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UN Pick Rice: Another Wrong-on-Iraq Nominee
On the outside chance that anyone thought that Dr. Susan Rice might be the exception to the rule of wrong-thinking that characterizes Barack Obama's foreign-policy team, well, think again.
Obama's nominee to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, had this to say February, 2003, after then-Secretary of State Colin Powell made a wholly absurd presentation a plenary session of the United Nations Security Council regarding the supposed threat posed by those Iraqi imaginary weapons of mass destruction.
"I think he [Powell] has proved that Iraq has these weapons and is hiding them," said Rice, a former Clinton administration State Department aide, "and I don't think many informed people doubted that."
So said Rice in an interview with National Public Radio on February 6, 2003.
For the record, that was one day after Powell made his "case" for war to the U.N.
On that day, major newspapers in Europe had already debunked Powell's key arguments.
"Informed people" -- i.e., those who read credible media -- knew that. And they were struggling to avert an unnecessary war.
Unfortunately for the world, Susan Rice was not among them.
Fortunately for Rice, the fact of her failure is not of consequence.
On Barack Obama's foreign-policy team, the fact that someone was wrong on the great foreign-policy debate of one presidency does not disqualify that individual from defining the agenda of the next presidency.