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United States Denied Analytic Acumen Of Susan Rice As Head Of Dept. Of State UPDATE: SECSTATE Kerry,
SECDEF Hagel?

Posted on | December 13, 2012 | 13 Comments

by Smitty

Via preciseBlogs, Rock Center reports:

Embattled U.N. envoy Susan Rice is dropping out of the running to be the next secretary of state after months of criticism over her Benghazi comments, she told NBC News on Thursday.
“If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,” Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama, saying she’s saddened by the partisan politics surrounding her prospects.
“That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country…Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time,” she wrote in the letter obtained by NBC News.

This is kind of a shame, as I’m sure she bought that position fair and square.
This seems to re-open the door for the Senator who isn’t always clear on which state he’s mooring in:

To Democrats worried that a possible secretary of state nomination for John Kerry would clear a path for Republican Scott Brown to run for his Senate seat: Keep worrying.
Brown, beaten by liberal darling Elizabeth Warren on Nov. 6, certainly seemed to hint on Wednesday that he won’t be gone long—even as he gave what officially was his farewell speech.

This blogger just hopes that whoever relieves Hillary reinstates RSM as the Potential Future Ambassador to Vanuatu. Or at least Bulungi.

Now a Memeorandum thread

Update: via Drudge, the Examiner has:

The growing possibility of President Obama naming Democratic Sen. John Kerry as secretary of State and former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel to run the Pentagon is being embraced by Senate Republicans who predict confirmation.
“I think both of them will be questioned vigorously but confirmed,” said a top GOP Senate aide, meaning the GOP won’t put up a fight in the Democratically-controlled chamber. That will be a key selling point as Obama considers his choices.
Reports emerged Thursday that Hagel, a Vietnam vet from Nebraska, was the frontrunner to replace exiting Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

This doesn’t put the DoD in a good position for the Battle of Super-Orbital Ridges.

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Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.lentz.921 David Lentz

    Susan Rice may be a dishonest sock puppet, but at least she is a smart one. On the other hand, John Kerry is moron. It seared into his mememory that he was in Cambodia while Richard Nixon was President. Two facts, one Kerry never was in Cambodia and two he did not serve in Vietnam while Nixon was President.
    Let Senator McCain ask Frenchy what is discucssed with the North Vietnamese in Paris.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    The only question that remains: who made her withdraw? Axelrod or Jarrett?

  • steveegg

    You do realize that Rice will be the next National Security Adviser. After all, that’s a position that doesn’t require Senate approval.

  • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

    Why would a guy put “Exclusive” on his post, when it was clearly Brian Williams who did the interview? I realize they all get their paycheck from the same place, but come on.

  • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

    It’s a conveyor belt. Once Obama makes a big deal over you, you’re on that belt, headed under his bus. It’s only a matter of time.

  • http://theothermccain.com smitty

    Well, has me feeling no less insecure than the rest of the dreck in the news.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    Sadly, Kerry & Hagel are about the best we can expect in those positions from this regime. Brown is some compensation, as he should have better luck against someone who can’t raise $40 million to smear him.

    Unfortunately, this probably means Obama gets the last laugh. He is far too arrogant and petulant have his preference so disrespected. He will appoint her as National Security Adviser – which, being classified as an “Assistant” in the Executive Office, does not require Senate confirmation. So we still get the odious, Israel-hating Rice in a position of power without the chance to question her under oath.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    Better an educated moron who moves easily among the world’s diplomats than a smart but evil schemer.

    Besides, Warren Christopher and Madeline Albright broke down the wall of discrimination at State that held back blithering idiots from the top job.

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    Kerry’s evil enough. Remember how he sold out the POW families for a Vietnamese construction contract for his family…

  • higgins

    Albright is still the worst SoS, in my opinion – absolutely terrible during an unprecedented time of peace.

  • BruceC

    Smitty, not to sound dense or anything, but could you please define “Battle of Super-Orbital Ridges” please?

    Sincerely, LOLWUT