Quotes of the day

posted at 10:01 pm on December 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

On Thursday I asked that President Obama no longer consider me for the job of secretary of state. I made this decision because it is the right step for this country I love. I have never shied away from a fight for a cause I believe in. But, as it became clear that my potential nomination would spark an enduring partisan battle, I concluded that it would be wrong to allow this debate to continue distracting from urgent national priorities — creating jobs, growing our economy, addressing our deficit, reforming our immigration system and protecting our national security…

When discussing Benghazi, I relied on fully cleared, unclassified points provided by the intelligence community, which encapsulated their best current assessment. These unclassified points were consistent with the classified assessments I received as a senior policymaker. It would have been irresponsible for me to substitute any personal judgment for our government’s and wrong to reveal classified material. I made clear in each interview that the information I was providing was preliminary and that ongoing investigations would give us definitive answers. I have tremendous appreciation for our intelligence professionals, who work hard to provide their best assessments based on the information available. Long experience shows that our first accounts of terrorist attacks and other tragedies often evolve over time. The intelligence community did its job in good faith. And so did I.

I have never sought in any way, shape or form to mislead the American people.

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It was a classic Washington exit: stealthy and swift, with few fingerprints. President Obama didn’t want to be seen as backing down. So Susan Rice — one of his most devoted aides since 2007 — gave him the way out, seemingly all on her own…

The underlying reality is this: The president is almost certainly furious about this turn of events — which represents the first major defeat he’s suffered since his reelection — but he’s a savvy enough politician to know how to back off without seeming to back down.

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It worked through attrition. After Sen. Susan Collins asked for a meeting with Rice, Democrats expected the ambassador to smooth things over. Collins exited the meeting, found a cluster of microphones, and said that she couldn’t “currently support” Rice, even though — gosh darn it — she really did like her when she was nominated to the U.N. post. That worried Democrats, and made them think that a Rice nomination would be become a distracting, political capital-sucking mess. A White House source asked me to consider a six-week circus in January and February — when there might already be a circus tent being pitched under the debt ceiling.

At a Univision forum during the campaign, President Obama got challenged on his failure to move a “comprehensive” immigration bill during the first year of his first term. He said a lesson of his term had been that “you can’t change Washington from the inside.” What he meant (he’d said it before) was that aggressive public campaigns needed to complement whatever the party in power wanted to do, because without that, it would fade or be pilloried and dismissed.

There was no aggressive public campaign to save Rice.

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Though the discussion appears to be moot now that Susan Rice has apparently withdrawn her name from consideration to be secretary of state, I agree with Max that the criticism of Rice’s undiplomatic style would seem to be complements when coming from conservatives. But I fear an important point is being lost: this criticism was not coming from the right, by and large. The attacks on Rice’s disposition have been driven by the left. Indeed, what is remarkable about the controversy over Rice is how thoroughly the left took command of it–and greatly expanded the effort to prevent her nomination.

As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, Republicans on the Hill had basically limited their critique of Rice to her misleading statements following the Benghazi attack. Liberals, on the other hand, made it personal. Dana Milbank suggested Rice had an attitude problem. Maureen Dowd said Rice was too ambitious and unprincipled for her own good–or the country’s. Yesterday at the Daily Beast, Lloyd Grove launched a bizarre attack on Rice that accused her of having a personality disorder. The left has also been driving the less personal attacks as well. Howard French said Rice’s Africa legacy is the further empowerment of dictators. Human Rights Watch’s Tom Malinowski knocked Rice for essentially enabling atrocities in Congo.

Meanwhile, it should not go unnoticed that Hillary Clinton made her opposition to Rice clear to officials in Washington, which may explain the avalanche of leaks and criticism and personal sniping that came from the left as soon as the battle commenced.

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[W]hy did Obama blink? The reason can only be fear. Next week, Hillary Clinton is supposed to testify before Congress about Libya. There are some indications Clinton may now back out, or resort to insisting on a closed session hidden from the public. Whatever the result, President Obama clearly does not want to give Congress any more high-profile chances to ask someone under oath what happened in the hours and days after Stevens was killed. Rice was at ground zero of the real scandal: not in Benghazi, where the attack occurred; but in Washington, where the cover-up was planned and executed.

Furthermore, Obama probably thought that sacrificing Rice, who still keeps her job as UN ambassador, would assuage some congressional critics and distract from a pending report on what happened in Benghazi. Most importantly, it eliminates the troubling possibility of a Rice confirmation hearing. That likely still would have led to a confirmation victory for Obama—but a pyrrhic one given the ability of most Americans to sniff out a liar.

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This was certainly a political confrontation, and Obama backed down. But that doesn’t mean, necessarily, that he lost or that McCain won—at least not on any issue beyond whether Susan Rice will be nominated as secretary of state, something Obama hadn’t yet done in any event. It doesn’t necessarily tilt the outcome of any conflict to come.

Rice’s withdrawal might even work to Obama’s favor, in the end, if he goes ahead and nominates his presumed second-favorite candidate for the job—Sen. John Kerry. I’ve written (and I’m far from alone in this view) that Kerry was always the better choice. As longtime chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, he has a thorough grasp of all the issues on the agenda; he served as Obama’s de facto envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, cleaning up some of that region’s messier political disputes; he navigated Obama’s New START nuclear arms-reduction treaty to ratification by a resistant Senate; and, not least, he is largely responsible for Obama’s political rise, picking him to be keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic convention when he was a mere Illinois state senator. Clearly Kerry wants this job; surely he deserves it.

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U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said Thursday that she did not regret her Sunday talk show appearances in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attack, while acknowledging that the surrounding controversy forced her to withdraw from consideration for appointment as secretary of State.

“I don’t regret doing it,” Rice said during an interview with NBC News. “When you’re a diplomat and a public official and a tragedy happens and it related to the work we do, it’s our obligation to explain it as best we can to the American people.”

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A totally meaningless event…

mnjg on December 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Fallout

Dead Americans..

Electrongod on December 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM

She would be better than Kerry and a plus is that Moooochelle hates her. Bwaaaaha

dragondrop on December 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM

John F’n. Kerry. The one who served in Viet Nam? Dear lord, the Democrat stable is so thin. Not a one of them is even qualified to be dog catcher.

BetseyRoss on December 13, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Fallout

Lies and deceits..

And a movie producer in jail for his part in…

Nothing..

Electrongod on December 13, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Calling the NY Post headline now: “Rice cooked!”

Robert_Paulson on December 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

that Kerry was always the better choice.

A difference without a distinction. Both are confirmed liars.

chemman on December 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Good. Not that it matters, Jugears is just going to nominate a different anti-American communist, still nice to see that at least this lying communist isn’t going to get promoted.

AZfederalist on December 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Electrongod on December 13, 2012 at 10:07 PM

The wheels on the bus go round and round..:)

Dire Straits on December 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

4 Americans are still dead, and Rice goes off to her old job.

Bishop on December 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Hi Scrumpy.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:10 PM

I was so looking forward to her confirmation hearings…

d1carter on December 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Is there a grain of truth in this Rice story?

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Kerry: You rang?

Corporal Tunnel on December 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Clearly Kerry wants this job; surely he deserves it.

And with that, the whole charade as played out perfectly. It was going to be John Kerry from the very beginning.

JPeterman on December 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Rice looked pretty steamed.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM

So she doesn’t regret disseminating false information? Terrific.

terryannonline on December 13, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Single tear.

Loud Chinese guy say “fuk yiu, rady. I rike first brack rady secletary state lice much better. She no rie so much.”

SAMinVA on December 13, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Rice is hungry for a new job.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Hillary wanted Kerry from the start and she hasn’t testified about Benghazi yet………..

d1carter on December 13, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Credit where it is due: since this is likely to be the only form of accountability the WH will experience on the deaths of 4 American in Benghazi, genuine thanks to McCain, Graham, and Ayotte for holding the Admin’s feet to the fire on this.

You can now return to your regularly scheduled cliff-diving.

Robert_Paulson on December 13, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Hippopotomonstrosessquippedaliophobia: The fear of long words.

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:13 PM

She would be better than Kerry and a plus is that Moooochelle hates her. Bwaaaaha

dragondrop on December 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Who doesn’t she hate.

RickB on December 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

This Rice story is difficult to swallow.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Just think of all the new markets that Kerry can open up to ketchup…

d1carter on December 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I concluded that it would be wrong to allow this debate to continue distracting from urgent national priorities

There’s no “distraction”. That’s just another lie from you. The urgent national priority is for you to come clean about your despicable, transparent, intellectually offensive lies about Benghazi and for you to be held accountable, along with everyone else in this criminal administration who took part, up to and including the Indonesian Dog-Eater.

Orange. Jumpsuits.

For all of them.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:13 PM

ROTF.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Hillary wanted Kerry from the start and she hasn’t testified about Benghazi yet………..

d1carter on December 13, 2012 at 10:13 PM

And she won’t, at least not publicly.

JPeterman on December 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Looks like Rice is not getting her full menu of choices.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

:)

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Is Rice still clinging to her lies?

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM

She’ll be much happier as National Security Advisor and have a lot more power. Barry will consider her appointment a checkmate and chortle.

a capella on December 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I made this decision because it is the right step for this country I love.

Still…LMFAO over this!

Tim_CA on December 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Looks like Rice is not getting her full menu of choices.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM

lol

omg

I need a minute

Axe on December 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM

What does Jenn-Giss Khan think about Rice?

Corporal Tunnel on December 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Rice is scraping the bottom of the barell for a morsel of truth.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

When discussing Benghazi, I relied on fully cleared, unclassified points provided by the intelligence community, which encapsulated their best current assessment.

You lie!

These unclassified points were consistent with the classified assessments I received as a senior policymaker.

You lie!!

Anyone with a brain knew you were lying. Only a total idiot ever believed that pathetic Youtube story. You and the rest of this administration should be sitting in jail rather than the maker of that very funny and very accurate video which had nothing to do with the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate.

The only point in Rice’s defense is that she wasn’t the lowest of the scum. She didn’t tell her lies with the coffins behind them as moral props. That scene was about the most despicable in American history.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Wait..

I thought we were suppose to confront The King about Innocent Rice…

Oh well..

Electrongod on December 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Rice – pathological liar just like her boss.

VorDaj on December 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Minute Rice.

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Is there a grain of truth in this Rice story?

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM

No, it’s just a puffed story.

davidk on December 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Rice needs to sharpen her noodle if she wants a position at the table.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

The only way Kerry gets nominated is if Obama knows that every Republican on the committee that will be questioning him is under complete Democrat control. He should have been executed for treason 40 years ago, and that is not inflamatory political hyperbole, just a fact.

Kerry was also the biggest booster of al qaeda during the Balkans War when Clinton allied with al qaeda. He took a personal interest in arming them. There would have to be some questions asked regarding al qaeda’s continued use as the ground troops for future Democrat initiated military adventures, considering the Democrats have used al qaeda exclusively in this capacity since Carter.

Buddahpundit on December 13, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Donna Brazile: “I wish the president would have went forward and women like myself, perhaps some good men like David [Frum], would’ve found reasons to support her.”

???

d1carter on December 13, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Suppose Barry has Rice as a side dish?

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Dang, now we’ll never have a black person or a woman as Secretary of State.

Oh, wait…

mchristian on December 13, 2012 at 10:22 PM

If Rice can’t determine when she is being lied to and being used as as pawn…

She has no place as an ambassador..

But as a replacement for Hillary……

She fits in nicely..

Oh well..

Electrongod on December 13, 2012 at 10:22 PM

This was all a distraction…

… Who gave the “stand down” order and why?

“I have never sought in any way, shape or form to mislead the American people.”

Bullsh%t…!

Seven Percent Solution on December 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM

The only way Kerry gets nominated is if Obama knows that every Republican on the committee that will be questioning him is under complete Democrat control.

Buddahpundit on December 13, 2012 at 10:22 PM

He served in Viet Nam.

Tim_CA on December 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Rice needs to sharpen her noodle if she wants a position at the table.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

No, she’ll never ketchup now.

Axe on December 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Maybe Barry thought after Benghazi he was supposed to throw Rice.

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM

This Rice story is difficult to swallow.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Apparently Rice had not curried enough favor with the administration for it to step up to the plate.

AZfederalist on December 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM

I wonder if John Kerry’s Christmas this year will be better than 1968′s Christmas in Cambodia?

Corporal Tunnel on December 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Looks like Rice is not getting her full menu of choices.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM

You mean she won’t be “San Francisco Treat!”

How many of you will get that reference?

ccrosby on December 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM

I’ve kind of soured on Rice, her ideas were half baked.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Fried Rice.

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Suppose Barry has Rice as a side dish?

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Yeah, sure.

Like Barry’s straight.

Have you not seen his…uh….”wife”.

Tim_CA on December 13, 2012 at 10:25 PM

I need a minute

Axe on December 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Minute Rice….

Not even San Fran can treat use with that.

Electrongod on December 13, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Tim_CA on December 13, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Yes. Michelle is, shall we say, a trifle masculine… as women go.

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Fried Rice.

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Chicken and Rice…

Electrongod on December 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM

I say let Rice stew in her own broth.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Rice: “I’m truly soy.”

Axe on December 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

How many of you will get that reference?

ccrosby on December 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Roni.

Bishop on December 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I doubt any of this was by choice. Clearly the confirmation was going to be ugly and the decision had to be made not to proceed with it.

I think Obama was in a real bind and had to encourage her to withdraw her name.

As we all know Rice is binding…

Gingotts on December 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I made this decision because it is the right step for this country I love.

Still…LMFAO over this!

Tim_CA on December 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Well, she didn’t really name the country.

AZfederalist on December 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Rice is steamed about what she thinks is a raw deal.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Electrongod on December 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM

LOL! Good one. :)

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Refried Rice Lied.

VorDaj on December 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Trump to Rice: Your Fried! err Fired!

American Patriot1980 on December 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Rice: “I’m truly soy.”

Axe on December 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

lol…One more like this and I’m switching to NPR….I swear.

Tim_CA on December 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM

I say let Rice stew in her own broth.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Another one bites the dust..

Electrongod on December 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Axe on December 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

lol!

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM

How many of you will get that reference?

ccrosby on December 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM

oh yeah. From a youth misspent watching game shows.

AZfederalist on December 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Yes. Michelle is, shall we say, a trifle masculine… as women go.

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM

It’s just that Terminator bone structure of hers. You could use that humerus of hers to lever up a truck and change the tire.

And the glare.

Axe on December 13, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Well, she didn’t really name the country.

AZfederalist on December 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Valid point!

Tim_CA on December 13, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Axe on December 13, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Her size, the squareness of her build, that jawline, those TEETH…Barry looks even more effeminate when he’s standing with her and when she ‘hugs’ him I expect to here a groan and a rib snap.

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM

lol…One more like this and I’m switching to NPR….I swear.

Tim_CA on December 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM

:) It’s not our fault — it was that other flippin’ thread.

Can’t stop laughing.

*sigh* Alright, brb.

Axe on December 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Rice pudding.

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Rice thrives on a diet of lies. She never caters to the truth.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Susie Rice is even a poor choice as a UN ambassador.

onlineanalyst on December 13, 2012 at 10:35 PM

The commander in Chef doesn’t want Rice.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Roni.

Bishop on December 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Well played my friend.

ccrosby on December 13, 2012 at 10:37 PM

It’s just that Terminator bone structure of hers. You could use that humerus of hers to lever up a truck and change the tire.

And the glare.

Axe on December 13, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Her ass is as wide as a city block
And her face could stop a cuckoo clock
You might forget her incessant hate and racist yell
But you’ll never forget the First B-itch from Hell

VorDaj on December 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Barry can’t watch Rice Pilaf.

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Will Barry get invite to the Rice Ball?

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM

From now on I’m going to call her Patsy Rice.

Curtiss on December 13, 2012 at 10:39 PM

VorDaj on December 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Aristotle?

Tim_CA on December 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Clinton flavored Rice cakes..

It’s politics..

Electrongod on December 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Is Rice still clinging to her lies?

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Like white on rice.

chemman on December 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM

I suppose we will now have to listen to Rice wine.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Expect a new book in the Spring: “Going wild.”

Axe on December 13, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Aristotle?

Tim_CA on December 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Groucho.

VorDaj on December 13, 2012 at 10:41 PM

I suppose we will now have to listen to Rice wine.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM

oh ffs…..(lol)

Tim_CA on December 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Very good! lol! Saaakayyy!;)

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM

VorDaj on December 13, 2012 at 10:41 PM

sh!t…that was my second guess.

Tim_CA on December 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Expect a new book in the Spring: “Going wild.”

Axe on December 13, 2012 at 10:41 PM

“Going Wild Rice”?

ccrosby on December 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM

It was a classic Washington exit: stealthy and swift, with few fingerprints. President Obama didn’t want to be seen as backing down. So Susan Rice — one of his most devoted aides since 2007 — gave him the way out, seemingly all on her own…

This is all just an Obama-era-charade symbol of the national circus.

The Obamas have robbed the land of the last shred of decency.

Obama is a dic* and Rice is a cow. I apologize to the dumb but innocent cows.

The San Francico treat

There never was a nomination
It’s all but a fabrication
4 people are dead
False rumors they spread
Media sans indignation

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Brown rice is supposed to be healthier than the white version, though not so much for Stevens.

Bishop on December 13, 2012 at 10:45 PM

To make up for withdrawing her name for Secretary of State, Barry will rename the HULA Bowl the Rice Bowl.

thatsafactjack on December 13, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Rice is too attached to her roots.

We don’t need to be force fed her Ethnicity.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 10:46 PM

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