Who Is Susan Rice?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

In the ongoing battle over what led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have focused the blame on Susan Rice. Rice, currently the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, is rumored to be a candidate for the next Secretary of State.

Both McCain and Graham have pledged that they will block this nomination in light of her subsequent explanation of the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya. Senator Graham expressed his disapproval yesterday during a press conference: "This is about the role she played around four dead Americans when it seems to be that the story coming out of the administration — and she’s the point person — is so disconnected to reality I don’t trust her. And the reason I don’t trust her is because I think she knew better and if she didn’t know better, she shouldn’t be the voice of America."

The harsh criticisms issued by the senators was met with an equally harsh rebuke from President Obama at his own press conference. He said: "If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me."  He continued to describe their attack on Rice's character as "outrageous."

 

Helping us answer the question 'who is Susan Rice?' is her friend and former Assistant Secretary of State of African Affairs as well as current professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Jendayi Frazer.

"Obviously the issue of Benghazi is a serious one, it does require investigation, but to try to put it on Susan Rice's shoulders, I think is a bit of politics in Washington," Frazer says. "It's not necessary to disparage her character."

Frazer believes that it is impossible to blame Susan Rice for something that the administration was clearly behind as well. "When you are asked by the White House to go on Sunday morning talk shows, you can be sure that they've provided you with talking points, and very clear positions of the administration," Frazer says. "No senior official gets out there ad-libbing."  

Guests:

Jendayi Frazer

Produced by:

Rupert Allman and Ali Rahman

Comments [5]

Sam Feldman from NYC

What a whitewash interview - bringing on Rice's friend and colleague for "objective" journalism. Was Rice's mother too busy for you to get her? John Hock is well-known for these obsequious lob-ball interviews. this is journalism?

Nov. 19 2012 08:04 AM
Tedla Asfaw from New York City

We Ethiopians in the Diaspora are remembering this month with great sadness. Seven years ago more than 200 Ethiopians, young and and old were gunned down by the direct order of the late Meles Zenawi for his minority led regime being voted out of office by the Ethiopian people.

Following Meles Zenawi's death, North Korean type burial ceremony was put in a place for more than two weeks. On this ceremony Ambassador Susan Rice gave an eulogy praising the killer and said not a single word for the victims.

Susan Rice did not hide her personal relationship with late Meles Zenawi's family. This family is one of the most corrupt in Africa and this is very troubling for USA foreign policy.

A person who should be promoted for higher office should have integrity and we Ethiopians believe that Susan Rice has compromised the USA interest with her association with a corrupt family of the late Meles Zenawi.

Therefore we are asking the Obama Administration not to promote her to any higher position. In fact we are demanding for her resignation from her current position as US Ambassador to United Nations.

Nov. 15 2012 11:03 PM

I say No! A thousand times No! My husband was a pilot for Air America/CIA and was killed flying in Laos 18 Feb 70. Ms. Rice is responsible for the story she told on five news channels. If she believed the story, she hadn't done her research. If she was only a parrot for the White House, then they both are wrong. I retired from teaching English 38 years at a girls' school and feel when we have 50% DC, 50% CEOs, & 50% journalists are women, waste will be less; and we'll have more time to write, read, & dream. Susan Rice, however, did not use good judgement in this case, and therefore, does not deserve this important position.

Nov. 15 2012 12:32 PM
Angel from Miami, FL

I hear Charlie Crist is looking for a job.

Nov. 15 2012 10:12 AM
listener

We certainly don't want to disparage a US Ambassador to the UN by denying them a promotion like for example John Bolton who of course was not disparaged by anyone.

Did Susan Rice work for Bain like Romney? Did she attempt Medicare reform like Ryan?
Did she seek to run against Obama/Biden like Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin?
None of those people were viciously disparaged by this President and his minions?
What hypocrisy.

Nov. 15 2012 09:50 AM

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