June 7, 2013—SnyderTalk Editorial: Samantha Power: “A Problem from Hell”?


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Samantha Power: “A Problem from Hell”?

Samantha Power, President Obama’s choice to represent the United States at the United Nations, has served as a professor of human rights practice at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and as a close confidant of President Obama.  She worked in his Senate office in 2005-2006 as a foreign policy fellow and was credited with inspiring his interest in the Darfur conflict.  In 2008, she joined Obama’s presidential campaign, but she resigned after referring to Hillary Clinton as a “monster” in an interview with The Scotsman in London.

In November 2008, Power rejoined Team Obama as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights on the National Security Council (NSC).  In that capacity, she was responsible for heading up the Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights from January 2009 to March 2013.  In April 2012, the president asked Power to chair his Atrocities Prevention Board.

According to The Blaze, Irish Central said that Power was “one of the main architects of the Obama administration’s policies in Libya, noting her influence over the White House. And Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said in a 2011 New York Times profile that ‘She is clearly the foremost voice for human rights within the White House and she has Obama’s ear.’”  According to Bloomberg, Power played a crucial role, along with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, and other NSC advisers, in persuading President Obama to advance a U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing a coalition military force to protect Libyan civilians.

Glenn Beck thinks that Power is probably “the most dangerous woman in America”:

For anyone who thinks that Samantha Power is just some low level cog in the Washington machine, the New York Times just did a nice profile on her role in the current administration. It turns out that Mrs. Cass Sunstein [Power’s married name] is probably the most dangerous woman in America, after all.


“Now from her perch on the [N]ational Security Council, she is in a position to make the case for the commander in chief and to watch him translate her ideas into action. She’s clearly the foremost voice for human rights [within] the White House, says Kenneth Ross. She has Obama’s ear. The Irish‑born Miss Power, 40, functions as kind of an institutional memory bank on genocide,” he continued.

“So we have Cass Sunstein’s wife advising on the Responsibility to Protect,” Glenn said “If you’re in the circle of George Soros, she was a queen. George Soros immediately funded a group to push the Responsibility to Protect.”

“[UN official Richard Falk] has been pushing for the right to protect or the Responsibility to Protect to be used against Israel and they’ve been trying this now for the last couple of years, and that’s what this is really all about, period. This is about going after Israel,” Glenn said.

Arnold Ahlert calls Power an “Israel-hater”:

In a March 2003 article for the New Republic, Power engaged in the typically leftist denigration of the United States, characterizing American foreign policy as “an explicitly amoral enterprise.” She bemoaned the fact that America’s “exceptionalist impulses,” had been “with us for a long time,” and that they animated George W. Bush’s “militant moralism.” She was further lamented that such “militant moralism” was left unchecked by Congress, due in large part to the fact that America no longer sustained enough war casualties to animate their concern “thanks to U.S. technological supremacy.”


Power’s attitude towards Israel is also alarming and destructive. In 2001, she attended the United Nations’ World Conference Against Racism, held in Durbin, South Africa. She remained there after the U.S. withdrew most of its diplomatic participation, when it became apparent the gathering would amount to little more than a platform for anti-American, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic tirades.

A year later, Power was interviewed by Harry Kreisler of Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies. He asked Power to engage in a “thought experiment” about how she would advise the president “to put a structure in place” with regard to the Palestine-Israel problem to “monitor the situation,” if one party or the other was “moving towards genocide.”

Power appears quite comfortable with the obviously loaded question, never once acknowledging that Kreisler was making no distinction between the Palestinians, who were in the midst of waging an intifada against Israel, and Israel’s right to defend itself from annihilation. After noting there was an abundance of information that didn’t necessitate some sort of “early warning mechanism,” Power insisted the United States needed “a willingness to actually put something on the line in the service of helping the situation. And putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import.”

The domestic constituency is plainly Jewish Americans. This description in particular reveals Power’s sympathy with stereotypes of Jewish wealth and power. Yet Power showed an even greater and darker anti-Semitic streak in the followup, essentially advocating an invasion of Israeli territory on behalf of the Palestinians to protect them from “major human rights abuses”:

It may mean, more crucially, sacrificing, or investing I think more than sacrificing, literally billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel’s military but actually investing in the new state of Palestine; in investing billions of dollars it would probably take also to support I think what will have to be a mammoth protection force—not of the old Srebrenica kind or of the Rwanda kind, but a meaningful military presence. Because it seems to me at this stage—and this is true of actual genocides as well and not just major human rights abuses which we’re seeing there—that is that you have to go in as if you’re serious, you have to put something on the line.

In a blog for the New York Times, Christine Hauser and Robert Mackey say that Power’s “2002 remarks on imposing peace on Israel could haunt her.”  They were playing off of an article in Haaretz by Chemi Shalev.  Power’s remarks were captured on video and she later disavowed them, but she said,

“What we need is a willingness to actually put something on the line in the service of helping the situation. And putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import.”

That was an overt reference to Jewish people in the United States and President Obama’s supporters in Israel.  According to Power, President Obama shouldn’t worry about alienating them if his campaign for “peace in the Middle East” runs contrary to their interests.  That is something that the president has shown a willingness to do many times already.

In the video, Power went on to say,

It may mean, more crucially, sacrificing, or investing I think more than sacrificing, literally billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel’s military but actually investing in the new state of Palestine; in investing billions of dollars it would probably take also to support I think what will have to be a mammoth a protection force — not of the old Srebrenica kind or of the Rwanda kind, but a meaningful military presence.

Because it seems to me at this stage — and this is true of actual genocides as well and not just major human rights abuses which we’re seeing there — that is that you have to go in as if you’re serious, you have to put something on the line.

And unfortunately — imposition of a solution on unwilling parties is dreadful, I mean it’s a terrible thing to do, it’s fundamentally undemocratic — but sadly… you know, we don’t just have a democracy here either, we have a liberal democracy, there are certain sets of principles that guide our policy, or they are meant to anyway, and there it’s essential that some set of principles becomes the benchmark, rather than a deference to people who are fundamentally, politically destined to destroy the lives of their own people.

And by that I mean what Tom Friedman has called ‘Sharafat’ — I mean I do think in that sense that both political leaders have been dreadfully irresponsible — and unfortunately it does require external intervention, which, very much like the Rwanda scenario, — that thought experiment: if we had intervened early — any intervention is going to come under fierce criticism, but we have to think about lesser evils, especially when the human costs are becoming ever-more pronounced.

At this stage of the game, it is impossible to know if Power will be confirmed by the Senate or what she might do as our U.N. ambassador if she is confirmed, but this much is certain: President Obama’s nomination of Power for a prominent role in the U.N. raises serious questions about his attitudes toward Israel, Jewish people, the Palestinian issue, and Middle East peace.  Saying that Power’s nomination deserves our undivided attention is an understatement.  The people of Israel should be concerned as well and keep a watchful eye on the confirmation process.

Note: I borrowed my title from Power’s book “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide.

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Saudi Gazette (Saudi Arabia) Editorial: Hizbullah Unmasked—When Syria is free, Hizbullah will be alone and isolated in its south Lebanon territory. Its murderous and malign influence in the country will be challenged by moderate Lebanese, who are fed up with its strutting thugs and the obstruction of its leaders in the country’s delicate political process. The time is past when the Hizbullah leadership can pose as a champion of the Arab cause. Thanks to its slavish support for Iran and Syria, it has actually defined itself as an enemy of the Arab world.

Khaled Abu Toameh: Radical Islam Arrives in Ramallah—Hundreds of Muslim fundamentalist members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation) marched through the streets of Ramallah on Tuesday to mark the 92nd anniversary of the fall of the Caliphate.

Richard Cravatts: No Free Speech for Exposers of Campus Anti-Semitism—In her controversial book, From Time Immemorial, which examined the false narrative concerning the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Joan Peters referred to something she identified as “turnspeak,” “twisted rhetoric artfully aimed at the hearts and minds of the West, originated by the Arabs, and rivaling the Soviets, who are veterans of ‘semantic infiltration’ and the word war. Just as, in their lexicon, totalitarianism translates into ‘democracy,’ and degradation becomes ‘freedom,’ so has the flawed but democratic Israel been branded ‘Zionist imperialist’ and ‘racist.’” First used in 1939 to describe German propaganda after its invasion of Czechoslovakia, “turnspeak” in that instance was used to invert truth, enabling Germany to blame the Czechs for the aggression and belligerency they themselves were perpetrating.

Robbie Sabel: Manipulating International Law as Part of Anti-Israeli “Lawfare”—Israel’s record of compliance with international law is remarkably strong. In a long series of decisions, the Israeli High Court has ordered the Israeli government, army, and security services to change policies that, in the court’s view, were in violation of customary international law. The court has even intervened in actual combat situations.

Jamie Glazov: Europe’s Last Stand?— The American Freedom Alliance is hosting a major international conference on June 9-10 focused on the future of Europe to be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles. The conference, which is titled Europe’s Last Stand? Debt Demography and the Abandonment of National Sovereignty, is designed to determine the course of Europe and the impact that this direction might have upon the United States.  It will feature Geert Wilders, George Gilder, Daniel Pipes and Robert Spencer  among 20 other speakers from around the world.

Dmitri Trenin: Russia’s Middle-East Gambit—Moscow’s attitude toward the Arab Spring has been cautious from the very start. Unlike Europeans and Americans, Russian officials did not expect Western-style democracy to follow secular authoritarianism: What they began to brace for, early on, was a great Islamist revolution engulfing the entire region.

Daniel Greenfield: The Leftist Hijacking of Black Identity—While you might think that it would be impossible to run an entire cable news network around accusing people of racism, MSNBC has taken your bet and now expects you to buy it coffee for a month. On Wednesday, Martin Bashir declared that IRS was the new N word; which would mean that IRS is now the unpronounceable I word. “Three letters that sound so innocent, but we know what you mean,” Bashir said. I don’t know anyone who associates those particular three letters with innocence, except Obama’s media defenders for whom a giant ruthless government agency is the innocent victim of a Republican hate crime.

Examiner Editorial: National Editorial: What were IRS biggies really doing at the White House?— Among the frequently heard memes on the IRS scandal is the absence of hard proof linking the illegal harassment of conservative, evangelical and pro-Israel groups to the Obama White House. A typical example came Tuesday during the House Ways and Means Committee hearing, when Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., mocked Republicans on the panel by saying that “there is no smoking gun.”

David P. Goldman: Muslim Civil Wars Stem from a Crisis of Civilization—Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum (where I am associate fellow) replies this morning to Bret Stephens’ June 3rd Wall Street Journal column, “The Muslim Civil War: Standing by while the Sunnis and Shiites fight it out invites disaster.” The Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, when the Reagan administration quietly encouraged the two sides to fight themselves to bloody exhaustion, did America no good, Stephens argues: In short, a long intra-Islamic war left nobody safer, wealthier or wiser. Nor did it leave the West morally untainted. The U.S. embraced Saddam Hussein as a counterweight to Iran, and later tried to ply Iran with secret arms in exchange for the release of hostages. Patrolling the Strait of Hormuz, the USS Vincennes mistakenly shot down an Iranian jetliner over the Gulf, killing 290 civilians. Inaction only provides moral safe harbor when there’s no possibility of action.



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