November 27th, 2012
04:32 PM ET
5 years ago

Accomplished and determined, Susan Rice at center of political storm

Washington (CNN) - At one time, Susan Rice seemed to be on a trajectory that would take her to the secretary of state's office in President Barack Obama's second term.

But the confusing timeline that she and the Obama administration have offered around the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, might have altered that political course, begun years ago with the help of a powerful family friend.


Filed under: Libya • Senate • Susan Rice
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  1. Gurgyl

    This Benghazi issue is the most biggest BS that GOP idiots are making inexorable needless onslaughts.

    November 27, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. stars

    I think that Grover Nitwit need to be investagated he is a mulisun brotherhood thug he look like the president of Egypt could they be blood brother. they really look alike.

    November 27, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Yes, Susan Rice is accomplished and determined. It would be beneficial to Kelly Ayotte's own "career" to stop and soul search before she continues her own course of action regarding Susan Rice. Senator Ayotte isn't on the firm standing she apparently thinks she is. Following the footsteps of temper tantrum, foot stomping, sour grapes McCain isn't a winning program. Sucking up to Romney was bad enough. Becoming McCain's new BFF - while amusing - is very foolish politically.

    November 27, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Deb in MT

    Oh good grief!

    Just this afternoon, McCain asked how it could be that we quickly knew so much about the raid to get bin Laden, yet did not know as much about the raid in Benghazi.

    Here's a clue for you: WE planned the bin Laden raid for over a year AND watched it in real time as it took place.

    Does that help? FYI, you old codger: we still didn't have completely accurate info as to the exact sequence of events, and who was hiding where, etc, in the bin Laden raid for months.....even though we watched it in real time. Even with the U.S. controlling as many variables as possible, the situation on the ground is still fluid and can change in an instant in ways that require lots of hard intelligence analysis to reconstruct accurately.

    Mindless Senators, however, are still free to spout off whatever lame brained thoughts pop into their wizened domes...without proof. (Proof is part of that fact-based world that you ignore, McCain.)

    I think Senator McCain just wants to feel relevent and to soak up that spotlight.

    November 27, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. freedom

    Accomplished and determined?? How about incompetent and deceptive. The American people and the families of the victims deserve answers and transparency – isn't that one of the things Obama promised? I think he also promised that we wouldn't be the blue states or the red states, but the.... how's that playing out, folks?

    November 27, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Zero support for her from this citizen.

    She should NOT be Secretary of State.

    November 27, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Gregory M. Newbold

    When I 1st observed Dr. Susan Rice in 2008 as a foreign policy advisor to then candidate Obama, I was skeptical that she had the public imagery and politicking skills to be Secretary of State. To be sure, her superior intellect was clear; she could NRVER be impuned for the caliber of her policy awareness.

    Over the years, she has continued to develop the "softer skills" necessary to navigate the House & Senate and now finds herself, rightfully on the cusp of following Hilary Clinton.

    By sending her to McCain with the Director of the CIA, the President is signaling that he will employ organizational political hand-to-hand combat to defend Dr. Rice. McCain. Ayotte, & Graham are directly challenging the power of the Presidency by their unprincipled opposition to this highly qualified woman. It seemss clear to me that the vendetta against Dr. Rice is personal, She must have criticized McCain in 2008 and cut him deep.

    November 27, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Yes, Susan Rice is accomplished and determined. It would be beneficial to Kelly Ayotte's own "career" to stop and soul search before she continues her own course of action regarding Susan Rice."

    Indeed. Start the search, Kelly. You need to find a soul.

    November 27, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. freedom

    Accomplished and determined? How about incompetent and deceptive. The lies also apply to the current Secretary of State – why was Hilary claiming it was the video – and in an ad in Libya? Who paid for that ad?? Questions continue – no clear answers. Where's the Obama administrations transparency – that he promised? He also promised – "not the blue states, or the red states, but......" How's that playing out, folks?

    November 27, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "I think Senator McCain just wants to feel relevent and to soak up that spotlight."

    To be fair, the elderly get confused easily and have bad circulation and it's mighty warm under the bright light.

    November 27, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. narciso

    There was a video feed, being streamed to the DS Operations Center, at State, showing there was no protest, there was a subsequent feed from the drone overhead,

    November 27, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Brass tacks:

    Want to know what makes the GOPers/Teatrolls most angry about the idea of Susan Rice being SoS? Guess where I'm going with this hehe...guess....poke poke poke....

    Yep. Last thing the GOP/Teatrolls want is the diplomatic "face of America" to be brown. It subconsciously reminds them of the fact that America will be majority "brown" and that they can't do anything about it.

    November 27, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "There was a video feed, being streamed to the DS Operations Center, at State, showing there was no protest, there was a subsequent feed from the drone overhead,"

    You've seen it? Nifty. Can I borrow your security clearance?

    November 27, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. Tony from Oakland Ca.

    I hope Obama appoints Susan Rice the Secretary of State position despite the GOP BS. Obama should double down on his appointment intention just to upset the GOP. Everything the GOP has fought for has been wrong for America looking back in hindsnight. Susan Rice's potential nomination will be no different. The GOP is the only Party who puts politics ahead of principle.

    November 27, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Larry in Houston

    I hope Obama nominates her. She's as good as the next person, who wants the postion. Maybe there will be some openings in the republican congress, if she gets the nod, especially if McCain or Graham has some type of stroke, from Rice being nominated.

    November 27, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Kyle

    She's "sent out" by the White House (just before election day) to parrot talking points and talks about Al Qaeda being "decimated" when she knows it isn't true. That's the intellectual honesty and independence were looking for in a Secretary of State? Don't blame it on racism or sexism. People killed, Liberals look the other way.

    November 27, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. 2012liberal

    Susan rice was already schld 2 appear on press shows 2 talk about U.N. Meetings taking place and was given talking points 2 gv journalist since insident was so fresh. Get over it already! @deb n mt u r my hero

    November 27, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Kyle

    Liberals would be having a cow if (under a Republican administration) we had dead diplomats followed by misleading statements right before an election. How exactly is this different from Watergate? (oh yeah, nobody died due to incompetence during Watergate).

    November 27, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I want to know what happened on 9-11-2001 on US soil that killed over 3,000 Americans, I want answers now, Mr. McCain before you and your cronies discuss what happened in 2012 with Benghazi. Americans and the deceased families still don't have that answer, Mr. McCain, their children deserve answers, those who never will grow up knowing their parents.

    November 27, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Pete

    @Sniffit,you're right these racist lily white republicans do hate to see a person of color excel don't they!!It must make their skin crawl knowing in the upcoming months she'll be nominated for Hillarys old position and she's a Rhodes scholar at that,both beauty and brains more than you could say about that other Rice that worked for Bush right!!And to McCain and these other two thugs ,get with your real day jobs and get this countries economy going or after midterms you'll be investigating dog piles in your own front yards after being fired,plain and simple !!!

    November 27, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Pete

    @narcisco,the drone was sent after the main CIA center was called and men were sent out immediately taking over 25 minutes to get to the embassy.You never saw anything because for you it was never declassified bonehead!!Ask too why Reagan wasn't punished or investigated to the extremes after two embassies were overrun killing 70 people in Kuwait ,Lebanon or the military barricks being blown up killing over 240 marines..Didn't hear a peep from you hypocrites in the "80s on those deals did yah,just more double standards from the unethical ,hypocritical republicans,the real losers!!

    November 27, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. lyn

    I hope and pray that President Obama elect DR. Rice for Secretary of State, is this how the GOP's want african Americans and Latinos to vote for them in the future by critizing and blaming Dr.Rice. Why is it no one blaming Hillary Clinton when this happen on her watch. Darn it Yes it is RACIST Dr. Rice is a black woman.

    November 27, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Edwin

    It is absolutely ridiculous for anyone to think the President would sit idly by and allow a fellow Americans to be killed,how soon do the Republicans forget the WMD as well as that football player who left the NFL to fight for his country and be killed from friendly fire and the Bush Administration lied to the world about his death and NO ONE has yet to answer for that, do lets move on from the political posturing and prevent the situation from ever happening again.

    November 27, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  24. Thomas

    John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire .

    Where were they when Former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was appointed by GW Bush to be Secretary of State ? They never dragged her over the coals. She was not only unqualified but negligent in regards to NSA and FBI information leading up to 9/11/01

    McCain , Graham and Ayotte , need only Darrell Issa to complete there witch hunt.

    November 27, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |

    Hey, GOPers, red herring much? Y'all are a total failure. Midterm elections in 2014. These sucka MCs are going down.

    November 27, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
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