WASHINGTON, June 7, 2013 — Two appointments made this week by U.S. President Barack Obama have been causing a stir reminiscent of the brouhaha surrounding his nomination a few months ago of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.
The first was the promotion of Susan Rice from ambassador to the UN to national security advisor. The second was the filling of Rice’s UN slot with former journalist and human rights activist Samantha Power, a behind-the-scenes adviser to Obama and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem from Hell;
Neither the appointment of Rice nor the nomination of Power should have come as a surprise. Both women have been Obama loyalists since his first run for president, and each has his ear.
Why, then, has there been such a carry-on among conservatives about the predictable double-whammy?
Let Us start with Rice, whose official appointment was announced on the anniversary of D-Day, the
Indeed, Rice’s appointment exemplifies the low-life political workings of the Obama administration. The better someone is at covering the president’s tracks, the more he or she is rewarded for it.
In Rice’s case, this involved the
With gusto and disdain she hit the airwaves to perpetuate the bald-faced prevarication that the murders in
Much as been written recently about what went on in
It is believed that because Obama did not want any of this to emerge in time for it to harm his chances for re-election, he basically abandoned Stevens and the others to the killers. Regardless of other facts that may come to light in the future, one is certain. A Special Forces rescue operation was not approved.
But none of this mattered to Rice. She had a task to perform and she did it like a trooper.
This is not the only reason for her promotion, however. Two others are equally relevant. One is that a presidential appointee for national security adviser is not required to obtain Congressional confirmation. This means that Rice will not have to undergo any grilling that might expose her and her boss’ falsehoods.
The second is that, as national security adviser, Rice will enjoy the umbrella of the president’s executive privilege, granting her immunity from charges of contempt if she declines to testify in hearings on the
Criticism of the Samantha Power nomination is centered on statements she made about
Since then, many prominent
Perhaps. But she was far more remorseful about calling Hillary Clinton a “monster” during an interview with a Scottish journalist during the 2008 presidential campaign. Not only did she apologize profusely for having said it, but she promptly resigned as a member of candidate Obama’s foreign policy team.
It is completely understandable for many Americans and Israelis to oppose this dynamic duo, together and individually. Less comprehensible is the rage in relation to their appointments, which are in keeping with the overall disaster that defines the Obama administration as a whole.
Does anyone really think that Rice or Power could make things any worse than they already are?
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