Susan Rice: Should She Stay Or Should She Go? – Wingin’ It Wednesday
This week on "Wingin' It Wednesday" we tried something new. The questions were submitted by the panelists, making for quite the interesting debate. Panelist Mike Stagg, Carol Ross, and Warren Caudle joined "Mornings with Ken and Bernie" to duke it out on the airwaves.
Here’s what the panel had to say:
1. Warren's question: should republicans wage an aggressive battle over Obama's nomination of new cabinet members such as Susan Rice as SOS and John Kerry as SOD?
Carol Ross started us off:
Long before she became a household name thanks to her lying through the Benghazi fiasco, she was building a career from the ruins of other African fiascos. That's just the tip of the iceberg.
After her diplomatic fiascos in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and the Congo there was Sierra Leone that was a tragedy of great magnitude.
She and her cronies were hell-bent on destroying the Sudan so they would not listen to them, they would not form better ties nor accept intelligence on Bin Laden. Susan Rice and her cronies in the state department kept overruling any more security and of course we know what happened a few months later.
Warren Caudle added:
Our foreign policy has been pretty-well mismanaged from day 1.
I find it strange that now we're saying Madelyn Albright had a good handle on things. My question about Susan Rice is where was the outrage from Republicans when Colin Powell was up there spouting the President's line about "weapons of mass destruction" and the nuclear bombs that Saddam Husein had.It's the ambassadors job to spout the line that their president gives them. They answer to the president, they don't answer to anyone else. It's the hypocrisy of the thing - when our guys are doing it they're doing their job and their doing it to help us, but when the other side does it, then we're outraged.
I think it's what people in this country have gotten so disheartened about in the electoral process in this country. This side is always right and the other side is always wrong. Regardless of who is in power or what they're doing. We need to take a deep breath and try to go forward. Figure out exactly what we want to do as a country instead of just throwing rocks.
Mike Stagg countered:
This whole thing with Susan Rice is highly partisan politics. I have reason to question her suitability as Secretary of State because she has massive holdings in the companies trying to build the XL Pipeline.
Susan Rice as the UN Ambassador has done her job. We don't know if she'll be nominated as Secretary of State. There's a deep enough bench of people with foreign policy experience and expertise that the position can be filled without having to go into the Senate.
2. Dick Armey recently left Freedom Works (with an $8 million severance package) after the executive director of the organization admitted that he used Freedom Works staff and other resources to write a book but was keeping all the money from the book. Has American conservatism become, as Bill Kristol suggests, a racket?
If you look at Carl Rove and his 3 for 300 million campaign that he ran for American Crossroads, Dick Morris basically funding money between himself and Newsmax, then you have the whole Freedom Works thing, they position themselves as a grassroots campaign but how does a grassroots campaign afford an $8 million pay out.
There's a fundamental dishonesty and the people that are really being taken here are the people in the conservative movement.
The short answer is yes, but has all of American politics, and that's one of the tragedies of all this stuff. Ross Perot said in 1992 that people no longer go to Washington to serve they go to Washington to cash in.
Don't give me this fake outrage about this stuff. It goes on in every way shape and form. The fact of the matter is the private money that went into Freedom Works, hopefully it was used in the right way, but this fight is just "he said, he said".
In all cases buyer be ware. And although these guys beat up on Fox News, at least I see both sides of the news issue. They have liberal and the conservative and it's a good debate. I say everyone beware of where you send your money.
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