Black Women for Positive Change, a national social network of African-American women, joins in support of President Barack Obama and his policies of fairness for all Americans, by calling on selected Republican members of the United States Senate to cease their apparent "smear" campaign against Ambassador Susan E. Rice, a potential nominee for the position of Secretary of State.
"Ambassador Susan Rice is an outstanding United Nations Ambassador," Dr. Stephanie E. Myers and Hon. Daun S. Hester said in a joint statement. "She has impeccable credentials and deserves to be treated fairly in any consideration of her nomination as Secretary of State. Attacks by Republican Senators are, by all indications, totally political and without merit—this smear campaign must end."
Rice, the U.S. representative to the United Nations, graduated with honors from Stanford University, where she graduated junior Phi Beta Kappa and was a Truman Scholar. She holds master's and doctorate degrees in International Relations from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Her awards include the Chatham House-British International Studies Association Prize for the most distinguished doctoral dissertation in the United Kingdom, in the field of international relations.
Rice's employment history includes working as special assistant to former President Bill Clinton and as senior director for African Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House. At the Brookings Institution, Rice was a senior fellow and focused on U.S. foreign policy, transnational security threats, weak states, global poverty and development. Under Ambassador Rice's leadership, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations established the stiffest UN sanctions ever against Iran and North Korea. In 2009, Rice was confirmed unanimously by the U. S. Senate.
"Targeting Ambassador Rice for the incident that resulted in the death of a U.S. Ambassador in Libya in unconscionable," said Ruth Marshall/DC Affiliate and Faye Morrison/Massachusetts Affiliate of Black Women for Positive Change. "Dr. Rice has repeatedly stated that she reported information prepared and edited by members of the intelligence community."
Source: Black Women for Positive Change