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Breaking – Strong advocate of “mea culpa” foreign policy to be nominated for U.N. Ambassador

Breaking – Strong advocate of “mea culpa” foreign policy to be nominated for U.N. Ambassador

In addition to appointing Susan Rice as National Security Adviser, for which no Senate confirmation is needed, Obama will be nominating Samantha Power to be U.N. Ambassador.

Power has a problematic history. She is a strong advocate of the “mea culpa” foreign policy — in case you still hunger for more apology tours, she was one of the people who invented the Obama apology tour doctrine:

As the tweets above indicate, in 2003 she wrote:

U.S. foreign policy has to be rethought. It needs not tweaking but overhauling. We need: a historical reckoning with crimes committed, sponsored, or permitted by the United States. This would entail restoring FOIA to its pre- Bush stature, opening the files, and acknowledging the force of a mantra we have spent the last decade promoting in Guatemala, South Africa, and Yugoslavia: 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. When Willie Brandt went down on one knee in the Warsaw ghetto, his gesture was gratifying to World War II survivors, but it was also ennobling and cathartic for Germany.

For Power’s Israel problem, see Noah Pollak’s 2008 column, Obama and Israel, continued:

For one, Power is an advocate of the Walt-Mearsheimer view of the American relationship with Israel. In a recent interview published on the Harvard Kennedy School’s website, Power was asked to explain “long-standing structural and conceptual problems in U.S. foreign policy.” She gave a two-part answer: the first problem, she said, is “the US historic predisposition to go it alone.” A standard reply, of course. The second problem, though, should give us pause:

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 . . . 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.

So greater regard for international institutions along with less automatic deference to special interests–especially when it comes to matters of life and death and war and peace–seem to be two take-aways from the war in Iraq.

Power is not just assenting to the Israel Lobby view of American foreign policy, but is also arguing that Israel had something to do with the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003–an appalling slander, and a telling one.

Israel, in reality and contrary to the Islamist-Leftist coalition spin, lobbied the U.S. against invading Iraq.

Powers also had a questionable suggestion about imposing a solution on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute:

To nominate someone with that history to represent our nation at the U.N. of all places — an organization which is hostile to our interests, pathological about Israel, and generally run by a bloated anti-freedom bureaucracy — is problematic at best.

Oh, and for you Hillary 2016 groupies, Power called Hillary a Monster. (Okay, understood that might be a feature not a bug.)

Power is subject to Senate confirmation, and it could be, as Ed Morrissey says, “one of the most uncomfortable confirmation hearings Obama will experience.”

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I get the distinct feeling that Barry doesn’t like the U.S. and Israel.

Question is, which of the two nations, he despises most..

I think John Bolton is available…

    LukeHandCool in reply to Ragspierre. | June 5, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Yes, Bolton is available.

    He can be seen almost weekly now as a guest on Greg Gutfeld’s “Red Eye.”

    He is a very amiable bloke and a quick wit and Gutfeld now calls Bolton “The President of Red Eye.”

    Watching that video of Samantha Power, my gut instinct reacted sharply with, “Dislike! Dislike! Thumbs down! Thumbs down!”

    You can just see the strident, humorless, life-ensconced-in-academia bearing and mannerisms.

    Getting beyond that and actually listening to the thoughts coming out of her piehole … it’s the awful, awful icing on the crappy, crappy cake.

    Rice and Power.

    No apologies and no bowing in my name. They need to apologize and bow down to the families of our fallen warriors first.

    At this point, I won’t be surprised if Obama appoints the BDS Dancers to head something.

    Crazy-like-a-fox ploy to distract attention away from the scandals?

When we disband the IRS we should also disband the UN and send those guys packing. Let’s give George Soros the UN for a birhtday present. He can fund it. Greece could use the income.

BTW, no international law will keep me from owning a gun.

Apology tourist!

Henry Hawkins | June 5, 2013 at 10:54 am

“Power is subject to Senate confirmation, and it could be, as Ed Morrissey says, “one of the most uncomfortable confirmation hearings Obama will experience.”

This too is a feature not a bug. Who in Washington right now is in bigger need of a distraction?

Ms. Power was also one of the triumvirate which made up “Obama’s Women” – remember them?

Hillary, Susan Rice, and Samantha Power made up the threesome who the MSM claimed were responsible for “pushing” poor, feckless Obama to decide to take action in Libya.

http://www.thenation.com/blog/159346/obamas-women-pushed-war-against-libya

[…] Breaking – Strong advocate of “mea culpa” foreign policy to be nominated for U.N. Ambassador […]

…and the O’bammy no shame machine moves on.

Every morning I wonder if it can get any worse and yup, it does! I’m sure that the anointed one has some real beauts in store for federal judges as well…

stevewhitemd | June 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

It would be most entertaining to ask Ms. Power if she agreed with the talking points Ms. Rice, as the previous ambassador, was asked to distribute.

And whether she herself would take on such a mission if asked to do so.

Senator: “Ms. Power, if you were to be asked by the Secretary of State to go onto a national news program on a Sunday morning and discuss ‘talking points’ that you had reason to believe were not true, would you do so?”

Ms. Rice: [crickets]

Henry Hawkins | June 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

See what happens when an administration has little fear of consequences? Thanks, media. Bang up job.

If they can block John Bolton’s appointment, we can surely block this blockhead’s.

Power-Sunstein should “Nudge” Obama towards a mea culpa presidency and leave America alone.

Juba Doobai! | June 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm

As somebody argued recently, more psychological warfare. Powers will apologize and blame us for everything until, like an abused wife, we start telling ourselves we are evil, are the source of all the world’s troubles. Obama’s demoralization of America continues apace.

What also continues apace is the tuning out of the Obama clones and drones, and the resistance of Americans to his psychological destruction of our nation. This week, a high school valedictorian tore up his pre-approved speech, spoke about his Christian faith, and recited the Lord’s Prayer.

Aluta continua.

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