Samantha Power: Obama’s Latest Appointee – A Nightmare for the US & Israel

President Obama has appointed Samantha Power as chair of the new Atrocities Prevention Board.  Obama’s reasoning for the formation of the board is as follows:

“Preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States of America.” The directive creates an important new tool in this effort, establishing a standing interagency Atrocities Prevention Board with the authority to develop prevention strategies and to ensure that concerns are elevated for senior decision-making so that we are better able to work with our allies and partners to be responsive to early warning signs and prevent potential atrocities. The directive recognizes that preventing mass atrocities is a responsibility that all nations share and that other countries must also be enlisted to respond to particular crises. Therefore, the directive calls for a strategy for engaging key regional allies and partners so that they are prepared to accept greater responsibility for preventing and responding to crimes against humanity.”

Power has, in the past, called for the US to force a “peace settlement” by invading Israel.  She has also, reportedly, said uncomplimentary things about American Jews.

When Power was Obama’s campaign foreign policy adviser, in 2008,  she held Jews responsible for the criticism of  Obama’s foreign policy platform:

“There will be situations where the priority is self-defence,” she says, indicating that a preference for multilateralism only goes so far. “President Obama, like every other leader on earth, is still going to be looking out for national and economic interests. States don’t cease to be states overnight just because they get a great visionary as their new president.” But it is politically impossible for Obama to talk to Hamas, even if he wants to. She can’t say that, though, especially when vicious internet smears are making lurid allegations about his “Muslim past”….”So much of it is about: ‘Is he going to be good for the Jews?'”

Stanley Kurtz, writing for National Review, describes Samantha Power as the main architect of the US’s  intervention in Libya and as a patriot’s nightmare — “a woman determined to subordinate America’s national sovereignty to an international order largely controlled by leftist bureaucrats.”  Kurtz goes on to write that Power, like Obama,  represents a kind of  “pragmatic radicalism.”

In an interview in 2002, with Harry Kreisler, director of the Institute for International Studies at Berkeley, she was asked 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?”

And, Power’s response:

  • “Alienate” the American Jewish community, and indeed all Americans, such as evangelical Christians, who support the state of Israel, because Israeli leaders are “destroying the lives of their own people.”
  •  Pour billions of dollars of the taxpayers’ money into “the new state of Palestine”
  • Stage an American ground invasion of Israel and the Palestinian territories — what else can she mean by a “mammoth protection force” and a “military presence” that will be “imposed” by “external intervention”? — Interestingly she considers the exact same thing the height of arrogance and foolishness when it was done in Iraq.

Power expressed disappointment in the disinclination of American policymakers to apologize to other countries for our presumed past mistakes.  Her willingness to directly engage “even the worst rogue states” is an extensive theme running through her book, Chasing the FlameKurtz also conveys that Power advocates the deliberate process of delegating US power to international bodies.

Samantha Power has a track record of blaming Israel, even in the event she is well aware of the falsity of the charges.  According to Martin Kramer , in a quote from Ethnic Violence and Justice, Power, as one of Obama’s foreign policy advisers, queries David Rohde who covered the 2nd intifada for the New York Times:

“Samantha Power: I have a question for David about working for the New York Times. I was struck by a headline that accompanied a news story on the publication of the Human Rights Watch report. The headline was, I believe: “Human Rights Report Finds Massacre Did Not Occur in Jenin.” The second paragraph said, “Oh, but lots of war crimes did.” Why wouldn’t they make the war crimes the headline and the non-massacre the second paragraph?”

So, in addition to Obama’s other controversial appointments, now we are presented with one who has been described as pragmatically radical and post-American and whose goals appears to be to destroy US sovereignty by replacing it with the “redistributive regime of international law.”

-Candice Lanier

  • bruce mercer

    is she not cass sunstine’s wife?

  • Helen Timmreck

    he will be committing them.and his band off evil doers

  • Alison Hess Clayton

    How many more people does he owe jobs too?

  • Katrina J. Wadsworth-Ruma

    Of course she is a pro lifer right?!

  • Richie Weber

    This country wont survive 4 more years of these criminals ruining our country.Obama, Pelosi, Holder, and Axlerod

  • Lucy Guzman

    The only atrocity in the U.S. sits in the White House until November!

  • Robert Ray Greene
  • James Johnson

    The House of Representatives could kick Nazi Pelosi out if they wanted to… The charge would be: She is too stupid to be a Representative.

  • Mark Vail

    It’s probably designed as a watchdog group to monitor our combat vets in theater….Seen this bs before…

  • Michael Gilbert Beard

    I heard about this lady a year ago.

    “Atrocities Prevention Board”? If they actually believed their own rhetoric, they would’ve stopped Syria a year ago. Guess they were too busy in Libya. (Not that either action has been authorized by Congress… just stating that their actions contradict their own stated goals/beliefs) There are three branches of government and “Atrocities Prevention Board” isn’t one of them.

  • Kathy Jones

    AKA Genocide Chick. You should see the video where she demands military action against Israel.

  • EJ Reynolds

    To bad he doesn’t take care of the country’s internal problems.That should be his priority. What a waste!

  • Kathy Jones

    I said this in a previous post and I will say this again Obama basically giving Israel the finger.

  • Evelyn Joyace Akin

    I just wish the witch would go home and croke,,,

  • Evelyn Joyace Akin

    go home witch..

  • David Stallard

    How much bigger can this carpet-bagger make government before November? The American tax-payer cannot afford Obama and widest spending habits using our wallets as their personal funds!

  • William R. Shaneyfelt

    Birds of a feather

  • Alan Nitikman

    The video of her espousing her “ideas” is embedded here:
    She couches her agenda in a raft of equivocation — referring to atrocities committed on both sides, in a sarcastic reference to “Sharafat”, as if Yassir Arafat and Shamir were morally equivalent in their actions; one with the goal of eliminating the state of Israel, the other of preventing that genocide.
    She is, in that interview, on intellectual snob territory and she rises to that occasion with evasion and indirect reference. I mention that because the article you cite is accurate in its presentation of her views, but I wondered why all the paraphrasing when quoting her would be more helpful. Until I listened to her and realized that her goal is not communication of ideas, but of sliding one by, while giving the impression of erudition and superior knowledge. This must have great weight with the ignoramiscenti that constitute the academic Left.

  • Brenda Welch

    Just wait David, he’s not through yet………….

    • http://PlainandSimple Frank Sigotle

      Obama is the biggest DISASTER this country has ever known… He is a THREAT to national security….

  • Lori Howerton

    It is true, you are known by the company you keep…

  • Tom Pump

    When are republicans going to act on this bullshit that obama is doing? WHEN, WAKE UP ALREADY!!!

  • Bufcat

    This government takes on the personality of its leader.

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