Joining the Fight

I never thought I would have to join the fight against cancer on a personal level, but unfortunately I am now officially on the front lines. I have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and recently started chemotherapy. The irony is, I feel great. The good news is it was caught early. I take great comfort knowing I am not the first person to go through this—and unfortunately, I won’t be the last. God has given me a great peace and I am blessed to be surrounded by an amazing partner and the support of family and friends. I am ready for this fight.

Susan Rice’s Farewell Email to her Staff

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations sent this email to her staff at the U.S. mission this morning:

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As you have likely now heard, this afternoon President Obama announced that he is appointing me his next National Security Advisor. I am deeply honored and excited to continue to serve our country in this new capacity.

But, in truth, I am very sad to leave the work and the people of the US Mission to the UN. Serving with you at USUN has been the best job I have ever had – challenging, fun, multifaceted and never, ever dull. The greatest part, however, has truly been the people. Every morning, no matter how tough or arcane the issue, I have awakened with a bounce in my step because I knew that whatever was coming at us, I would have the privilege of confronting it with the best team of people I have ever worked with. Your dedication, commitment, kindness, good humor and excellence have been unfailing.

So, above all, I am deeply grateful to each of you – from the UPOs whose smiling faces lift my spirits when I walk in the building to each officer and OMS, each driver, advisor and Ambassador, each DS agent, each military staff committee member, each IMO. Every single one of you has given me your best. It has been my greatest privilege to serve alongside you, the remarkable public servants at the lean and mean U.S. Mission to the UN.

I could not be prouder of you and of all that we have accomplished together. As a team, we have strengthened America’s relationships and advanced U.S. interests and values at the United Nations. None of this would have been possible without your professionalism and commitment.

I will begin to make this transition shortly, but my last day at USUN will be at the end of June. I am very excited that President Obama has nominated Samantha Power to be my successor. If confirmed, you all will love working with her, as many of you have already discovered. She is wicked smart, energetic, strong, principled and a truly lot of fun.

In the meantime, I am confident that USUN will continue to excel in all areas of the mission’s work, under the extremely able leadership of Ambassadors DiCarlo, DeLaurentis, Cousens and Torsella. I know I will leave the mission in excellent hands, and there will be a great deal of continuity.

I look forward to seeing you all and being able to thank you in person next week. I plan to honor you all at a Happy Hour in the near future.

I will greatly miss the USUN family. You are the best!

Susan

samantha power’s nomination is a disappointment

samatha power with rice obamaThe woman charged with the protection of global human rights for the White House for the last four years was promoted Tuesday to represent the United States at the United Nations.
Despite leading an embarrassing policy of inaction — during which 80,000 plus Syrians were killed by violence created by their own government, thousands of Sudanese were ethnically-cleansed in Darfur, and hundreds of thousands were murdered and displaced in the Congo — President Obama announced Tuesday that he has selected Samantha Power, an academic and 2008 Obama presidential campaign aide, as his next nominee to represent the United States as ambassador to the United Nations. Continue reading

10 Things We Learned From the Howard Kurtz Interview

Ten things we Learned from the Howard Kurtz Interview on CNN

1. Jeff Zucker is serious about cleaning up CNN.
2. Kurtz has made a lot of mistakes.
3. Kurtz deserves credit for being willing to sit and be judged. Continue reading

Do you have any information about these men? One suspect still at large in Boston bombing, help the FBI now!

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To Provide Tips in the Investigation

If you have visual images, video, and/or details regarding the explosions along the Boston Marathon route and elsewhere, submit them on https://bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov. No piece of information or detail is too small.

You can also call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt #3, with information.
All media inquiries should be directed to the FBI’s National Press Office at (202) 324-3691.

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A Senate Filibuster is not new and Neither is the Outrage

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30 reasons why susan rice shouldn’t be secretary of state

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Cutting the Ribbon in Burma, Ignoring Iran & Syria

Today, President Obama will be the first U.S. President to visit Burma. The unprecedented trip is a celebration for the second largest country in Southeast Asia. It’s also a remarkable achievement since Burma only recently held national elections in 2010 after holding the leader of the democratic opposition party, Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest for 21 years. Continue reading

Susan Rice’s UN record Speaks for Itself

Most reporters haven’t been following Ambassador Susan Rice’s performance at the United Nations since her appointment in January 2009. To many journalists, Rice’s misleading interviews on the five Sunday Shows the weekend after the 9/11/12 terrorist attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were one of the first times they had heard from her. To veteran foreign policy observers, Rice’s shameful performance that Sunday was one of many blunders over the last four years. Continue reading