President Obama has appointed U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice as National Security Adviser, replacing the retiring Tom Donilon. Mr. Obama will nominate Samantha Power to replace Rice at the U.N.
There are two fascinating aspects to these picks. The first is the obvious reaction of the right, feeling that the president is poking them in the eye after their uproar about Rice and Benghazi, as the National Security Adviser doesn’t require congressional approval. The second is that during the 2007 campaign notoriously referred to then Sen. Clinton as a “monster.”
And there is another interesting wrinkle. Donilon favored diplomacy in foreign conflicts while Secretary of State Clinton was more of an interventionist. Rice is more of an interventionist while the current Secretary of State John Kerry favors diplomacy.