Originally Posted by cutthemdown
Except McCain is a war hero and Rice doesn't even bother showing up for most of the votes at the UN. In fact she missed everyone where israel was the subject. Big deal on her degrees that doesn't mean you get to be the secretary of state. Just nominate Kerry and get an easy confirmation. Why force the repubs into denying Rice? just to make a point? Nominate Kerry or Powell again and be done with it.
You do know that is intentional, right (regarding our non-presence in Israel votes)?
Israel is not in great standing right now in the UN. Both Russia and China carry anti-Israeli sentiment as an inherent part of their suite of alliances. It is far better for the U.S. from a foreign policy standpoint to abstain than to get into the quagmire that Israel/Palestine votes turn into in the U.N..
Case in point - not too long from now Palestine's appeal for U.N. recognition as a nation will be up for vote shortly. That is a vote the U.S. NEEDS to skip. We can't vote in favor of Palestine without completely ****ting on Israel. We can't vote against without throwing away all the work we've been trying to do in Libya, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan, not to mention souring relations with several other key allies (Turkey for example).
Its a no win proposition and it is damn important for the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. to know when it's better to not even show up and work behind closed doors.
As to your claim that Condi's resume far outstrips the current Rice in office, maybe you should actually do some follow up on that.
Both have PhDs (one in PoliSci, one in Philosophy with a global relations focus). Both have long histories of D.C. service and in fact both served on the National Security Council. Both have worked as public and international policy consultants in the private sector. Hell, both are Phi Beta Kappas. The big difference in their resumes to this point is that while Condi Rice was provost of Stanford Susan Rice (who actually got her B.A. from Stanford) has been the ambassador to the U.N..
Pretty comparable careers.