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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Susan Rice withdraws

Facing the prospect of a long, uphill confirmation battle, Susan Rice has withdrawn her name for consideration to be the next US Secretary of State.
Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations and a close confidante of President Barack Obama, said she was withdrawing from the process to avoid a lengthy, costly and disruptive confirmation battle.

"That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country," she wrote in a letter to Obama.

Rice has faced questions about comments she made days after the September 11 assault on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, when the Obama administration said the attack was a result of a spontaneous demonstration over a film made in the United States that was insulting to the Prophet Mohammad.

Obama issued a statement saying he had accepted her decision and is grateful she will continue as the US ambassador to the United Nations.
So Rice will remain UN Ambassador and John F.N. Kerry will be Secretary of State.

What could go wrong?

UPDATE 11:40 PM

More here (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).

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2 Comments:

At 12:24 AM, Blogger Will said...

Don't tell me he'll pick Huma Abadin?

 
At 1:17 PM, Blogger Professor Miao said...

More likely, realizing that her confirmation hearing would force the Benghazi debacle into the MSM for days if not weeks on end, Obama pressured Rice to withdraw from consideration.

 

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