirm her.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday afternoon, President Obama praised Donilon for fulfilling a “Herculean task” before announcing Rice’s appointment.

Despite the GOP’s focus on Benghazi, Rice’s accomplishments include the intervention in Libya that saved hundreds of thousands of lives, sanctions on Iran, defense of Israel, and crucial support for South Sudan, to name a few.

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) — a fierce critic of Rice — tweeted on Wednesday afternoon, “Obviously I disagree w/ POTUS appointment of Susan Rice as Nat’l Security Adviser, but I’ll make every effort to work w/ her on imp’t issues.”

Yet as the president pointed out on Wednesday, Susan Rice is an “exemplary” and “consummate public servant,” and “put simply, Susan exemplifies the finest tradition of American diplomacy and leadership.”

During Wednesday’s press conference, President Obama also announced his nominee to replace Rice—Samantha Power, a foreign policy advisor to the president, may be the new UN Ambassador, a position that does require confirmation from the Senate.

Calling Power “one of our foremost thinkers on foreign policy,” the president said that “she showed us that the international community has a moral responsibility and a profound interest in resolving conflicts and defending human dignity. She’s been a relentless advocate for American interests and values.”

An established journalist and avid human rights advocate, Samantha Power has also irritated Republicans. In 2012, in the midst of what conservatives deemed President Obama’s “apology tour,” Power defended his policy of acknowledging American failures and misdeeds.

Power wrote in the New Republic, “U.S. foreign policy has to be rethought. It needs not tweaking, but overhauling. We need: a historical reckoning with crimes committed, sponsored, or permitted by the United States. This would entail restoring FOIA to its pre- Bush stature, opening the files, and acknowledging the force of a mantra we have spent the last decade promoting in Guatemala, South Africa, and Yugoslavia: A country has to look back before it can move forward. Instituting a doctrine of the mea culpa would enhance our credibility by showing that American decision makers do not endorse the sins of their predecessors.”

This “mea culpa” doctrine angered much of the exceptionalist right.

Obama advised Congress against stifling Power’s confirmation. “To ensure we have the principled leadership we need at the United Nations,” he said, “I would strongly urge the Senate to confirm her without delay.”


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9 responses to “WATCH: President Obama Appoints Susan Rice And Nominates Samantha Power”

  1. charleo1 says:

    Well, first of all Godspeed to Ms. Rice, as the Nation’s top security advisor
    to the President. Frankly, I was hoping President Obama would have nominated
    her for Secretary of Defense. So, someone could explain to me the difference,
    between the other Rice, Condi Rice. National Security Advisor to President Bush.
    And, supported enthusiastically by such Republicans as John McCain, and Lindsey
    Graham. Who thought Obama’s Rice, Susan, had disqualified herself by coming
    on the Sunday news programs, and essentially gaving a verbatim, statement.
    Undoubtedly cleared by the CIA, FBI, Secretary of State Clinton, And, The
    President. But definitely not something written by Ms. Rice herself. Exactly like
    George Bush’s Rice, Condi Rice, went on the Sunday News shows, and gave
    an essentially verbatim, statement. Undoubtedly, cleared by the CIA, FBI,
    Secretary of State, Colin Powell, and President George Bush. That said Saddam
    Hussein was working on WMDs, and warned the Nation, we can’t wait for a
    smoking gun. It might be a mushroom cloud. I think it’s the perfect example of
    A Democratic President, getting nothing out of Republicans, but a hard time.
    And, a Republican President, allowed to do any damn thing he pleases.
    I wish that Liberal Press, would get around to covering this mysterious
    occurrence. Because, it happens every time.

    • Mikey7a says:

      Once again Charleo, you are spot on. My sad, short, answer to your wish….it will never happen. “liberal press” dances to the same piper that Faux News does, The Almighty Dollar!

    • Don’t forget General Colin Powell delivering a speech at the UN, which was obviously cleared by the NSA, CIA, FBI and the Bush Administration, showing pictures of the warehouses where Saddam was hiding his WMDs and the trucks the dictator used to transport them, when the objective was to invade a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 and was not a threat to the USA.

      • Lynda Groom says:

        Indeed, reading a talking point is only evil when done by a Democrat.

      • charleo1 says:

        Exactly! I’ve never in my life seen such a completely apples, to
        apples, comparison, as Condelessa Rice, and Susan Rice. Or,
        the unmatched ability, and, capacity of Republicans like John
        McCain, or Lindsey Gragam, to engage in such total hypocrisy.

  2. Lynda Groom says:

    All presidents since Ike have been privileged to pick their own security advisor. Obama has chosen one of the most qualified women to fill that position in his administration. If this action gets some folks all twisted in knots that is their problem. I wish her the best in what is a very thankless and difficult job.

  3. Susan Rice did a splendid job as UN ambassador, and she will do an outstanding job as National Security advisor. Her experience in dealing with complex issues, such as the removal of Kaddafi from power and the struggles in South Sudan, suggest an in-depth knowledge of world affairs that is critical for her ability to perform her new duties.

    Regarding the Tea Party talking points, the best thing we can do is consider the source and put them in perspective. They are manifestations of desperation by a defunct political organization devoid of constructive ideas or a vision. They should be taken for what they are: desperate attempts to survive and childish immaturity.

  4. tax payer says:

    So, what is her job description? Does she carry a gun? Will she give her life for our President? Our Mayor must have not qualified for that position, so he has to stay and run our city until something better opens up for him in Washington.

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