“The foundation of the United States’ unrivaled global leadership rests only in part on our military might,” she wrote. “It is also grounded in the perception that the United States is steady, rational and fact-based."
She added: “To lead effectively, the United States must maintain respect and trust. So, when a White House deliberately dissembles and serially contorts the facts, its actions pose a serious risk to America’s global leadership, among friends and adversaries alike.”
Rice had been lined up to replace Hillary Clinton as President Barack Obama's secretary of state but dropped out of the running after she was criticized by Republicans for initially characterizing the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as opportunistic when evidence later emerged that it was a premeditated attack.
Alastair Jamieson is a London-based reporter, editor and homepage producer for NBC News.