Susan E. Rice

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Susan E. Rice
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National Security Advisor
From: January 21, 2013 – January 20, 2017
Predecessor Tom Donilon
Successor Michael Flynn
United States Ambassador to the United Nations
From: January 26, 2009 – June 30, 2013
President Barack Hussein Obama
Predecessor Zalmay Khalilzad
Successor Samantha Power
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African affairs; Director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping; Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
From: 1993 – 2001
Successor Rwandan Genocide
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 the Clinton Administration, Rice served as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. She was heavily criticized for her description of the Benghazi Attack as a "spontaneous protest."

After Donald Trump was sworn-in as President, Susan Rice became the focus of allegations by former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova that she had requested "detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals."[2]

1993–2001 Clinton administration

Osama bin Laden

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.[3]

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[4] and Richard Miniter, author of Losing Bin Laden.[5]

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."[6]

2009–2017 Obama administration

The kill list

Susan Rice helped codify targeted killings by creating the Disposition Matrix database, also known as "the Kill list," and has described the Obama Administration targeted killing by stating that "in order to ensure that our counterterrorism operations involving the use of lethal force are legal, ethical, and wise, President Obama has demanded that we hold ourselves to the highest possible standards and processes".[7] American citizens have been placed on the kill list and executed without due process, a Miranda warning, presumption of innocence, access to legal councel, jury trial, or the right to face their accusers. Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama has stated "Who would have thought I'd be really good at killing people."[8] The United Nations is investigating the Obama administrations kill list as a war crime.[9]

Benghazi massacre

After Hillary Clinton's departure from the State Department, Obama arrogently attempted to appoint Rice to replace Clinton fresh on the exposure of the lies and fraud Rice perpetrated on the American people with the Benghazi massacre coverup. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post reported the racial politics President Obama employed to defend her:

"President Obama had a rare 'bring-it-on' moment...'If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me...For them to go after the U.N. ambassador . . . and to besmirch her reputation, is outrageous.' ... Obama’s over-the-top defense of Rice was surprising...She is ill-equipped to be the nation’s top diplomat....The Russian business daily Kommersant quoted an anonymous Russian foreign ministry official as saying that Rice, who quarreled with Russia over Syria, is “too ambitious and aggressive,” and her appointment would make it “more difficult for Moscow to work with Washington.” her much-criticized TV performance, she was reciting talking points given to her by the intelligence agencies. But that’s the trouble. Rice stuck with her points even though they had been contradicted by the president of the Libyan National Assembly, who, on CBS’s Face the Nation just before Rice, said there was “no doubt” that the attack on Americans in Benghazi “was preplanned.” Rice rebutted the Libyan official, arguing — falsely, it turned out — that there was no evidence of such planning. True, Rice was following orders from the White House, which she does well. But the nation’s top diplomat needs to show more sensitivity and independence — traits Clinton has demonstrated in abundance. Obama can do better at State than Susan Rice.[10]

Illegal war

On July 25, 2014, the Susan Rice declared in writing to Congress that,
“[w]ith American combat troops having completed their withdrawal from Iraq on December 18, 2011, the Iraq AUMF is no longer used for any U.S. government activities.”

The Obama administration then cited the same 2001 AUMF as the basis for its ongoing war in Syria for three years.

Syrian chemical weapons

Rice and the Obama Administration claimed that they had successfully purged Syria of chemical weapons, only to realize after Trump's accession to the presidency that Syria did, in fact, continue to possess chemical weapons, which it used on its own people again.[11]

Stand down order

In August 2016 as the U.S. intelligence community became aware of Russian efforts to hack into state election boards, Rice convened a meeting in the White House. Rice instructed Michael Daniel, the White House Director of Cybersecurity and his team to "stand down" from drafting a list of options how to respond.[12]

See also


  3. Carney, Timothy. "Intelligence Failure? Let's Go Back to Sudan", The Washington Post, June 30, 2002.  Retrieved from Jun. 2016.
  4. Rose, David. "The Osama Files", Vanity Fair, January 2002. 
  5. Belz, Mindy. "Clinton did not have the will to respond", World, November 1, 2003. 
  6. Continetti, Matthew (November 22, 2004). Scheuer v. Clarke. Weekly Standard.
  7. Speech by John O. Brennan, The Efficacy and Ethics of U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, April 30, 2012
  9. Drone strikes threaten 50 years of international law, says UN rapporteur, Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, 21 June 2012
  10. The article states, "Rice has managed to make an impressive array of enemies ...when she was an assistant secretary of state during the Clinton administration, she appalled colleagues by flipping her middle finger at Richard Holbrooke during a meeting with senior staff at the State Department, according to witnesses. Colleagues talk of shouting matches and insults. Among those she has insulted is the woman she would replace at State. Rice was one of the first former Clinton administration officials to defect to Obama’s primary campaign against Hillary Clinton. Rice condemned Clinton’s Iraq and Iran positions, asking for an “explanation of how and why she got those critical judgments wrong.” Clinton got a measure of revenge in 2010 after she worked out a deal with the Russian foreign minister on a package of Iran sanctions to be adopted by the U.N. Security Council. The White House wanted Rice to make the announcement (part of a campaign to increase her profile that included high-visibility foreign trips and TV appearances), but a Clinton aide got Kerry to ask [i.e. leak the message] Clinton about the matter during an unrelated Senate hearing...It was Rice’s own shoot-first tendency that caused her to be benched as a spokesman for the Obama campaign for a time in 2008. She unnerved European allies when she denounced as “counterproductive” and “self-defeating” the U.N. policy that Iran suspend its nuclear program before talks can begin. She criticized President George W. Bush and McCain because they “insisted” on it. But, as The Post’s Glenn Kessler pointed out at the time, European diplomats were rattled by such remarks because the precondition was their idea. Rice’s pugilism provoked the Russians to weigh in this week in opposition to her nomination as secretary of state."
  11. Chakraborty, Barnini (April 7, 2017). Susan Rice, Obama colleagues take heat for past claims on Syria chemical weapons purge. Fox News. Retrieved April 7, 2017.