Interventionist Susan Rice Favorite To Replace Hawkish Clinton As SecState

I thought all along that Ambassador Rice would be the likely candidate to replace Hillary Clinton at State and now it seems to be the conventional wisdom too. Which means absolutely no change at State in terms of policy direction (“ask the Pentagon to do it!”) or of bellicose statements on Iran, Syria and anywhere else the neo-lib interventionist set decides needs a bit of American freedom delivered at gunpoint. Might as well appoint General Slaughter.

For all his faults, I’d rather have John Kerry, who finally seems to get that the US doesn’t have the cash or the international political capital for this hawkish crap any more. Alas, we’ll have more of “the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must” until it becomes gob-smackingly obvious even to the beltway set that their line is making the strong weaker by the day.

Update: Laura Rozen, a reporter I respect greatly, still thinks it’ll be Kerry.

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Steve Hynd

Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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