Samantha Power

Soft, boring Power

Featured image This article about Samantha Power by Manuel Roig-Franzia of the Washington Post is mainly an attempt to explain away the fact that the famous anti-genocide crusader faithfully serves an administration that has done essentially nothing in response to mass murder in Syria. Along the way we learn that, for Power, “boring” has never been “ok.” This tidbit may explain a lot. Perhaps Power never really hated Israel; those anti-Israeli statements »

Soft Power on parade

Featured image Samantha Power is a preening phony, but I never thought she was stupid. As the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, she has emitted the lame statement below condemning the regime of Syrian president for life Bashar al-Assad as out of step with the “whole world.” Among the many true statements one could make to condemn Assad, Power can’t pull an arrow from the quiver. If Assad has her »

Samantha Power Dives Deep…Into Incoherence [Updated]

Featured image Yesterday U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power delivered the Daniel Pearl Lecture at UCLA and met with Pearl’s parents. Afterward, she unburdened herself of this tweet: Daniel Pearl's story is reminder that individual accountability & reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence. @DanielPearlFNDN — Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) February 24, 2014 I saw this on Twitter late last night and pondered it for a while. What is it supposed to mean? I »

The short ride from “Soft Power” to No Power

Featured image It requires little discussion to show that the U.N. approved resolution on chemical weapons in Syria is a joke. As Brett Schaefer and Baker Spring point out, the resolution is toothless because it fails to establish a direct enforcement mechanism for assuring the complete application of Chemical Weapons Convention requirements in Syria. The resolution provides that in the event of non-compliance with its terms, the Security Council will impose undefined »

Reading Power on Syria

Featured image I took a look at Samantha Power’s speech at the Center for American Progress this past Friday supporting finely tuned, perfectly calibrated military action against Syria yesterday here and here. What Power says matters. Power is our Ambassador to the United Nations, but more than that she is the advocate of purportedly humanitarian interventions by the United States around the world. Power reportedly played an important role in promoting the »

What does Obama have on offer?

Featured image In the torrent of words produced by Obama administration officials to support finely tuned, perfectly calibrated military action against Syria, I have looked for two propositions: (1) a statement of the national interest of the United States in the action, and (2) some idea of the means to be dedicated to achieving the ends. Obama himself has given us little along these lines. At his recent press conferences in Stockholm »

Reading Power

Featured image It was a year ago on August 20 that President Obama laid down his red line regarding the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria. A video of Obama laying down his red line is below. Assad crossed the red line a while back with no discernible consequence. He now appears to have recrossed the red line even further with the massacres outside Damascus this week. Fouad »

Samantha Power’s unprecedented confirmation conversion

Featured image In 2003, Samantha Power wrote in the New Republic: We need: a historical reckoning with crimes committed, sponsored, or permitted by the United States. . . 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. When Willie Brandt went down on one knee in the Warsaw ghetto, his gesture was gratifying to World War II »

A problem from hell revisited

Featured image President Obama’s nominee to serve as our ambassador to the United Nations is the vile Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Problem From Hell. I think the title of her book is a case of projection. At her confirmation hearing today, she was questioned about a statement from her 2003 New Republic article in which she wrote that American foreign policy needed “a historical reckoning with crimes committed, sponsored »

What patriotism is not

Featured image Dana Milbank defends the patriotism of Samantha Power which, he says, was publicly questioned the other day by Frank Gaffney, Allen West, and others. The quotations Milbank cites do not use the word “patriotism,” but they scathingly imply that Power lacks that attribute. Milbank assures us, however, that he knew Power in college and “was unaware that she was un-American.” I wouldn’t put much stock in this, though. John Hinderaker »

Michael Gerson’s pathetic defense of Samantha Power

Featured image Michael Gerson becomes the latest member of the Republican establishment to dive into the tank for Samantha Power, President Obama’s anti-Israel nominee for U.N. Ambassador. Like others in this category, Gerson apparently has been charmed by his personal interaction with Power. It appears to be Power’s passion and fire that charmed Gerson. Gerson initially found her to be an unfair, partisan critic of the Bush administration in which Gerson served. »

Lindsey Graham is in the tank for Samantha Power, naturally

Featured image 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 »

Power of persuasion

Featured image I think of our newly appointed ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power in the words of the title of her Pulitzer Prize-winning book: “A Problem From Hell.” Power passionately believes that the armed forces of the United States should serve causes far larger than the national interest of the United States. Of the commenters on Power’s nomination, Ralph Peters is the only one I have seen make this point. »

Samantha Power and neoconservatism

Featured image The label “neoconservative” has been misused and abused so frequently that it has lost most of its substantive meaning. Without getting deep into the details, consider that the most famous neoconservative article ever published, Jeanne Kirkpatrick’s “Dictatorship and Double Standards,” argued against democracy promotion as a guiding principle of American foreign policy: Although most governments in the world are, as they always have been, autocracies of one kind or another, »

Samantha Power, hater of Israel

Featured image Earlier today, I described Samantha Power, President Obama’s nominee for ambassador to the U.N., as “virulently anti-Israel” and “Israel hating.” These are harsh words. Even some good faith supporters of Israel may consider them unfair. But let’s look at Power’s harsh words about Israel. For example, as I noted in this post: Power has expressed outrage at the way Israel has treated the U.N.’s faux peacekeepers in South Lebanon, the »

Soft Power finds a perfect home

Featured image It was always just a matter of time until President Obama, once elected to a second term, handed a major position to his favorite foreign policy analyst, Samantha Power. Now, with Susan Rice moving from the U.N. to the White House as National Security Adviser, Obama is set to nominate Power as ambassador to the U.N. Power’s selection for a highly visible position had to await Obama’s second term because »