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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Could it get worse? Samantha Power to be US Ambassador to the UN

Tom Donilon is resigning as National Security Adviser to President Hussein Obama. Susan Rice is replacing him as National Security Adviser. And Samantha Power - who has advocated sending US troops to force Israel out of Judea and Samaria and create a 'Palestinian state' - is becoming the United States' Ambassador to the United Nations. Could it get any worse?
The appointments of Rice and Power not only represent the ascension of women to top roles on Obama’s national security team, but the rise of two officials who have made human rights a priority — at a time when the U.S. faces an agonizing decisions over Syria where President Bashar Assad has killed tens of thousands of civlilans.


People close to Obama expect Republicans on the Hill to continue their anti-Rice drumbeat, but they have no authority to stop her selection — the position is one of the few at the senior level that requires no Senate confirmation. Power, however, will face confirmation hearings for her nomination.
Obama is eager for that fight, and was embittered by the attacks against Rice to an extent unmatched by nearly any other episode in his fight-filled presidency.
Conservatives responded quickly — and negatively — to the Rice pick.
Power is a proponent of R2P, the doctrine that was used to justify intervention in Libya and could be used to justify multinational intervention to 'protect' the 'Palestinians.'

Power was forced to resign from Obama's campaign in March 2008 after calling former Secretary of State and then Obama rival Hillary Clinton a 'monster.' But in the Jewish community, Power is better known for another undiplomatic 'slip of the tongue.' For those who have forgotten or for whom the name doesn't ring a bell, let's go to the videotape.

Rice may be drawing the attention, but Congress can do nothing to stop Rice's nomination and it's a lot less worrisome to Israel's supporters than Power's nomination.

Let the battle begin.

What could go wrong?

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At 12:06 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

What's wrong with that! It's not an invasion of Israel she is talking about but an invasion of the West Bank - international territory from Israels perspective. Everybody signs on to two state solution. She is just brave enough to support it with suggestions how to accomplish it. Israel is certainly not interested in letting go of any "land". I believe in this solution. As soon as Israel understands that a two state solution is of essence for peace than peace is at hand. No east Jerusalem, no Golan Heights and no West bank is the necessary sacrifice. If we can call that sacrifice. Israel already has some + 70 percent of the historical Palestine even if these goals are accomplished.


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