Freedom Rider: Susan Rice and American Evil (BAR)
- Freedom Rider: Susan Rice and American Evil
Wed, 12/12/2012 - 03:23 — Margaret Kimberley
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
African Americans associate racial progress with Black people achieving
“the right to perform the evil acts which were once the reserve of
whites.” The ascension of Black secretaries of state marks “the first
time that black Americans began to look the other way and excuse their
Freedom Rider: Susan Rice and American Evil
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
“The people who hold these supposedly august positions are in fact no better than criminal enforcers in organized crime families.”
Why does it matter if Susan Rice serves as secretary of state? That is a trick question, because in fact, it doesn’t matter at all.
American foreign policy will be unchanged regardless of who the next
secretary may be. The full force of imperialism will be brought to bear
against the people of the world under the Obama administration. The
democratic president has made real the goals of the neo-con ,Project for a New American Centurya 21stcentury version of Manifest Destiny, the belief that the United States should rule the world and do so with a vengeance.
Rice’s nomination is a non-issue but is treated as an important one for many
black people because of the words of right wing racists. The sight of
the embittered sore loser John McCain calling Rice “unqualified” and
“not very smart” reminds black people of the slights they are personally subjected to in their lives every day. It is especially galling for the insult to come from McCain, the quintessential entitlement baby. He was admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy because his father and grandfather
were admirals. The legacy leg up didn’t help much because the mediocre
young McCain still graduated at the bottom of his class. McCain’s
insistence that the obviously sub-par Sarah Palin was a qualified vice
presidential candidate makes the racist slaps at Rice all the more
yearning to see a black face in one of the highest and most rarified
places is a very deep one and not to be easily dismissed, but it is
crucial to note that Rice is no different from John McCain in her
beliefs of how the United States should conduct itself in the world. The facts against Rice and her predecessors are obscured by a corporate
media which hides all the atrocities committed by the United States
government, making the Rice story appear like nothing more than that of a high achieving black woman being slandered by evil racists.
“Rice is no different from John McCain in her beliefs of how the United States should conduct itself in the world.”
case against Rice or whomever is nominated by the president should be a
case made against United States foreign policy and all of the people who now or ever were in charge of carrying it out. The presidents,
secretaries of state, United Nations ambassadors, national security
advisers and their ilk are held up as paragons of virtue, intelligence
and moral rectitude. They emerge from elite institutions and are held up as the “best and the brightest” the country has to offer.
A secretary of state not
only has a prestigious position, but is considered an elder statesman or woman for life. Of course, he or she also can walk into positions of
great wealth after their public service has ended. Corporate speeches,
book deals and lucrative board positions await every living secretary of state from Henry Kissinger to Condoleezza Rice.
true horror is that the people who hold these supposedly august
positions are in fact no better than criminal enforcers in organized
crime families. American secretaries of state have plotted invasions and assassinations, occupied countries, destroyed economies, fomented coups and in a myriad of other ways laid waste to sovereign nations.
Countries which try to bring about their own democracies are thwarted if their plans are seen as a threat to American interests.
secretary of state should be lionized and there is nothing wonderful
about black people having the right to perform the evil acts which were
once the reserve of whites.The Dulleses and Kissingers and their predecessors and successors made wars on huge swaths of the planet and did in fact crush attempts at
democracy so that American businesses might be able to harvest bananas
at cheap prices.
appearance of Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice as part of the Bush
administration foreign policy team ended the white monopoly on American
state terror. Colin Powell went to the United Nations with his power
point presentation full of lies in order to justify the invasion of
Iraq. He also removed Jean Bertrand Aristide, Haiti’s democratically
elected president, from office. National Security Adviser Condoleezza
Rice covered up her own incompetence and the still murky facts which
brought the September 11thterrorist attacks onto American soil.
“The black man who destroyed Libya and Somalia and who is on the road to
destroying Syria will have another terrorist of color by his side.”
It was during the Bush administration that the black face in the high place
joined in committing the worst kinds of dirty work to be carried out by
the United States around the globe. It was also the first time that
black Americans began to look the other way and excuse their
government’s inhumanity. Defending Colin and Condi became substitutes
for analysis and the ideology that once made black Americans the group
least supportive of their government’s acts of aggression.
ascendancy of Barack Obama to the presidency accelerated this grotesque
delusion of racial uplift. Not only are NDAA, kill lists, and naked
imperialism to be overlooked, but the black man who destroyed Libya and
Somalia and who is on the road to destroying Syria will have another
terrorist of color by his side.In a perverse way this terrible duo will increase the joy of a people
who a mere five years ago recoiled at the very behavior which Obama and
Rice have exhibited toward the rest of the world.
America is and will
continue to pose terrible threats to the rest of the world, whether the
next secretary of state if Susan Rice or John Kerry or an unknown player to be named later. That should be the crux of any debates about who
should serve in these positions. Anything else is just drama playing out while the world burns because the United States keeps lighting the
Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely
reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as
at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com.Ms Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgendaReport.com.
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