Daily Archives: Dec. 14, 2012

Did U.N. treaty vote kill off Rice’s chances?

Heather Hurlburt, the executive director of the National Security Network think tank, drew a line between the end of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s (in photo) prospects of becoming secretary of state Thursday and the failure of the U.S. Senate to pass the U.N. treaty on the rights of the disabled last week. “When you see there is enough of the Republican Party that is willing to stick a knife in Bob Dole in order to stick a knife in the United Nations, you had to take a really cold look at Ambassador Rice’s chances. I think that’s what Obama did,” Hurlburt told the Daily Beast. Disabled veteran and former Kansas Sen. Dole had gone to the Senate floor in a wheelchair to advocate for the treaty’s approval.

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ not particularly flattering to Obama

The new movie “Zero Dark Thirty,” about the killing of Osama bin Laden (in photo), could set President Obama up for some criticism, Politico reported. The movie includes a news clip of Obama expressing his opposition to torture, while it portrays how waterboarding played a role in tracking down bin Laden. The movie also highlights how the Obama administration and defense officials took nine months to become convinced that bin Laden was at the compound in Pakistan, much to the frustration of the main CIA analyst in the film.