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Throwing Rice at the Benghazi problem

William Covington | 12/5/2012, 5 p.m.

While at the National Cathedral School in Washington, a private girls' day school, Rice was a three-sport athlete--playing point guard on the basketball team, acquiring the nickname "Spo," short for "Sportin."

Rice served as the student council president her senior year. She graduated with honors as the class valedictorian.

Rice said that her parents taught her to "never use race as an excuse or advantage," and as a young girl she "dreamed of becoming the first U.S. senator from the District of Columbia." She also held "lingering fears" that her accomplishments would be diminished by people who attributed them to affirmative action.

In reminiscing after her father's death in 2011, she said, "He believed segregation had constrained him from being all he could be. The psychological hangover of that took him decades to overcome. His most fervent wish was that we [African Americans] not have that psychological baggage."

Rice attended college at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and graduated with a bachelor's
of art in history in 1986. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and also received a Truman Scholarship, which is awarded to college juniors for demonstrating leadership potential and commitment to public service.

Rice attended graduate school in the United Kingdom at New College University of Oxford, a Catholic University founded in 1379, as a Rhodes Scholar. The 700 students attending New College are surrounded by Old World charm. The campus has been described as architecturally striking with beautiful gardens, and a variety of modern and old buildings. Some structures date back to 1379.

Rice earned a master's of philosophy degree in 1988 and a doctorate of philosophy in 1990. While attending New College, she was honored for her dissertation entitled, "Commonwealth Initiative in Zimbabwe, 1979-1980: Implication for International Peacekeeping." She was recognized by the UK's most distinguished organization in international relations--the Chatham House-British International Studies Association. This dissertation may have been instrumental in Rice attaining her position with the Clinton Administration as senior director for African affairs.

Chatham House, also known as the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a nonprofit non-governmental organization based in London whose mission is to analyze and promote the understanding of major international issues and current affairs.

Chatham House is classified as an international think tank and is ranked as the second most knowledgeable such institution in the world. The Brookings Institution is heralded as the first most knowledgeable.

In 2002, Rice became a senior fellow in the Brookings Institution foreign policy program and the same year was inducted into Stanford's Black Alumni Hall of Fame.
A behind the scenes player up until her appointment by President Barack Obama, Rice was little known.

Sean D. Murphy, a law professor at George Washington University, a nominee by the U.S. State Department to the International Law Commission created by the United Nations and currently a consultant with the Rand Corp., was able to give Our Weekly clarity on a few questions involving the Susan Rice issue.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was criticized by Democrats in 2005 during her confirmation hearings for reporting intelligence information that was given to her while she served as national security adviser during the Bush administration. Intelligence agencies claimed Iraq's Saddam Hussein was manufacturing "weapons of mass destruction." Charles Krauthammer, a conservative Washington Post columnist, defended Rice by writing that she "was not a generator of intelligence . . . [but] a consumer of a highly defective product." The "highly defective product" was intelligence information provided by the Central Intelligence Agency. This same columnist, who supported Condoleezza, has criticized Susan Rice for relaying intelligence information that was provided to her at the time of the Benghazi embassy attack.
Do you think this creates a double standard when we should be more focused on our method of gathering and prioritizing intelligence?