Impact of Rice withdrawing from secretary of state candidacy
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
- Duration 3:34
- Date Dec 14, 2012
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
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Lindsey Graham says even though ambassador rice will not leave the State Department.
The congressional inquiry into what happened in men Ghazi will continue -- -- -- I think in my opinion misled the public and that there are other problems with her time and and and politics and national.
Foreign affairs arena problems were deeper than -- and deeper than -- -- but we're gonna let this go.
Joining us now for his take on these developments former UN ambassador John Bolton he is also a Fox News contributor.
ambassador I'm guessing you read the letter to of the op Ed piece in the Washington Post.
This morning in which Susan Rice talks about why she decided to submit.
Her withdrawal letter from consideration she writes this as it became clear.
That my potential nomination would spark an enduring partisan battle like concluded that it would be wrong to allow this debate.
To continue distracting from urgent national priorities.
Were there any.
Enduring partisan battles when you were serving.
In that same job.
Well probably so but you know what's unusual about this circumstance obviously is that that she had not been nominated yet and to have that little exchange that we had yesterday she writes that the president the president issues -- statement.
Results in the Obama administration preemptively surrender and on a war that hadn't been declared yet you know when when Jim Baker was chief of staff for Ronald Reagan he operated on a principle that the president never loses that you.
Try and structure things so that the president doesn't take any unnecessary hits because you're trying to maximize the presence influence.
This is an example of the White House for reasons utterly inexplicable to -- eight.
Announcing that they've lost when they didn't have to do what they just could have nominated John Kerry -- members -- -- been.
Said he was the leading contender all along and away they go self I think it's a real.
Incentive for Republicans on the hill on the fiscal cliff talks or whatever it might be not to overestimate the president's political power.
She wrote one other thing that caught my eyes she said that after the despicable terrorist attacks that took the lives of four colleagues -- been Ghazi our government want must work through serious questions.
And bring the perpetrators to justice we must strengthen security at our diplomatic posts.
And improve our intelligence in a volatile Middle East is that a bit like closing the barn door after the horses -- Well exactly and that's why I think what senator Graham and others have been saying that they intend to continue to press the investigation on Ben -- why were they.
Request for enhanced security.
Before the attack on September the eleventh not granted why were we unable to do anything on September the eleventh and where did the administration.
Come up with this story that the terrorist attack was somehow connected to the Mohammed video.
In a way I think Susan rice's.
Was brawl now her secretary of state their candidacy.
Really clears away a potential obstacle now there's no talk about racism or sexism now we can get to the point the president himself.
What did he do wrong what that his administration do wrong that led to four Americans being murdered so I think I think it's important to proceed down that road.
Perhaps starting next week with secretary of state Hillary Clinton's testimony up on the hill.
That is going to be fascinating to watch ambassador Bolton it's good to have you -- thank you.
Thank you can't back.