Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Susan Rice is President Obama's top pick for National Security Adviser. I can hear the conservatives sharpening their knives already. Update!

Courtesy of the Washington Times:  

Susan E. Rice, the current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is President Obama’s top choice for national security adviser, political insiders say. Mrs. Rice is the “far-and-away” favorite for Thomas Donilon’s spot, The Guardian reports, citing other media. 

Mrs. Rice faced political fire as Mr. Obama’s candidate of choice for secretary of state, mostly over her role in explaining the administration’s response to the U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead. She has maintained a quiet image since then. 

But insiders say she soon could reappear on the national political scene. 

Mr. Donilon might be out, and she might be in, The Guardian reports. Some insiders, unnamed in the report, say she could be recommended for the national security adviser spot before the end of this year.

Gee another chance for the Republicans to try and get a little more mileage out of the Benghazi  attacks. They will be thrilled.

Somehow I doubt that THIS time it will get very much traction, as most people, with the exception of Lindsey Graham and John McCain of course, have moved on.

Still I would be surprised if they did not take this opportunity to puff out their chests and act like tough guys since they always seem to feel so emboldened when attacking a woman.

Update: As others have pointed out, and I was remiss in leaving out, this position does NOT require Senate confirmation,  which means that though these conservative buffoons will surely complain and kvetch on Fox News ultimately they will have little impact on her appointment.


  1. Anonymous2:45 AM


    National Security Advisor does NOT require Senate confirmation. This is an 'appointed' position!!

    The Rethugs can put their knives away as they don't have hearings nor can they filibuster this one!!

    Suck on that Rethugs!!

  2. Anonymous3:29 AM

    Since the position doesn't require a confirmation vote, they can stuff it.

  3. Sally in MI3:32 AM

    What is really ironic is how they attack liberals who point out the inadequacy and idiocy of women like Palin and Bachmann because 'liberals hate attractive conservative women.' And what does the right do? Attack liberal women who are intelligent as well as attractive...because we all know how the white rich conservative male feels about women, particularly if they are smarter than they are (which would be every liberal woman, huh?)

  4. Anonymous3:44 AM

    Does the position of National Security Advisor require the Senate's Advise and Consent approval?

  5. Anonymous3:53 AM

    I thought Sarah Palin was more qualified since Russia never attacked the US on her 1/2 term watch as governor? Our loss.

  6. Anonymous3:53 AM

    IIRC this appointment would not be subject to senate approval.

  7. Anonymous3:56 AM

    "One door closes and another one opens."
    -Paul Revere said that to Sarah Palin

  8. Doesn't matter what they think--not subject to confirmation. ;-)

  9. Anonymous4:36 AM

    Graham/McCain can huff and puff all they want. Senate confirmation is NOT required for the post of National Security Advisor.


  10. Anonymous10:24 AM

    Yea, President Obama. He ALWAYS finds ways to work around the assholes currently sitting in the U.S. Congress.

    Susan Rice is a smart, well educated, experienced and well-spoken woman and I'm delighted President Obama will maintain her in his administration.


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