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Why Do Republicans Keep Picking on Susan Rice?

Faye Anderson
Dec 7, 2012

I have watched with bewilderment as Republicans ratchet up their attacks on United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice.

To be sure, Congress should investigate what happened in Benghazi. After all, four Americans were killed, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens who reportedly had expressed concern about the “security vacuum” around the consulate.

But a cursory review of the State Department’s organizational chart shows that embassy and consulate security is not included in Rice’s portfolio.

Why haven’t Republicans hauled Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy before Congress? If Sen. Lindsey Graham wants answers, why not ask the person directly responsible for “ensuring that the United States can conduct diplomacy safely and securely around the world,” Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Eric J. Boswell.

Rice is presumed to be President Obama’s first choice to succeed Clinton. During her meetings with Graham, Sen. John McCain, and other Republican senators, she acknowledged that the statements she made five days after Benghazi were incorrect. But that wasn’t good enough... click here to read the full story at

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