Susan Rice withdraws from consideration for State
December 13th, 2012
04:07 PM ET

Susan Rice withdraws from consideration for State

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration to become Secretary of State in a letter written to President Obama on Tuesday. Here is the full statement from Obama the White House released shortly after that:

"Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State. For two decades, Susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant. As my Ambassador to the United Nations, she plays an indispensable role in advancing America’s interests. Already, she has secured international support for sanctions against Iran and North Korea, worked to protect the people of Libya, helped achieve an independent South Sudan, stood up for Israel’s security and legitimacy, and served as an advocate for UN reform and the human rights of all people. I am grateful that Susan will continue to serve as our Ambassador at the United Nations and a key member of my cabinet and national security team, carrying her work forward on all of these and other issues. I have every confidence that Susan has limitless capability to serve our country now and in the years to come, and know that I will continue to rely on her as an advisor and friend. While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first. The American people can be proud to have a public servant of her caliber and character representing our country."

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  3. saeed

    just shot this women through the face.

    December 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  4. M Houston

    It is really a shame that President Obama didn't fight to keep Susan Rice as his Secretary of State nominee.
    She is the best person for the job. Sen. McCaine is still just a sore loser and he's raising hell about Rice
    just to make life difficult for Obama. McCaine should be ashamed of himself. And Obama better get a
    backbone when it comes time to slap down fools like McCaine, Mcconnel, and Lindsey Graham...

    December 14, 2012 at 12:36 am | Reply
    • StaCalif

      Sorry, but Obama had nothing to defend Rice with. Obama didn't instruct Rice to lie (like GW did to Powell). Rice chose to follow the scipt handed to her by our intelligence community! Surely she had information to repute this script, but chose to "follow orders" instead. Without thinking, without questioning, she failed! Powell did the same working for Bush. Powell resigned when he learned he was "used", Rice should do the same! No, after this debacle, Rice proved she is very unqualified for Sec. of State.
      Where was McCain when GW sent Powell to lie before the UN?

      December 14, 2012 at 8:18 am | Reply
  5. helenecha

    I deeply regretted that Susan Rice was not protected from receiving more criticism publicly in the first place. Cool!

    Godspeed to her!

    December 13, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  6. massoud

    Hillary Clinton should resign for her malfeasance in dereliction of duty in the Benghazi debacle. The state department was informed by Ambassador Stevens about two attacks on the Benghazi consulate prior to the attack that killed Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans. Ambassador Stevens in his cable to the state department (sent in june) requested more security and said he was in fear of his safety at the US Consulate in Benghazi. The State department should have provided more security at the US Consulate in Benghazi or moved Ambassador Stevens and his staff to the Embassy in Tripoli. Hillary Clinton also should testify before Congress for her poor handling of the Benghazi debacle and face the music, she owes it to the families of the deceased and also the American public.

    December 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • M Houston

      Ambassador Stevens should have known better than to go to that Benghazi Consulate.
      He knew it was dangerous and he should have waited until he got the additional security
      he requested. His fate was not a result of any failure by the State Department, Hillary
      Clinton or the CIA. It was a result of his presenting a target of opportunity at the worst
      possible time. Sad but true. McCaine and Graham need to sit down and shut up...

      December 14, 2012 at 12:50 am | Reply
      • StaCalif

        I agree! The "one to blame" for the Benghazi debacle IS Ambassador Stevens. no one else! I have posted my opinion on this several times in the past, but CNN never "allowed" my comments! Glad to see you got thru, your post is correct! Stevens was a siitting duck in Benghazi, and he knew it long before this incident occurred. Why stay there?
        However, this does not diminish the fact that Rice also used poor judgement. She simply "read her script" handed to her by our intelligence agencies without thinking. Colin Powell did the same thing when Bush sent him to address the UN regarding Iraq. When Powell discovered his "handlers" sent him to deliver lies, he resigned and left the political arena. Rice should follow Powell's lead. Both Powell and Rice are extremely capable and intelligent people, but they both failed by "following orders". We have prosecuted many soldiers for "following orders" when their orders where terribly wrong!

        December 14, 2012 at 7:59 am |
      • massoud

        The attack on the Bhengazi Consulate was 7 hours long and the State Department had full knowledge of the prolonged attack on the Benghazi Consulate and did absolutely nothing to send help to counter the extremists.The State department knew of the attack through communication from the Benghazi Consulate, the State Department did not send soldiers from Tripoli to assist the under fire Benghazi Consulate staff and security detail, they let the out numbered under manned security and staff fend for themselves for 7 hours, we all know the rest of the sad story on that fateful day. The false narrative that the White House peddled to the media on 5 Sunday talk shows that it was a spontaneous reaction to the anti muslim video was dishonest and deceitful.

        December 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  7. Bruce

    Everyone in DC knows they swift boated her in hopes that Kerry would get the job, leaving his Senate seat open. Sleazy tactics, even for the GOP

    December 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • M Houston

      Nothing is too sleazy for the GOP. They're a bunch of sore losers who are
      out of step, out of tune, and out of touch with anyone but the Adelsons, Kochs,
      and Norquists of this country.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:58 am | Reply
  8. Victory!

    The Congressional Republicans proved they can bully a woman into withdrawing her name from consideration for a new job! How proud they must be! I guess one woman named Rice as Secretary of State during the Bush administration was enough for them and they just didn't want another.

    December 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  9. Tembisa

    Reblogged this on World Chaos.

    December 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Reply

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