Susan Rice for National Security Advisor

Stephen Lendman

Barak Obama, Susan Rice & Samantha Power (A. Wong/Getty)

Previous articles discussed her. Calling her controversial stops short of accurately characterizing her. Moral depravity explains best.

Vishay Prashad calls her the "queen of interventionist hawks." South African journalist Getahune Bekele said she's a "consummate ally of grubby despots." Ray McGovern says she believes "hawkishness" is "safer" for career advancement than "thoughtful diplomacy." Reuters called her "sharp-tongued." Others condemn her bloody hands. Banality of evil describes her. Death and destruction don't bother her. She was quoted once saying, "The only thing we have to do is look the other way."

Reports suggest humanitarian warmonger Samantha Power will replace her as UN ambassador. Senate confirmation is needed. She and Rice played leading roles in urging "humanitarian war" on Libya.

Genocidal slaughter followed. Africa's most developed nation was ravaged. So-called responsibility to protect is code language for show no mercy. When America intervenes, with or without NATO partners, death, destruction, resource theft, exploitation and human misery follow.

Current National Security Advisor Tom Donilon announced he's stepping down. He has his own cross to bear. In May, Foreign Policy contributor James Mann called him "Obama's gray man." His "vast influence" on foreign policy stokes controversy. One unnamed source called the National Security staff under his stewardship "a snake pit." Donilon was Deputy National Security Advisor under General James Jones. He called him a "backroom technocrat."

He's been politically active since working for Jimmy Carter. He did so straight from college. He went on to law school. After graduation, he joined Warren Christopher's law firm. Later, Christopher became Clinton's Secretary of State. Donilon came along as his chief of staff. He also served as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. From 1999 - 2005, he held senior executive Fannie Mae positions. He also served as chief lobbyist. He earned millions of dollars doing so. He pressured Congress for deregulatory-freedom. Bush administration officials willingly complied. He was involved during housing bubble inflating years. He shares responsibility with others for what happened. From 1986 - 1993 and from 2003 - 2005, he was an O'Melveny & Myers law firm partner. In 1988, he was CBS Evening News chief political analyst. Before entering Obama's presidential campaign, he was a Goldman Sachs and Citigroup legal advisor. He's been a hustler/con artist/bully throughout his political and private careers. He's part of a Washington/Wall Street bipartisan cesspool of corruption and imperial lawlessness. As National Security Advisor, it includes geopolitical priorities. He once said Obama's "not a president who's at all shy about the use of force." Obama's record, of course, speaks for itself. Donilon's other affiliations include the Council on Foreign Relations, Aspen Institute, US Chamber of Commerce, Brookings Institution, and Bilderberg Group. Since 1999, he's been a registered lobbyist.

Donilon urged Rice's appointment as World Bank president. She wanted upgrading to Secretary of State. John Kerry was chosen. Rice stayed on as UN ambassador. As National Security Advisor, she'll be chief presidential aide on national security issues. Unlike other presidential appointments, Senate confirmation isn't needed.

Obama calls her "extraordinary." Her style matches Hillary Clinton. She deplores peace, nonviolence, diplomacy and social justice. Her outbursts reflect bullying, bluster and arrogance. Her support for US lawlessness makes her complicit. She relishes imperial spoils. She's indifferent to human suffering. She's a monument to wrong over right. She's a disgrace and embarrassment to her country, position and humanity.

Her abrasive style makes more enemies than friends. She's one of America's worst ever envoys. A previous article said said she has major unexplained conflicts of interest.

She and her husband own "at least $1.25 million worth of stock in four of Canada's eight leading oil producers." She has up to $600,000 equity in TransCanada Corp. It's building the environmentally destructive Keystone XL pipeline. Her holdings also include $11 million of more in Royal Bank of Canada, as well as lesser equity in other Canadian financial institutions funding XL. She and her husband have a net worth estimated at between $23.5 and $43.5 million. They'll have to explain how they accumulated it. Perhaps it was the old-fashioned way.

From October 1997 to January 2001, she was Bill Clinton's Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. She supported Washington's imperial Afghan and Iraq wars. She urged longterm occupation. She endorsed imperial war on Libya. She falsified claims about Gaddafi forces committing mass rapes. She ignored Western-enlisted death squad atrocities. She's been silent about them throughout Obama's war on Syria. She blames Assad for Western imperial crimes. She asked for UN authorization to wage war.

She favors partnering with Israel against Iran. She wants one regional country after another ravaged and destroyed. She wants "no daylight" between US and Israeli policy.

She endorses permanent imperial direct and proxy wars. She has longstanding blood on her hands. As UN envoy, she supports Washington's war on humanity. As National Security Advisor she'll have Obama's ear to escalate it. She represents everything people of conscience condemn. She's criminally unqualified for any public or private position. She called Russian and Chinese Security Council resolution vetoes "disgusting" and "shameful." Both countries oppose war. They've blocked it full-scale so far. How much longer remains to be seen.

Expect Rice to push hard for direct intervention. She's done it already. She did so against Libya. She urges regime change. She favors doing so belligerently. She proliferates lies for support. Her rap sheet includes complicity in major crimes. In 1993, she served on Clinton's National Security Council. From 1997 - January 2001, she was Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

She was involved in proxy genocidal wars on Congo. Washington unleashed Ugandan and Rwandan forces. Eastern Congo was ravaged. It's happening again. At stake are vast mineral resources. They're largely untapped. They include oil, gold, diamonds, copper, uranium, cobalt, and tantalum. It's a rare earth essential for manufacturing high-tech electronics. Nuclear power producers need it. Rice has close ties to Rwanda's Paul Kagame. He's a US stooge. Washington trained him at Fort Leavenworth, KS. She's connected to Uganda's Yoweri Museveni. He and Kagame are two of many African "grubby despot" US allies. They serve at the behest of Washington. They stay in power as long as they remember who’s boss. They serve American interests. They exploit their own people in the process. Countries like Congo, Somalia, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria and others have been plundered for decades.

Millions have died. Poverty, unemployment, disease, death, deprivation, and human suffering define large parts of the continent. Exploiting its resources matter most. Africa's the world's most impoverished, long-suffering, war-ravaged continent. Western imperialism bears most responsibility. Post-WW II, America's been the lead belligerent. It's the only region where US military and civilian diplomatic functions are combined. AFRICOM runs things. As Obama's envoy, Rice plays a leading role. She did earlier under Clinton.

As National Security Advisor, she'll add to her rap sheet. It's already bloodstained. She's morally unqualified for any public or private office. The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity is right saying "she belongs in the big house, not in the White House."

Many other imperial co-conspirators belong there with her. Perhaps it's the only way to end Washington's war on humanity. It's more than ever threatened under Obama. With Rice as new National Security Advisor, it may not survive on their watch.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He has devoted his time and efforts to progressive causes and organizations, all involved in working for a more humane and just world for all people everywhere, but especially for the most needy, disadvantaged and oppressed. His efforts since summer 2005 have included writing on a broad range of vital topics ranging from war and peace; social, economic and political equity for all; and justice for all the oppressed peoples of the world like the long-suffering people of Haiti and the Palestinians. He also co-hosts The Global Research News Hour, gives occasional public talks, and appears frequently on radio and at times television. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. Also visit his blog and listen to The Lendman News Hour on Monday - Friday at 10AM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on world and national issues. All programs are archived for easy listening. His new book "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War" can be ordered HERE. He can be reached at

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