Susan Rice. Pudding or Toast?

© Miri WTPOTUS November 27, 2012

In light of the events in Benghazi and the spotlight now shining upon UN Ambassador Susan Rice, it behooves us to take a closer look at this woman, who apparently has been groomed for decades for positions of power in Washington DC.

The Democrats are now lining up behind Rice, playing the race card and the sexism card, doing anything to salvage something from the investment they’ve made in her career.

How many people know that Susan Rice was a particular protege of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who many believed was her godmother? Albright, in fact, was simply a lifelong friend of Rice’s family, according to the Washington Post, in a fawning story that is not available online.

How many know that Rice’s parents are well connected, politically, socially, and academically? From the Washington Post (“She’s on Top of the World; At the State Department, Susan Rice Has Trained Her Sights on U.S. African Policy”, by Lonnae O’Neal Parker, March 30, 1998):

Rice grew up in Washington’s Shepherd Park neighborhood. Political and arts activist Peggy Cooper Cafritz was her surrogate godmother. When she couldn’t decide between law school and a doctorate in international relations, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) took her to lunch so they could powwow. And though Rice denies State Department rumors that [Madeleine] Albright is her godmother, she readily acknowledges that the secretary of state has been a lifelong family friend.

Her mother, Lois Rice, whose parents immigrated from Jamaica to Maine and worked as domestics, is a director at several corporate and nonprofit organizations, and a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. Her father, Emmett Rice, now retired, was an economics professor at Cornell, and has worked as an adviser to the Central Bank of Nigeria, in the Treasury Department, at the World Bank and as a governor on the Federal Reserve Board.

Rice has always been surrounded by a family, both immediate and extended, that was obsessed with education. It is liberally sprinkled with physicians, scientists and Ivy League PhDs. …

Rice enjoys a great deal of support in the [Clinton] administration and among venerable Africa activists, such as TransAfrica head Randall Robinson and Jesse Jackson.

How many people know that Susan Rice was instrumental in preventing the Clinton administration from taking custody of Osama bin Laden and thereby saving the lives of 3000 people murdered in cold blood by Islamist al Qaeda terrorists on 9/11/2001? From a 2004 Newsmax story:

Another ex-Clinton official who played a leading role in bungling efforts to capture and/or neutralize Osama bin Laden has turned up in a key advisory position with the Kerry campaign. Susan Rice, who served as President Clinton’s Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, had earlier been tapped by Gov. Howard Dean’s anti-war campaign. This week, however, Rice emerged as a foreign policy advisor to the Kerry Edwards campaign, which is still reeling from revelations that another key advisor, former Clinton national security chief Sandy Berger, had stolen national security secrets. Rice is also acting as the campaign’s designated apologist for former ambassador Joe Wilson, the Kerry advisor whose claims that “Bush lied” about Iraq uranium were exposed as bogus by the Senate Intelligence Committee two weeks ago.“As far as I know, we have no reason to believe that Mr. Wilson’s words and deeds were not as he spoke them,” Rice told reporters this week. “I have great respect for his integrity.”

The same can’t be said of Rice, however, at least according to several of her former colleagues, who say she deserves a hefty portion of blame for the fact that Osama bin Laden wasn’t neutralized during the 1990s.

“The FBI, in 1996 and 1997, had their efforts to look at terrorism data and deal with the bin Laden issue overruled every single time by the State Department, by Susan Rice and her cronies, who were hell-bent on destroying the Sudan,” one-time Clinton diplomatic troubleshooter Mansoor Ijaz told radio host Sean Hannity in 2002.

Richard Miniter, author of the book “Losing bin Laden,” concurred, saying Rice played a key role in scuttling the deal that could have prevented the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.

So Susan Rice was to Bill Clinton as Valerie Jarrett is to Barack Obama. Jarrett was instrumental in preventing earlier “hits” on Osama bin Laden.  Or so the story goes.

Joe Wilson. Susan Rice defended Joe Wilson. And Sandy Berger.  Unbelievable.

What becomes obvious upon perusing the history of Susan Rice’s meteoric political rise is that she seems to have acted less often as a public servant and more often as a campaign spin doctor and media spokesperson for whichever campaign or administration hired her. There’s some previous research here, and this comes from Wikipedia:

Rice said that her parents taught her to “never use race as an excuse or advantage”, and as a young girl she “dreamed of becoming the first U.S. Senator from the District of Columbia“. She also held “lingering fears” that her accomplishments would be diminished by people who attributed them to affirmative action. …

Rice attended Stanford University, where she received a Truman Scholarship, and graduated with a B.A. in history in 1986. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, Rice attended New College, Oxford, where she earned a M.Phil. in 1988 and D.Phil. in 1990. The Chatham House-British International Studies Association honored her dissertation entitled, “Commonwealth Initiative in Zimbabwe, 1979-1980: Implication for International Peacekeeping” as the UK’s most distinguished in international relations. …

Rice was managing director and principal at Intellibridge from 2001 to 2002. In 2002, she joined the Brookings Institution as senior fellow in the Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development program. At Brookings, she focused on U.S. foreign policy, weak and failing states, the implications of global poverty, and transnational threats to security. During the 2004 presidential campaign, Rice served as a foreign policy adviser to John Kerry. …”

Nepotism, given that her mother is at the leftist Brookings Institution, too? Rice is married to a (white) Canadian TV producer named Ian Cameron.

Consider the irony of Rice’s statements about not wanting ever to use race “as an excuse or advantage.” One would think, therefore, that she would be asking all of her supporters, including Barack Obama, to cease and desist with the unfair and unfounded accusations against her critics–accusations of racism as well as sexism.

Her tenure with the Kerry campaign brings us to one of the absolutely most ironic articles that I have ever read, considering recent events in Benghazi and the aftermath. This is a transcript (sorry, now scrubbed) of a conversation between Joe Lockhart and Susan Rice released by the Kerry campaign in 2004.  Lockhart began the conversation by speaking about how, before the Iraq war, President George W. Bush was advised of the existence of a

“bonanza of explosives,” 380 tons of high-grade explosives and we did nothing as a country to protect those and they’ve now gone missing, presumably stolen.

This President was warned by the IAEA, he was warned by his own military commanders on what it would take to secure Iraq in the aftermath of the initial assault on Iraq in Baghdad. He chose to ignore those warnings, and we’re just now understanding more fully the consequences of the President’s arrogance, his stubbornness and rush to war. …

[T]he President clearly had no intention of sharing this information with the American people

[H]e’s going to have to deal, with both the facts of this story, and the cover-up of the story…

Were they talking about WMDs?  Those WMDs that didn’t exist?  At this point, Susan Rice weighed in:

I would just add that this underscores the obvious — that the President’s failed policies and wrong choices in Iraq and elsewhere have made America quite evidently less secure. I think it’s important to recall, just for context, that the bomb that took down Pan-Am 103 over Scotland used less than one pound of the sort of explosives that has gone missing. There were 760,000 pounds of this material at Al Qaqaa which has now disappeared, presumably in the hands of insurgents and terrorists.

That’s an extraordinary failure, it’s a catastrophic failure, it’s evidence of incompetence of the highest order and particularly so when warnings were provided to the administration, prior to the start of the conflict, immediately after major combat operations ended, and repeatedly thereafter.

I also want to stress that this may well prove to be the tip of the iceberg. … I think it’s long past time that we have an explanation from the administration as to how this happened. …

So, the administration really needs to answer a number of questions, such as why it ignored warnings from IAEA to secure these 380 tons of explosives. …

We also need to know how many terrorist bombings, insurgent bombings, whether in Iraq or Egypt, and elsewhere were carried out using this sort of explosives since 2002. And also, who knew what when? When was the civilian leadership at the Pentagon told about the missing explosives? When did Secretary Rumsfeld learn they had gone missing? When did the National Security Council learn they were gone? When did Condoleezza Rice get briefed, and when did she tell the President? And what was the President told and when? These are all critical questions that the American people deserve urgent answers to.

Consider the irony. The Obama administration was told numerous times that the security in Benghazi was sorely lacking. After the attack on the “mission”, the building was not secured for weeks, if ever. Whatever documents and data storage devices were there–all of it was looted and is now in the hands of al-Qaeda affiliates. This president, with the assistance of Susan Rice, kept information from the American people and has steadfastly refused to answer questions about who knew what and when. He will not release photos from the Situation Room. He goes all chivalrous whenever anyone tries to question Susan Rice’s competency and truthfulness. Talk about the tip of the iceberg and a coverup!  Susan Rice’s five appearances on national TV, where she misled the public about the events in Benghazi, made her the point person on this particular coverup. 

Worse, they will not answer questions about why no military assistance was sent to Benghazi, despite Obama’s claim that he ordered everyone to do everything possible to save lives. 

Why, when Woods was “painting” with his laser the mortar that eventually killed him, was no order to “fire” ever given?  Why did these men die?

We still don’t know exactly what was the mission of those CIA people at the annex. Were there prisoners there? Were there heavy weapons there, which were gathered up from within Libya by Woods and Doherty, intended to be passed via a middle man to “rebels” in Syria? (Rebels who just happen to be associated with al Qaeda!) If so, where are those weapons now?

What damage has already been done with weapons that may have been illegally provided to the rebel “militias” in Libya? Where did the al-Qaeda-associated terrorists who carried out the attack in Benghazi, murdering Stevens, Smith, Woods, and Doherty, get the weapons that they used? How many other attacks have been perpetrated throughout the world with weapons that our CIA may have supplied to Muslim “rebels” and “freedom fighters”? The questions go on and on.  Mostly unanswered.

Today, Susan Rice met with Republican critics in the Senate, hoping to explain away their concerns about her ability to be Secretary of State. It doesn’t look hopeful.

Possible promotions for U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and acting CIA Director Michael Morell remain in jeopardy after the two officials met Tuesday with three of their Republican critics regarding how the Obama administration responded to the attacks on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya.

Bottom line, I’m more disturbed now than I was before,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the critics, said after the meeting. …

Speaking after the meeting, McCain said he and his colleagues remain “significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn’t get concerning evidence that was overwhelming leading up to the attack on our consulate that we tried to get.”

“It was clear that the information she gave the American people was incorrect, when she said that it was a spontaneous demonstration triggered by a hateful group. It was not and there was compelling evidence at the time that that was certainly not the case,” McCain said.

Graham added: “The American people got bad information on 16 September, they got bad information from President Obama days after, and the question is, should they have been giving the information at all? If you can do nothing but give bad information, isn’t it better to give no information at all?”

In a “that’s the ticket” moment worthy of Jon Lovitz, Susan Rice says she didn’t mean it:

Under fire from congressional critics, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice stressed in a Tuesday statement that she did not intend to mislead the public about the September 11th attacks on the Benghazi consulate.

“Neither I nor anyone else in the administration intended to mislead the American people at any stage in this process, and the administration updated Congress and the American people as our assessments evolved,” Rice said. …

“In the course of the meeting, we explained that the talking points provided by the intelligence community, and the initial assessment upon which they were based, were incorrect in a key respect: there was no protest or demonstration in Benghazi,” Rice said.

“While, we certainly wish that we had had perfect information just days after the terrorist attack, as is often the case, the intelligence assessment has evolved,” she said. …

“The administration remains committed to working closely with Congress as we thoroughly investigate the terrorist attack in Benghazi and bring to justice the terrorists responsible for the tragic deaths,” she said.”

One former CIA official doubts her story:

Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA operations officer and now an analyst at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a conservative think tank, says Rice’s performance after the Benghazi attack raises a red flag.

“These officials are supposed to assess these things for themselves,” Gerecht said. “If you see a situation where a consulate safe house is being attacked by mortars and organized teams, that should tell you this was planned before that video came out.”

Rice knew the narrative that would satisfy the White House, Gerecht said. Included in that narrative is that al-Qaeda is losing ground, public sentiments toward the United States are improving in the Middle East, and the attack was not connected to U.S. foreign policy. But she still would have had access numerous news reports that contradicted that narrative, he said. [We did!]

Graham and McCain would not say on Tuesday whether they planned to block her potential nomination.

I have many more questions that have to be answered,” Ayotte said.

Ayotte would be FEMALE Senator Kelly Ayotte, whom the Rice apologists currently playing the sexism card studiously ignore. It destroys their entire narrative if another woman questions Rice’s credibility.

If Obama does put Rice’s name forward for Secretary of State, then let’s hope they get her under oath during the confirmation process and that they ask her the questions to which We the People deserve to have answers.

After all, Susan Rice would be quite the hypocrite if, believing the American people deserved answers about Iraq, she suddenly decided that we have no business getting answers from her about Benghazi.

76 responses to “Susan Rice. Pudding or Toast?

  1. The key to this whole story is that Rice was not acting as a public servant with a duty to the American people, she was acting as an arm of the Obama campaign. She was sent out there to lie, not by the president but by a presidential candidate who needed help to get himself past election day. She has always and ever been a political operative. That’s apparent from the beginning.

    In reading multiple (mostly fawning) stories about Rice, going back to the beginning of her career, I see a major parallel between her and Barack Obama. And also “stars” like Eric Holder and Valerie Jarrett. One story pointed out that when she was first appointed to the Dept. of State, many opposed her because she was a member of the “elite”. And so she was and remains. Like with Barry, multiple fawning biographical stories exist out there, written by connected (to Georgetown University, for example) female “journalists”. They read like the mythological stories surrounding Barack Obama. Rice was even a basketball star. She was the quintessential multi-tasking mother–breast feeding her child whilst she met with African luminaries.

    She’s brilliant, too! But wait! She didn’t get anywhere via affirmative action. She hates even the thought that anybody would believe that she didn’t “earn” everything she’s been handed achieved. There’s no connection between her stints at the Brookings Institution and the fact that her mom works there, too. No connection between her dad’s tenures at those banks or the Federal Reserve. Heavens no! If it wasn’t affirmative action, then it was “legacy connections” like they accuse the Bushes of taking advantage of. Huh? Ya think? She despises that racial stuff, but she hangs with the likes of Eric Holder (prosecute New Black Panthers? Pshaw!) and Jesse freaking Jackson. Oy vey. I can’t go on. I’ll link more later. There’s simply too much to share.

    A big h/t to a long-time reader, commenter, and anonymous contact for finding some of the stories linked within the post.

    I do believe that the Left has a lot invested in this woman. She was/is being groomed. Secretary of State and then … what? Next presidential candidate? VP, perhaps? Someone to carry on the Obama legacy? Another person who will be easy to handle by the handlers who handle Barry?

    It’s interesting that John Kerry is another name being put forth for Secretary of State. How’s that going to play out?

    Of course, they’re also grooming Huma Weiner. It’s not going to be over in 4 years, folks. It’s only just begun.

  2. It’s really amazing that that transcript of the Lockhart/Rice conversation was disappeared within moments this afternoon. One minute it was there and the next–poof! Surely it has nothing to do with this afternoon’s events. Ha! Too bad that I saved the whole thing. Their bad. One thing the Obamanation has taught us is to save stories before they go down the Orwellian black memory hole. btw, I went to the Wayback Machine. That link is like a news clearing house. Every day that month was still there, EXCEPT for the stories of Oct. 25, 2004, which is the date that we need. I searched the Web with phrases from the conversation and nothing turned up.

    • Rosemary Woodhouse

      Not odd at all. Expected. Screen capture anything possible.

    • Do add the entire scrubbed articles Miri, so they aren’t lost by those who want to revise and escape real history. The Left wants people to believe their thoughts and articles are what occurred and any opposition or reality is supposed to go unnoticed. They lie so easily. Words of deception flow so quickly off their tongues. It is a phenomenon to me as to how easily swayed people are, and how their minds have ceased to analyze data.

      Who gives the orders to the bots to scrap articles? When bots come across articles, to whom do they report it to? Who are the ones in charge that have enough power to erase history from the internet? Is the author informed that his article has been erased? I’d like to see the names of those people who are deciding what is worthwhile and what isn’t, wouldn’t you?

      I wish Beck would do another segment, perhaps called “crappers”. He could put photos of the prominent lefties sitting in huge mounds of cow or horse dung, or have their heads bobbing around in an original Crapper toilet.

  3. Rosemary Woodhouse

    She’s black. That’s the only criterion. The fact that she’s a woman is a bonus point. If you’re against her, not only are you a raaaaaaaaacist, but you’re sexist too!

    • I had read the story about those who opposed her because she’s an “elite”, but (being color blind as I am) I totally forgot that those who opposed her were the Congressional Black Caucus, which, as Breitbart’s article (linked below by Zenway) says, put forth a completely RACIAL reason for opposing her. They thought that she, coming from the background she did (perhaps being married to a white guy), wasn’t “authentically black” enough for them. What a world we live in.

      Black is white and white is black. Those who truly do divide us along racial lines and who support or oppose people solely because of the color of their skins ARE the true racists, and yet they style themselves as the open-minded ones who value “diversity” and lord it over everyone else as they accuse those others of racism or sexism.

      Those who truly do oppose someone simply on account of past actions, past words, current ideology, incompetency, patriotism, corrupt motivations, ignoring sex and race? Why, they’re accused of racism or sexism if the incompetent or corrupt person happens to be a woman or a “minority”.

      No matter her sex or race, Susan Rice has a lot of ‘splainin’ to do.

  4. They’ll allow her TRICKALATE HER WAY BACK IN.. nothing 2 see!
    Just 10 here… It could be 110 & she will wear her CROWN…. AGAIN!!!

    Race is relevant. A partly black skin gives you political cover in Washington. When the White House was deciding who to peddle their fish story about Benghazi they had many choices. There were any number of military or intelligence officers who could have run this errand. But they would have been white men.

    I think at some point thay picked a black woman because they knew if their fable became exposed, a black woman would be harder to hold to account.

  6. L I A R

    aiding and abetting; giving comfort to the enemy that killed Americans and destroyed an American dwelling on foreign soil among many other things.

    Where are the eye witnesses? Who are they?

    Where is the current Secretary of State?

    • That’s what infuriates me the most. Among all this distraction (the Petraeus affair and now false accusations of sexism or racism) the FACT that those four men are well and truly DEAD and nobody has yet answered WHY they died–that’s appalling.

      Good question. Where are all the witnesses? Didn’t they say nearly 40 people were evacuated? Why aren’t they being called before Congress to tell us what really happened?

  7. who the hell cares what color she is?


    Its War against Americans and our Traditions, Treasury and Terrain.
    we need to be eliminated, bankrupted and usurped, its apparent.

    Racism is a malicious lie and perpetrated by lying Racists.

    “black” so what? big whoop. Name one who lived on a plantation in your lifetime. what a lame excuse. what a strawman.

    “black” the new scam. I bet you almost every family in our Country is integrated and has been for decades.

    • Rosemary Woodhouse

      Hey Pap!!

      It’s a wonder that Stalin didn’t specify a color when he wrote of useful idiots because it is they who are being used to engineer the downfall of the USA.

      C h a r l i e M a n s o n was right. He was just a few decades before his time. H e lt e r S k elter, y’all.

    • Like Holder and Colin Powell, she has Caribbean roots. Like them, and like Barry (if his tale is true, which I doubt), they are partially white. Perhaps even mostly white. Look at them. And NOT ONE OF THEM truly is “authentically black” in the sense of having grown up in the circumstances MOST blacks in America experience. Lower or middle class. It doesn’t matter. Their life stories don’t at all resemble the lives of the people that most of them claim to represent (including whites). City College and Columbia University? Stanford?

      The left excoriated Romney for not being in touch with most Americans, on account of his biography. How can Susan Rice relate to most American blacks? Those people she’s being held up as a role model for?

      One can at least argue that Holder and Powell worked their way up to where they are today, but neither had the distinct and many advantages that Rice had growing up.

  8. Yep… TALK to the WALL…. that’s what’s REALLY going DOWN… &
    each ONE KNOWS WHAT they are doing & what has HAPPENED….
    FILTH….EVERY DAY …. MORE FILTH…. as they drag us DOWN!!!

    • Who knows? If she is nominated, Benghazi is going to dominate the confirmation hearings. (Unless the RINOs do it again, which is always possible, which is perhaps WHY those meetings with McCain.) It is a crime to lie to Congress. Everybody WILL BE WATCHING those confirmation hearings. Currently, there’s barely any coverage of the intelligence committee hearings on Benghazi, but those confirmation hearings will be live on multiple networks. If the Republicans do their jobs right and if they REALLY care about our national security, they should hold her feet to the fire.

      • Rosemary Woodhouse

        No it won’t because the Republicans are by no means “doing their job right”! Tax hikes will go through for job creators and Benghazi will go the way of F&F. She will be confirmed. Am basically done with the republicans.

    • I disagree that she was someone who didn’t know much and so she was chosen to be the liar. That’s Barry’s spin (not accusing the writer of it; just saying that’s what Barry wants us to believe). People who know say that there’s no doubt that Rice would have been briefed on the CLASSIFIED stuff and that anybody with common sense knows that SHE would know at least as much as what was obvious, especially to the CIA. There WAS NO DEMONSTRATION AND SHE KNEW IT WHEN SHE LIED ABOUT IT. She relied on the unclassified talking points, sure. I can believe that. That was the spin tailor-made for her to use. But when she read from those talking points, she KNEW they were lies because she knew the TRUTH. Consider John Bolton, who once had her job. Is he NOT the most savvy person around? Does he not easily demonstrate exactly how much IN THE LOOP the UN ambassador is? Barry was set to go speak AT THE UN. Are we to believe that he NEVER consulted AT ALL with Rice, current ambassador to the UN, about what he planned to say there? And what he planned to say was the VERY SAME LIES THAT HE INSTRUCTED SUSAN RICE TO TELL FIVE TIMES! There was no demonstration and the You Tube video had NOTHING to do with the TERRORIST attack in Benghazi. He knew it. She knew it. Both lied.

  9. Rosemary Woodhouse

    The only answer is for the producers to G O G A L T. But that will never happen. Sadly, our countrymen have grown complacent, fat, f e a r f u l and lazy.

  10. Arwa Damon tweets… DO start at 12 Sept in Benghazi.
    Arwa Damon was 1st to enter the Consulate empty… camera’s rolling. It was a grim sight. The safe room completely burned from inside. In an ash-shrouded bedroom she found Steven’s hard bound diary, set in plain view on the floor between the bed & an a side chair. The seven pages of hand written scrawl inside revealed a man who begun to fear for his SAFETY….

    The STATE DEPT. weighted in Harshly calling CNN “Disgusting” for the use of Steven’s DIARY.. (& Steven’s family had been contacted & knew about the diary with hours of the discovery) … Damon calls it a BLIP & is not concerned what Hillary Clinton thinks of HER … she just reports & moves to her next story!

  11. Susan Rice needed her MEMORY… Refreshed.. Oh so long ago…1998
    The same as in Benghazi our Embassies BEGGED- 4 additional security & 12 American’s & many others also DIED! In BENGHAZI…. 4 DEAD…. as they ALSO…. BEGGED for additional security.. Is this is a way to toast/payback Hillary for her 2016 RUN?
    Look deeper & keep looking…. for the REAL answers….

  12. Rice ends second day on Hill with hopes of nomination appearing to dim
    November 28, 2012

    U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s potential bid to become the next secretary of state appeared further in jeopardy Wednesday, with one key Republican practically warning President Obama not to send her nomination to the Senate. “I would just ask the president to step back away from all the buzz around this, take a deep breath and decide who’s the best secretary of state for this country,” Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said after a 90-minute meeting with Rice, who is under fire for her initial public explanation of the deadly consulate attacks in Libya. Rice’s separate talks with Corker and Maine Sen. Susan Collins…

    The talking points provided by the intelligence community, and the initial assessment upon which they were based, were incorrect in a key respect: There was no protest or demonstration in Benghazi,” Rice said in a written statement after the meeting. [What about the film, Ms. Rice? Who and which intelligence community is she referring?]
    Should Rice be nominated by Obama, she would need to win support of several Republicans in the Democrat-controlled Senate to receive enough votes to be approved.

    • Forget the “talking points”. I want to hear it publicly admitted — BY NAME — exactly who gave the damn “stand down” order.

      • You and at least 50 million others! Only one person could give the order – the Usurper – unless he was totally incapacitated by his drug of choice, and then it would go to Biden…unless Jarrett now has some proxy order that she can take BHO’s place. The order to execute to save the Americans was never given according to Gen. Hamm who lost his job several days after the attack.

        Obama the procrastinator always votes present …ask the captain of the ship who ordered the Navy Seals to take out the pirates to save one American. It was days waiting for Obama to make a decision. Ask the people in Louisiana who waited a couple weeks for any response after the BP spill. In four years, Obama’s quickest response came for a photo op in New Jersey after Kathy hit, and that is all it was a photo-op pre election.

  13. Susan Collins remembers Africa and Rice’s role there! Although no mention of bin Laden.

    Sen. Collins ‘troubled’ by Rice comments on Benghazi attack
    By Julian Pecquet – 11/28/12 Snips

    Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) on Wednesday became the latest GOP senator to raise questions about Susan Rice. After an almost two-hour meeting with the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Collins said she’s unconvinced by Rice’s explanation of her role after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya. “I continue to be troubled by the fact that the UN ambassador decided to play what was essentially a political role at the height of a contentious presidential election … by agreeing to go on the Sunday shows to present the administration’s position,” the top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee said.

    Collins, a centrist Republican who would be a key vote for Rice if President Obama nominates her as his next secretary of State, also said she is concerned about Rice’s role in denying security requests prior to the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa.
    Collins said Rice told her she ignored statements from Libya’s own president linking the attack to al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists because she was relying on U.S. intelligence. “I don’t understand why she wouldn’t have at least qualified her response” on the Sept. 16 Sunday shows, Collins said. Rice said on Sept. 16 that the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans appeared to have spun out of a peaceful protest against an anti-Islam video but that the intelligence was preliminary.

    Collins also raised new questions about Rice’s role in the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, when she was then-President Clinton’s assistant secretary of State for African Affairs — tying it with GOP concerns that the Obama administration turned down Stevens’s requests for more security prior to the attack.
    “What troubles me so much is the Benghazi attack in many ways echoes the attacks on both embassies in 1998, when Susan Rice was head of the African region for our State Department,” Collins said. “In both cases, the ambassador begged for additional security. Collins said Rice told her “she was not involved directly in turning down the requests.”

    “But surely,” Collins added, “given her position .. she had to be aware of the general threat assessment and the ambassadors’ repeated requests for more security … [h]er actions — and whether or not lessons were learned from the 1998 attacks on our embassies in Africa — are important questions.”

    “I would need to get additional information before I could support her nomination” to be secretary of State, Collins concluded.

    • Wow. I’m glad that they have the women out there on point. It helps with this developing meme in the media that to criticize Rice is sexist. I’m glad that Collins remembers that stuff about Rice and Africa. She put her finger right on the problem–Rice was acting as if she were a campaign spokesperson, almost as she acted for Kerry when she worked for his campaign, instead of acting as the UN ambassador, who’s supposed to be a representative for and EMPLOYEE of the very people she was lying to.

  14. I found IT!… VIDEO with interview Arwa Damon …2 weird for words….
    Vogue December 2012 .. has her story Facing The TRUTH… page 126

    • TY. Worth watching. The reporter had complete access to the building early on–three days after the attack. There are a lot of photos of the buildings. Libyans were in there, too. Taking whatever they wanted. The owner was there and stopped nobody. There had been a SAFE in the building–that had been taken away. They walked right in and found the diary next to Stevens’s bed. The “safe room” didn’t look all that safe to me. It seemed to be only a room with a grilled door and barred windows. However, it sure looked to me as if it would be simple to throw gas and fire in through the grills and/or shoot into the room. She said that all the burning that took place was on the inside of the house. The toilet in the house where Stevens was living had blood stains all over it! Dripping down the sides. (As if someone was tortured, bleeding, having head dunked into the toilet?) There were, of course, the bloody handprints on the walls. There was ONE hole in the building that looks like an RPG strike. The main door was splintered by something. It looks as if it was pryed open near the lock. There was no security around and no checkpoints to keep people away or out of the building. This was shortly after the attack and before the FBI ever got there. She says members of the militia WARNED the people in the building three days before the attack that their was heightened risk. This looks more to me like a very targeted attack than a military operation (as in war). It looks like it was a quick strike force, going in to capture or assassinate the people inside. Like how OBL was taken out. Building was not damaged that much. Maybe they used the fire because they couldn’t get hold of Stevens because he’d locked himself in the safe room. It looks nothing like I would expect a safe room to look. I was thinking more along the lines of what we saw in that movie with Jodie Foster. Panic Room. larger

    • “The big deal is that the State Department is responsible for giving the go-ahead to the pipeline. Remember, back in January the State Department rejected a proposal by TransCanada to build the 1,700 mile pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas. But the administration also encouraged the company to reapply, which means this is one of contentious issue the next Secretary of State will likely have to handle.

      With this news, Rice now has another set of detractors but this time from the other side of the political spectrum.

      OnEarth reports:

      “Rice’s financial holdings could raise questions about her status as a neutral decision maker. The current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Rice owns stock valued between $300,000 and $600,000 in TransCanada, the company seeking a federal permit to transport tar sands crude 1,700 miles to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast, crossing fragile Midwest ecosystems and the largest freshwater aquifer in North America.

      “Beyond that, according to financial disclosure reports, about a third of Rice’s personal net worth is tied up in oil producers, pipeline operators, and related energy industries north of the 49th parallel — including companies with poor environmental and safety records on both U.S. and Canadian soil. Rice and her husband own at least $1.25 million worth of stock in four of Canada’s eight leading oil producers, as ranked by Forbes magazine. That includes Enbridge, which spilled more than a million gallons of toxic bitumen into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River in 2010 — the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history.””


    It gets worse!
    “The portfolio of embattled United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice includes investments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in several energy companies known for doing business with Iran, according to financial disclosure forms.

    Rice, a possible nominee to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she steps down, has come under criticism for promulgating erroneous information about the September 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

    Rice has the highest net worth of executive branch members, with a fortune estimated between $24 to $44 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. A Free Beacon analysis of Rice’s portfolio shows thousands of dollars invested in at least three separate companies cited by lawmakers on Capitol Hill for doing business in Iran’s oil and gas sector.

    The revelation of these investments could pose a problem for Rice if she is tapped by President Barack Obama to replace Clinton. Among the responsibilities of the next secretary of state will be a showdown with Iran over its nuclear enrichment program.

    “That Susan Rice invested in companies doing business in Iran shows either the Obama administration’s lack of seriousness regarding Iran or Rice’s own immorality,” said Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser on Iran and Iraq. “Either way, her actions undercut her ability to demand our allies unity on Iran.”

    The companies in question appear to have conducted business with Tehran well after Western governments began to urge divestment from the rogue nation, which has continued to enrich uranium near levels needed to build a nuclear bomb. …” More at link.

  16. Susan Rice’s portfolio of $40 million includes massive investments in Iran…especially in companies that buy Iran’s billions of barrels of oil. That money is how Iran funds their nuclear program. Thank Susan when Iran’s Ahmadinejad once again states their plans to annihilate Israel. No matter what her credentials say and no matter what race she is, she doesn’t belong representing the U.S. We are putting sanctions on Iran, and Susan is representing the US at the UN? I thought we had laws that say US citizens can’t invest in companies that operate in Iran, perhaps I misunderstood the law.

    Benghazi Bimbo Susan Rice Has Ties To Iran

    • Has Rice invested lawfully? How about her stockbroker? Would someone with knowledge weigh in on this issue please.

      United States: New US Sanctions Against Iran: Implications For Both US And EU Companies
      15 June 2012

      US sanctions prohibit transactions by US citizens regardless of where they are located. Similarly, EU sanctions will apply to entities incorporated in any EU member state, all individuals and entities within the EU and again, all EU citizens regardless of where they are located.

      Businesses with an international presence or whose employees travel for business therefore need to carefully consider their position.

      Background –Since 1995, the US has maintained comprehensive sanctions against Iran which prohibit US companies and US persons from exporting, importing, or investing in Iran.

      EU sanctions against Iran are intended to persuade Iran to comply with its international obligations and to constrain its development of sensitive technologies in support of its nuclear and missile programmes. EU measures both implement UN sanctions resolutions and include additional autonomous EU measures.
      Executive Order 13608

      On 1 May 2012, President Obama issued an Executive Order (the Order) that punishes foreign parties seeking to evade Iran and Syria sanctions by barring such parties, termed “sanctions evaders”, from engaging in any commercial interactions with US parties and from entering into the United States or its territories.

      The Order therefore applies to any activity by non-US persons that violates US sanctions against Iran and Syria, as well as conduct by non-US persons that, while not directly violating US sanctions measures, causes others to violate those sanctions. Non-US parties may therefore violate US sanctions laws and regulations when they cause or procure a violation of such laws or regulations by a US person.

      The Order significantly increases the breadth and potential impact of US sanctions against non-US entities that are doing business with Iran and Syria by threatening isolation from US markets.

      The Order also adds significant additional risk to non-US companies and persons that engage in ongoing dealings with Iran or Syria that could have some nexus to the US market.

  17. I have to put this here, too:


    NOSE JOB ALERT! h/t fellowship of the minds

  18. Bureaucratic Battle Blunted Libya Attack ‘Talking Points’

    There’s a long story that seems to provide cover for Rice but it certainly contains at least some evidence of the lies and cover up. For one thing, the “94 words” were modified, contrary to what was KNOWN, to include commentary about a demonstration that DID NOT HAPPEN.

  19. Linking this here, since it’s our most recent Benghazi post:

    Guess what? The Lamb to the slaughter wasn’t REALLY slaughtered, nor were the others who allegedly “resigned” in disgrace because of their roles in Benghazi-gate. NO CONSEQUENCES for those who pretend to go under the bus instead of the truly guilty.

    State Department Official Who “Resigned” After Benghazi Report Will Stay on Payroll

    The State Department official who “resigned” after the release of the Benghazi report is just switching desks. Three other officials who “resigned”, including Charlene Lamb, are expected to return to the State Department.

    FOX News reported:

    A State Department security chief who was said to have resigned last week after the release of a scathing report about security lapses at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in the run-up to the terror attack that killed four Americans reportedly is still on the department’s payroll.

    The New York Post reports that Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, has not resigned from the department, as a State Department spokeswoman indicated Dec. 19. Boswell is instead just “switching desks,” according to the report.

    Three other State Department officials, including Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security, were placed on administrative leave after the release of the report. However, according to the Post they are expected to return.

    The State Department-ordered investigation of the attack found that “systemic failures” had left the consulate facility in Libya inadequately protected.

    Don’t expect this to get much play in the liberal media.”

    • A commenter at Gateway Pundit may have THE explanation for why NOBODY pays any consequences in the Obamanation:
      Being a high level operative in the State Department means you have access to US Passport files. Everybody at this guy’s level and above keeps a personal copy of Barack’s passport files in a secret safe someplace which show he’s not a US Citizen, so they can use it as a bargaining chip in case they’re asked to take a fall for somebody higher up on the food chain, like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or UN Ambassador Susan Rice.

      The backroom discussion goes something like this: “Look, if you fire me or if I turn up dead with a gunshot wound to the back of my head while sitting in my car, then a manilla envelope containing Barack’s passport files gets automatically delivered to Fox News. And when his house of cards collapses YOU WILL go down with it. NOW BACK OFF!!””

  20. Hiya Miri… you know how I love to investigate… asked sundance to review this post on CTH open thread this morning. Loveya~

    Papoose xo

    • Ha, ha. I remember that one. And there’s so much that I don’t remember these days. Too many details of all these shenanigans. Good morning and good spring to you, too.

  21. Miri … ^^^ Do WTP …take a much needed BREAK?

    If U will WE WILL ….the BEAT GOES ON … as we know!

    What DO WE HAVE 2 LOSE ??? ha’….

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