From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL:
U.N. Ambassador Takes Herself Out of Consideration for Secretary of State Post
By PETER NICHOLAS and JULIAN E. BARNES
U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice withdrew from consideration to be secretary of state on Thursday in anticipation of a fierce confirmation battle with Republican opponents, marking the first political defeat for President Barack Obama in preparing for his second term.
Ms. Rice's announcement that she was ending her bid for the post could reverberate across two branches of government, reshaping Mr. Obama's cabinet selections and possibly changing the makeup of the U.S. Senate.
Mr. Obama has yet to nominate anyone to succeed Hillary Clinton, who has said she doesn't want to stay on as the nation's top diplomat in a second term. But officials had said Ms.
Rice was the leading candidate, and Mr. Obama had defended her from detractors.
“While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first,” Mr. Obama said in a statement released by the White House.
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Sorry, but what a bunch of bovine feces! Dr Rice was under heavy criticism precisely because President Obama and his Administration took someone who had not been involved in the Benghazi mess, fed her a false story, and then sent her out to defend the Administration's (in)actions with that false story. When the lies were caught, Dr Rice took the heat; when the lies were caught, it was Dr Rice who suffered the career damage.
She didn't lie, at least not knowingly; she told the truth as far as she knew the truth, because she trusted President Obama and his minions to tell her the truth. That was her real mistake.
All the Administration wanted to do was to delay the story of their utter incompetence past election day. They didn't succeed in that, but President Obama won anyway. I hope that Dr Rice is satisfied enough with the President's re-election victory; maybe that'll make the bus tire tracks on her back a little more tolerable.