Finally it seems that public outcry has resulted in political pressure on United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice. She has officially pulled her name from consideration as Secretary of State, replacing the current Secretary Hillary Clinton.
NBC News 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.
“Today, I made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the American people that I not continue to be considered by the president for nomination of secretary of state,” Rice told NBC’s Brian Williams.
“I didn’t want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive because there are so many things we need to get done as a country and the first several months of a second term president’s agenda is really the opportunity to get the crucial things done.”
Rice noted that President Obama’s second-term agenda included “comprehensive immigration reform, balanced deficit reduction, job creation.”
She added, “And to the extent that my nomination could have delayed or distracted or deflected or maybe even some of these priorities impossible to achieve, I didn’t want that and I much prefer to keep doing what I’m doing which is a job I love at the United Nations.”
Rice's letter to Barack Obama, withdrawing herself from consideration for the appointment, read, “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. 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.”
Several questions have still yet to be answered in this sordid tale. Why was Rice, a woman with no involvement in the Benghazi matter, sent out on five Sunday shows to promote an outright lie about the attacks? Second, why in all of this after more than three months is the person who was never involved in the matter, except to perpetrate a lie in the aftermath, the only senior official to pay a price? Yes I know CIA Director David Petraeus resigned, but that was, according to him, because of adultery, not specifically Benghazi.
In accepting Rice's letter, Obama took a chance to take a shot at his opposition saying, “While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first,” Obama said. “The American people can be proud to have a public servant of her caliber and character representing our country.”
Interestingly enough, concerning the alleged "attacks" on Susan Rice, Charles C. W. Cooke over at National Review Tweeted this little thought provoker:
If Susan Rice opposes Susan Rice becoming Secretary of State, does that maker her a racist?
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) December 13, 2012
In either case, I'm sure that John Kerry is glad to hear this as it now makes him the front runner for the position. It looks like the Swift boat veterans are going to be back in town very soon!
UPDATE: Breitbart's John Nolte says the Rice did this in order to spare the media the responsibility of having to cover the Benghazi issue.
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There are certain thought-drivers in the media, those JournOlisters you can watch and read if you want to know what the overall media's thinking -- and BuzzFeed's Ben Smith is chief among them. Smith has perfected the art form of BenSmithing; the writing of stories that pretend to cover a subject when those stories are really about killing narratives harmful to Democrats, most especially Barack Obama.
And what did we get from Ben Smith yesterday immediately after Rice withdrew? The firing of a brightly colored flare that told the media, WE CAN ALL STOP COVERING LIBYA NOW! The headline of the piece said it all: "Rice Withdrawal Marks End Of Benghazi Scandal."
Let me repeat that with emphasis: "Rice Withdrawal Marks End Of Benghazi Scandal."
So what we have today is a media that's emotionally mixed. They're obviously bitter and angry over the fact that New Media was able to keep pushing Libya to a point where Obama bailed on Rice (more proof the media is slowly losing its power). But the media's also relieved that Rice, a flashpoint around a scandal they want to ignore, is now out of the picture.