Several news agencies are reporting that former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under Bill Clinton, Dr. Susan Rice (no relations to the other Dr. Rice), is a top contender for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, under the next administration. This is somewhat ironic because Dr. Susan Rice, like the present Secretary of state, shares some foreign policy views that pose a threat to Obama’s message of dialogue, negotiation, and diplomacy — even with regard to the UN. In a 2008 Washington Post Op-Ed, Dr. Rice suggested that:
The United States, preferably with NATO involvement and African political support, would strike Sudanese airfields, aircraft and other military assets. It could blockade Port Sudan, through which Sudan’s oil exports flow. Then U.N. troops would deploy — by force, if necessary, with U.S. and NATO backing.
If the United States fails to gain U.N. support, we should act without it. Impossible? No.
Dr. Rice’s rhetoric is very much regrettable at a time when Africom poses a lethal threat to Africa’s sovereignty. The implications of her statements are sobering, and frightening. A selection of Dr. Rice, as Ambassador, is simply a further reminder of the work ahead of those who value the humanity of African brothers and sisters: