I think that nomination of Susan Rice to be Secretary of State would be a bad idea. This has nothing to do with the Benghazi canard. She recited the administration's screed on the attack in Libya. BHO said at his 14 November press conference that he, and not Rice, is the proper target for their animus over Benghazi. He was quite correct in that statement. My problem with Rice is that she has often been described to me by those close to her as a hyper-ambitious and ruthless person who would be a threatening presence in the state Department headquarters in Foggy Bottom
At the same time, I think the appointment of Senator John Kerry to be Secretary of Defense would be an insult to the armed forces that he falsely denounced in lying testimony and statements after his return to Vietnam during the war. The same Kerry faked his participation in a "ceremony" in which he and other malcontents threw their military medals away. Kerry had bought copies to throw in order to be able to keep his own.
IMO the president should nominate former senator Bob Kerrey to be Secretary of Defense. Kerrey was a long serving and moderate member of the senate from Nebraska. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in VN as a SEAL officer. He was badly wounded in the same war. Kerrey was president of the New School University in New York for a long time. He would be respected by the armed forces.
John Huntsman, Jr. would be my choice for Secretary of State. A moderate Republican, his nomination would demonstrate the sincerity of BHO's desire to "work across the aisle." Huntsman was US ambassador to China and speaks fluent Chinese. China should be a major focus of our diplomacy. To have a secretary of state so familiar with that country would be a significant advantage. pl