Wild About Rice

Senator Tim Wirth, President of the United Nations Foundation (which sponsors this blog) has this to say about Susan Rice.

“President-elect Barack Obama’s selection of Susan Rice as the next Ambassador to the United Nations, and his decision to once make this critical posting a cabinet-level appointment, sends an unambiguous signal to the world that the United States intends to reengage with the United Nations at the highest levels. Ms. Rice understands the importance of fostering international cooperation as a means of tackling the great global challenges we face, including climate change, poverty, nuclear proliferation and terrorism. The United Nations Foundation supports swift confirmation of Susan Rice and looks forward to working with the new Ambassador to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and the United Nations.”

And here is what President-elect Obama had to say about Rice and the United Nations

Susan Rice will take on the crucial task of serving as Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations. Susan has been a close and trusted advisor. As in previous Administrations, the UN Ambassador will serve as a member of my cabinet and integral member of my team. Her background as a scholar, on the National Security Council, and Assistant Secretary of State will serve our nation well at the United Nations.

Susan knows that the global challenges we face demand global institutions that work. She shares my belief that the UN is an indispensable — and imperfect — forum. She will carry the message that our commitment to multilateral action must be coupled with a commitment to reform. We need the UN to be more effective as a venue for collective action — against terror and proliferation; climate change and genocide; poverty and disease.