Donilon out, Rice to be new National Security Adviser

posted at 8:01 am on June 5, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The Asssociated Press hears from a White House source this morning that Barack Obama has finally made a move on his national-security team that has been the worst-kept secret in Washington.  Tom Donilon, the national-security adviser for nearly three years, has resigned, and Obama will name a familiar face to replace him:

A White House official says Tom Donilon is resigning as President Barack Obama’s national security adviser and will be replaced by Susan Rice.

Rice is currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She has been harshly criticized by Republicans for her initial accounting of the attacks on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, which later proved to be incorrect.

This move has been rumored for so long that it almost doesn’t equate to news.  After Susan Rice’s potential to succeed Hillary Clinton evaporated in the post-Benghazi narrative collapse, Barack Obama kept her as UN Ambassador just long enough to shift her into another position, and Donilon’s job was the only good fit.  One big reason is that a presidential national-security adviser doesn’t require Senate confirmation, which means that Obama won’t have to provide Benghazi skeptics with another high-profile platform to ask embarrassing questions — or produce even more whistleblowers.

That still leaves Rice — and Obama — with a very large problem in terms of credibility.  Even if Rice had no input into the process of generating the false and damaging talking points for her full Ginsburg on September 16th, her only defense is that someone handed her a sheet and told her to tell that story without having checked it out for herself.  Does a national-security adviser normally just act as someone else’s mouthpiece?  The very nature of that position requires an independent mind to test and, when necessary, oppose the conclusions coming from the intelligence community, and to dig into the intel herself to provide critical advice to the President.  Rice’s claim that she didn’t know anything on her own on September 16th but still went on five different talk shows to push the State Department line has always been suspect, but taking her at her word on that presents a significant disqualifier for this specific office.  (Nor is that the only issue that Rice has bumbled, either.)

Perhaps none of this matters to a President who thinks he knows more than anyone else in the room.  I’d argue that an independent national-security adviser is even more critical in that circumstance and a yes-woman more dangerous.  And while Obama may enjoy moving Rice up as a thumb in the eye of his opponents, he risks even more political damage if more whistleblowers come forward at State — or more e-mails are forced into the open — that starts eroding Rice’s I-just-did-what-I-was-told defense.  This administration is already facing a credibility crisis, and this won’t help at all.

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No Republican is going to want to be president after this numbnut gets done dismantling whatever security we had. And not to worry, the Patriot Act is still in full force, it’s just used on political opponents rather than forces who intend real harm.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

…you ignorant troll…you really are stupid beyond all redemption.

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Spew-worthy.

Now, a break to allow me to clean my keyboard of coffee.

socalcon on June 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

I can’t determine what qualities Obooba looks for when choosing people for such positions. I mean, normally “qualities” has a positive sense.

Akzed on June 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

libfreeorgan on June 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

…STFU!
…TROLLCOT!

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Akzed on June 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

I believe that the word he’s searching for is: “deficiencies”.

Qualities = Deficiencies

Yeah, that’s the ticket.

hillbillyjim on June 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Just another arrow in the psychological warfare quiver.

Keep going, King Jugears, you might think you are poking the opposition in the eye, but it’s not going to end well in the long run. I know in my heart that good always trumps evil.

tru2tx on June 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

To repeat myself from the QOTD Thread…

We are sooo screwed.

kingsjester on June 5, 2013 at 9:33 AM

I wonder if this won’t this make it easier for the Jarrett presidency to prevent extraction of Benghazi testimony from Rice under claim of executive privilege? NSA probably trumps UN Ambassador for protectability.

But I’m not sure this is a bad thing – wasn’t Donilon the one that referred to Jerusalem as “al-Quds”?

bofh on June 5, 2013 at 9:37 AM

To repeat myself from the QOTD Thread…

We are sooo screwed.

kingsjester on June 5, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Which is why we prepare, brother.

I’ve given up on expecting reason from these people and I’m not exactly confident the GOP will produce a functioning candidate in 2016, so in all honesty I’m preparing for the worst.

Bishop on June 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Bishop on June 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Exactly right.

kingsjester on June 5, 2013 at 9:45 AM

More idiots and yes men for the head troll

losarkos on June 5, 2013 at 9:48 AM

How many people in the Ruling Class should be in freaking JAIL ???

PappyD61 on June 5, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Of course, this proves that Obama was up to his neck in the decision to LIE to the American people about Benghazi. Otherwise, he’d have been loathe to reward the stink that’s still on Rice.

Murf76 on June 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Absolutely nothing about the last 30 years of NSA policy is going to change, but the right wing meltdown is amusing nonetheless.

libfreeordie on June 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Does it really think that the National Security Advisor runs the National Security Agency? Man, that’s Al Shlapton-level of stupid.

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Instead of the story being about Donilon’s resignation amid scandal, it’s about Rice’s appointment. That’s a win for the WH.

Moreover, Rice is being rewarded for lying to the American people for the administration so that she will not turn on the administration. This is a bribe to keep quiet and to stay on the team. That keeps her in line and is also a sign to others that they’ll be rewarded if they stay on the team.

Lastly, this appointment supports the WH argument to their supporters/ media that Rice did nothing wrong and the “alleged scandal” is all a product of the Republicans.

This is NOT about Obama thumbing his nose at Republicans….it’s not always about Republicans/ conservatives. Angering us is just a bonus imo.

FreeManOtis on June 5, 2013 at 9:56 AM

I’ve given up on expecting reason from these people and I’m not exactly confident the GOP will produce a functioning candidate in 2016, so in all honesty I’m preparing for the worst.

Bishop on June 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Some of us have been preaching this back in the Bush era, but are consistently ridiculed by the GOP fluffers here. You conservatives focus on the politicians like your favorite football team instead of the real problem which is the culture. The fact that you even mention the 2016 is terrifying.

You will never change a child’s mind when there are no consequences, so you will never sway the new American voter. Only pain & suffering will educate.

ClassicCon on June 5, 2013 at 9:58 AM

The most inept and incompetent administration has just outdid itself. Go bronoco!

stephana on June 5, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Shameless is the word.

Also a very bad idea, since the Benghazi investigation is still wide open. And while Rice doesn’t need Senate confirmation for her new job, she can still be served with a subpoena.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Susan Rice is a nasty piece of work. She’s been known to give people the finger at meetings, if she doesn’t agree with them. She’ll fit right in at the Obama white house.

TarheelBen on June 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Which leads us to the next question: What is Hillary expecting for her “loyalty”/lies?

Rovin on June 5, 2013 at 8:20 AM

The Oval Office.

totherightofthem on June 5, 2013 at 10:04 AM

I feel safer.

SwampYankee on June 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Susan Rice is a nasty piece of work. She’s been known to give people the finger at meetings, if she
doesn’t agree with them. She’ll fit right in at the Obama white house.
TarheelBen on June 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

That’s incredibly childish., but not surprising.

tom daschle concerned on June 5, 2013 at 10:08 AM

The very nature of that position requires an independent mind to test and, when necessary, oppose the conclusions coming from the intelligence community, and to dig into the intel herself to provide critical advice to the President.

The last thing Barry wants is ‘an independent mind’.

Suzie ‘took one for the team’, so she’s being rewarded. It’s “The Chicago way”.

GarandFan on June 5, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Absolutely nothing about the last 30 years of NSA policy is going to change, but the right wing meltdown is amusing nonetheless.

libfreeordie on June 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Metldown?? Please. This was so widely expected that it’s hardly even news, as Ed pointed out in his post.

All Obama did with this was to confirm he was exactly as petty and petulant as we thought he was.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM

You go girls!

That includes you Obama.

fogw on June 5, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Susan Rice is a nasty piece of work. She’s been known to give people the finger at meetings, if she doesn’t agree with them. She’ll fit right in at the Obama white house.

TarheelBen on June 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Speaking of “fitting right in,” the notoriously anti-Semitic Samantha Powers will fit right in at the UN.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 5, 2013 at 10:14 AM

IF Congress cannot stop this crap……WHY THE BLANK DO WE HAVE A FREAKING CONGRESS????

You pieces of —– in Congress get off your lazy —– and stop this crap from this Administration!!!!

PappyD61 on June 5, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Here’s what Dana Milbank of the Washington Compost wrote about Rice:

Even in a town that rewards sharp elbows and brusque personalities, Rice has managed to make an impressive array of enemies — on Capitol Hill, in Foggy Bottom and abroad. Particularly in comparison with the other person often mentioned for the job, Sen. John Kerry, she can be a most undiplomatic diplomat, and there likely aren’t enough Republican or Democratic votes in the Senate to confirm her.

Back 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.

TarheelBen on June 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM

First order of business: Scrub youtube videos that cause terrorists to kill.

Axeman on June 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Moral – lie for your boss and get promoted in the highest levels.

What a country – thugs rule!

Scumhags rule the land, make no mistake about it.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Obama is the most successful President since Reagan.

He has skills.

PappyD61 on June 5, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Reagan wasn’t ruled by women. Obama is the Eunuch of the World.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Just laugh. The whole world laughs with and at you. It’s so funny and schadenfreudig that it’s hardly bearable.

It’s a great day…for the wild muzzies.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Every liar can grow up to be president now.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2013 at 10:55 AM

McCain ready to work with her

Wonderful
/

Lsm loving this in your face appointment

cmsinaz on June 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Obama is the most successful President since Reagan.

He has skills.

PappyD61 on June 5, 2013 at 8:40 AM

I’ll say he’s very effective at one thing, -the practice of dirty street-fighting Alinsky politics. Can’t think of a second thing.

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

This appointment is clearly a spontaneous demonstration of Obama’s arrogance.

steebo77 on June 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Lsm thinks this is a win for Obama because a black female will be taking on an important role….Hmmmm condi rice anyone?

Idiots

cmsinaz on June 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Drudge

SHOCK POLL: 56% View Feds As Threat to Individual Rights… Developing…

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM

In the GREATEST proverbial ‘middle finger’ gestured “FU#% YOU” move in U.S. History from a President to an opposing party / Congress & the American people – in the midst of a continuing scandal & cover-up – this arrogant, narcissistic Liar-in-Chief is not only NOT firing the Ambassador who went on 5 Sunday Talk Shows & for weeks afterwards intentionally spread KNOWN LIES about Benghazi having been perpetrated by ‘outraged protestors’ over a little-known video, Obama is PROMOTING Rice to the position of National Security Advisor!

:O Wow! You have to give the man, credit, though — he has extremely large nards & is opennly declaring to the GOP, “Not ONLY am I bending you, the Constitution, U.S. Law, & the American people over in all these scandals, but you can’t…or more importantly don’t have the testicular foritude & thus WON’T…do anything about it….except squeal like a pig as Biden plays the banjo!”

easyt65 on June 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Back when she was an assistant secretary of state during the Clinton administration, she appalled colleagues by flipping her middle finger at Richard Holbrooke

I did that several times myself, the difference being I did it to the TV screen, not to his face and in a meeting. Sounds like she’ll fit in real well with the schoolyard bullies in the West Wing.

What’s the over/under on her first big failure?

jclittlep on June 5, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Liar Rice I will always refer to her as Liar Rice.

petunia on June 5, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Short term, the retaliation that the dems will suffer when the Republcian’s, at some time, regain power, will make Gingrich look like a choir boy.

right2bright on June 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM

The stupid people misunderstood what Obama meant when he said that his was going to be “the most transparent admin”. He meant “the most impertinent and petulant”.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Thugs rule

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Keep her close to the flag pole. You saw what happens when she gets loose.

StevC on June 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Or, maybe Obama is smarter than it looks on the surface.By appointing Rice to NSA job means she can invoke executive privilege and doesn’t have to testify on Capitol Hill. And she will certainly be a loyal soldier if she is now sitting 40 yards from the Oval Office.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/06/05/real-reason-obama-tapped-susan-rice-for-national-security-adviser/#ixzz2VMI7Ml7u

petefrt on June 5, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I think a campaign of writing to our Senators…we should call it….

Write on Rice…

right2bright on June 5, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I think Rice’s mistake was that she never spent some time working for Dick Cheney.
And she didn’t marry a Romney adviser.

verbaluce on June 5, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Most transparently mendacious and corrupt regime in US history…

Pest on June 5, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Absolutely nothing about the last 30 years of NSA policy is going to change, but the right wing meltdown is amusing nonetheless.

libfreeordie on June 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Textbook Intellectual Dishonesty.

F+

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2013 at 12:19 PM

On open microphone: in a second term I will have a lot more flexibility.

Pardonme on June 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Absolutely nothing about the last 30 years of NSA policy is going to change, but the right wing meltdown is amusing nonetheless.
 
libfreeordie on June 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

 
NSA policy would refer to the National Security Agency. Rice is being named National Security Advisor. Advisors don’t make policy you ignorant troll.
 
Happy Nomad on June 5, 2013 at 9:09 AM

 

Hahaha!! What an idiot.
 
libfreeordie on June 4, 2013 at 11:13 PM

rogerb on June 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM

It might help us in the analysis of events like these (and sooooooo many others) if we forget about that whole doing the right thing notion.

Even what would seem to be politically right or politically advantageous means absolutely nothing to this President.

He simply does not care what anyone thinks. He clearly suffers from some kind of psychosis (get a shrink here to figure it out, but I’m sure it has a name). He is not going to do what anybody here (trolls aside) tells him he should do. Never, never, never — never going to happen.

He’s not running again, will soon be able to play golf for life and party down with the celeb of his choice. And he will do it without ever giving the other side credit for being human beings, much less having a better idea.

He’s diabolically insane, if there is such a thing.

IndieDogg on June 5, 2013 at 12:32 PM

My 70 year old mother has more testicular fortitude than all the republican men in congress put together. But she was raised on a farm at a time when men were real men, unlike what you see today. This is the first time I have ever said this: This country is gone.

GhoulAid on June 5, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Hahaha!! What an idiot.(looking in mirror)

libfreeordie on June 4, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Tenwheeler on June 5, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Obama is rubbing these incompetent power plays in our faces:

1. just because he can
2. just because it will further weaken the last vestiges of America
3. just because he knows with amnesty, we, the people, will be without a voice
4. just because he knows the McCains/rinos will clap their hands & roll over

It fits nicely into his Marxist book of securing his oligarchy.

Let’s see: – continue to rape the treasury (Obamacare, stimulus, bailouts, big corps no taxes, print money endlessly, pass 60B pork & call it Sandy, lavish vacations, lavish waste, most recently in IRS dancing, conferences, videos,gym);
– weaken the military (place women in the barracks, & give the populace some X rated stories to read about; Faux news will be happy to do 24/7 coverage);
– let them talk about the scandals (no one will get charged) until the 47% are bored & Soros demands another occupy movement;
– pass amnesty (plenty of rinos to help) to secure a forever Democratic rule…the list is endless with this regime.

Belle on June 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Boy, he sure is stuck on that woman, isn’t he? It’s almost like she was owed something for her role in the Benghazi coverup. Ya think?

scalleywag on June 5, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Absolutely nothing about the last 30 years of NSA policy is going to change, but the right wing meltdown is amusing nonetheless.

libfreeordie on June 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

NSA policy would refer to the National Security Agency. Rice is being named National Security Advisor. Advisors don’t make policy you ignorant troll.

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Hahaha!! What an idiot.

libfreeordie on June 4, 2013 at 11:13 PM

rogerb on June 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM

To be fair to the perfesser (why?) in the low-information community this is a common mistake, thinking that the National Security Advisor has something to so with the National Security Agency.

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2013 at 1:29 PM

INCORRECT: Obama to name Rice as national security adviser
CORRECT: Obama to name Rice as national security LIAR

TeaPartyNation on June 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Boy, he sure is stuck on that woman, isn’t he? It’s almost like she was owed something for her role in the Benghazi coverup. Ya think?

scalleywag on June 5, 2013 at 1:03 PM

You should work for Issa.

verbaluce on June 5, 2013 at 1:40 PM

As Obama walked out into the Rose Garder to announce Rice’s appointment, the crowd began to clap. Obama walked to the podium and…CLAPPED FOR HIMSELF & said, “yaaaay.”

“Naricissist-In-chief On Deck!”

—————

The reason Obama is appointing her is because, if it was required, Rce would NEVER survive the processof being vetted & approved! Once again an Obama decision / appointee makes the United States WEAKER & MORE Vulnerable!

‘Yaaay!’

easyt65 on June 5, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Obama just said she has stood up for civilans’ rights, “Even in Benghazi”…

WHAT A CROCK OF SHI’ITE!

easyt65 on June 5, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Where does BO find his clones? Is there a factory somewhere that cranks out wacko liberal Barbie and Ken models?

Oh, wait. I forgot about the Ivy League colleges.

KCsecurity1976 on June 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM

What a stunning appointment. I get that Obama has an enormous ego but to appoint Rice to thos position she is mot qualified for just to stick his tongue out at the gop makes Obama look small and petty. History will not be kind to the fool in the White House.

Ellis on June 5, 2013 at 3:17 PM

So I guess this means Rice won’t testify in front of congress…executive privilege or something…

workingclass artist on June 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM

So will the addition of viral YouTube videos mean Obama will be more likely to attend the daily briefing?

malclave on June 5, 2013 at 6:54 PM

It looks like President General George Strongarm Obama is circling the wagons tighter and ever tighter. Surrounding himself with all but the chosen fools. To do her job she must work with the Secretary of State, Department of Defense, the CIA, Homeland Security and DOJ. Rice and Obama have been systematical cutting the line of coordination with these departments. Rice may not be able to do the job anyway but with out the support of the other department she ain’t got a chance. This becomes a very real danger for this country. I would hope that the court of Public Opinion will come through to save us from this upcoming disaster.

jpcpt03 on June 5, 2013 at 10:26 PM

A comment from a hetero guy.

Dang! I had been convinced that she or Hillary Clinton would replace that film critic who just died.

Since she is somewhat (ok, a lot) cuter than Hillary, I was hoping for her to get the job.

Someone in the White House is going to look at their numbers with males, maybe then they will let her show up on TV.

Please, Mr. President, your picks have us wondering if we have our first blind or gay POTUS, not that we hate y’all for that — but really, have mercy. Know what I mean?

IlikedAUH2O on June 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

I’ve given up on expecting reason from these people and I’m not exactly confident the GOP will produce a functioning candidate in 2016, so in all honesty I’m preparing for the worst.

Bishop on June 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM

You just watch.

Ever approach a trapped or injured raccoon?

GOP.

IlikedAUH2O on June 5, 2013 at 10:29 PM

I agree with others who think he has a decreasing circle of supporters. Rice is already compromised so maybe it doesn’t matter much if she replaces another miscreant. She’s proved herself to be loyal in malfeasance.

virgo on June 6, 2013 at 12:53 AM

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