Neocon Susan Rice’s NYT Op-Ed

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by Stephen Lendman
Along with its own deplorable editors, correspondents and columnists, The Times features contributors no responsible publications would touch.
Former Obama administration UN envoy/national security advisor Susan Rice was featured, a despicable character South African journalist Getahune Bekele once called a “consummate ally of grubby despots.”
Her style matched Hillary Clinton, deploring peace, nonviolence, diplomacy and social justice. Her outbursts reflected bullying, bluster and arrogance.
She proved herself a monument to wrong over right, disgracing positions she held, abrasively making more enemies than friends.
She backed US imperial wars on Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, blaming their leaders for US high crimes.
She advocated “no daylight” between US and Israeli policy, fundamentally against Palestinian rights, hostile to Iran. She endorsed permanent US imperial wars against independent countries.
She’s currently affiliated with various front organizations for reckless US establishment policies.
In April, Bloomberg News reported learning about spying on Trump and his team from White House lawyers, saying “former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of US persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to US officials familiar with the matter.”
Rice failed to respond to a Bloomberg email, seeking her comments on the matter.
Weeks earlier on the PBS News Hour, she lied, saying “I know nothing about this.” Responsible for what happened, she knows plenty.
Her Times op-ed bashed Trump for the wrong reasons, saying “(w)ith shocking speed, he has wreaked havoc: hobbling our core alliances, jettisoning American values and abdicating United States leadership of the world.” 
“That’s a whole lot of winning – for Russia and China,” she ranted, criticizing his TPP withdrawal, claiming “American values” no longer matter under his leadership.
She whined about USAID and State Department budget cuts. They fund destabilization and regime change actions.
Trump’s agenda “will condemn the United States to pariah state status,” she blustered, a dubious distinction it achieved long before Trump’s presidency, especially during Obama’s tenure, Rice contributing mightily to its rogue agenda.
She claimed Trump’s less than full traditional support for NATO “thrilled” Vladimir Putin, “damag(ing) the strength and unity of the Western world.”
The alliance is a force for evil, not good. It should have been abandoned after Soviet Russia dissolved. Instead it expanding, encroaching menacingly near its borders.
“And now the president has pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement,” she roared. 
Environmental groups called the deal a “sham,” falling way short of what adherents claim. Meaningful results weren’t achieved, despite hype claiming otherwise.
Trump damaged Washington’s “global standing,” Rice blustered, ludicrously claiming most Americans surely still see the benefits of the United States being the strongest, most trusted and respected country in the world.”
Reality is polar opposite. America and Israel are the world’s most reviled nations for good reason.
Barely short of calling for Trump’s removal, Rice said “we must remain steadfast until, once again, we have a president willing to lead in accordance with American interests, traditions and values.”
US “interests, traditions and values” are responsible for ongoing wars on humanity at home and abroad – Trump continuing what he predecessors began.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.