I always expect the worst from Lindsey Graham, and he rarely disappoints. Today, Graham strongly backed Samantha Power for the U.N. ambassador post.
But that wasn’t the worst. The worst was his statement that Power “will be a strong supporter of our close friend and ally Israel.” As I said, Graham rarely disappoints.
I wonder what evidence Graham would cite in favor of his claim that Power, with her record of anti-Israel statements that easily could have been uttered by Israel’s worst U.N. enemies, is a strong supporter of the Jewish State. But then, Lindsey Graham doesn’t need evidence; preening has always been sufficient.
The real question is, why are John McCain and his South Carolina sidekick in the tank for Samantha Power. The answer, I think, has to do with Syria, not Israel. McCain and Graham have been clamoring for U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war. Power made her reputation by arguing in favor of military intervention to prevent genocide. Bingo, as far as McCain and Graham are concerned.
Actually, Power’s move from Obama’s Washington circle of advisers to New York will not increase the likelihood that Obama will elect to intervene in Syria. It was from her perch in Washington that Power apparently played a significant role in the decision to intervene in Libya.
Presumably, McCain and Graham see the U.N. as a suitable reward for Power’s “right thinking.” However, a careful analysis of Power’s thinking would show that behind her robust interventionist rhetoric lies her real mission, which Stanley Kurtz describes as “us[ing] our shared horror at the worst that human beings can do in order to institute an ever-broadening regime of redistributive transnational governance.”
This mission relies on the support of useful idiots. McCain and Graham will not disappoint. Careful analysis is not part of their job description.