President Obama Defies GOP Attack Dogs And Appoints Susan Rice As National Security Adviser

Despite the expected “noise” from the GOP, the President shows his continuing belief in and support of Susan Rice by appointing her his new national security adviser. Image @Bossip

Despite the expected “noise” from the GOP, the President shows his continuing belief in and support of Susan Rice by choosing her for this essential and high-profile position. Image @Bossip

Susan Rice is clearly an amazing woman: someone to fight for, defend vociferously, even drag back out to the dance floor after a disastrous first tango. A dramatic analogy, perhaps, but consider this: after everything the GOP cabal put her through when the President considered her for Secretary of State (ultimately causing her to withdraw for reasons of insanity – that of GOP pack dogs, particularly John McCain and Lindsey Graham); even after the hue and cry when it was suggested as early as March that she would be the appointee for this position, the President has brushed aside any of the predictable hysteria attendant to this accomplished woman and dragged her back onto the dance floor: she’s been officially appointed as national security adviser.

Before anyone starts heaving in anxiety over how fractious and bloody the confirmation process is likely to be, relax: the position is an appointed one and is not subject to Senate confirmation (have we ever been happier to hear that?!).

The announcement is set to be made today, Wednesday, June 5, that Rice, the current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will be replacing outgoing national security adviser, Tom Donilon, who is resigning.

Donilon has been with the President since he took office, overseeing foreign policy (particularly an increased emphasis on Asia) and playing key roles in two major counterterrorism efforts – the raid on Osama bin Laden and “managing the complex U.S. ties with Russia.” He will be leaving in early July. Rice’s nominated replacement will be Samantha Power, a human rights expert and former White House adviser, who left the White House earlier this year but was always expected to be Rice’s replacement should this political musical chairs come to fruition.

Now that it has, insiders are already chattering about what a “significant reshuffle” this will be for the White House policy team. Most expected is backlash from Republicans, for whom Rice remains a controversial figure. This goes back to their persistent criticism – despite hearings, testimony, lack of evidence, etc. – that Rice was involved in a cover-up in the Benghazi attacks. Her announcement shortly after the attack that the U.S. compound was targeted as a reaction to an incendiary anti-Muslim film was later proven false, but she asserted, and all evidence supports, that she was simply conveying talking points given to her by the intelligence community. The GOP pitchfork brigade has never quite taken to that explanation, despite no evidence to support any other. Her role now, as national security adviser, will chafe, as it indicates the continuing and stalwart support of the president for her essential involvement in foreign affairs.

But for others, the appointment will be met with enthusiasm: Rice is known for being outspoken on issues of human rights and was one who pushed for a more interventionist strategy in Libya. Despite the cacophony from the right, the rest of the country will look forward to her contribution to the ongoing challenges in national security.