Former presidential adviser, Samantha Power, is Obama’s choice for US Ambassador to the UN. To give you an idea of how extreme she is, Power once said she wanted to invade Israel. She has in the past encouraged shifting support from Israel to Palestine and has repeatedly drawn moral equivalence between the actions of the two nations. She sees US foreign policy prior to President Obama as evil and something we need to apologize for.
In 2003, Power said the US will have to answer for its crimes. She has “dissociated herself from those comments” and said at her confirmation hearing yesterday that the US is the “greatest country in the world” and that she would defend Israel.
In a 2003 article for the New Republic, she called US foreign policy an “amoral policy.” Perhaps that is why we no longer have a comprehensible foreign policy – Obama sees it the same way.
Power wrote in the article – which she is now dissociated from – that we must apologize for our sins:
“U.S. foreign policy has to be rethought. It needs not tweaking but overhauling. We need: a historical reckoning with crimes committed, sponsored, or permitted by the United States. This would entail restoring FOIA to its pre-Bush stature, opening the files, and acknowledging the force of a mantra we have spent the last decade promoting in Guatemala, South Africa, and Yugoslavia: A country has to look back before it can move forward. Instituting a doctrine of the mea culpa would enhance our credibility by showing that American decision-makers do not endorse the sins of their predecessors.”
She pushed for an apology tour like the one President Obama made upon assuming office, though he claims it feel short of that.
She expressed her opposition to the idea of “American exceptionalism” and sees everything as morally relative. You won’t pin her down. She wanted to ignore an Iranian revolution but she wants to go into Syria.
In 2003, Power said, “Sometimes, human rights may be promoted more smoothly if we remain uninvolved in a democracy struggle, such as in Iran today, where U.S. interference would be unwelcomed by democracy activists.”
The US did remain uninvolved when the students, businessmen, professionals poured onto the streets of Iran and pleaded for US assistance which we ignored.
Iran is moving closer to having “the bomb” which will place the US, Israel, and Iran’s neighbors in grave danger and under continual threat.
The nomination of Power as UN Ambassador was made immediately after Obama’s eloquent speech at the Holocaust Museum. Her nomination is seen by many as a slap in the face of Israel and the US electorate.
Power believes in talking to all enemies without military threats or actual action against them. She does not see the threat of radical Islam as the problem.
The next president, Power said prior to Obama’s election, is going to have to “do a lot of rehabilitation” on this issue. “All we talk about is ‘Islamic terrorism’. If the two words are associated for long enough it’s obviously going to have an effect on how people think about Muslims. But I think Obama’s going to do wonders for closing those chasms. Even just opening up a conversation is going to get us some of the way. And it’s not insignificant that he spent time in a Muslim country, that he is half Kenyan – a lot of barriers have been bust through.”
In 2001, she attended she attended the United Nations’ World Conference Against Racism in Durbin, South Africa. Most US diplomats left when the gathering became an anti-American, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic tirade. She remained.
Photo of Samantha Power
When she was foreign policy adviser to the Obama campaign in 2008, she objected to focusing on the Israelis and to the “US’s axiomatic support for Israel on security matters.
“So much of it is about: ‘Is he going to be good for the Jews?’”
We need rehabilitation in our support of Israel according to Power.
She is the former Chair of Obama’s new Atrocities Prevention Board (a Genocide Panel). She believes that Palestine’s attacks on Israel are equivalent to Israel defending herself.
In 2002 she was interviewed by Harry Kreisler, the director of the Institute for International Studies at Berkeley. Kreisler asked her the following:
Let me give you a thought experiment here, and it is the following: without addressing the Palestine – Israel problem, let’s say you were an advisor to the President of the United States, how would you respond to current events there? Would you advise him to put a structure in place to monitor that situation, at least if one party or another [starts] looking like they might be moving toward genocide?
Power’s advice to the President would be to alienate the American Jewish community and invest in Palestine. She said she wants the US to establish and pay for a mammoth protection force for the Palestine State though she was opposed to doing the same in Iraq.
She refers to the Palestinians as victims of genocide in this video:
Samantha Power is married to Cass Sunstein, former regulatory czar. Sunstein once said that animals should have court-apponted lawyers to protect their rights. He is a big fan of the UN Bill of Rights which would destroy our Bill of Rights. In his Bill of Rights, everything becomes an entitlement. Everyone is entitled to a car, a house, a vacation, and so on, without working for it.
One can imagine that the sanctimonious Power is like-minded.
Obama’s agenda is full steam ahead