Obama’s UN nominee advocated invasion of Israel

Samantha Power, president’s choice for UN ambassador, said in 2002 interview US should impose solution on Israel, Palestinians, advocated deployment of massive military force in Israel


US President Barack Obama has selected as his nominee for US ambassador to the United Nations a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and academic who at one point in her career has advocated a US invasion of Israel.

Samantha Power, a former White House aide and Harvard professor, asserted in a 2002 interview in Berkley University that the US might in the future be forced to deploy a large military force in Israel in order to impose a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and establish a Palestinian state.

Asked how she would advise the president to address the situation, she replied, “What we need is a willingness to put something on the line in helping the situation. It may mean investing billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel’s military, but actually investing in the new state of Palestine, in investing the billions of dollars in what will have to be a mammoth protection force.”

Alluding to the Jewish lobby, she said such an undertaking would “mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import.”

While she admitted her proposal was “undemocratic,” Power added that “It seems to me that you have to go in as if you’re serious, you have to put something on the line.”

She further described Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon as “dreadfully irresponsible” and politically destined to destroy the lives of their own people.”

However, four years after the interview Power rejected claims that Israel is an apartheid state at a Harvard University forum.

Power caused a stir during the tense contest between Obama and Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2008 election. She was serving as an adviser to Obama at the time.

“She is a monster, too – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything,” Power was quoted as telling The Scotsman, a British newspaper, referring to Clinton.

“But if you are poor and she is telling you some story about how Obama is going to take your job away, maybe it will be more effective. The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive,” Power was quoted as saying.

The remarks prompted her resignation from Obama’s campaign team. Obama edged Clinton for the Democratic nomination, won election that November and named Clinton as his top diplomat, a post she held until earlier this year.

Republicans in the Senate, which must approve her nomination, are likely to give her a rough confirmation hearing.

If confirmed, Power’s return to government service would be a comeback after having left the White House earlier this year as senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights on the national security staff.

While that job was relatively low profile, Power was widely reported to have argued for the US decision to intervene militarily in 2011 to support the rebels who eventually toppled long-time Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

No stranger to the power of words, her earlier work as a journalist sent her covering the Balkan wars of the 1990s and conflicts in other countries such as Rwanda, according to her biography on the White House website.

She later won the Pulitzer Prize for her book “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,” a study of US policy responses to genocide during the 20th century.

Power is married to legal scholar Cass Sunstein, who until last year headed the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He was a friend of Obama dating back to their days on the University of Chicago Law School faculty.

The current UN ambassador Susan Rice was also very critical of Israel in the past but as an envoy adhered closely to traditional US policy in regards to Israel. It is then estimated that Power, now older and more seasoned, will align herself with Washington’s policies and act in favor of Israel in her capacity as UN ambassador.

  1. #1 by Blake on 06/06/2013 - 9:34

    Invaded real countries for far less.

  2. #2 by Scorpion on 06/06/2013 - 9:34

    She stands in a long line of turncoats and just how much longer can we take the clown brigade?

  3. #3 by Lee Luttrell on 06/06/2013 - 9:34

    I see another Hagel nomination hearing coming next.

  4. #4 by Peter on 06/06/2013 - 9:34

    Hmm? Married to Cass Sunstein? Not good. Liked her idea of invading izrahell, though – good instincts, though not her going along with invading Libya. Of course, she’ been co-opted, just like Hagel. God, humans are whores, which is why I prefer the company of rabbits, quail and sundry songbirds. Sad

  5. #5 by Tony on 06/06/2013 - 9:34

    Just on the surface of it, I am pulling for her. A “slap in the face”, if you will. Notice the NEOCON (Republican/Likud) noise machine and their belly aching over the IRS, AP, and Benghazi “scandals”. Likud pressure to wage more war. Republican (Likud) criminals wanting to investigate Democratic (Kadima) criminals. Get some beer and popcorn folks, as this Tel Aviv “west” side show is always the same. “Our” politicians are in a never ending display of dancing to the jew’s tune.

  6. #6 by annebeck58 on 06/07/2013 - 9:34

    Well, that’s too bad- that she’s rolled over for Isra-hell, like everyone else in “our” government. If she’d maintained her own thoughts and didn’t have the same sort of aspirations as the woman she has so much negative to say about (Clinton), this country would again stand a chance.
    As it goes on, we’re further down that proverbial rabbit hole, and the lunatics are running the show. I’d like to see a picture of Bibi as the Queen of Hearts.

    It really does seem, with AIPAC taking the amount of funds they get in order to pay for the campaigns of anyone, “electable”, in the USA, we are screwed. The cops are acting like military police, barging into the homes of anyone the thought-police think ought to be busted. I don’t know how much worse it can get before it gets better. I truly don’t know how much more the USA can stand and not be completely run from Tel Aviv.

    This is really the tail wagging the dog.

  7. #7 by michael mazur on 06/07/2013 - 9:34

    Yes, #3, if she does a Chuck Hagel number before the Senate Confirmation Committee, then she will emerge a broken reed, a flunky the Jews won’t respect, and may even fart in her presence when she goes to Israel.

    Surely she now sees Hagel as a washed out man – a war hero no longer, because of his self abnegation before the Jews, who no doubt laughed themselves silly afterwards.

  8. #8 by michael mazur on 06/07/2013 - 9:34

    What this has been all about is Obama wanting at least one person who would, with him, stand up to the Jews, as five months ago he had hoped it would have been Chuck Hagel – who folded into incoherence at the Senate Confirmation. I had to turn it off.

    And now, undaunted, Obama casts about for a replacement for Susan Rice as the new Ambassador to the UN, and finds in Samantha Power’s bio something he hopes will hold up during the Senate Confirmation.

    Lets hope she does not disappoint, but has the . . . , what Hagel should have had, and stands up for America, first, second, and third.

    Yes, he is Sec Def, sort of . ..

  9. #9 by Lee on 06/09/2013 - 9:34

    Evil, Prevails.

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