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December 16, 2012
Re "Rice out as Obama pick for Cabinet," Dec. 14 The bullying of Susan Rice by the Republicans to withdraw her name from consideration as secretary of State is infuriating. The president says Rice's withdrawal demonstrates her strength of character. It only demonstrates a weakness of character from the White House. Rice should stand and fight if she is qualified. Dennis Grossman Woodland Hills ALSO: Letters: Atheists and Christmas Letters: Torture on the big screen Letters: Inside the mind of Justice Scalia
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December 8, 2013 | Doyle McManus
Has John F. Kerry turned into the unexpected star of President Obama's second term? He was Obama's second choice as secretary of State (after Susan Rice). He's the same windy, stiff Bostonian who ran unsuccessfully for president a decade ago. And he's taken on a list of assignments that looked distinctly unpromising: nuclear negotiations with Iran, peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the civil war in Syria. But in 10 months, Kerry has embarked on a whirlwind of diplomacy.
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OPINION
December 2, 2012
Re "The Rice choice ...," Opinion, Nov. 29 Whether or not they won reelection or were even running, Republican senators who lined up to oppose U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's potential nomination as secretary of State look increasingly like lame ducks. Regardless of their stated reasons - which run the gamut from describing Rice as insufficiently candid in her description of the attack in Benghazi, Libya, to the contradictory opinion that she was too blunt on other occasions - it all comes down to obstructive behavior.
WORLD
November 26, 2013 | By David S. Cloud and David Zucchino
WASHINGTON - U.S. officials seeking to resolve a tense standoff with Afghan President Hamid Karzai were exploring on Tuesday whether they could bypass him and get other senior officials to sign a security deal authorizing American troops to remain in the country after 2014. A day after Karzai abruptly said he would not sign unless Washington agreed to additional conditions, the Obama administration was pushing for Foreign Minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani or another official to endorse the agreement on behalf of the government in Kabul, several U.S. officials said.
NEWS
December 2, 2012 | By Katherine Skiba, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON -- Speaking on Sunday's TV talk shows, Republicans sharpened their attacks on Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a potential nominee for the next secretary of State.   Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that Rice "didn't do herself much good" during her visits to Capitol Hill last week.   He added: "I find her lacking when it comes to being the best choice for being secretary of State. "   Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)
NEWS
November 28, 2012 | By Michael McGough
I'm not sure what's more peculiar about the Susan Rice story: Senate Republicans' obsession with Rice's televised comments about the genesis of the Benghazi, Libya, attack, or Rice's confession tour of Capitol Hill. If President Obama wants her as his secretary of State, he should make the announcement and then have her make courtesy calls on Sens. Lindsey Graham, John McCain et al. Rice has received a bum rap for recycling talking points about the attack that were drawn up -- and, now it seems, edited -- by the CIA. Moreover, her comments in one interview about the “decimation” of Al Qaeda aren't inconsistent with Al Qaeda being behind the Benghazi attack (though defining whether a group is an Al Qaeda “affiliate” is not a simple matter)
NEWS
December 13, 2012 | By Morgan Little, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON - Susan Rice, who came under heavy criticism for her defense of the Obama administration after armed militants killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, withdrew her name from consideration for secretary of State on Thursday as the president began to narrow his choices for key Cabinet positions. “If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly - to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,” Rice wrote in a one-page letter to President Obama.
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | By Michael McGough
Four thoughts about Susan Rice's decision to withdraw as a possible nominee for secretary of State: 1) Rice should not have been disqualified because of her now-notorious talk-show comments about the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. As The Times observed in an editorial, her comments “faithfully tracked 'talking points' that were assembled by intelligence officials and only slightly edited by the White House and State Department.”  The excision of references to a possible Al Qaeda connection were apparently made by intelligence officials, not the White House, and while Rice has been criticized for saying in one interview that Al Qaeda had been decimated, she also said: “Whether they were Al Qaeda affiliates, whether they were Libyan-based extremists or Al Qaeda itself, I think is one of the things we'll have to determine.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
On “The Daily Show” on Thursday, host Jon Stewart grilled United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice about the Obama administration's response to the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year. He began by asking about the explanation she provided for the attacks during appearances on Sunday political talk shows just days after the incident. “I shared the best information that our intelligence community had at the time, and they provided the talking points that I used.
NEWS
November 28, 2012 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- Two moderate Republican senators joined in criticism of Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, after private meetings with her, in another setback for her hopes to be nominated as secretary of State. Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) met with Rice on Wednesday afternoon at her request to discuss their concern that she had misled the public about the nature of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.
OPINION
October 30, 2013 | Doyle McManus
Two years ago, when the Arab Spring was in bloom, President Obama declared that promoting democracy in the Middle East would be "a top priority" for the United States. "We know that our own future is bound to this region by the forces of economics and security, by history and by faith," Obama said. That was then; this is now. The ensuing years, alas, produced little more than a list of broken dreams. Egypt's democratic revolution was hijacked by the Muslim Brotherhood and a military coup.
OPINION
June 9, 2013 | Doyle McManus
The appointment of Susan Rice as national security advisor sends an important signal about the kind of foreign policy President Obama wants to pursue for the remainder of his second term: activist, assertive, occasionally even pugnacious. With three years to shape a legacy in world affairs, Obama wants to play offense, not defense. For much of his first term, Obama's foreign policy was dominated by problems he inherited from George W. Bush: ending the U.S. war in Iraq, winding down the U.S. war in Afghanistan and continuing - indeed, escalating - the drone war against Al Qaeda and its allies.
OPINION
June 7, 2013 | By Jacob Heilbrunn
With his decision to elevate Susan Rice to become his national security advisor and the nomination of Samantha Power as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, President Obama is not simply rewarding the loyalty of two women who have backed him from the start. Nor is he merely increasing the diversity of his foreign policy team. Rather, their promotions hints at a new source of fireworks in a growing foreign policy battle in the Obama administration. Liberal hawks and doves in the White House and the Democratic Party are struggling for hearts and minds over whether it makes sense to intervene in Syria and to attack Iran.
NEWS
June 5, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Praising “their integrity and their heart,” President Obama on Wednesday announced a shuffling of his top national security aides, including the departure of National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, the elevation of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice to Donilon's position and the nomination of longtime advisor Samantha Power to lead the U.S. mission to the UN. During their years of service in his White House, Obama said, the...
NATIONAL
June 5, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In filling two key positions on his national security team, President Obama on Wednesday elevated longtime loyal advisors known for advocating U.S. intervention for humanitarian missions overseas - in some cases more aggressively than the president has embraced. Two years ago, Susan Rice and Samantha Power helped persuade Obama to take military action in Libya, where Moammar Kadafi was seeking to crush a rebellion that ultimately overthrew him. But White House officials said Obama was not signaling an intent to move toward intervention in Syria when he announced that Rice would be his next national security advisor and Power would take her place as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
NEWS
May 11, 2013 | By David Lauter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Sen. Rand Paul sharply attacked former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, declaring that her actions in the months leading up to the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya last year were "inexcusable, it was a dereliction of duty, and it should preclude her from holding higher office. " His remarks, which drew cheers Friday night from a crowd of about 500 Republican activists gathered here for the party's annual Lincoln Day dinner, previewed what could become an often-heard line of attack if Clinton runs for president in 2016.
OPINION
November 29, 2012 | By Michael O'Hanlon
Is U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice an appropriate choice as President Obama's second-term secretary of State? Nearly 100 House Republicans have come out against Rice, joining several prominent GOP senators. Meetings on Capitol Hill this week appear not to have helped her cause with them. They consider her either untrustworthy or incompetent, insinuating that she is too much of a partisan to represent the country as a whole on the world stage. But the Republicans should relent in their opposition.
NEWS
November 27, 2012 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- Three Republican senators said they were unsatisfied by the answers provided by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice after a fence-mending meeting on her disputed role after the terrorist attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Benghazi. After a one-hour meeting with Rice and acting CIA Director Michael Morrell, Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire each said they had more questions about how Rice came to characterize the Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
On “The Daily Show” on Thursday, host Jon Stewart grilled United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice about the Obama administration's response to the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year. He began by asking about the explanation she provided for the attacks during appearances on Sunday political talk shows just days after the incident. “I shared the best information that our intelligence community had at the time, and they provided the talking points that I used.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Michael Memoli
WASHINGTON   - The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) as the next secretary of State, filling a crucial national security spot in President Obama's second-term Cabinet. The 94-3 vote clears the way for Kerry to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton after she steps down Friday. Kerry, who will become America's 68th top diplomat, failed to win only three Republican votes  - those of Sens. John Cornyn and Rafael “Ted” Cruz, both of Texas, and Sen. James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma.  A spokesman for Cornyn said Kerry supported liberal positions that most Texans oppose.
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