Re: Rice-a-Phony?

Apropos my posting yesterday on the newly named U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice–who told Stanford University‘s alumni magazine that during her visit to Rwanda she saw “hundreds if not thousands of decomposing corpses outside and inside a church. Corpses that had been hacked up. It was the most horrible thing I’ve ever seen. It makes you mad. It makes you determined”– a friend alerted me to this passage from the book by Samantha Power, A Problem from Hell (found on page 359 in the paperback edition):

At an interagency teleconference in late April, Susan Rice, a rising star on the NSC who worked under Richard Clarke, stunned a few of the officials present when she asked, “If we use the word ‘genocide’ and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [congressional] election?” Lieutenant Colonel Marley remembers the incredulity of his colleagues at the State Department. “We could believe that people would wonder that” he says, “but not that they would actually voice it.” Rice does not recall the incident but concedes “If I said it, it was completely inappropriate, as well as irrelevant.”

Ms. Rice is correct; this comment was “totally inappropriate,” to say nothing of somewhat sickening. Ms. Rice may now view herself as a champion against genocide because of her role in allowing genocide to unfold in Rwanda without raising a finger. Still, this incident is worth bearing in mind when considering her appointment. We will see if she’s any more effective in the U.N. then she was in the N.S.C.

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Re: Rice-a-Phony?

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