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What You Will Hear From Samantha Power; And What You Won’t

There are many things you will be hearing from Samantha Power should she become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Samantha PowerShe thinks and speaks sharply, and with her impassioned style and frankly, her tall frame and long flowing red hair, she will no doubt attract a lot of attention at the United Nations and be a high-profile advocate for President Obama.

Problem is, she has a history of making statements that indicate hostility toward Israel and its backers and suggest she sees a moral equivalence between our Israeli allies and the Palestinians.

In a 2007 interview she gave while a professor at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, since scrubbed from the school’s website, she seemed to lay some blame for the Iraq War on the Israelis and their advocates in the United States:

Another longstanding foreign policy flaw is the degree to which special interests dictate the way in which the “national interest” as a whole is defined and pursued . . . America’s important historic relationship with Israel has often led foreign policy decision-makers to defer reflexively to Israeli security assessments, and to replicate Israeli tactics, which, as the war in Lebanon last summer demonstrated, can turn out to be counter-productive.

So greater regard for international institutions along with less automatic deference to special interests–especially when it comes to matters of life and death and war and peace–seem to be two take-aways from the war in Iraq.

As I’ve noted, in 2002 she suggested inserting a “mammoth” contingent of armed forces into Israel to separate them from the Palestinians during the Intifada, indicating both sides had behaved irresponsibly enough to lose their right to autonomy.

Ms. Power’s empathy for those leftists deem the “oppressed” of the world may be bad news for Israel, generally regarded on the left as the modern practitioner of Apartheid.

So while you will hear a lot from Power, you won’t hear anything like this:

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39 Responses to What You Will Hear From Samantha Power; And What You Won’t

  1. BHO has contempt for Israel unlike any of his predecessors. This is not surprising as he seems to have contempt for anything and everything connected with America’s best interests.

  2. Personally, I don’t believe anyone barry nominates should be confirmed. NO ONE! He has proven time and time again that he is on the wrong side of our constitution. He is on the wrong side of what this country stands for. For the remainder of his presidency, EVERYTHING he does should be met with stiff opposition and when possible, defeat. This woman is more of the same and she doesn’t represent what this country stands for. It’s easy – stop him at every turn.

  3. OT warning. A federal judge has ordered Kathleen Sebelius to make an exception for the ten year old girl in need of a lung transplant. This is a little nugget of sunshine in an otherwise irritating news day.

    • Judge Michael Balyson, originally named USA by Ronald Reagan and elevated to the Eastern District Court of PA. A pro-lifer overruled a pro-deather.

    • Slightly OT, but also regarding the roles of WH women:

      Does anybody have the details on why Michelle Obama has now decided NOT to attend the Palm Springs ranch get-together with the head of China and his wife? Is it really a snub that will cool relations with China? (Is Michelle afraid of being upstaged by another glamorous First Lady, one also known as a performer?) Or is it just about school time with the kids?

      • Moreover, I think it’s punishment doled out by barry to mooch for handling the heckler incident poorly. No one wants mooch to be in a position to open her big mouth and sink the ship. I don’t think it was “her” decision.

      • I think Barry and Me-Chelle just can’t stand to be around one another anymore. They spend hardly any time together and have been apart far more this year than in the past. Separate beds, separate vacations……..the façade of the perfect couple is showing its cracks.

  4. Some of my favorite memories are Moynihan w/ David Brinkley on his This Week before This Week became stooge Georgie’s personal platform to bash conservatism.
    Face it folks, we’ve got 3 1/2 more years of a petulant, incompetent community organizer who’s ego is so overloading his ass we’ll be lucky to avoid another major attack from those “peaceful” Islamists let alone survive under Obamacare and the EPA wrecking ball he’s unleashed upon the economy.

    • Fun Fact: The husband of Susan Rice, Ian Cameron, used to Executive Produce “This Week” for both George and his “replacement” Christiane Amanpour

      (But what kind of whacko would claim collusion between the White House and the major media?)

  5. She may be the smartest person in the world, but she looks like a hippie communist who thinks a beauty routine is scrubbing her face with Lava soap. The foreign delegates at the UN are not going to be impressed with her looks.
    She’s already demonstrated that her diplomatic skills are skimpy, and that doesn’t bode well for an ambassador at the UN, or anywhere for that matter. .Diplomacy is a skill required for this position and there are people in our State department better suited for this delicate job.

  6. Forty years later Moynihan’s words ring true: “A great evil has been unloosed upon the world”. BaracK Hussein Obama was only ten years old when those words were spoken – who could have dreamt what evil was looming ahead for this great nation!

    • Good point from Levin. barry is like a lowlife criminal always running from the law and trying to protect his own hide.

  7. we need to let the Susan Rice thing go; she was a good soldier and she got rewarded for it. that’s the way of the world. and what, you thought Obama would pick a national security advisor who actually understood the threat of Islamic fundamentalism? funny.

    noted anti-Semite Samantha Power at the UN is troubling. but even more troubling is Barack Obama’s absolute determination to be as divisive and in-your-face as he can get with the Republicans. someone needs to tell him this is not what a president is supposed to be doing.

  8. Bob Dole is trying to give McCain a run for the money in the you-know-what department. Every other Republican I have heard today on these two appointees said that Obama was poking the American people in the eye. Dole, on the other hand, applauded Obama for making them.

  9. Senator Obama’s supporters have uniformly ignored the role and the views of Harvard Kennedy School of Government professor Samantha Power, who is very problematic regarding Israel, Iran, and for that matter, American supporters of Israel (see below). Power left her position at Harvard to work for Obama for a year after his election to the US Senate. She is now identified as a “senior foreign policy advisor.”.

    In the case of Power, it was Senator Obama who made the initial contact with her after reading her book on genocide. Power is now actively working for the campaign. She cannot be casually dismissed as one of Obama’s many advisors, with no particular assigned role.

    It is not at all hard to imagine her having a senior foreign policy role in an Obama administration, perhaps as US Ambassador to the United Nations, an organization she views warmly. The problem for those who favor a strong US-Israel relationship is that Power seems obsessed with Israel, and in a negative way. Much like the authors of the Baker-Hamilton report, she believes resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is central to solving other problems in the Middle East. And it is clear that her approach to addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be for the US to behave in a more “even handed” fashion, which of course means withdrawing US support for Israel, and instead applying more pressure on Israel for concessions.

    Commentary Magazine, and in particular Noah Pollack, have done a superb job of investigative reporting regarding Power’s record and views. She is a headliner for Senator Obama — a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a professor at Harvard. Power has a column carried by TIME and she writes frequently. Indeed, it is her writing that reveals reasons to be concerned. From Commentary:

    Power is an advocate of the Walt-Mearsheimer view of the American relationship with Israel. In a recent interview published on the Harvard Kennedy School’s website, Power was asked to explain “long-standing structural and conceptual problems in U.S. foreign policy.” She gave a two-part answer: the first problem, she said, is “the US historic predisposition to go it alone.” A standard reply, of course. The second problem, though, should give us pause:

    Another longstanding foreign policy flaw is the degree to which special interests dictate the way in which the “national interest” as a whole is defined and pursued…. America’s important historic relationship with Israel has often led foreign policy decision-makers to defer reflexively to Israeli security assessments, and to replicate Israeli tactics, which, as the war in Lebanon last summer demonstrated, can turn out to be counter-productive

    SNIP
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    http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/02/samantha_power_and_obamas_fore_1.html

  10. What we’ll hear, and what we won’t:

    The same old radical utopian ideas that have never, ever worked; and, any accurate representation of the true thoughts of the majority of American citizens.

    In that order.

  11. Powers is married to Cass Sustein who was a “Czar” in Dictator Obama’s regime and is a hard core communist. That’s all you need to know about Powers who is an anti-semite.

    Dictator Obama’s regime is no longer a national disgrace but has become a national obscenity with the choice of Powers and Rice, although appointing Rice to “National Security Advisor” is nothing more than keeping her close so she can’t testify against Obama regarding his willful act of leaving the Seals to be murdered on the rooftop in Benghazi.

    Hard Core Communist Porn.

  12. We all know Obama is pulling a scam on the American people. He doesn’t know squat about how to govern or pick his players for the good of this country. He is a con-artist.