Skip to comments.The Rise of Samantha Power and the risks for the American- Israel relationship
Posted on 03/21/2011 5:14:11 PM PDT by La Lydia
As stories leak out regarding who was responsible for Barack Obama's sudden pivot from passivity regarding Libya towards military engagement (albeit with England and France being in the lead) one name has emerged as playing a key role in persuading him to push the button: Samantha Power. Her influence might cause qualms among supporters of the American-Israel relationship...Power has been critical of the strength of this friendship and alliance. This concern should be now be heightened. Not only has she emerged as a key player in foreign policy but the rationale that was used to justify American actions towards Libya can be used by other nations - if not the United States - to justify more active involvement in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Power was Barack Obama's most influential foreign policy adviser during the campaign; they go back years...Any influence she has would not be good for the American-Israel relationship-for reasons outlined here and here (where she said this regarding problems Barack Obama had during the campaign; "So much of it is about: Is he good for the Jews?").
Power may also have played a role in the granting of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mary Robinson, a person with a checkered record regarding actions towards Israel.
She now serves on the National Security Council. Foreign-policy making in this administration has been opaque at best. But one dynamic that has been now made clear is that Power has emerged as a key player....
According to Rogin, the governing doctrine that helped Obama to make his decision to act was not an appeal to the national interest, but rather to a recent concept promulgated at the United Nations called "responsibility to protect," or R2P. R2P is an effort to create a new international moral standard to prevent violence against civilians....
So it was not an appeal to our national interest that led President Obama to act but rather a new concept circulating in international policy circles - and one actively promoted by Power - that prompted his shift.
(By the way, the fact that Power played a key role in persuading Barack Obama to apply military force to protect civilians in Libya is akin to the same advice she counseled regarding Israel: Power also advocated that America send armed military forces, "a mammoth protection force" and an "external intervention", to impose a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians)....
Samantha Power - - another one of “Satan’s Soldiers.”
Per an Executive Order signed by BJ Clinton, anybody he sees fit can be appointed as a non statutory member. BJ Clinton even had Hillary on the NSC to keep her thighness feeling important back in the 90's.
Don’t know but assume she is another communist.
“another one of Satans Soldiers.
This administration is filled with these demons.
Isn’t she married to Cass Sunstein — question solved.
Dunno but assume she is a big communist agent.
She is and she is.
This crazy arse Irish born gal is making our anti_Israel foreign policy. She is married to that bald head stooge from Harvard
The West is to be forgotten. We will not give them our oil - Gaddafi
RT ^ | March 17, 2011 | Staff
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2011 6:49:34 PM by fightinJAG
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi dismissed his Western partners in an exclusive interview to RT, saying he will give all the countrys oil contracts to Russia, China and India. We do not believe the West any longer, that is why we invite Russian, Chinese and Indian companies to invest in Libyas oil and construction spheres Gaddafi told RT in an exclusive interview about how he sees the current situation in Libya and the international reaction to events there. "He condemned the Western powers, saying Germany was the only country with a chance of doing business with Libyan oil in the future. We do not trust their firms they took part in the conspiracy against us."
The Libyan leader also added that as far as he is concerned, the Arab League has ceased to exist since it stood up against his country.
According to Gaddafi, the recent upheavals in his country were a "minor event" planned by Al Qaeda that will soon end.
Then from http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2692429/posts?page=1
To: Tailgunner Joe Make no mistake about this. The libya air war is a direct attack on what was shaping up to be yet another Chinese client state in oil country. Gaddafi was making the same mistake Saddam made pre 2003: preparing to give control of large in-ground oil reserves to the Chinese. Western oil contracts were already up for review and cancellation. The PRC was aggressively adding "technicians," pipelines, drilling rigs and oil concessions there.
Not to mention Chinese-supported Iranian outposts along the southern Libyan board funneling arms to guerrilla fighters seeking to overthrow Chad and Niger, where the Chinese have been trying to gain footholds.
This attack is a real setback for the Chinese, who have had sand kicked in their face once again without being able to do much about it. I suspect the only reason we were slow to institute the no-fly zone is that the Chinese had positioned a missile frigate in the line of fire, ostensibly to help evacuate the hundreds of Chinese nationals in Libya.
The question I have is: what carrot or stick was sued to get the Russians and Chinese to withhold use of their UN veto power so that the attack could proceed. Interestingly, China last week was allowed to buy in to a refining, petchem project in Saudi. Maybe that was the sop they have been offered for likely losing out on building massive 600kbd refinery in Egypt (for peanuts) now that Mubarak is on his way out.
Look where else we are rolling up two-bit tyrannies: Yemen and Syria, also heavily aligned with the Chinese through arms deals, if not much outright oil. Posters here who chafe at this military action as simply one of Obama's follies have no conception of the geopolitical stakes involved, the thorough-going involvement of the national security apparatus and the essential need to do something effective before you have Chinese boots on the ground.
That is what drove Bush's 2003 Iraq invasion (since UN sanctions would have been lifted at the end of that year, allowing the Chinese to garrison the Al Adab and Halfaya fields there). Without a doubt, President Obama has been a bystander in this matter. Frankly, it is way above his pay grade.
It is interesting that in 2009, Gaddafi intervened to stop the Chinese (CNPC) from buying Canadian independent Verenex, which had found several large oil fields in Western Libya near Tunisia in the Ghadames Basin. I suspect he was worried that allowing that deal to go through might have brought Washington down on his neck then. Libyan state ownership of Verenex, though, might be merely a way of laundering that oil into the hands of the Chinese, who now count Libya as one of their largest crude suppliers, surpassing Angola (which has cooled to Chinese inroads).
8 posted on Monday, March 21, 2011 7:05:17 PM by Tenega
Then Butterdezillion's take: where Soros the money-man comes in
I do believe there are threats. But I dont believe they began or end with Boehner. Soros has something he is holding over the heads of both the blue-dog democrats who have been falling on their swords in an unprecedented way for the past 2 years AND over the heads of even people who have proven their conservative mettle over the years, which can be seen most clearly by the way they allowed the scorched-earth congress even when there was no political price to be paid for resisting at that point.
The next election is 2 years away, and for most of them even farther than that. It was not politics that got them to give in. There is something more going on.
The more I see, the more I think Soros has this nation hostage under the threat of another run on the bank like the one that he and his Islamist allies orchestrated in September of 2008 to overcome Palins effect on the polls and get Obama elected.
As long as Obama is in office nothing serious will be done to get rid of our financial vulnerability. It is our financial vulnerability that keeps the judges and media quiet about Obamas eligibility and keeps Congress from doing anything to fix the mess.
Its a vicious circle Soros has us in. Hes shown the leaders that he has the power to break our economy. He says if we dont let Obama stay in power he will pull the trigger. If we leave Obama in power he will kill Americas infrastructure and make sure that Soros keeps his power to break our economy.
We are in a huge, huge mess. The republicans had the biggest landslide in this countrys history, and for the 2 months of lame-duck Congress after that landslide Rs gave away everything including the kitchen sink. We are not dealing with normal electoral politics. That should be clear to everybody.
35 posted on Saturday, March 19, 2011 11:11:34 AM by butterdezillion
RT is Russian Television. I get it on one of the MHz channels. About on a par with Al Jazeera. Some of it is credible, but much of it is dubious. Depends on what they’re covering.
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 18: Writer Nicholas Kristof, author Samantha Power, Orlando Bagwell of the Ford Foundation and director Cara Mertes attend Cinema Cafe at Prospector Square Theatre during Sundance Film Festival on January 18th, 2009 in Park City, Utah.
Activists and artists joined forces on the night of July 9 to inspire hundreds of playgoers to take action to end the genocide in Darfur. Almost two thousand people attended a free reading of Winter Millers captivating play, In Darfur, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, New York City.
From left to right: John Prendergast, Samantha Power, Nicholas Kristof, Dauod Hari, Omer Ismail, Mia Farrow, Winter Miller and Mark Hanis.
Isnt she married to Cass Sunstein question solved.
Thanks for posting this La Lydia. I’ve posted a few times today about Samantha Powers, and I’d like everybody to know who this Irish Communist Obama worked into his National Security Staff is. She has much influence over Obama.
She’s a real strong believer in using the US military for Leftist agenda with her belief in, and backing of the U.N.’s R2P concept which I believe is what drove her to convince Hillary Clinton to join with her to persuade Obama to assault Libya over the objections of all military advisers from the Pentagon, etc.
She and Valerie Jarrett are a couple of dangerous Communists in our government.
I’m going to go back and read your post more carefully, but wanted to tell you I think “RT” stands for Russia Times. I couldn’t find it spelled out on the website, so just put “RT” to be accurate. But I do want to confirm what this publication is.
This interview was mind-boggling on several levels.
The US has launched a war so Samantha Power can better chum it up with George Clooney and Mia Farrow.
George Clooney and John Prendergast walk out of the West Wing with Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National Security Council Samantha Power
Does anyone recall the confirmation hearings for Samantha Power to be Special Assistant to the President and runs the Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights?
No, the Special Assistant to the President is code word for a Czar. She is starting wars, but was never vetted or approved by the Senate.
I think Mr. Power is long overdue for a haircut.