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Susan Rice withdraws consideration for US Secretary of State: Obama bows to dissent.

Washington, Dec. 14 -- Under intense political pressure from powerful and influential Republican senators and right-wing media alleging that she covered-up the Benghazi US diplomatic post attack - in which US ambassador and three others were brutally killed - for the Obama administration to give the impression that al Qaeda has been totally decimated, Susan Rice on Thursday, 13 December withdrew from consideration for the secretary of state position.

Aptly recognizing America's vibrant democratic system of free flow of opinion and sacred right to dissent, acknowledging cogent opposition, President Obama, in the larger interest of the United States declared in a statement said "I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State."

After the Obama White House leaked to the media that it is considering Ambassador Susan Rice for the post of secretary of state when Hilary Clinton vacates it in January or February the Republican opposition and a section of the national media highlighted her 'political slavery' to the Obama administration in the Benghazi cover-up.

In the U.S. system of governance there are three cabinet positions that are above sectarian, partisan politics; the posts of secretary of state, defense secretary and the attorney general. Holders of these three position , in the history of the U.S., never get involved in political campaigns although they are nominated by the president and ratified by the US Senate.

The media and the Senate Republicans were conscious that Susan Rice may act as the White House political agent where as the top diplomat position should perform above politics in the world of complicated politics.

Acknowledging America's highly decorated governing system, President Obama bowed to the cogent arguments put forward by his political opponents.

In withdrawing her name Dr. Susan Rice in a letter to President Obama said: "If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly - to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities," She further noted "That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country ... Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time."

With Rice out of the running, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is widely believed to be the frontrunner to replace current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

With Rice out of the running, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is widely believed to be the frontrunner to replace current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Obama released the following statement on Rice's withdrawal:

(Begin Quote) Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State. For two decades, Susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant. As my Ambassador to the United Nations, she plays an indispensable role in advancing America's interests.

Already, she has secured international support for sanctions against Iran and North Korea, worked to protect the people of Libya, helped achieve an independent South Sudan, stood up for Israel's security and legitimacy, and served as an advocate for UN reform and the human rights of all people. I am grateful that Susan will continue to serve as our Ambassador at the United Nations and a key member of my cabinet and national security team, carrying her work forward on all of these and other issues.

I have every confidence that Susan has limitless capability to serve our country now and in the years to come, and know that I will continue to rely on her as an advisor and friend. 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.

The American people can be proud to have a public servant of her caliber and character representing our country. (End Quote)

Rice's potential nomination was marred by persistent Republican criticism of her response to the Sept. 11 anniversary attack on a U.S. compound Benghazi, Libya. She spoke on a number of morning shows in the wake of the attacks to defend the administration's handling of the incident, which led to the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. During her appearances, she described the attack as the result of a spontaneous protest stemming from an anti-Islam video, an account that was later found to be incorrect.

Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) later emerged as her most vocal opponents, claiming that her mischaracterization of the attack was a sign that she was unfit to serve as secretary of state.

Here is the complete letter Susan Rice sent to President Obama.

(Begin Text) It has been and remains my highest professional privilege to serve as your United Nations Ambassador. I am deeply grateful for your steadfast support for all we do at the U.S. Mission to the UN and for my dedicated colleagues. Your vision and leadership have enabled the U.S. to restore our global standing, strengthen our national security, repair our relationship with the United Nations, and advance US interests and values. I am proud of the many U.S. successes at the United Nations, including the protection of civilians from Libya to Cote D'Ivoire, strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime and increasing international pressure on Iran and North Korea through the toughest sanctions ever, your unwavering support for Israel, our contribution to the birth of the world's newest state, South Sudan, accelerating UN reform, and our bold defense of the equal rights of all human beings regardless of their race, religion, economic status or whom they love. I look forward to building on this major progress in your second term.

I am highly honoured to he considered by you for appointment as Secretary of State. I am fully con?dent that I could serve our country ably and effectively in that role. However, if nominated, I am now convinced that the con?rmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly - to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country. It is far more important that we devote precious legislative hours and energy to enacting your core goals, including comprehensive immigration reform, balanced de?cit reduction, job creation, and maintaining a robust national defense and effective U.S. global leadership. Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time.

The position of Secretary of State should never be politicized. As someone who grew up in an era of comparative bipartisanship and as a sitting U.S. national security official who has served in two U.S. Administrations, l am saddened that we have reached this point, even before you have decided whom to nominate. We cannot afford such an irresponsible distraction from the most pressing issues facing the American people.

I am grateful, as always, for your unwavering con?dence in me and, especially, for your extraordinary personal support during these past several weeks. l look forward to continuing to serve you and our great country with enthusiasm and pride as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and ; a member of your cabinet and National Security Council. (End Text)

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