Susan Rice: My Nomination Would Be "Lengthy, Disruptive and Costly"

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Susan Rice, the United States Ambassador to the UN has officially withdrawn her name from consideration for secretary of state. In a letter to President Obama dated December 13 she wrote, "if nominated I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities." Ambassador Rice has come under heavy criticism from congressional Republicans who claim that her statements immediately following the