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Who’s Responsible For Syria Boondoggle?


Raymond Pritchett longs for the good old days of Tom Donilan, Hillary Clinton, and Leon Panetta.

Susan Rice, Samantha Power, And Syria

Powers Rice Obama

How would the addition of Susan Rice and Samantha Power to the President’s foreign policy team affect policy toward Syria’s civil war?

Susan Rice To Replace Tom Donilon As National Security Adviser

Susan Rice

Denied her chance at being Secretary of State, Susan Rice will be moving to a position that is arguably just as important in shaping American foreign policy.

Susan Rice Withdraws Her Name From Consideration As Secretary Of State


U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has taken herself out of the running to replace Hillary Clinton at the State Department: United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice has pulled her name out of consideration for nomination as the next secretary of state. “If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly […]

Hillary Clinton Prefers John Kerry For Next Secretary Of State


So says Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun-Times: The big question: Who would Secretary of State Hillary Clinton like to get her job? It ain’t embattled U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who is dealing with the way she handled the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three […]

John McCain, Lindsey Graham Vow To Block Susan Rice From Becoming Secretary Of State


Fresh of the news that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is at or near the top of the list of candidate to replace Hillary Clinton at the State Department, two prominent Republican Senators are vowing to block her nomination if it’s put forward: Senior Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday made crystal-clear their opposition to […]

Susan Rice, John Kerry At Top Of List For State And Defense Departments


With the election over, speculation is now turning to what will happen to President Obama’s Cabinet during his second term. On the domestic side, we already know that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wants to leave Washington at the end of Obama’s First Term. On the foreign policy side, Hillary Clinton let it be known last […]

Yet Another War

Mark Lyall Grant

America is about to enter a third war in the Muslim world with no clear idea of the end game.

Obama: Disloyal, Ruthless, Cold


Wednesday’s column by Maureen Dowd, eviscerating President Obama for his shabby treatment of former White House Counsel Greg Craig and supporter Caroline Kennedy, is getting favorable responses from his supporters in the blogosphere. Only a year after he had helped Barack Obama get elected by eviscerating his close friend, Clinton White House colleague and Yale […]

Chuck Hagel New Atlantic Council Chairman

Chuck Hagel Atlantic Council Chairman Photo

As of this morning, Senator Chuck Hagel is the chairman of Atlantic Council of the United States. Hagel, who served two terms representing Nebraska from 1997 to 2009, received the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished International Leadership Award in 2004. His breadth of experience, knowledge of foreign policy, and commitment to transatlantic relations provide the basis for […]

Obama’s Angels

Obama's Angels National Interest Cover

Both Spencer Ackerman and  Matthew Yglesias, males both, are highly offended by the cover of the current The National Interest depicting the foreign policy triumvirate of Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and Janet Napolitano as “Obama’s Angels,” claiming the implication that these accomplished women are somehow analogous to sexy female crimefighters is insulting to women. In […]

Obama Gets High Marks


A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows that Americans think Barack Obama is handling the transition well and picking an outstanding team.  Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones: Americans widely approve of Barack Obama’s decisions, announced on Monday, to name Hillary Clinton secretary of state and to ask Robert Gates to stay on as secretary of defense. […] During […]

Gates Staying as SECDEF

Robert Gates SECDEF Photo

It’s being widely reported that Bob Gates has agreed to stay on, at least for a time, as Secretary of Defense.   Politico’s Mike Allen fills in the rest of the foreign policy team: Obama plans to announce a national-security team early next week that includes Gates at the Pentagon and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) […]