Susan Rice as national security adviser? She’s unfit
"God help America if Susan Rice does to U.S. national security what she's done to U.S. interests in Africa."
Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
It's not just U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's starring role in the Obama administration's Benghazi cover-up that makes her unfit for her next role as national security adviser. So does her prior bungling regarding Africa.
As long speculated, President Obama named Ms. Rice on Wednesday. But her record of incompetence makes her not merely a poor fit as national security adviser but unfit.
The Daily Caller reports that Ms. Rice, as director for international organizations and peacekeeping on President Bill Clinton's National Security Council, was so concerned about avoiding U.S. intervention in Rwanda and resulting political fallout in the 1994 midterm elections that she kept mass murder there from being called what it was — genocide.
As assistant secretary of State for African affairs, Rice ignored a June 1998 letter from the U.S. ambassador to Kenya warning of an assassination plot and growing terrorist threats. Within two months, our embassies in both Kenya and Tanzania were in ruins, thanks to Islamic Jihad bombings — and Rice was falsely claiming there had been no warning.
Rice wrote a 1990 Oxford dissertation that praised Marxist Robert Mugabe's rise to power in Zimbabwe and visited him in 1997 and 1998 — all without mentioning his mass arrests and killings of political opponents or wrecking of his nation's economy.
She also botched a 1998 Ethiopia-Eritrea peace plan — and just months ago praised a late Ethiopian strongman blamed by State for torture.
God help America if Susan Rice does to U.S. national security what she's done to U.S. interests in Africa.