Good career move by Susan Rice

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Susan Rice
Susan Rice

We don’t make this up. I wish it wasn’t true, but it is. Susan Rice is ambassador to the U.N. but she has her sights on Secretary of State, and so she has made friends in the American Jewish community. Laura Rozen has the incisive report at Yahoo: “UN envoy Susan Rice addresses interest groups, in move some see advancing Secretary of State bid.”

An unfortunate headline. There’s really just one interest group here. And I guess that group is essential to any American diplomatic career. Ask Dennis Ross. Rozen:

Take, for example, Rice’s key role in the Obama administration’s high profile diplomatic lobbying against the Palestinian UN statehood recognition bid, in the run up and aftermath to Obama’s speech at the UN last September vowing to wield the United States’ UN Security Council veto if needed to block the measure. The Palestinian UN bid was and is fiercely opposed by Israel; the Obama administration’s position that Palestinian statehood can only be achieved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiations was a relief to Jerusalem as well as to several American pro-Israel groups.

Unsurprisingly, then, the reception was particularly warm when Rice addressed the American Jewish Committee National Board of Governors meeting in New York Monday afternoon–though it was in fact Rice’s third address to the group the past three years.

Let me begin by saying that from the United States’ point of view, the achievement of an independent Palestinian state can only come through direct negotiations and a negotiated two-state solution,” Rice said in a conversation with AJC President David Harris before the group….

Her AJC appearance Monday came on the heels of Rice being awarded the National Service Award from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations last month. (“Let me say a few words about our extraordinary partnership with Israel, starting by affirming an essential truth that will never change: the United States remains fully and firmly committed to the peace and security of the Jewish state of Israel,” Rice said upon receiving the Conference award.)

Veteran foreign policy observers say Rice, in her expanded outreach to domestic special interest groups, is demonstrating the sharp political skills that have proved essential for past successful Secretaries of State, from Madeleine Albright to Hillary Clinton.

12 Responses

  1. Cliff
    January 25, 2012, 12:05 pm

    So being successful as the article implies, means total subservience to a country other than one’s own and no honesty.

    • Pamela Olson
      January 25, 2012, 12:48 pm

      That about sums it up. I tried to work in Washington for nearly two years. Just couldn’t stomach it.

    • Citizen
      January 25, 2012, 7:02 pm

      Yeah, Cliff, my how the State Department has changed since Truman ignored it in 1948.

  2. HarryLaw
    January 25, 2012, 12:57 pm

    Susan Rice, singing for her supper, what a pathetic sight, I sometimes wonder how these cringing slobbering politicians are not like normal people, they have no self respect, none

    • Citizen
      January 25, 2012, 7:04 pm

      But HarryLaw, they don’t know it; they sell themselves first, like any effective sale person. They never leave much down-time for introspection; just keep selling, every day. Key to conventional success.

    • Real Jew
      January 25, 2012, 8:24 pm

      ” I sometimes wonder how these cringing slobbering politicians are not like normal people, they have no self respect, none”

      It’s very reasonable to have this sort of mentality towards our pro Israel ass kissing politicians. As a matter of fact I’ve maintained a similar one for many years. But as I began to have a better understanding of the Lobby, my stance started to soften a bit. The lobby has created an environment which basically forces our politicans to adopt a pro Israel position. As history shows, the bravest of them who opposed this tyranny didn’t last long. Politicans today are simply trying to be successful

      • Theo
        January 26, 2012, 9:16 am

        Real Jew

        Nobody is forced to do anything except to pay taxes and to die.
        They could always walk away and do something else for a living. Most of them are rich or even millionairs.
        The nurenberg trial cleared the situation, you make yourself liable if you follow the wrong order or line of politics.

        • Real Jew
          January 26, 2012, 7:56 pm

          Theo:
          No one would be happier then me to see our politicians grow a spine and tell AIPAC to shove it. However, it would seem highly illogical for many people (non political as well) to shy away from a career choice based on one aspect of the job that is disagreeable.

          The current landscape in American politics, which have been shaped by the powerful hands of AIPAC and their ilk, allows zero room for dissident voices. They smear, attack, and destroy anybody who opposes them. Due to this reality, our politicians who have a highly developed sense of self survival has taken a “if u can’t beat them…..join them.” stance.

          I’m not saying this is right, just pointing out the facts.

        • Theo
          January 27, 2012, 9:01 am

          Real Jew

          We agree, however someone MUST take the first step.
          By sticking your head in sand, or do what others do, never will change the situation in the USA.
          Our founding fathers revolted against the british king and risked their lives for the cause. So did others all over the world who revolted and even died in the cause of freedom and democracy. Don´t we have a leader with spine and character who says it is time we stop this slide toward a foreign rule, (Israel), and a dictatorship?
          Did we become a nation of cowardly baby Hueys? Fat, docile and ripe for the slaughter?

        • john h
          January 27, 2012, 6:58 pm

          Note Pamela’s great comment, link to mondoweiss.net

    • aiman
      January 26, 2012, 3:03 am

      “I sometimes wonder how these cringing slobbering politicians are not like normal people, they have no self respect, none”

      Most politicians suffer from megalomania. It is this personality type that advantages them in the realm of power though with a cruel relish. History is a duel between megalomaniacs and moral prophets.

  3. dbroncos
    January 25, 2012, 11:17 pm

    “Let me say a few words about our extraordinary partnership with Israel, starting by affirming an essential truth that will never change: the United States remains fully and firmly committed to the peace and security of the Jewish state of Israel,”

    – Susan Rice

    “A verbal agreement isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.”

    – Yogi Berra

    Israeli’s would do well to understand that millions of Americans will demand an end to this nonsense as they become better acquainted with the true costs of our commitment to tragically flawed Zionist ideals.

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