Politics

Obama’s Rice Appointment as National Security Adviser, Likely Polarizing Move

| by Sarah Siskind

President Barack Obama announced last Wednesday that he would replace Tom Donilon as National Security Advisor with Susan Rice, current ambassador to the United Nations. The appointment will likely draw ire from Republicans in Congress who fought hard to keep her out of the White House as Secretary of State.

It takes a particular kind of aversion for Republicans to rally behind Massachusetts senator, John Kerry for Secretary of State, so long as it means keeping Susan Rice out of the running. They succeeded in keeping her out of the White House, if only for three months.

Unlike the role of Secretary of State, the role of National Security Adviser does not require a Senate confirmation. Obama can bypass the steep two-thirds requirement in appointing Rice.

However, for every political action there is often some equal and opposite reaction. There is nothing Republicans can do to disavow the president’s foreign policy, but there is plenty they cannot do,  namely, cooperate.

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Rice’s replacement as ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, is another polemic figure. This appointment, however, does require confirmation from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Power drew heat back in 2002 over comments accusing Israel of "major human rights abuses" and suggesting military intervention. After Power called Hillary Clinton a “monster” during Obama’s 2008 campaign, many of the Left did not hold a favorable impression of her. Power’s lack of hesitation to use military intervention attracts criticism from both Right and Left.

The ink is still drying on the Benghazi hearings and Rand Paul’s voice is still sore from his filibuster against Obama’s use of drones. The appointment of Rice and Power comes at a bad time for unity in Washington, especially when protesters in Turkey and the battered rebels in Syria call out for American support. Political stagnation is not an unlikely outcome.

Sources: Fox News