When Condoleezza Rice repeatedly lied to the American people about Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction, Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham were vociferous in their defense of her, and fully supported her nomination to become george w bush’s second Secretary of State. Of course his first Sec of State, Colin Powell, had made similar and even more provocative and factually inaccurate statements to the United Nations. He remained an untouchable gop icon throughout the bush years.
But, after UN Ambassador Susan Rice merely repeated CIA-provided non-classified information concerning the Benghazi Embassy attack on television news shows, these same gop stalwarts have thoroughly and repeatedly impugned her character, calling her, among many other things, unqualified to become Secretary of State. Besides their partisanship, is there another underlying reason for their actions?
McCain, Graham, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the third member of their vociferous little cabal, have been ardent supporters of former Mass Sen. Scott Brown, having worked tirelessly for his unsuccessful re-election, and their agenda is clearly to discredit Susan Rice so that Mass. Sen John Kerry will instead receive the nomination for Secretary of State, clearing the way for Brown to run in a special election to fill Kerry’s vacated Senate seat.
All of this is clearly gop bullcrap, fueled by this small group of Senators and fox news, the propaganda arm of the republican party. But are there actual concerns about Susan Rice? Are there actual, factual grounds as to why she should NEVER become Secretary of State, or occupy any similar governmental position? Unfortunately, the answer is a resounding YES.
Susan Rice and her husband have massive investments in the oil industry, and in particular in the Canadian oil industry, and have a vested interest in the approval and construction of the diabolical Keystone XL Pipeline. They would gain significant financial benefits if the pipeline becomes operational.
It is likely that the next Secretary of State will have a voice in the pipeline approval process. Rice would not be a neutral, objective voice in the process. She owns stock in more than a dozen Canadian oil and pipeline companies and banks, including an estimated one half million dollars in stock in TransCanada, the company seeking permits to build the Keystone XL Pipeline through US public and private land, for the purpose of transporting tar sands crude 1,700 miles to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast, crossing fragile Midwest ecosystems and the largest freshwater aquifer in North America, tar sands crude that would be refined and shipped to overseas markets, and not put into US supply lines.
Rice’s financial disclosure records show that a substantial portion of her net worth is in Canadian oil and pipeline companies that have poor environmental and safety records in both Canada and the US, including stock in Enbridge, the company responsible for the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history when it spilled more than a million gallons of toxic bitumen into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River in 2010. Canadian banks in which she owns stock have financed such projects for Enbridge and other Canadian oil, pipeline and energy companies, and which are providing Keystone XL financing.
Rice’s investments in these interests are substantial. The Center for Responsive Politics reported in 2009 that her net worth was somewhere between $23.5 million and $43.5 million.
The US State Department is currently reviewing the Keystone XL Pipeline project. Susan Rice is NOT the person we want in charge of this review, or involved in any way in its evaluation, or in evaluating any other energy-related projects or any proposed regulations involving the energy industry.