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  • Kerry's dismal effort to salvage the Arab-Israeli talks

    04/09/2014 10:20:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 07, 2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    WASHINGTON — — When has a secretary of state been involved in so many disastrous, self-initiated negotiations? First, John Kerry convenes — against all advice and holding no cards — Geneva negotiations to resolve the Syria conflict and supposedly remove Bashar Assad from power. The talks collapse in acrimony and confusion. Kerry's response? A second Geneva conference that — surprise! — breaks up in acrimony and confusion. Then, even as Russian special forces are taking over Crimea, Kerry goes chasing after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov — first to Paris, then Rome, then London — offering a diplomatic "off-ramp." Lavrov...
  • Israeli Settlement Plan Derailed Peace Talks, Kerry Says

    04/08/2014 1:00:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    NYT ^ | 4/8/14 | MARK LANDLER
    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that Israel’s announcement of 700 new apartments for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem precipitated the bitter impasse in peace negotiations last week between Israel and the Palestinians. While Mr. Kerry said both sides bore responsibility for “unhelpful” actions, he noted that the publication of tenders for housing units came four days after a deadline passed for Israel to release Palestinian prisoners and complicated Israel’s own deliberations over whether to extend the talks. “Poof, that was sort of the moment,” Mr. Kerry said in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Still,...
  • Israel 'gave US the finger' in peace talks, MK says

    04/08/2014 1:24:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 4/8/14 | Marissa Newman
    Rather than make bold decisions conducive to peace, the government continues to “give the US the finger” with regard to talks with the Palestinians, Meretz MK Zahava Gal-on charged on Tuesday, reacting to statements by Secretary of State John Kerry that ascribed much of the blame for the present impasse to Israel. Kerry’s statements “are further proof that the extreme rightist… coalition has no interests in reaching an agreement, but rather is dragging out the negotiations and endangering Israel’s existential interests,” she said. “Instead of making courageous decisions, this bad government continued to give the US the finger,” she added....
  • John Kerry Defends His Diplomatic Efforts: ‘I May Fail – I Don’t Care’

    04/08/2014 1:29:51 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    John Kerry Defends His Diplomatic Efforts: ‘I May Fail – I Don’t Care’ By Ali Weinberg Apr 8, 2014 4:03pm Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry defiantly defended his diplomatic efforts, saying that while ambitious, they were better than doing nothing. While the purpose of Tuesday’s hearing was to pick through the State Department’s budget, it was Kerry’s record that came under scrutiny as his old colleagues on the committee accused him of taking on too many responsibilities with too few results. “I think you’re about to hit the trifecta,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,...
  • Obama and Kerry Say Iran Issued Fatwa Against Nukes, But It’s Not Listed With the Others

    04/05/2014 1:48:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 4, 2014 - 4:27 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    A State Department spokeswoman expressed surprise Thursday to hear that a purported “fatwa” by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei prohibiting nuclear weapons, which President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry periodically cite, does not appear on a list of fatwas on Khamenei’s official website. “Oh, really?” Marie Harf said during a press briefing after a reporter brought this to her attention. “I will say, just in general, I’m not an expert on the fatwa process certainly, or on the supreme leader’s website,” she said. “But what I will say, and I think what people have said, is we...
  • Abbas dumps another US-led peace effort, Kerry gives up on shuttle, Pollard release recedes

    04/01/2014 1:40:39 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Debka file ^ | April 1, 2014, 11:05 PM (IST)
    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas did not announce his walkout from the negotiations with Israel or directly turn down the package of far-reaching Israeli concessions which US Secretary of State John Kerry assembled with Binyamin Netanyahu early Wednesday, April 1. He simply turned his back on the commitment he made ahead of the talks to refrain from unilateral applications to UN bodies while they were in progress. As soon as the US Secretary flew off to Brussels, he sent out applications for “the independent Palestinian state” to join 12 UN agencies as members. This was after the Palestinian leader upped his...
  • The Dissing of the President

    04/01/2014 10:02:23 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3/31/2014 | Bret Stephens
    I've never liked the word diss—not as a verb, much less as a noun. But watching the Obama administration get the diss treatment the world over, week-in, week-out, I'm beginning to see its uses. Diss: On Sunday, Bloomberg reported that Hasan Rouhani named Hamid Aboutalebi to serve as the ambassador to the United Nations. Mr. Rouhani is the Iranian president the West keeps insisting is a "moderate," mounting evidence to the contrary notwithstanding. Mr. Aboutalebi was one of the students who seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979. Here's the kicker: The State Department—the very institution whose diplomats were...
  • Pollard-for-prisoners deal said offered by US to save peace talks

    03/26/2014 3:11:09 PM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 3/26/2014 | Staff
    The United States has proposed freeing Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in a trade-off deal in which Israel would agree to proceed with the next round of prisoner releases, including Israeli Arab prisoners, and the Palestinian Authority would agreed to extend the current peace talks, Israel’s Army Radio reported Wednesday. It said the offer had been conveyed to Israel and the PA, but there was no official confirmation. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was quoted telling journalists accompanying Secretary of State John Kerry to a meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday morning that there were currently no plans to release...
  • US irate with Israeli defense minister comments

    03/19/2014 12:46:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 19, 2014 3:26 PM EDT | Matthew Lee
    The Obama administration on Wednesday vented its anger at the Israeli defense minister’s public criticism of the U.S. and his personal insults of Secretary of State John Kerry. In a new sign of tension between top officials of the two allies as Washington tries to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program, Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to protest recent remarks by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. Yaalon this week accused the Obama administration of being weak on Iran and questioned its commitment to Israel’s security. Previously, Yaalon has criticized Kerry personally for...
  • Cruz: Harry Reid thinks Koch brothers are the Grinch who stole Christmas

    03/14/2014 8:05:11 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 21 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 3/14/2014 | Tom Tillison
    As the U.S. Senate took up a bill to provide financial aid to Ukraine, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rose to object to an IMF bailout Majority Leader Harry Reid attached to the legislation. In the process he blasted Reid for repeatedly demonizing the billionaire Koch brothers - Reid tried to blame the Koch brothers for halting progress on the Ukraine bill. "I'm beginning to think [the Koch brothers] are a character almost out of Dr. Seuss in the majority leader's mind, they are the grinch who stole Christmas in his telling," Cruz said. Cruz accused Reid of "using his...
  • Kerry: It's a Mistake for Israel to Demand Recognition

    03/13/2014 8:43:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    INN ^ | 3/13/14 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry thinks it is a “mistake” for Israel to demand that the Palestinian Authority (PA) recognize it as a Jewish state in order to achieve peace. “I think it's a mistake for some people to be raising it again and again as the decider of their attitude towards the possibility of a state and peace, and we've obviously made that clear," Kerry told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday, when asked to clarify the official position of the Obama administration on the issue, according to the Breitbart website. He further said that the...
  • John Kerry’s Empty Promises

    03/06/2014 3:13:52 PM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 6, 2014 | Ari Lieberman
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - John Kerry’s Empty PromisesPosted By Ari Lieberman On March 6, 2014 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 16 Comments Just days after his monomaniacal boss blindsided Israel with a scathing one-sided attack against the Jewish state, John Kerry assured a very skeptical AIPAC audience that he would not allow the West Bank to turn into another Gaza. Unfortunately, there is ample precedent to suggest that when it comes to Israel (or for that matter, Ukraine) international or U.S. assurances don’t amount to a hill of beans.In 1951, Egypt closed the Gulf of Eilat...
  • Sen. Schumer: BDS Is New Modern Anti-Semitism

    03/04/2014 3:40:26 PM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    JP Updates ^ | 3-3-14 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Schumer at AIPAC 2014NY Senator Charles Schumer railed Monday against the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, saying that the movement is a modern form of anti-Semitism. “It is very suspicious that those who boycott Israel don’t want to boycott anywhere else in the world,” Sen. Schumer told AIPAC. “I believe that those who call for boycotts of Israel without calling for boycotts of other neighboring nations are practicing, whether they know it or not, whether they admit it or not, a modern form of what we call anti-Semitism.” “The word that describes all of these acts is a very simple one:...
  • Obama’s Convoluted Priorities

    03/03/2014 4:01:39 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 3, 2014 | Ari Lieberman
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Obama’s Convoluted PrioritiesPosted By Ari Lieberman On March 3, 2014 @ 12:23 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 13 Comments As President Obama greets world crisis after crisis with confused vacillation and impotence, a recent Gallup poll unsurprisingly suggests that Americans no longer believe that their president commands respect from foreign leaders. And why should they? The President’s foreign policy has proved to be an exercise in defeatist isolationism, where tyrants are appeased and allies are thrown to the wolves.In Ukraine, a nation where democracy advocates risk losing to the forces of extremism and where...
  • HUME: OBAMA FOREIGN POLICY UNDERGOING 'ACROSS-THE-BOARD SYSTEMS FAILURE,' 'IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE'

    04/09/2014 12:05:53 AM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies
    VIDEO AT LINK On Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” on Tuesday, network senior political analyst Brit Hume concurred with a statement Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had made earlier in the day about the failings of the President Barack Obama’s foreign policy under the direction of Secretary of State John Kerry. According to Hume, much of what the Obama administration had aimed to accomplish was reliant on Russia, which as of now has a relationship with the United States in disrepair.
  • Republican Jewish Coalition Blasts Kerry for Blaming Israel

    04/08/2014 8:36:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 4/9/2014, 6:12 AM | Elad Benari
    The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) strongly on Tuesday criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for placing the bulk of the blame on Israel for the stalled peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA). Kerry, who spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said, “Israel didn't release the Palestinian prisoners on the day they were supposed to be freed, and another day passed, and another day, and then another 700 settlement units were announced in Jerusalem, and ‘poof’…that was sort of the moment.” In response, RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said, “After almost nine months of negotiations, during which Israel...
  • (Jimmy) Carter Backs PA’s UN Move (Palestinian Authority)

    04/08/2014 8:33:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 4/8/2014, 5:44 AM | Elad Benari
    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Monday expressed support for the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) move to seek membership in international organizations, reports the Ma’an news agency. “The decision by the Palestinians to exercise their right to join international organizations should not be seen as a blow to the peace talks,” Carter said in a statement. “I hope that, on the contrary, it will help to redress the power imbalance between Israelis and Palestinians, as we approach the 29 April deadline set by Secretary Kerry,” he added, according to Ma’an. …
  • Israel ‘Deeply Disappointed’ by Kerry’s Remarks on Peace Talks

    04/09/2014 6:02:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    nytimes ^ | 4/9/2014 | ISABEL KERSHNER
    In an unusually pointed rebuke of its ally, Israel said on Wednesday that it was “deeply disappointed” by Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks a day earlier that appeared to lay primary blame on Israel for the crisis in the American-brokered Middle East peace talks.
  • Obama Tells Israel: Turn Over The Tomb Of Jesus To Hamas

    05/19/2011 6:17:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies · 1+ views
    gateway pundit ^ | 5/19/11 | Jim Hoft
    Today when Barack Obama told Israel to move back to the 1967 borders he effectively gave half of Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, The Temple Mount, Old Jerusalem, The holiest Christian Church in the world, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Hamas-Fatah terror alliance. This is what Barack Obama wants to give to Hamas.
  • Ambassador Power: Defunding UN Agencies for Admitting 'Palestine' Hurts U.S.

    04/03/2014 8:59:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    cns news ^ | 4/3/14 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Defunding United Nations agencies that admit “Palestine” is not in the interests of the U.S., Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power argued Wednesday, because doing so constitutes a “double win” for the Palestinians. Not only do they score by gaining admission to a U.N. body, she told the House Appropriations’ subcommittee responsible for foreign operations, they also benefit by having U.S. influence in that body reduced, making way for the likes of Russia, China and Cuba to take the lead. Power was arguing for lawmakers to support a waiver to provisions in U.S. law that prohibit funding for...
  • Obama Wants to Pay 33% More to U.N. and Other Int’l Groups

    04/02/2014 5:02:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 2, 2014 - 4:48 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    When U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday, the panel will consider a budget request for international organizations that is 33 percent bigger than last year’s, including a 43 percent hike in U.S. contributions to peacekeeping missions. […] As it has done for the past two years, the administration is asking Congress to waive legislative provisions making it unlawful for the U.S. to fund U.N. agencies that admit “Palestine.” …
  • '21st century book burning,' U.S. official blog slams Ankara

    03/22/2014 3:08:59 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    hurriyet daily news ^ | March/22/2014
    The official blog of U.S. Department of State has published a vitriolic post, slamming Turkey's blocking of Twitter as '21st century book burning.' "Every day, governments around the world devote precious resources to Internet censorship. It is 21st Century book-burning -- and it doesn’t make anyone stronger. This brand of suppression affects all of us: In an era in which the Internet serves as the world’s community forum, censorship anywhere is a threat to freedom of speech everywhere," Douglas Frantz, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, has written on the the State Department's official blog, Dipnote, March 21. "Sometimes even our...
  • America’s ambassador to the UN berates her Russian counterpart (take a look)

    03/16/2014 6:41:59 AM PDT · by dennisw · 76 replies
    .dailymail. ^ | 15 March 2014
    Russia defied the world yesterday as it vetoed a UN resolution that declared today’s referendum on the status of Crimea invalid. Samantha Power, America’s ambassador to the UN, berated her Russian counterpart, Vitaly Churkin, at an emergency meeting of the Security Council in New York, saying his country stood alone and its actions were wrong. Thirteen countries voted in favour of the resolution. Russia voted against the motion, while China abstained. US v Russia in clash of diplomats: America’s ambassador to the UN berates her Russian counterpart saying his country stood alone and its actions were wrong 13 countries voted...
  • UN Ambassador Samantha Power’s bizarre tweet on the Islamist beheading of Daniel Pearl

    02/25/2014 5:10:59 AM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power tweeted early Monday morning that, “Daniel Pearl’s story is reminder that individual accountability & reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence.” Pearl is the Wall Street Journal reporter who was abducted in Pakistan four months after Sept. 11, 2001. Al-Qaida leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed slit Pearl’s throat and sawed his head off on camera, after forcing the reporter to read that “My name is Daniel Pearl. I’m a Jewish American from Encino, California, U.S.A. … My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I’m Jewish. My family follows Judaism. We’ve made numerous family...
  • ‘What the hell is wrong with you?’ Was this Samantha Power baffling Daniel Pearl tweet evil...

    02/24/2014 5:56:36 AM PST · by blueyon · 21 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 2/24/2014 | Twitchy Staff
    ‘What the hell is wrong with you?’ Was this Samantha Power baffling Daniel Pearl tweet evil or stupid? Samantha Power@AmbassadorPower Daniel Pearl's story is reminder that individual accountability & reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence. @DanielPearlFNDN
  • US and Russian envoys trade jibes over Pussy Riot

    <p>UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power traded jibes with Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin on Wednesday over her meeting with two members of the Russian protest punk band Pussy Riot who were recently freed from prison.</p> <p>Power tweeted that she met "some brave 'troublemakers'" who discussed their time in jail.</p>
  • UN Ambassador Samantha Power Praises Jane Fonda

    11/09/2013 9:12:15 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 11/7/2013 | William Bigelow
    On Wednesday, Samantha Power, the new US ambassador to the UN, decided she had license to insult Vietnam veterans by claiming it was a “huge honor” just to share the stage with Jane Fonda. Power was speaking at the United Nations Association of the USA 2013 Global Leadership Awards in New York, at which Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban for attempting to attend school, was honored.
  • “Dumbest Thing to Say” award goes to Samantha Powers

    11/08/2013 11:59:26 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 25 replies
    allenbwest.com ^ | 11/8/13 | Allaen West
    “Dumbest Thing to Say” award goes to Samantha Powers Written by Allen West on November 8, 2013 If we were giving out a “Dumbest Thing to Say” award for this week, the prize would have to go to US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. As reported by Fox News, Ms Power was speaking at the United Nations Association of the USA 2013 Global Leadership Awards in New York Wednesday, where honorees included the brave Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who survived being shot in the head by Taliban thugs and is now an education advocate for girls. As...
  • America's top UN diplomat has high praise for 'Hanoi Jane'

    11/07/2013 12:38:35 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 7, 2013
    New U.S. ambassador to the UN Samantha Power didn't waste her diplomatic skills on Vietnam veterans at a New York speech, praising actress Jane Fonda for "being outspoken on behalf" of her convictions. Power, 43, was speaking at the United Nations Association of the USA 2013 Global Leadership Awards in New York Wednesday, where honorees included Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who survived being shot in the head by Taliban thugs and is now an education advocate for girls. “Hi everybody,” Power said, according to a transcript. “You know life has changed when you’re hanging out with Jane Fonda backstage....
  • Samantha Power on Syria: ‘We Have Exhausted’ Diplomatic-Only Options [Slap Back To Pope Francis?]

    09/06/2013 9:48:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    ABCNews ^ | September 06, 2013 | Dana Hughes
    Samantha Power on Syria: ‘We Have Exhausted’ Diplomatic-Only Options By Dana Hughes Sep 6, 2013 America’s top diplomat at the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power, told an audience today that diplomacy alone is no longer enough to stop Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons. “We have exhausted the alternatives,” Power said in a 20-minute speech at the Center for American Progress. For more than a year, she said, the United States has tried to use diplomacy to warn the Assad regime of the consequences of using chemical weapons. Despite such efforts, Power said, “Assad began using chemical weapons...
  • US says Russia holding UN Council 'hostage' on Syria (Samantha Power)

    09/05/2013 1:37:26 PM PDT · by maggief · 37 replies
    AFP ^ | September 5, 2013
    The United States on Thursday accused Russia of holding the UN Security Council "hostage" over the Syria chemical weapons crisis. With the White House pushing Congress to approve military strikes on Syria, US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said she could see no way to seek Security Council approval for action against President Bashar al-Assad because of Russia's blocking. Amid mounting tensions between Washington and Moscow, Power said Russia's protection of Assad has put the whole Security Council system of handling international crises under strain. "Even in the wake of the flagrant shattering of the international norm against...
  • Where in the World is Samantha Power?

    08/29/2013 7:19:23 PM PDT · by keat · 42 replies
    08/29/13 | ^self
    Nineteen days on the job, misses an important UN Security Council meeting and continues to go AWOL while the Mideast craters. Am I the only one who thinks something stinks?
  • The Wrong Red Line

    08/28/2013 3:14:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 28, 2013 | Stanley Kurtz
    Our coming intervention in Syria already looks like a no-win proposition. If we go heavy, we’re liable to empower al-Qaeda and assorted jihadists, or tie ourselves down excessively. If we go light, we’ll seem like paper tigers. Obama’s foolish decision to turn chemical weapons use into a red line is what got us into this mess. We wouldn’t be acting now had he not trapped himself with a bluff he thought Assad would never call. When Samantha Power’s humanitarian interventionism first emerged as an explanation for the war in Libya, many found it hard to take the administration’s stated justification...
  • For U.S., Syria is truly a problem from hell

    08/27/2013 10:32:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    CNN News ^ | August 27, 2013 | by Peter Bergen
    "Despite graphic media coverage, American policymakers, journalists and citizens are extremely slow to muster the imagination needed to reckon with evil. Ahead of the killings, they assume rational actors will not inflict seemingly gratuitous violence. They trust in good-faith negotiations and traditional diplomacy. Once the killings start, they assume that civilians who keep their head down will be left alone. They urge cease-fires and donate humanitarian aid." This is an almost perfect description of how the United States has acted over the past two years as it has tried to come up with some kind of policy to end the...
  • Found: Samantha Power in Ireland during urgent Syria meeting, sources say

    08/24/2013 1:06:05 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 8/23/13 | Jonathan Wachtel
    Mystery solved. America's ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power was in Ireland on a personal trip when she missed an emergency meeting on the alleged chemical gas attack in Syria, U.N. sources tell Fox News. A day earlier, State Department officials were mum when asked for information on Power's whereabouts. She had come under fire for missing Wednesday's urgent U.N. Security Council meeting, where delegations weighed how to respond to charges that the Assad regime had just committed the deadliest chemical weapons attack in the country's two-year civil war. The meeting, and her absence, came just 19 days after Power...
  • Newly confirmed UN ambassador absent from Syria emergency meeting

    08/22/2013 7:56:53 AM PDT · by Doogle · 22 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 08/22/13 | foxnews
    Samantha Power, America's new ambassador to the United Nations, skipped a major Security Council meeting Wednesday on the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, a move that drew sharp criticism considering her past comments denouncing the council's inaction on the violence. The strike early Wednesday could stand as the deadliest such incident since the country's civil war began, with reports of hundreds dying. The U.N. Security Council called an emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon to debate the allegations, but ended up issuing a statement that fell far short of what the U.S. and its allies wanted. Yet Power herself did not...
  • Former Obama advisor visits Kerry (Now we know where Samantha Power is?)

    08/23/2013 3:26:03 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 10 replies
    Radio Kerry ^ | 8-23-2013 | News
    August 23, 2013 Former Obama advisor visits Kerry A former advisor to President Obama is in Kerry. Harvard Law Professor, Cass Sunstein is speaking in Waterville this afternoon as part of Charlie Chaplin Film Festival. He is the former Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration. Mr Sunstein is married to the US Ambassador to the UN, Irish born Samantha Power; the couple married in Waterville in 2008.
  • ‘OMG!’ – New Ambassador to the U.N. Gets Rock Star Reception in First Public Speech

    08/13/2013 4:34:21 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/12/2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    (A casually-attired U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power present hers credentials to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at U.N. headquarters on August 5, 2013.) (CNSNews.com) – Samantha Power, the youngest-ever U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, chose as an audience for her inaugural speech an organization of young activists who gave her a rock star welcome after she was introduced as “one of the most amazing women on earth.” “OMG,” the 42 year-old began in response to the enthusiastic applause given to her at the Fourth Estate Leadership Summit at UCLA on Saturday. “Right back at ya.” Power,...
  • Netanyahu: No Judea and Samaria? No Contracts with Europe

    08/08/2013 8:51:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 8/9/2013, 5:12 AM | Elad Benari
    In response to the European Union’s guidelines which forbid any contact with Israeli companies operating beyond the 1949 Armistice Line, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has clarified that Israel will not sign any contracts with Europe so long as the boycott of these regions continues. Netanyahu met on Thursday to discuss the issue with Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, Finance Minister Yair Lapid, Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir and Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Perry. Following the meeting, Netanyahu said, “Israel will not sign agreements with the EU, so long as the directive on the [pre-]1967 borders remains in...
  • U.S.: 'Settlements' Are Illegitimate; United States says it disapproves of construction in Judea

    08/08/2013 9:05:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    inn ^ | 8/8/13 | Elad Benari
    The United States said on Thursday that it was against Israeli approval of new Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria. The comments were made hours after it was reported that the Civil Administration has authorized construction of 878 housing units in Judea and Samaria. The units were approved for towns in the Binyamin region, the Jordan Valley, and Gush Etzion. Speaking to reporters, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki responded when asked about the new construction, "The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity and opposes any efforts to legitimize settlement outposts." She added that Washington had...
  • Conservative groups use Obamacare, immigration reform, spending to fuel efforts to oust incumbents

    08/07/2013 6:38:16 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 8/7/13 | Susan Ferrechio
    In South Carolina, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has been attacked in television ads for his support of immigration reform. In Tennessee, GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander is ducking criticism from Tea Party groups that his overall voting record is too moderate. Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, faces angry conservatives in his state for not joining an effort by some in his party to block the federal budget unless it defunds Obamacare. For these Republicans, the only uniting factor is that the criticism is coming from their own party. The reasons they are under attack vary from one group to...
  • Senate approves Obama’s nominee for UN ambassador

    08/01/2013 2:38:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 1, 2013 5:26 PM EDT | Alan Fram
    The Senate easily confirmed President Barack Obama’s selection for ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday, capping a month in which senators used a bipartisan truce on once-mired nominations to fill a cluster of vacancies in the president’s second-term administration. Senators approved Samantha Power for the post by 87-10. The vote put the former Obama foreign policy adviser and outspoken human rights advocate into the job formerly held by Susan Rice, whom the president has made his national security adviser. … Power joined a stack of nominees that senators have approved since striking a bipartisan deal in mid-July. Republicans agreed...
  • UN Nominee Disavows Past Comments on ‘Crimes’ Committed by U.S.

    07/17/2013 8:38:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 17, 2013 - 4:52 PM | Alissa Tabirian
    Under questioning by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Samantha Power, President Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations, disavowed her own published comments in which she advocated U.S. intervention in the Arab-Israeli conflict and referred to “crimes” committed by the United States, comparing them to Nazi atrocities. During a hearing Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Power said that although the U.S. has a “national security interest and a moral responsibility to respond to cases of mass atrocity…that does not mean the United States should intervene militarily every time there’s an injustice in the world.” … But when...
  • U.S. to Push for Israeli Seat on U.N. Security Council (Samantha Powers suddenly loves Israel)

    07/17/2013 5:27:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 7/17/13 | Josh Rogin
    President Obama's nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is a late convert to the pro-Israel cause, but today she promised to fiercely advocate for the Jewish state, including fighting to help Israel obtain a nonpermanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. Power, a close confidante of President Barack Obama and a former top White House official, received a warm welcome today at her confirmation hearing to replace Susan Rice as the U.S. permanent representative to the U.N. But senators pressed Power on her previous statements that caused a rift between her and elements of the pro-Israel...
  • Forgive Our Faults, Oh Our Most Grievous Faults! Oh Nuts! [Snark intended.]

    07/17/2013 3:43:32 PM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 17, 2013 | Dan Miller
    The fierce defender of Truth, Justice and the American Way has chosen Samantha Power as our his new ambassador to his cherished United Nations. Way to go, Big Guy!An adoring glance at our her beloved benefactor:The charming Ms Power's past comments remain a backdrop to the hearing. Power, a former White House adviser and longtime Obama friend, once likened U.S. foreign policies to those of the Nazis. In a March 2003 New Republic magazine article she argued that American foreign policy needs a "historical reckoning" which would entail "opening the files" and "acknowledging the force of a mantra we have spent...
  • US, Israel comments could haunt UN nominee Samantha Power at hearing

    07/17/2013 7:21:06 AM PDT · by opentalk · 12 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 17, 2013 | fox news
    President Obama's pick to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is facing under-the-radar opposition that could flare during Wednesday's confirmation hearing. While hawkish senators like Republican John McCain have come out in support of Samantha Power, more than four-dozen former military leaders,national security officials and conservative political groups are now asking senators to reject Power’s nomination. … Power,a former White House adviser and longtime Obama friend, once likened U.S. foreign policies to those of the Nazis. … Retired Lt. Gen. William G. 'Jerry' Boykin,who is behind a movement to block Power's confirmation,agrees. “We should be proud to...
  • Gen. Boykin: U.N. Ambassador-Nominee Samantha Power a Threat to America’s Sovereignty

    07/03/2013 3:58:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 3, 2013 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – Joining other conservatives who oppose President Barack Obama’s nomination of Samantha Power as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Retired Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin said Power’s “track record” shows that she would like to “cede our sovereignty” to that globalist institution. “Samantha Power’s attitude that we need to cede our sovereignty to the United Nations is very misguided and very dangerous as far as I’m concerned,” Boykin said at the National Press Club on Wednesday Boykin said the U.N. is not concerned with the individual rights and liberties of Americans as enshrined in the Declaration of...
  • A Conservative's Case For Confirming Samantha Power

    06/13/2013 6:50:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    "Samantha Power and the UN are a perfect match," observed the British journalist Melanie Phillips last week after President Obama nominated Power to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations.She didn't mean it as a compliment. Phillips, a conservative lionheart, regards the UN as a cynical institution that long ago dissipated its moral legitimacy. It is a place where the language of human rights is routinely hijacked by the enemies of human rights, and where democracies like America and Israel are reviled while the world's most odious regimes are indulged. In nominating Power, says Phillips, Obama has picked...
  • America Will Pay a Price for President Obama's Inaction in Syria

    06/10/2013 3:44:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Barack Obama's appointments of Susan Rice as national security adviser and Samantha Power as ambassador to the United Nations have naturally triggered speculation about changes in foreign policy. Rice and Power have been proponents of humanitarian military intervention, a course that Obama followed, gingerly, in Libya -- "leading from behind," as one of his aides put it. But of course that didn't work out so well. The murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi last September showed that terrorists have a free hand in Libya -- even if the president and Rice, along with Secretary of...
  • Power and Rice: A recipe for more global leftism and jihad, more state control and fewer freedoms

    06/09/2013 4:20:52 PM PDT · by forty_years
    netwmd.com ^ | Jun 8, 2013 | Gary Gerofsky, Contributor
    This past week U.S. President Obama made Susan Rice his new National Security Adviser and Samantha Power his ambassador to the UN. Both women have the kind of credentials, loyalty and temperament that Obama needs to go full steam ahead on his second term agenda which includes the Obamification of the world, further apologizing for America, weakening the U.S. at every opportunity and saying "sorry" by supporting the most dangerous players on the world stage. The President is effectively giving up America's position as defender of freedom and promoter of democracy and Judeo-Christian values. The Pax Americana era has long...