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Vice-President Susan Rice Would Be Great For America, Joe Biden Surely Knows It

June 22, 2020

Susan Rice

This is the time in many election cycles when all are paying attention to the conversations regarding the selection of a running mate for the presidential ticket.  This year the dialogue has been louder and more pressing given the condition of our nation.  With the grave and dire consequences should voters not make a wise decision in the fall means the naming of a running mate has even more importance.  A credible and bold nomination will attract attention along with support from a nation that wishes to move in a new direction.  It will also win the approval of the international community who wants to see the United States get out of the ditch where it has recently slid.

Susan Rice is the person I am strongly supporting for the Democratic vice-presidential nomination. Her writings and perspectives on international relations underscore her intellectual and reasoned views on world affairs. Her poised and commanding demeanor, ability to communicate effectively, translate complex world affairs into concepts average voters can grasp, along with being just a genuine person places her at the top of my list.   If you think I adore her abilities, you would be correct.

I was very pleased in 2009 that not only did President Obama again elevate the office of United Nations Ambassador to cabinet-level status but then named Rice, a Rhodes Scholar and the foreign policy advisor to his campaign, as the new UN Ambassador.  While she has the measured diplomacy needed for the public stage, she also demonstrated during the Obama years to have blunt appraisals of situations when it matters for policy discussions.

Dr. Rice will always have my genuine appreciation for knowing and saying what was required regarding Darfur. (A topic that this blog has been vocal about.)  I had hoped, like many others, that Rice’s views would prevail, and policy with teeth would result.  She correctly called the actions in Darfur “genocide” and was ready to invest the full weight of  American policy into this nation.  History will long judge her perspective to have been a correct and moral one.

Democratic presidential nominee-to-be Joe Biden is steeped in international relations and resolved to make alliances stronger.  A strong-willed and intellectual asset such as Rice, who knows the necessity of international commitments being constructed with unity, is just one of many reasons she would be great in the role of vice-president.  There is a tremendous need for American internationalists to arrive on the world stage, a place that has been undermined and severely damaged by the immature rants and grifting actions of Donald Trump and his brood.  

While some political operatives are more concerned about the optics of Biden’s eventual selection (a Black woman) I know that having a person able to fulfill the ultimate duty of public service, should that event occur, is the sole factor that Biden needs to heed. 

Rice is the steady hand that will allow Biden another strong reason for his election this fall, an advisor for sound policy creation, and a signal the nation is in solid hands.  From her executive experience, which is vital to the job, to crisis management, that we all are aware of, Rice has demonstrated she is ready for the job.

I await the announcement.

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