Skip to comments.Opposing Susan Rice Sexist? What About Opposing John Kerry?
Posted on 12/01/2012 6:56:40 AM PST by Kaslin
Liberal Washington Post editorial page commentator Ruth Marcus sees sexism in the Republican opposition to naming the current U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, as Hillary Clintons replacement as Secretary of State. Marcus trots out a well-worn story from the 1970s. She relates the formidable Alice Rivlins recollections as first Director of the Congressional Budget Office. Over my dead body will we have a woman in that job was the reaction of the House Budget Committee Chairman. (Chairman, Ooh! Bad!) That was Dr. Rivlins testimony. Dr. Rivlin sailed through confirmation to chair the CBO and is widely respected on both sides of the aisle.
Were not sure if that powerful male congressional malefactor is still on this side of the sod, but just look at what writer Marcus overlooks: That committee chairman in 1974 could only have been a Democrat. For forty years, no one but a Democrat chaired any House committee.
Conveniently overlooked by Ruth Marcus as well in this latest attempt to gin up a phony war on women is the factone of those stubborn factsthat the first woman to be confirmed as Secretary of State was Madeleine Albright. Sec. Albright sailed through in 1996 on a vote of 99-0 in a Senate controlled by Republicans.
Ambassador Rice was herself confirmed by a unanimous Senate vote for her current position at the UN. That vote included, dare we mention it, Republicans. Some of them, we hear, were white males.
The reason for the increasing opposition to Amb. Rice as Sec. of State is her failure to present the truth about the Benghazi debacle. This is but part of a pattern with Amb. Rice. She headed up the Africa section of the U.S. State Department in 1998 when that fudge factory denied urgent requests from our U.S. diplomats in Tanzania and Kenya.
Amb. Rice told Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that she would have to refresh her memory about the horrific al Qaeda bombings of our embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
Greta Van Susteren has reported on the closed-door meeting between Amb. Rice and Sen. Collins that left the Maine lawmaker with more doubts about the ambassadors record. Those bombings left scores dead and hundreds wounded.
Many of the victims in those embassy bombings were black females. The Soft Power so enthusiastically endorsed by the Obama administration provides a sympathy blanket for international conferences. But these confabs are always held in safe places, well-guarded. For Americans and our friends on the ground, Soft Power can mean sudden death.
If Ambassador Rice fails to get the coveted slot at State, speculation turns to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) Conservatives should also lead the opposition to the Massachusetts lawmaker. John Kerry gained fame testifying against his fellow Vietnam veterans before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee he now heads. Under oath, he claimed the U.S. forces in South Vietnam were violating the Geneva Convention in their treatment of the enemy.
That was in 1971. Young John Kerry also went to Paris to meet with North Vietnamese Communists for talks. What exactly was the nature of those talks? For a private citizen to negotiate with foreign powers has been a violation of federal lawthe Logan Actsince 1798. Did Kerry negotiate? Did he demand that the North Vietnamese abide by the Geneva Convention? If not, why not? We know that our POWs were being subjected to daily torture in Hanoi. Kerry could turn to Sen. John McCain if he is in any doubt about that. Did Kerry keep written notes on his Paris meetings with our countrys enemies? If he did, let us see those notes. If he didnt keep a record, is this the kind of Soft Power diplomacy he would bring to the State Department?
Lest you think we are stretching too far back in going after the mop-haired John Kerrys youthful indiscretions, lets talk about U.S. Senator John Kerrys over-the-top advocacy of the Nuclear Freeze. He made that misguided effort on guided missiles his ticket to the Senate.
We now know that the Nuclear Freeze movement received major backing from the Soviet KGB. We know that it was the USSRs best hope to split up NATO.
We know that the Nuclear Freeze was based on the absurd idea of how the United States should respond to aggressive Soviet moves in Eastern Europe, their placement of Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles (IRBMs) within striking distance of every NATO capital. Kerry and his fellow Freezeniks thought we should do nothing. We should rally world opinion to force the Soviets to withdraw their IRBMs.
Harvards Adam Ulam, a Polish émigré, famously put down that silly notion. In his heavily-accented English, he asked: And wot will you do iff they dunt? Kerry never had an answer.
We dont question John Kerry's fitness for the job because hes a white male. We dont even think hes French-looking as the Wall Street Journals estimable James Taranto continually says. In fact, French President Francois Mitterrand supported President Ronald Reagans placement of Cruise and Pershing Missiles in Western Europe. We approve that French leaders brave stand against the Nuclear Freeze.
Our questions of Amb. Susan Rice and Sen. John Kerry concern their proven records of failure in foreign policy. Their Soft Power brings hard times and even death for Americans and our allies around the world. That should be our only concern.
Yes we can. He's a traitor to this country.
I’m all fired up to see a reprint of “Unfit For Command”, and the Swift Boaters. Obama will really be sticking his finger in the eye of the military if he nominates Kerry for SecDef.
..oh, I think it's called being a Patriot.
Better Rice than Kerry. Rice is just a rubber-stamp drone for her boss, but Kerry is a committed communist who hates this country.
Why not just come right out and say opposing any democrat is illegal?
Ruth Marcus is a sexist pig! Prolly racist too.
Opposing Kerry = Anti Girly Man
Opposing John Kerry will bring out the resistance at its core, from where all resistance to opposition stems - the republicans in the senate willl have to be the ones to do the jobs themselves. McCain will give him a VN prisoner pass and Lindsay Graham will seet talk all the way to forcing us to turn off the sound of his voice, thereby giving him anything he wants, just shutup.
Yes we can. He's a traitor to this country.
Ditto... He should have been hung many years ago, then shot just to be sure.
I'm beginning to warm up to Rice though.
She's obviously a capitalist, considering the dough she's made and how she did it.
She'll see to it that the Keystone pipeline get's built as she will get richer from it.
A true crony capitalist I don't mind seeing around.
As far as lying about Libya, who knows the real story?
She may have been fed a bunch of bogus info and ordered to do it.
Opposing John Kerry is patriotic.
“What About Opposing John Kerry?”
Also Sexist! ! !
After all, support of a male means some female was deviously duped out of the support she deserved!
I can never remember if I’m sexist or racist.
ker-ry (ker’ i) vi. kerried, kerrying 1 to change one’s position for political advantage 2 to pander to special interest groups 3 to slander one’s opponents 4 to boast of fraudulent heroism in combat 5 to bear false witness against one’s comrades 6 to give aid and comfort to the enemy in time of war n. kerry 1 indecisiveness 2 demagoguery 3 treason
Historians rooting around in the KGB files (they were given access by Boris Yeltsin, about the time the East German Stasi records were thrown open to FOIA requests in Germany) found solid evidence that the late Sen. John Tunney (D-Calif., of course) was working for the KGB.
They also found a minute of a meeting among Soviet Amb. Dobrynin, General Secretary Yuri Andropov, Armand Hammer, Tunney ..... <drum roll> ... and Sen. Ted Kennedy, who was there to implore Andropov to help the Democrats defeat Ronald Reagan for re-election in 1984.
The silence in MSM over that one was deafening. It was a minute of the meeting -- not a rumor, for God's sake! A contemporary, eyeball-witness record! From the KGB's own files!
The more of that kind of stuff I see, the more I'm convinced that the entire Media Establishment are traitors.
Opposing Linda Gramnesty would be sexist.