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Opposing Susan Rice Sexist? What About Opposing John Kerry?
Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Ken Blackwell

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 Clinton’s replacement as Secretary of State. Marcus trots out a well-worn story from the 1970s. She relates the formidable Alice Rivlin’s 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. Rivlin’s testimony. Dr. Rivlin sailed through confirmation to chair the CBO and is widely respected on both sides of the aisle.

We’re 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 fact—one of those stubborn facts—that 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 ambassador’s 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 law—the Logan Act—since 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 country’s enemies? If he did, let us see those notes. If he didn’t 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 Kerry’s youthful indiscretions, let’s talk about U.S. Senator John Kerry’s 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 USSR’s 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.

Harvard’s 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 dun’t?” Kerry never had an answer.

We don’t question John Kerry's fitness for the job because he’s a white male. We don’t even think he’s “French-looking” as the Wall Street Journal’s estimable James Taranto continually says. In fact, French President Francois Mitterrand supported President Ronald Reagan’s placement of Cruise and Pershing Missiles in Western Europe. We approve that French leader’s 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.


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1 posted on 12/01/2012 6:56:46 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
What About Opposing John Kerry? = Stupidist!
2 posted on 12/01/2012 7:01:58 AM PST by BigLittle (Let us not expect the spiritual spring until we first pass through the spiritual winter.)
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To: Kaslin
Opposing John Kerry would be patriotic. Kerry has been found guilty of unknown charges, possibly related to treason, and reduced in rank form Captain to the lowest navel rank. This in itself should disqualify him form being a dog catcher let alone senator or officer of any rank.
3 posted on 12/01/2012 7:03:42 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Kaslin
"We don’t question John Kerry's fitness for the job ..."

Yes we can. He's a traitor to this country.

4 posted on 12/01/2012 7:03:52 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral.)
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To: mountainlion

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.


5 posted on 12/01/2012 7:11:36 AM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: All

Lurchist?


6 posted on 12/01/2012 7:19:37 AM PST by sleddogs
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To: Kaslin
I know there's a term for bias against traitors and grifters.. but I can't remember right now.

..oh, I think it's called being a Patriot.

7 posted on 12/01/2012 7:21:16 AM PST by Track9
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To: Kaslin

Better Rice than Kerry. Rice is just a rubber-stamp drone for her boss, but Kerry is a committed communist who hates this country.


8 posted on 12/01/2012 7:40:14 AM PST by I want the USA back
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To: Kaslin

Why not just come right out and say opposing any democrat is illegal?


9 posted on 12/01/2012 7:41:52 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Kaslin

Ruth Marcus is a sexist pig! Prolly racist too.


10 posted on 12/01/2012 7:47:20 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: Kaslin

Opposing Kerry = Anti Girly Man


11 posted on 12/01/2012 7:50:39 AM PST by Iron Munro (Big Moo & Bronco 'Bama = Robbing From The Hood and Boy Blunder)
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To: Kaslin

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.


12 posted on 12/01/2012 8:00:19 AM PST by stanne
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To: SkyDancer
John Kerry's fitness for the job ..."

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.

13 posted on 12/01/2012 8:04:19 AM PST by Mogger (Independence, better fuel economy and performance with American made synthetic oil.)
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To: Kaslin

Opposing John Kerry is patriotic.


14 posted on 12/01/2012 8:40:24 AM PST by killermosquito (Buffalo, Detroit (and eventually France) is what you get when liberalism runs its course.)
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To: Kaslin

“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!


15 posted on 12/01/2012 9:44:07 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: BigLittle

I can never remember if I’m sexist or racist.


16 posted on 12/01/2012 10:57:06 AM PST by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: Kaslin

Metrosexist!


17 posted on 12/01/2012 11:52:01 AM PST by pacobell
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To: Kaslin

Metrosexist!


18 posted on 12/01/2012 11:52:22 AM PST by pacobell
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To: Kaslin

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


19 posted on 12/01/2012 8:01:36 PM PST by MikeNJ
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To: I want the USA back
Better Rice than Kerry. Rice is just a rubber-stamp drone for her boss, but Kerry is a committed communist who hates this country.

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.

20 posted on 12/02/2012 1:11:07 AM PST by lentulusgracchus (Hanoi toy, McCain's their boy. (Hat tip to FReeper |neverdem|.))
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To: Kaslin

Opposing Linda Gramnesty would be sexist.


21 posted on 12/02/2012 2:10:34 PM PST by Paladin2
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