The Destruction of Susan Rice
Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, Rice attended New College, Oxford, where she earned a M.Phil. in 1988 and D.Phil. in 1990. The Chatham House-British International Studies Association honored her dissertation entitled, "Commonwealth Initiative in Zimbabwe, 1979-1980: Implication for International Peacekeeping" as the UK's most distinguished in international relations.
She went on to work for the National Security Council in 1992 and was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in 1997. At a confirmation hearing chaired by Senator Jesse Helms, Rice, who attended the hearing along with her infant son, whom she was then nursing, made a great impression on Senators from both parties and "sailed through the confirmation process". In 2008, President Barack Obama nominated her to the Cabinet-level post of Ambassador to the United Nations.
And then came the attack on Benghazi. Secretary of State Clinton was out of the country that week, and Rice was tapped to make the rounds of the Sunday talk shows. Armed with intelligence that the attacks were the result of riots caused by an anti-Muslim video, Rice explained that these were not unlike the protests which erupted after the publication of offensive Danish cartoons, the Satanic Verses, etc. Her response on Meet the Press :
GREGORY: Well, let's talk-- talk about-- well, you talked about this as spontaneous. Can you say definitively that the attacks on-- on our consulate in Libya that killed ambassador Stevens and others there security personnel, that was spontaneous, was it a planned attack? Was there a terrorist element to it?But hey, the GOP needs points! They don't care if they need to destroy her career. What is the career of one person in return for GOP "points"? She presented the best information she had at the time, which she obviously didn't collect herself, and it was wrong, so the GOP will literally destroy her career. If we let them.
MS. RICE: Well, let us-- let me tell you the-- the best information we have at present. First of all, there's an FBI investigation which is ongoing. And we look to that investigation to give us the definitive word as to what transpired. But putting together the best information that we have available to us today our current assessment is that what happened in Benghazi was in fact initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in Cairo.