Now the left is turning on Susan Rice, for coddling dictators. I don’t know what to make of her as a potential Secretary of State, but seems to me the President should do some hard thinking about this choice. Rice brings a lot of baggage to the table. At the very least a stormy Senate confirmation hearing looks likely. Why bother if a qualified and less provocative pick can be had?
Rice appears to have no constituency for winning this job other than Obama himself.
The President is now stuck with only bad choices — fighting for Rice in a bruising battle, or backing down to the Senate so early in his second term. This didn’t have to happen. Rice should have been vetted long before running this risk.
New York Times: “Critics of the Obama administrationâ€™s Africa policy have focused on the role of Susan E. Rice … in the administrationâ€™s failure to take action against the country they see as a major cause of the Congolese crisis, Rwanda.”
Salem Solomon, NYT op-ed: “During her career, she has shown a surprising and unsettling sympathy for Africaâ€™s despots. This record dates from Ms. Riceâ€™s service as assistant secretary of state for African affairs under President Bill Clinton.”