June 5, 2013 |
Susan Rice (Win McNamee/Getty Images) The Susan Rice appointment , taken alongside other recent White House maneuvers, outbursts and clumsy antics, shows that President Obama is more interested in showcasing his grievances than he is in providing good governance, in wallowing in his administration's failures and the assorted scandals instead of trying to rise above them. Could Obama not find one fresh, enthusiastic, well-credentialed national security expert to serve as his national security adviser?
November 26, 2012
In his Nov. 18 Sunday Opinion column, " The wrong person to fight for ," Dana Milbank joined the chorus of those calling U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice unqualified to be secretary of state. I was privileged to teach Ms. Rice in two high school history courses at the National Cathedral School in Washington. She excelled in both courses. As a ninth-grader, Ms. Rice was already a writer of superb essays. I taught her again in a difficult AP course when she was a junior. Her performance was again excellent.
November 28, 2012 |
Replacing Hillary Clinton was always going to be hard. Even before the attacks in Benghazi became a political controversy, the job of filling Clinton's globe-trotting heels as secretary of state was a monumental one for President Obama. With high approval ratings, a record of success that " relies on development and civilian power as much as military might " and a status as the easy favorite for a 2016 Democratic presidential nod, Clinton was always going to be a tough act to follow.
December 3, 2012 |
In 1953, an Army officer by the name of Irving Peress was promoted from captain to major. Peress was a leftist, possibly a communist, and word of his advancement in rank reached Sen. Joseph McCarthy in Washington. He asserted that the promotion proved the Army was "soft on communism," and he launched an investigation that transfixed the nation. Peress, by the way, was a mere dentist. He was the Susan Rice of his day. Rice, of course, is a much more substantial figure. She is the U.N. ambassador, a friend of Barack Obama's...
December 6, 2012 |
White House observers note an interesting game of musical chairs underway — or maybe dominoes is more appropriate — with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice at the center. Here's what we're hearing is the state of play amongst some very interested parties. While it's well known that Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett is (after President Obama himself) Rice's biggest supporter to be nominated as secretary of state, self-interest has created a coalition of strange bedfellows who are also backing her, despite the...
November 29, 2012 |
Does gender — or the supercharged combination of gender and race — play a role in the preemptive strikes on not-yet-secretary of state nominee Susan Rice ? For perspective on this complex question, it helps to return to 1974 and the nomination of another woman, Alice Rivlin, to head the Congressional Budget Office. As Rivlin tells the story, the office had just been created, she was selected by a search committee — and the House Budget Committee chairman made clear his adamant, gender-based opposition.