Many of us had not heard much about United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice before she went on the Sunday talk show circuit and insisted the Benghazi attack was the result of a spontaneous protest, not terrorism. However, her dismal performance as a top U.S. diplomat started long ago. You just won’t hear about it in the mainstream media. No, all you will hear about anyone who criticizes her is that they are witch-hunting, racist, sexist, mean, old Republicans.
It seems Rice has a history of working with edited talking points to spin her bosses’ tall tales. Breitbart.com’s Big Government reported this about Rice’s role in misleading the American public during the Rwandan civil war in 1994:
President Clinton, along with Madeline Albright, Anthony Lake, Warren Christopher, and Ms. Rice were all part of a coordinated effort not only to block U.N. action to stop the genocide, but to work behind the scenes to craft public opinion on the issue by removing words such as ‘genocide’ and ‘ethnic cleansing’ from official State Department and CIA memos.
In September, Greta Van Susteren interviewed former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton on her show, “On the Record,” and she appeared stunned that Rice skipped Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the U.N. to have lunch with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
However, Richard Grenell, the spokesman for four U.S. ambassadors to the U.N. during George W. Bush’s administration, may be Rice’s most outspoken critic, following and reporting on her U.N. tenure since her appointment in 2009. In a Fox News op-ed, he wrote:
Rice has been consistently silent on other important issues and ineffective when she does engage. She skipped Security Council meetings when Israel needed defending and evenfailed to show up for the emergency session on the Gaza Flotilla incident.
Rice didn’t even show up for the first two emergency Security Council meetings on the unfolding Arab Spring revolution last year. Rice stayed silent when Iran was elected to the U.N. women’s committee, she didn’t call out Libya when it was elected to the Human Rights Council, she was absent from the Haiti crisis meeting and was a no-show for the last open meeting scheduled before the planned UN vote to recognize Palestinian statehood. When she actually does show up, she is a miserable failure.
A miserable failure. As our next secretary of state? God help us.
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