This Susan Rice topic gets more messy by the day. The latest problem of this story is that she and her husband Ian Cameron own $300,000 to $600,000 of stock in TransCanada, the company wishing to build the Keystone pipeline. The problem is, TransCanada is seeking approval from the U.S. State Department in 2013 for the project. If Rice becomes Secretary of State, she is responsible for making that decision. Can you say “conflict of interest?”
Rice and her husband are heavily invested in Canadian energy companies, a third of their net worth is derived from these investments. If she gets the Secretary of State post, she’s required to recuse herself from making the Keystone decision or sell her stock in compliance with the Office of Government Ethics. She has not indicated that she will do either.
Who’s interests does Rice represent? America’s or Canada’s?
She reports earning approximately $20,000 in 2011 from the TransCanada stock. If the Keystone Pipeline deal goes through, how much money will Rice and Cameron earn on that deal? With $43 million invested in companies like “Chesapeake Energy, Royal Dutch Shell, Devon Energy, Iberdrola, ATP Oil & Gas Corp. and Rio Tinto Limited”, how is it possible for her to make unbiased decisions in the office of Secretary of State?
Interestingly enough, Rice has also been very vocal about supporting U.S. involvement in every Middle Eastern conflict from the invasion of Iraq. As reported by NPR last Feb. 6, 2003, she stated, “I think he has proved that Iraq has these weapons and is hiding them, and I don’t think many informed people doubted that”, thereby giving UN support for airstrikes in Libya in 2011, using “non diplomatic language” (not surprising from a person who gave the middle finger to someone at a State Department meeting – see the video at the link above) regarding Russia and China and their handling of Syria in 2011. In addition, she is reportedly responsible for “deteriorating” U.S. relations with Iran and is said to be encouraging Israel and Iran to fight. Her morals and her interests are right in sync with Dick Cheney and George W. Bush.
Susan Rice is the epitome of unprofessionalism, nothing more than a common thug looking for a street fight; and there is no place for her on the world stage, let alone in the U.S. State Department.
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