Susan E. Rice

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Susan E. Rice
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Ian Cameron

Susan E. Rice (born November 17, 1964) is a liberal politician. She worked as United States Ambassador to the United Nations in the Obama administration and later National Security Advisor. Rice was deeply involved in the Benghazi attack cover up.[1]

In Clinton administration she was the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Rice was often criticized for her description of the Benghazi Attack as a "spontaneous protest".

1993-2001 Clinton administration

Islamists took control in Sudan in a 1989 coup d'état, and the United States adopted a policy of disengagement with the authoritarian regime throughout the 1990s. After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, however, some critics charged that the US should have moderated its policy toward Sudan earlier, since the influence of Islamists there waned in the second half of the 1990s, and Sudanese officials began to indicate an interest in accommodating US concerns with respect to 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, who had been living in Sudan until he was expelled in May 1996.

Timothy M. Carney, US ambassador to Sudan between September 1995 and November 1997, co-authored an op-ed in 2002 claiming that in 1997 Sudan offered to turn over its intelligence on Osama bin Laden but that Susan Rice together with the then NSC terrorism specialist Richard Clarke, successfully lobbied for continuing to bar U.S. officials, including the CIA and FBI, from engaging with the Khartoum government.[2]

Similar allegations that Susan Rice joined others in missing an opportunity to cooperate with Sudan on counterterrorism were made by Vanity Fair contributing editor David Rose[3] and Richard Miniter, author of Losing Bin Laden.[4]

Michael Scheuer is the former chief of the bin Laden Unit at the Counterterrorist Center at the CIA. Matthew Continetti writes: "Scheuer believes that Clarke and Rice's risk aversion and politicking negatively impacted the hunt for bin Laden prior to September 11, 2001. Scheuer stated that his unit, codename 'Alec,' had provided information that could have led to the capture and or killing of Osama bin Laden on ten different occasions during the Clinton administration, only to have his recommendations for action turned down by senior intelligence officials, including Clarke."[5]


  2. Carney, Timothy. "Intelligence Failure? Let's Go Back to Sudan", The Washington Post, June 30, 2002.  Retrieved from Jun. 2016.
  3. Rose, David. "The Osama Files", Vanity Fair, January 2002. 
  4. Belz, Mindy. "Clinton did not have the will to respond", World, November 1, 2003. 
  5. Continetti, Matthew (November 22, 2004). Scheuer v. Clarke. Weekly Standard.