President Obama’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, believed the race of intelligence employees was of the utmost importance when giving the commencement address at Florida International University as she whined about the lack of minorities in national security positions. Since when does race have anything to do with national security?
“Minorities still make up less than 20 percent of our senior diplomats, less than 15 percent of senior military officers and senior intelligence officials,” Rice said according to prepared remarks released by the White House. ” Too often, our national security workforce has been what former Florida Senator Bob Graham called ‘white, male, and Yale.’”
Rice argued that “a diverse national security workforce enables us to unlock all of our nation’s talent. There are some 320 million people in the United States. Nearly 40 percent are minorities, and an increasing number of them are earning college and graduate degrees.”
If Rice was doing the commencement and encouraging students to take up a career in national security that would be one thing. Encouraging students to get into the field in order to serve their country and work to protect the nation from terrorism is an honorable thing to do.
However, using a commencement address to raise grievances about the supposed lack of diversity in national security is counter productive. Perhaps, had Ms. Rice been more attentive to her work and not the racial makeup of those around her, she wouldn’t have been caught telling lies on behalf of the Obama administration following the Benghazi attacks.
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