An Israel-Hater Heads to the U.N.


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On Wednesday, President Obama nominated Samantha Power to be US Ambassador to the United Nations. Power has “been a relentless advocate for American interests and values, building partnerships on behalf of democracy and human rights, fighting the scourge of anti-Semitism and combating human trafficking,” the president contended. Power’s record, however, tells a much different tale. Power is, unsurprisingly, not only a radical leftist who believes America is evil and owes the world an apology, but someone with an egregious history of antipathy directed towards Israel.

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.”

In the same New Republic piece, Power reveals her true disdain for the US “criminal” foreign policy: “U.S. foreign policy,” she said,

needs not tweaking but overhauling. We need: a historical reckoning with crimes committed, sponsored, or permitted by the United States…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.

In 2009, Obama did exactly what Power recommended, and apologized to the Arab world for America’s “sins.” In 2011, the Washington Post revealed how well that approach worked out. “In most countries surveyed, favorable attitudes toward the United States dropped to levels lower than they were during the last year of the Bush administration,” the paper reported.

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.

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 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.

In a further cementing of her twisted moral equivocation, Power describes terrorist leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (who made tremendous concessions to the belligerent Arab Palestinians), as morally comparable; as two men “politically destined to destroy the lives of their own people,” and “dreadfully irresponsible.”

Power and her supporters claim those remarks were taken out of context. Yet in 2003, a quote by Power contained in the book “Ethnic Violence and Justice,” demonstrates a reflexive antipathy towards Israel as well. Power asks David Rohde, a New York Times reporter who covered the intifada, the following question:

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?”

In other words, despite the reality that the so-called Jenin massacre never happened, Power thought the Times should juxtapose its headline to show that Israel was still guilty of war crimes.

In a 2004 review of radical leftist Noam Chomsky’s book Hegemony or Survival, Power agreed with many of his criticisms of American’s foreign policy, and lumped Israel with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, Russia, and Uzbekistan in references to the “sins of our allies in the war on terror.”

Then in 2007, when Power was a professor at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, she gave an interview that has been scrubbed from the school’s website. “Another longstanding foreign policy flaw is the degree to which special interests dictate the way in which the ‘national interest’ as a whole is defined and pursued…” Power contended.

America’s important historic relationship with Israel has often led foreign policy decision-makers to defer reflexively to Israeli security assessments, and to replicate Israeli tactics which, as the war in Lebanon last summer demonstrated, can turn out to be counter-productive.

In addition to appealing to conspiracy theories of tiny Israel’s control of US foreign policy, Power completely ignores the reality that the “counter-productive” war in Lebanon was precipitated by Hezbollah in a cross-border assault, during which eight Israeli soldiers were killed and two captured. Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah admitted the operation had been planned for months.

In 2008, Power released a book, Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira De Mello and the Fight to Save the World, a biography of the UN official killed in Baghdad in a 2003 terrorist bombing. When a UN force sent to Lebanon in 1982 to stop a series of attacks emanating from a mini-state created by the PLO in that country proved ineffective, Israel forces remained there as well. Power argued  that:

Israeli forces refused to comply with the spirit of international demands to withdraw and the major powers on the Security Council were not prepared to deal with the gnarly issues that had sparked the Israelis invasion in the first place: dispossessed Palestinians and Israeli insecurity.

Again, Power implied moral equivalency by ignoring the reality that Israel went into Lebanon to destroy a terrorist infrastructure on the Lebanese-Israeli border that had attacked IDF forces and the Israeli communities near the border.

Also in 2008, Power wrote a Time magazine column belittling concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, characterizing it as a figment of George W. Bush’s imagination. And again in that same year, she completely disavowed her 2002 “thought experiment” in an interview with Miftah.org., a pro-Palestine sovereignty website. ”Even I don’t understand it,” she says. “This makes no sense to me. The quote seems so weird.”

Power’s nomination as the US Ambassador to the UN make perfect sense, of course, for an Obama administration that has made it clear there is precious little in the way of moral clarity with regard to its relationship with Israel, even as the disaster of the Arab Spring threatens to destabilize the region in a manner that may pose an unprecedented level of danger to the Jewish State.

The last thing America needs is another representative willing to see the entire world, including Israel and the United States, in morally relative terms. Power’s clear disdain for American exceptionalism is more than enough to disqualify her for the job of UN Ambassador. Our enemies have no such misgivings about who they are and what they want — and what they are willing to do to get it.

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  • truebearing

    Samantha Power has not only a disdain for America, but for sanity as well. She is a raving idiot. Needless to say, she has compensated for a complete lack of intelligence with maniacal devotion to ideology. Her ridiculous attempts at moral equivalency are stunningly stupid…so stupid that one has to doubt she really believes what she’s saying.
    Suddenly Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi have some real competition for leftist moron of the decade.

    • http://blurbrain.com/ Boot Birnbaum

      How is it possible to elevate Biden and Pelosi above the rest of the leftist morons.
      Remember, they all think, act and speak the same.
      Herd animals.

  • Tan

    Obama’s cancer is spreading. In every walk of life or job area, he’s putting America’s enemies in place, whether they be in the CIA, DOJ, DHS, etc. If people don’t start calling for an impeachment, then Obama is going to take out the US from the inside. Our relationship with Israel, our standing for freedom, the US Constitution…all will be gone. And God knows what’s going to happen next.

    • saris1

      Who cares about America’s relationship with Israel? America doesn’t need Israel at all. America depends far, far more on Canada than it does on Israel. Our relationship with them at this point is rather one-sided, we give and they take.

      • http://forbiddenterritories.com/profile/Isahiah62 Isahiah62

        prove it or retract it- your post is total bullshit

        • saris1

          Sure no problem.

          Trade with Canada carries no tariff or international relation hits. Trade with Canada is cheap since we share a border. In military matters Canada is much closer and therefore any deployment is much faster and therefore effective.

          We don’t need Israel, they need us. Who provides foreign aid to whom? Who provides weapons to whom?

          That’s right, we do. Israel is NOTHING without the United States and they know it.

        • saris1

          Now your turn – what does Israel give us? Money, Trade? Goods? Resources? What?

      • Reese

        You are completely false. Israel is the ONLY DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST surrounded by Islamic Supremacist barbarians who will come kill us if they make it through killing all Jews and wiping out Israel. Israel is holding back the tide of barbarians who want to slit your throat and rape your wife and children and then behead them.

        • saris1

          What nonsense. Not only is it irrelevant what form of Government Israel has or does not have, but the idea that they are a requirement of U.S security is totally absurd. The United States, not Israel, is the world’s most powerful state. In fact, without the U.S Israel vanishes. If Israel vanished tomorrow nothing would change for the United States.

          By the way since Israel has only been in existence since 1947, who was stopping all of these blood thirsty barbarians from coming to kill us for 171 years?

          Your response is devoid of logic.

  • TalkinHorse

    Will this move trouble any of Obama’s Jewish supporters who are in a position to do something about it? I mean, some of the press are at least mildly concerned about Justice Dept. overreach. Will the enablers ever start to realize that this administration is destructive?

    • glpage

      I doubt it. Most of Obama’s Jewish supporters are anti-Israel.

      • warpmine

        So hard to believe but my own former Rabbi is one of those supporting idiots that must have hit their head on a steel “I”beam.

      • saris1

        So what? Most Americans of Chinese extraction are Anti-China.

        Does that make them stupid?

        • glpage

          No, not at all. But, you’re equating the only democracy in the Middle East to one of the most brutal dictatorships in the world. I would hope that most Chinese-Americans are anti-China. I’m not sure why any Jew would be anti Israel. Well, there is one reason, as my Jewish mother-in-law suggests, they’re stupid.

          • saris1

            Maybe because they prefer being American? And as for the “only Democracy in the middle east” sales pitch, let’s be honest – Israel is a theocratic state with a democratic veneer.

          • http://forbiddenterritories.com/profile/Isahiah62 Isahiah62

            there you go again- telling lies does not make them true

          • saris1

            So it’s not a “Jewish State” ?

    • chuckie2u

      As I see it the Jewish voter is a Human Secularist and Marxist at heart which aligns with our Washington politicians. I dare say many of them will throw Israel under the bus in order to support their Liberal Political beliefs.

      • saris1

        An American Jew should throw Israel under the bus if it comes between them and the United States. The interests of the United States must always, always come before any foreign state; including Israel.

  • ElizabethMC

    If Power’s anti-American defense and pro-islamist mentality kills us all, I at least hope that SHE goes first.

    • saris1

      Israel has nothing to do with America’s defense. In fact, cutting diplomatic ties with Israel would make America much more secure. According to me? No, according to the CIA – and they’ve said it over and over and over. Israel puts the U.S at risk more than our relations with any other State.

      And it’s stupid because we don’t even trade much with them, breaking ties with Israel wouldn’t hurt the U.S at all – but it would be devastating to Israel which is why they have so many lobbies.

      How many american lobbies you see in Israel? Yeah, not many because they need us – we don’t need them.

      • http://forbiddenterritories.com/profile/Isahiah62 Isahiah62

        cool story troll= filed in the FICTION section

  • Smote

    Traitors are always the first to be shot.

    • J Simson

      Don’t use violence. Gut her ideology. It is easy. Expose the moral equivalence. For example she derides Bush for invading Iraq to impose democracy and free the Iraqi from a ruthless dictator.

      On the other hand she supports invading a democratic country (a loyal ally of the USA) and imposing Arab (enemies of the West) rule on it. show me one Arab state that has freedom and democracy? Respect for minorities?

      This is the key to bringing her down. Expose who she really is and shine a light on her hypocrisy.

      • Smote

        I didn’t say it as a matter of ideology, I said it as a matter of fact. Traitors are always the first to be shot. Why? Because, if they can turn once, then they can turn again. Forget about reason! You can’t ‘reason’ with a traitor.

        A turncoat is always a turncoat.

      • StanleyT

        But nobody listens! There is no shortage of exposes that do exactly what you say. The liberal left either ignores them completely, or calls for them to be silenced. Logic no longer exists.

      • Nagesh

        J Simson, the only way to expose her is if the media will help but they don’t. Because of this, not enough people get the truth. If you read a liberal newspaper, this (and Susan Rice) are great appointments. Yes, we have to expose all of them but we need to find a way to break through because obama is fully on course to ‘fundamentally transform America’. The further along this goes, the more likely it will become that violence will be the only solution.

      • chuckie2u

        There is a lot of Oil in Arab lands the Oil Companies need to protect. They are our OIL partners.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Dear Samantha,

    F you.

    Regards

    • William James Ward

      I wonder if she had anything to do with the change in format at
      FPM, I am surprised that my avitar showed up but no other
      information, it is like being erased, 4841 comments are not
      there to go back over. Yeah Samantha has to have something
      to do with it, rag on her all day…………………William

  • ML NJ

    I detest Obama & Co. I heard Rush talk about this Samantha Power and her antipathy toward Israel. I thought I would find out more about her to use as anti-Obama information for the lefties at my shul. But it turns out that she’s really not so anti-Israel. In particular I recommend Shmuley Boteach’s “clarification” following negative comments he had written about Power. See: http://tinyurl.com/k5eclk4

    The real problem with Samantha Power is that she is anti-American.

    • TalkinHorse

      Thanks for posting that link. I also detest Obama, and see his leadership as destructive. But I want my opposition to be based upon hard facts and truths. I want to face the best arguments from the other side, and honestly weigh them. Nobody is wrong about everything, and I don’t want our people to ossify into a block of unthinking knee-jerk opposition. There’s too much of that out there, mostly from the other side, but we fall into it as well.

    • Anamah

      She is both… Can’t be worst….

  • CowboyLogic

    Samantha Power aka Mrs. Cass Sunstein………..

    Nuff said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Higginbotham/100000261072379 Bob Higginbotham

    So Obama’s glowing words about Power are basically lies. What else is new! He appointed another liar as his National Security Advisor. Lying seems to be a common trait of the Obama administration and the democrats in general.

  • wildjew

    I decided to download Power’s book, “A Problem From H-ell: America and the Age of Genocide.” I guess Ms. Power is one of those who hold that America has a responsibility to intervene in every genocide. It seems to me, not every slaughter is black and white. According to the Bible, God not only committed but commanded genocides in the view of Bible-critics, atheists and God-haters. I wonder how Power defines genocide. I guess there is an accepted definition. She apparently thinks Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians. I wonder if like many on the left, Ms. Power thinks Allied bombings of German cities near the end of the second world war was genocide.

  • aposematic

    Another cog in the Obuma wheel of a Moral World’s destruction.

  • Moishe Pupick

    Th., 06/06/13
    Ms. Power is simply another Communist, an ivory tower egghead who is married to a secular Jew and who likely has never had a real job. She likely supports strict “gun control” but secretly cheers on violent jihadis who target Jews/Zionists. The Torah speaks about people like her. . . .

  • Rob Hobart

    So Obama’s sending a raving anti-Semite and terrorist sympathizer to represent our country to the UN. And yet the liberals still claim Obama is “moderate.” Insane.

    • warpmine

      Moderately insane.

  • luis segui

    Alot of bigots out today. Hate speech is very popular here. losers

    • OfficialPro

      do you even know what you’re talking about? The real hate speech is the hate speech against Jews.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Now when Israel defends itself they can be blamed for harming the forces of Democracy.

  • Gee

    Now let’s see if the US Senate has the 60 votes to confirm that racist bitch

    • putthehammerdown

      Yes,… that will be ‘most instructive’, will it not ? Make sue to look up any conservatives who do this and rip ‘em a new one. [Metaphorically, of course.....]

  • tokoloshiman

    This appointment by obama of samantha power to the UN is another stick of dynamite placed in the wall of the once great American ethic.
    Along with her and Susan Rice the wall is truly buckling and the plan to emasculate america and become the most virulent and apathetic appeasers
    and apologists for american greatness of all time is well under way.
    It started with obama bowing deeply to the saudi king in a demeaning,
    subservient and very embarrassing dhimmi way and it has gotten steadily worse from there.
    getting america back after 8 years of this internal assault on its values and its constitution and everything it stood for in the name of freedom and justice will be
    an almost impossible task as america slip slides away to becoming a basket case economically politically and ideologically.
    the forefathers are writhing in their graves at the slow but sure destruction
    of a once great country.

  • Isabella1709

    It is beyond pathetic the line up of corruption starting with Obama that now represents America.

  • Bear Klein

    Pro Israel supporters who voted for Obama should see what their votes gets them! It is just amazing we have a President who actually wants to appoint such a person and his approval ratings are very good. This seems to be a nether world
    as far sanity goes!

  • William James Ward

    This is simply a very in your face insult from the Mullah in Chief
    Barak Sadam Hussein Benghazi Obama, in the second round
    of his regeme he sees himself as able to trot out all of the idiots
    in his closet and that they are disasters bothers him not one bit,
    he luxiriates in it………………….William

  • William James Ward

    If anything we learn from the Bible it is stupid to go against the
    Almighty, being on the wrong side of Him is as and will be as
    bad as it can get. The low information people would not understand
    that but I am sure Power will wake up to that reality sooner or
    later. She needs a lobotomy but may have had one, I am not
    sure……………………….William

    • victoryman

      Power obviously never heard or read the words, “I will bless those who bless thee and curse those that curse thee.” We are judged by the company we keep. Obama chose people weaker than himself (If such a thing was possible) willing to lie, cheat and steal for the islamo/communist agenda. “Rev” Wright, Farrakhan, Lurch (I served in Vietnam) Kerry, Chuck (With the IQ of a turnip) Hagel and the islam loving quisling, Brennan. Add to that the liar Rice and the anti-American, Anti-Israel, Anti-Semite Power. These are his close associates who, obviously agree with his islamo//communist world view, hatred of America and anti-Semitism. It will be interesting to see how Schumer, Boxer and Feinstein vote on Power’s nomination. I sense that they will vote “Aye” since their true religion is liberalism, not Judaism. In the meantime, go to your Bible and read Joel 3: 9-21.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mladen-Andrijasevic/1021411013 Mladen Andrijasevic

    So now, in addition to CIA director Brennan as the father of Obama’s pro-Islamist policy, Secretary of Defense Hagel who opposed the Iran sanctions, Secretary of State Kerry who compared the Boston and Mavi Marmara victims and the President who supports the anti-Semitic and anti-American Muslim Brotherhood, we also have a candidate for the post of US Ambassador to the UN who advocated the invasion of Israel! I wonder if the American electorate is just ignorant, irresponsible or perhaps this actually IS what Americans really stand for?

    The Muslim Brotherhood. Is this what Americans stand for?
    http://www.madisdead.blogspot.co.il/2012/11/the-muslim-brotherhood-is-this-what.html

  • Mortimer Post

    Power, an evil lunatic and hideous harridan, epitomizes the “left wing Nazi” whose very core is suffused with gangrene and venom. This, no doubt, is the lowest our Nation has ever sunk.

  • Anamah

    As it is obvious, the guy and his minions are committed on the deconstruction of America… one brick at a time. Now, can I ask you if Americans and freedom loving people are going to allow it, like this….

  • http://palestinename.com Beth

    “Can a woman who called for the invasion of Israeli territory be trusted at the United Nations?”

    Can the United Nations be trusted?

    (no)

    Pray for leaders who will finally KICK the U.N. out of the U.S. (and they can take
    Samantha Power with them when they go).

  • http://forbiddenterritories.com/profile/Isahiah62 Isahiah62

    reality versus Powers

    • wildjew

      Well done. Do you have a link for this?

      To be fair to Power, I don’t think she said Israel is guilty of genocide. I think she said Israel is guilty of human rights abuses. That was in answer to a 2002 hypothetical question.

      • http://forbiddenterritories.com/profile/Isahiah62 Isahiah62

        I think it is from http://www.thejidf.org/ – Samantha’s area of expertise is genocide- and in her hypothetical she does indeed imply that her objective is to prevent “massacre” by Israelis on Fakestinians- no she does not say they have done it but she wants USA troops to prevent it.

        • http://forbiddenterritories.com/profile/Isahiah62 Isahiah62

          PS: do you know about Google reverse image look up? or tin-eye- both are good for searching sources of images

          • wildjew

            No, I don’t. How do you use it? I am reading Power’s book, “A Problem From Hell.” I am not too far into it. What concerns me about genocide (she admits the term was a very hard sell at the time), is this. Is Samantha Power able to make moral distinctions or judgments between Israel and her enemies? It seems to me, if she is a genocide ideologue, she believes the Allies committed genocide against Germany when they / we firebombed German cities. After the war, ethnic Germans were slaughtered in countries they had colonized. Genocide? Many flew the swastika during war when Germany was winning. Context must be considered. I don’t know that Power can see things in context, especially where Israel is concerned.

    • MostInterestingMan

      Can anyone provide a comparison of deaths caused by: Communist States, Fascist States, Muslim States/Islamist groups, and Israel? Thanks in advance!
      PS. Stay thirsty my friends ;-)

  • http://forbiddenterritories.com/profile/Isahiah62 Isahiah62

    you can upload a link or an image, then both services will do a search for matches or similars- I put that image into Google and got about 5 hits http://www.google.com/insidesearch/features/images/searchbyimage.html

  • chuckie2u

    It appears this Administration has been flooded with educated idealogues who have no common sense. There is a fine line between a genius and an idiot which seems to be on display amongst the Washington Elites.

  • PouponMarks

    This Kennedy School of Government is a complete waste. No public money what so ever should go to this worthless asylum for the mentally ill.
    Power shows signs of mental illness herself. Her free swimming abstractions are without a Real World correlation. She lives in a child’s world of delusion and cognitive isolation

  • luvobama

    I was conditioned a Jew and now I’m American. I have a Latin wife, my kids are not circumcised, and, I’m happy.

  • saris1

    Yes, she can be trusted because Israel is not part of the United States. The United States reserves the right to, as any other State, to protect it’s own interests if that means military invasion, so be it.

    • http://forbiddenterritories.com/profile/Isahiah62 Isahiah62

      please explain how fighting for the Fatah is in the USA interests?