Susan Rice ends bid to succeed Hillary Clinton

 

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UN Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name for consideration to succeed Hillary Clinton as US secretary of state, the White House says.

In a letter to the president, Ms Rice said her confirmation process would be "disruptive and costly", NBC News said.

Ms Rice has been at the centre of Republican criticism over the Obama administration response to a deadly attack on a US consulate in Libya.

Mrs Clinton has said she will not serve a second term at the state department.

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Ms Rice said that she was "highly honoured" to be considered for the post of secretary of state and was "fully confident that I could serve our country ably and effectively in that role".

'Unfair and misleading'

But Ms Rice, 48, said the prospect of congressional opposition to her possible confirmation was behind her decision to withdraw from consideration.

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I've defended her publicly and wouldn't hesitate to do so again because I know her character and I know her commitment”

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"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," Ms Rice wrote to the president.

"That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country," she added, saying "The position of Secretary of State should never be politicised."

Mr Obama said in a statement: "I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks."

He added that her decision to withdraw from consideration reflected strength of character and an ability to rise above politics.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who has spoken out repeatedly about Ms Rice's response to the attack, said he respected her decision.

"President Obama has many talented people to choose from to serve as our next secretary of state," Mr Graham added.

Correspondents say Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is now a strong candidate, with former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel reported to be a potential nominee for defence secretary.

Mr Kerry issued a statement strongly defending Ms Rice, saying: "I've defended her publicly and wouldn't hesitate to do so again because I know her character and I know her commitment.

"She's an extraordinarily capable and dedicated public servant. Today's announcement doesn't change any of that."

Ms Rice's troubles began days after the 11 September assault on the US consulate, Ms Rice said in a series of TV interviews that it seemed to have developed out of protests over an anti-Islamic film.

But later intelligence reports suggested the attack was carried out by al-Qaeda affiliates.

Her comments triggered a major political row over who knew what and when.

The attack left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 32.

    By most accounts, Hillary Clinton did a good job. Whoever replaces her will inevitable be compared. Good luck!

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    Comment number 31.

    I remember when another black woman named Rice went to the world and said that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was wrong then. And she GOT the job of Secretary of State. By comparison what Susan Rice said doesn't even raise my pulse one bit.

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    Comment number 30.

    28 SemperVigilo
    "Republicans are claiming Ms. Rice deliberately mislead the media and by extension the public about the Bangazi incident. Didn't the same Republicans, when in government, send Gen. Colin Powell to the UN with spurious "intelligence" about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction ?"

    And it goes on and on!!! Including on here!

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    Comment number 28.

    Politics are mucky at the best of times and the US version amonst the dirtiest and most definately far too nasty.
    Republicans are claiming Ms. Rice deliberately mislead the media and by extension the public about the Bangazi incident. Didn't the same Republicans, when in government, send Gen. Colin Powell to the UN with spurious "intelligence" about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction ?

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    Comment number 26.

    22 Icebloo
    "This just shows how the Republican-owned media in the US can control public opinion"

    If that where the case, the US wouldn't be facing the crisis's that we are and the Obama following would just be an unfortunate memory!
    But yes the media is controlled and manipulative. Unfortunately there are many people who choose to believe along social, political,religious and economical reasons.

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    Comment number 25.

    The US Administration is morally bankrupt. They directly lie to the people. They lie about intelligence reports and they lie about man-made global warming. CO2 is a harmless trace gas. The past 16 years the observed temperature data shows there has been NO global warming. Terrorist attacks do NOT happen spontaneously. Who is behind all these liars?

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    Comment number 24.

    To everyone defending her; she effectively said it was a reasonable action of the people who killed Ambassador Stevens due to a low-budget movie. Her defense of those insane actions based on a movie is simply unacceptable. As a two time Obama voter, this woman simply put her foot in her mouth and Kerry will make a much better (if politically inconvenient, considering the post he vacates) SoS.

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    Comment number 23.

    Susan Rice, despite his country's horrible human right record, did not hide her passionate love for the late dictator Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia. Rwanda's dictator, Pole Kagame is also believed to have been her client when she worked at Intellibridge, a strategic analysis firm in Washington.Her withdrawal brings good news to people whom she labeled fools and ignorant in Ethiopia.

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    Comment number 22.

    This just shows how the Republican-owned media in the US can control public opinion. Rice did nothing wrong yet the media now has half the population believing she did. The US needs new media laws to ensure factual and balanced news. At the moment the US is no better than China, Russia or Iran. The US is not a democracy until the media is balanced.

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    Comment number 21.

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    Remember that bloke named Colin Powell? Pretty sure he was a man.

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    Comment number 20.

    Since 1997 there was Madeleine Albright, Condoleeza Rice then Hilary Clinton and rumour of Susan Rice. Is the job of secretary of state for women only these days? Can't waite for it to go to a man for a change.

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    Comment number 18.

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    You think she said what was on her mind? At her level? To the press? She said what she was told to say. Blame intelligence, hell, blame Obama, but there's not rational basis for attacking her in this way. And I still hold that Condoleeza Rice being Secretary of State for what, 4 years, should put this all in perspective.

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    Comment number 16.

    15 LL1162
    As a "Combat" Vietnam Veteran, I am pleased to tell you he is know by us as "Hanoi John"! As for our British Allies, and those other countries who have committed their troops to places like Afghanistan, hope that Ms. Rice changes her mind!

    But again that's politics!

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    Comment number 15.

    "Now it'll be really regrettable if Obama's choice will be John Kerry, known better by American Veterans of Vietnam as "Hanoi John"...costing "American" lives." Vietname Vets Against the War cost American lives? I would think they saved lives, by helping to bring that absurd war to an end. Its Hanoi Jane, and it refers to Jane Fonda, now stop trying to confuse our British friends.

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    Comment number 14.

    It's regrettable that she was judged for doing something we see most politicians doing, providing modified information for the benefit of the person in charge.
    Now it'll be really regrettable if Obama's choice will be John Kerry, known better by American Veterans of Vietnam as "Hanoi John". He helped strengthen the resolve of the NVA back then costing "American" lives. Now on to the "Jihadists".

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    Comment number 13.

    this was a political move on republicans part. they get rice out of there and the next most likely candidate is John Kerry. If he takes the post, he will not be a senator, opening the spot in Massachusetts, where republicans could very possible take the seat

 

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