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Barack Obama administration will likely feature another Rice in a top foreign
policy position. Instead of Dr. Condoleezza Rice, it will be Dr. Susan Rice,
Obama's top foreign policy adviser, who will assume critical foreign policy
responsibilities. Both Rices are African Americans and both attended Stanford
University. Susan Rice served as President Clinton's Assistant Secretary of
State for African Affairs where she earned a reputation of naivety and
disregard for the democratic aspirations of African countries where one-party
dictators beholden to the United States held sway.
Particularly anxious about Rice's role in an Obama
administration is the government of Sudan. Rice has turned her opposition
to Sudan's government into a vendetta, one that does not harbor hopes that the
dire situation on Darfur and new problems between Sudan's Arab north and black
African south will be solved with Rice at the helm in an Obama administration.
Similarly, Rice did not endear herself to opposition leaders
in countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, and the Democratic
Republic of the Congo. They believed that Rice sided with U.S.-supported
dictators at the expense of advancing the cause of democracy. One Ugandan
opposition leader said Rice told him in 1998 that he should just accept Ugandan
dictator Yoweri Museveni's one-party state and "get over" his notion
of a multi-party democracy in the country. Rice's policies carried out the
policies of her boss, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who also happens
to be Rice's godmother.
Rice's foreign policy advisory role with Obama increased
after the resignation of Samantha Power, the Illinois Democrat's other foreign
policy adviser. Power was forced to step down after she referred to Obama's
rival, Hillary Clinton, as a "monster" in an interview with a
Rice is seen as someone who is willing to use military force
in Africa, especially against Sudan, and is seen as a promoter of George W.
Bush's widely unpopular Africa Command (AFRICOM), which places US assistance
programs in Africa under a military umbrella. Rice is married to ABC News
producer Ian Cameron.
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