I have watched with bewilderment as Republicans ratchet up their attacks on United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice.
To be sure, Congress should investigate what happened in Benghazi. After all, four Americans were killed, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens who reportedly had expressed concern about the “security vacuum” around the consulate.
But a cursory review of the State Department’s organizational chart shows that embassy and consulate security is not included in Rice’s portfolio.
NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2012 The U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, Susan Rice speaks after the voting on the draft resolution on Syria during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations in New York. (Credit Image: © Shen Hong/Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Why haven’t Republicans hauled Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy before Congress? If Sen. Lindsey Graham wants answers, why not ask the person directly responsible for “ensuring that the United States can conduct diplomacy safely and securely around the world,” Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Eric J. Boswell.
Rice is presumed to be President Obama’s first choice to succeed Clinton. During her meetings with Graham, Sen. John McCain, and other Republican senators, she acknowledged that the statements she made five days after Benghazi were incorrect. But that wasn’t good enough for Graham and McCain who have vowed to do everything in their power to block her from being the U.S. secretary of state.
"condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the despicable attacks on American diplomats and public servants in Benghazi and calls for the perpetrators of such attacks to be brought to justice."
"It is important for all women to weigh in on the unnecessary attack on Ambassador Rice. It’s not just about her; it’s about all of us who embrace the new America. We cannot sit back and allow those who long for the days when white male privilege persisted in America to ruin the Ambassador’s extraordinary reputation because of politics."
"Ambassador Rice serves our country with great dignity and is a strong leader in foreign policy. It’s a new day in America and black, white, Caribbean, Asian and Latino women have come together to say: 'Not on our watch!'”
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