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'Hands off Ambassador Rice!'

HERB BOYD Special to the AmNews | 12/6/2012, 4:20 p.m.
Ambassador Susan Rice steps aside

If there have been any lies, the IBW and its allies charge, they have come almost exclusively from the right over the last score of years. "Hypocrites have no moral or political authority to stand in judgment of Ambassador Susan Rice!" the letter asserts. "We find it utterly incredulous that the honorable senators who uncritically supported the war against Iraq, based on inexplicably flawed intelligence or outright deception, could even perk [sic] their lips to criticize Ambassador Rice. Who could ever forget President Bush emphatically asserting that the reason for the war was the danger posed to the region, America and the world by Saddam Hussein's stockpile of weapons of mass destruction?

"Who could ever forget Cheney and Rice parroting this fallacious proposition and that embarrassing performance by an ill-informed Colin Powell before the Security Council of the United Nations? No weapons of mass destruction were ever found, but a war was launched on false pretenses that cost 4,486 American lives, thousands more wounded, more than 100,000 Iraqis killed and nearly $1 trillion of resources wasted that could have been used to rebuild America and reduce the debt and deficit!"

While Obama has continued to defend Rice, keeping to an unstated intention of nominating her to be the next secretary of state, there's a growing chorus on the left and the right, of all places, that his choice be Sen. John Kerry. Tapping Kerry would mollify the outrage against Rice and allow Obama to focus on some other far more critical issues, some politicians contend.

Throughout the raucous tenor of things, Secretary of State Clinton has not been very vocal, perhaps consumed with other important matters. After practically a month of silence, Clinton finally declared, "Susan Rice has done a great job as our ambassador to the United Nations," echoing what even the otherwise adversarial Rep. Peter King has said.

Maybe Clinton is still in a snit over Rice's siding with Obama against Clinton in 2008. As the saying goes, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and there are some women in politics you dare not cross.