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Who Will be America's Next Top Diplomat?

By November 30, 2012

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kerryWashington is engulfed with the fiscal cliff at the moment, but the next four years of President Obama's term are certain to bring numerous foreign policy challenges as well. So how goes the fight over who will be the next secretary of State? Republicans on Capitol Hill are going after UN Ambassador Susan Rice, presumably Obama's top choice for the top, because of her links to the deadly attack on the Benghazi diplomatic facility and the narrative pushed by the administration afterward.

But there's another guy who's wanted to be secretary of State for some time. More from NPR:

President Obama has yet to make known his choice to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but plenty of Republicans have made theirs: John Kerry.

And that puts the Massachusetts senator and former Democratic presidential nominee in a bit of a bind. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he'd normally be one of the loudest voices defending U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice against GOP attacks that she mishandled her role in explaining an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. But she's the other top contender for the Cabinet post.

In September, as Republicans homed in on Rice for what she said in television interviews about the consulate attack, Kerry came to her defense, rebuffing calls that she resign and describing her as "a remarkable public servant."

But, two months is a long time in politics, and Kerry seems to be following the approved principle of parsimony for potential nominees -- to say no more than is necessary...

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