Susan Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate

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jscott418 wrote:

I think Obama wants the whole Benghazi thing buried and done with. Rice will just keep it in the spotlight as any confirmation hearings would certainly do. Its a terrible thing when your President cannot admit his Secretary Of State and other services were not prepared to defend or react to the attack. That to me would be the end of the story. Admit errors were made and Americans died because of it. Man up Mr. President and Mrs. Clinton. Their is no conspiracy only a stupid cover up by a President who cannot admit mistakes.

Dec 13, 2012 8:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
1TinSolder wrote:

Wow, what an imagination. Or maybe you’re just drunk on Rush and Sean?

Dec 13, 2012 8:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dirtdauber wrote:

jscott418-you are too nice. she is a dumb career hack that followed the line to her likely demise. had she had an ounce of character, she would never have come in front of the american people and lied 5 times in one day. her high yellow cousin threw her out there to deflect and be expendable. meanwhile hillary, the dumb cow, is protected by rice’s departure, just like the horny general (dam that woman is uuuugaly) took the heat for hussein. stupid is as stupid does. susan rice is totally devoid of character and should sent by slow boat back to georgia.

Dec 13, 2012 8:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Naksuthin wrote:

jscott418 : You may be right. 4 people may have died because of Rice’s statements.
On the other hand 4500 American soldiers and 100,000 Iraqis died because of the “slam dunk” “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq…and I haven’t heard anyone..especially Republicans complain about all the unnecessary deaths that were caused by Bush’s big miscalculated “boo boo”.
I guess it just depends on your politics…not the fact that people died unnecessarily

Dec 13, 2012 8:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TxCharlie wrote:

Oh, boo-hoo, the Rice is done.

She should have thought about that before she lied about the LAST thing she was told by the intelligence reports. She obviously parroted the FIRST thing she was told, because it made her boss sound better.

These people have no shame, and they must be perfect because it is NEVER their fault.

Dec 13, 2012 9:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
justamaz wrote:

You’re right @ltinsolder, now that Rice isn’t competing she has that opportunity to admit being pressured to say what she did. Can Obama still discredit Rice when she spills the beans on him?

Dec 13, 2012 9:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Ras-Mitat wrote:

With friends like Obama, who needs enemies? He left her out to dry for weeks without nominating her…Honor is always in how you fight the battle, not how you win. Period.

Dec 13, 2012 9:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:


We didn’t invade Iraq because of WMDs. We invaded Iraq because Hussein ignored 19 different UN Resolutions.

Dec 13, 2012 9:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Truthbot wrote:

June 14, 2002, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
Suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 51.
February 20, 2003, international diplomatic compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Truck bomb kills 17.

February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
Gunmen on motorcycles killed two consulate guards.

July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan
Suicide bomber kills two.

December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Militants stormed and occupied perimeter wall. Five killed, 10 wounded.

March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
Suicide car bomber killed four, including a U.S. diplomate directly targeted by the assailants.

September 12, 2006, U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria
Gunmen attacked embassy with grenades, automatic weapons, and a car bomb (though second truck bomb failed to detonate). One killed and 13 wounded.

January 12, 2007, U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece
A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the embassy building. No one was injured.

July 9, 2008, U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey
Armed men attacked consulate with pistols and shotguns. Three policemen killed.

March 18, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen
Mortar attack misses embassy, hits nearby girls’ school instead.

September 17, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen
Militants dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles, grenades and car bombs. Six Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were killed. Sixteen more were injured.

Dec 13, 2012 9:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Lowell_Thinks wrote:

Thanks for listing the terrorist attacks where the Secretary of State did not lie to the American people.

Still blaming Bush? (yawn).

Dec 13, 2012 9:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
OmarMinyawi wrote:

she is too sharp to be the highest diplomat?

Dec 13, 2012 11:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
FarRtWing wrote:

Susan Rice didn’t do anything different than Condoleezza Rice in relying on intelligence information to sell a political position leading up to the invasion of Iraq.

The only difference between both incidents is that Sen. Susan Collins (R, Maine) voted to confirm Condoleezza, but opted to play politics with Susan Rice’s candidacy on the grounds that SUSAN RICE had politicized national security. HOW IRONIC.

The second difference is that Condoleezza’s prophesy of “mushroom clods” led to the death or injury of tens of thousands of Americans while Susan Rice’s comments led to the death and injury of NONE.

Dec 13, 2012 11:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
FarRtWing wrote:

@TheNewWorld No, we invaded Iraq because “after all, that guy tried to kill my dad.”

Dec 13, 2012 11:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:

I understand why she has done this, but I am not convinced she has made the right decision. Republican political theatre is annoying and pointless, but no reason to withdraw her nomination.

Dec 13, 2012 11:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
FarRtWing wrote:

@all Republican boosters: STOP WHINING and deal with it. Obama won reelection. None of your complaining and moaning can change that. A man of color bested you and will sit in the WHITE House for another four years.

Oh, how that hurts you to the core.

Dec 13, 2012 11:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Lowell_Thinks wrote:

On some level you have to know she could not have gone on five Sunday news shows and spewed forth such spin without permission from her bosses. Anyone with critical thinking skills can see the folly of this “relying on available intelligence” ruse. If our intelligence services are that inept to think that people mad at youtube video can suddenly mount a coordinated attack with RPGs, then God help us in other theatres such as North Korea.

Dec 14, 2012 12:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
Lowell_Thinks wrote:

I don’t care what color he is. I simply don’t like his redistribution of wealth policies. Also, 4 years is not that much time…

Dec 14, 2012 12:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
FarRtWing wrote:

On some level you have to know that the attacks on Susan Rice are purely political.

Condi Rice goes on television drumming up support for a war against a third world country based on intelligence reports of WMD that Condi suggests might result in “mushroom clouds.”

When the smoke clears, it’s obvious that Saddam Hussein was so far from developing WMD that we might as well have attacked Mexico. (By the way, if Iraq did possess WMD, it would have been foolhardy to attack a reported “madman” and likely sacrifice the lives of countless invading GIs. Remember, the Bush administration suggested Hussein had WMD; nobody, though, knew exactly where he was hiding them.)

Condi Rice claims she was basing her remarks on intelligence reports. Sen. Susan Collins gives Condi the benefit of doubt and votes to confirm her nomination as Secretary of State.

Fast-forward to 2012 and Sen. Collins is complaining that Susan Rice was playing politics with national security. PLEASE!

Dec 14, 2012 1:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
FarRtWing wrote:

Government is always redistributing wealth. It’s only a question of who is at the receiving end.

GW gave prescription pills to the elderly as if he were dispensing candy. He gave war contracts to Halliburton as if it were his favorite charity. And in both cases he didn’t ask anyone to pay for the gifts.

You don’t think those were redistributions of wealth? That’s laughable.

Dec 14, 2012 1:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
Dafydd wrote:

She shows a good deal more maturity thanher political oponenets.

Obama should play them at their own game and appoint a Republican. Preferably one from Congress in a winnable seat.

Dec 14, 2012 4:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
Globalman wrote:

Susan Rice aside, four Americans died and there has been no explaination why we did not send help. I find it hard to believe that assets were not available. As a country if we can permit such loss of life it is such a tragedy on many levels. It is a dark commentary on our government and citizens that we did not protect our people.

Dec 14, 2012 7:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
Acetracy wrote:

Well this just shows the Fox News now runs the State Department. When you realize that the UN Ambassador has no responsibility for the safety of our embassies, that Republicans have forced the State Department to privatize their own security, and that Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice1, etc. kept their positions after lying to the world about WMDs in Iraq – just shows how this country’s whole political discourse is manipulated by News Corp.

Congrats to Murdock and Ailes on winning the first post-election fight.

Dec 14, 2012 10:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

First Rice yesterday and now today the report, already late, and Clinton, telling her first lie in all of this I am aware of by possibly breaking the date SHE set, are not ready. This starting to sound familure, sort of like something a guy named Holder was involved in. But no one was murdered there, wait, yes they were. Lies, cover ups, conspiracies, and murder. Sure sounds like a guy named Hussein to me, but wait……

“Susan Rice’s abrupt withdrawal from consideration for secretary of state, coupled with suggestions from the State Department that Secretary Hillary Clinton may not testify as scheduled next week, has stirred speculation that something big is coming down the pike on Libya.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, though, surprised lawmakers and reporters on Thursday when she indicated the report, and the secretary, might not be ready.”

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Dec 14, 2012 10:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
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