Why didn't Rice speak up and say, "Mr. President, with these huge holdings in every aspect of the tar sands/pipeline situation, I can't consider a nomination for Secretary of State."
The president may have a plan to disapprove pipeline construction before Rice's nomination is offered or before the anticipated date of approval. If so, he had better disapprove the pipeline quickly or face a very harsh evaluation of his judgment for considering her in the first place. We need a president who will solve problems, not perpetuate them.
This is one example of many absurd and totally illogical situations we must endure living in a time of moral and intellectual decadence among the ruling elite. They take what they want because they can and presume they can move through any public objection unscathed. Why shouldn't they. They get away with this sort of thing all the time.
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