By Lawrence K Freeman
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is guilty of lying on behalf of President Obama to the American public, and the world, about the events in Benghazi, Libya on 9/11/12, that led to the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. That is a fact, which in itself absolutely disqualifies Rice from being nominated to become U.S. Secretary of State. Lyndon LaRouche in his November 30, 2012 webcast has brought additional focus on Rice's activities against the populations of African nations, first as a government official from 1993-2001 under President Clinton, and currently as ambassador to the UN for the last four years under Obama, telling his audience, that "she's well known from back twenty years or so ago, as a mass murderer in Africa."
Two of the clearest cases where Rice's involvement in supporting policies that have led to the deaths of millions and the weakening of those nations' sovereignty are: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.), and Sudan, the two largest nations on the continent, before the break-up of Sudan in 2011. This has resulted in a permanent destabilization of the countries of the Great Lakes region and parts of the Horn of Africa.
Beginning in 1996, the D.R.C. has been the target of uninterrupted war and looting of its abundant natural resources, which has resulted in the greatest loss of life of any nation in the world since the end of World War II, equaling or surpassing 6 million deaths: making the Congolese people the victims of the greatest genocide from the 20th into the 21st century. Over this long period, the invasions of armies backed by the governments of Rwanda and Uganda, documented in numerous UN reports — including Rwanda's present support for the Mouvement de 23 Mars, or M23 rebels, who are attempting to carve up and destroy the D.R.C. — would not have been possible without support provided by Rice, who did more than give a "wink and a nod" to their mass killings and wanton destruction.
The Crimes of Susan Rice in the Great Lakes Region
1994: Rice, then Director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping at the National Security Council while the Rwanda genocide was in process, is quoted as saying: "If we use the word 'genocide' and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [Congressional] election?"
1996: Rice as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of African Affairs, allowed the armies of Rwanda and Uganda to invade D.R.C. (then Zaire), and to install Laurent Kabila as its new President.
1997-1998: Rice after returning from her first trip to the Great Lakes region as the newly installed Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, agreed to have over 1 million Hutu refugees in UN camps inside the D.R.C. removed by the armies D.R.C. neighbors Uganda and Rwanda. Rice is quoted a saying that: "Museveni [of Uganda] and Kagame [of Rwanda] agree that the basic problem in the Great Lakes is the danger of a resurgence of genocide [referring to the Rwandan Hutus who fled to the D.R.C. after Kagame took over Rwanda—LKF], and they know how to deal with that. The only thing we have to do is look the other way." Rice's "looking the other way" was followed by a decade of killing and the looting in the D.R.C. by armed groups supported by Rice's chosen "leaders" in the region, Uganda's Yoweri Museveni and Rwanda's Paul Kagama.
After Uganda and Rwanda again invaded D.R.C. beginning on Aug. 2, 1998, Rice played a critical role in imposing the Lusaka Accord settlement, which did not recognize the legitimacy of the D.R.C. as a sovereign nation, or Laurent Kabila as its President. The agreement pushed by Rice and then U.S. Ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke, called for foreign troops to withdraw over 180 days, step-by-step, (which was never adhered to), instead of immediately, as the Organization of African Unity and Southern Africa Development Community had called for.
2012: Rice, now U.S. Ambassador to the UN unsuccessfully tried to prevent the release of a report on Nov. 15 by the UN Security Council (UNSC) which states: "The Government of Rwanda continues to violate the arms embargo by providing military support to M23 rebels, facilitating recruitment, encouraging and facilitating desertions from the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and providing arms, ammunition and intelligence and political advice."
2012, November: Rice has successfully blocked a UNSC resolution from explicitly demanding Rwanda cease support for M23, which intends to march across the D.R.C., destroying any semblance of the country as a single nation.
Susan Rice's 'Jihad' against Sudan
From the time she entered government in 1993, when she was appointed to Clinton's National Security Council, Rice has opposed the government of Sudan in Khartoum, and along with a cabal of anti-Khartoum fanatics in Washington, has advocated the overthrow of country's leader, Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Her open hostility and destructive attacks against Sudan for almost two decades, not only prevented any solution to the extreme economic hardships suffered by the people of this large, underdeveloped country, but virtually guaranteed the eventual break-up of Sudan, which benefitted neither the Sudanese living in the North nor those in the South.
1997, Sept 2: Testifying at her confirmation hearing to become Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rice said: "In concert with concerned members of Congress, we have also recast our policy towards Sudan to apply additional pressure aimed at isolating the Khartoum regime in order to contain the threat it poses to U.S. interests and to compel it to halt its support for terrorism and its grave human rights abuses. We have also provided for the first time defensive military assistance to Sudan's neighbors, which face a direct threat from Sudanese-sponsored insurgencies." Despite Rice's repeated lie that Sudan is the only state in Sub-Saharan Africa that poses a direct threat to U.S. national security interests, no evidence has ever been made public to corroborate that allegation. In fact, the U.S. intelligence community has admitted that it has no such evidence, and has collaborated with its counterparts in Sudan in fighting terrorism.
1998: Rice was instrumental in orchestrating the bombing of the al-Shifa pharmaceutical plant in Omdurman, Sudan, just outside of Khartoum, allegedly for producing chemical weapons that could be used in terrorist attacks on the United States. Not a shred of evidence was ever found to justify the al-Shifa attack, and the U.S. subsequently apologized and offered compensation.
For five years, from 1996, until weeks before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States, the Sudanese government had tried repeatedly, but without success, to share with U.S. intelligence services its own intelligence files on Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. Even when the FBI and others wished to accept these offers, they were overruled by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Secretary for Africa Rice. Rice had politicized the intelligence by her hostility to any collaboration with the Sudanese government. Various back-channel efforts were also stymied by Rice. When the U.S. intelligence community finally succeeded in getting the Clinton Administration to send a joint FBI-CIA team to Sudan in May 2000, despite resistance from Rice, they found no terrorist training camps or sanctuaries, and gave Sudan a clean bill of health.
2009, Jan. 26: Rice at her first press conference as U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Rice blatantly lied, weeping crocodile tears about "ongoing genocide" in Darfur. Two UN officials responsible for military and civilian deployments in Darfur refuted the "ongoing genocide" lie.
2009, March 6: In an interview with National Public Radio, Rice called for keeping open the option of imposing a military no-fly zone over Sudan.
2009, April: Rice upbraided the civilian head of the UN-African Union peacekeeping forces, after he described the conflict in Darfur as a low-intensity conflict, not a war, and certainly not "ongoing genocide." Rice's action led to his resignation.
Rice has consistently supported the illegitimate International Criminal Court's (ICC) arrest warrant for Sudanese President Bashir, issued in March 2009, despite the fact that the U.S. has refused to give up its own sovereignty to become part of the ICC—a British-created imperial world government court. The ICC indictment of President Bashir is part of an ongoing effort to isolate and weaken the government of Sudan, to instigate his removal from office. It has also made peace and security in Sudan more difficult, preventing any U.S. representative from meeting with Bashir.
Susan Rice is not fit to be U.S. Secretary of State, nor should she be allowed to remain as U.S. Ambassador to the UN, if for no other reason than simple morality: her record of killing Africans.