Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Obama UN Nominee Samantha Power Makes Deceptive Noises On Israel In Confirmation Hearings
President Obama's nominee for UN envoy Samantha Power is undergoing her confirmation hearing before the Senate, and like President Obama, she's making noises contrary to beliefs she's held for years in order to try and get the job.
Israel is the only member nation of the UN that is prohibited from ever holding one of the revolving seats on the UN Security Council, in violation of the body's own charter. Yes, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Pakistan and Zimbabwe are eligible, but not Israel.
So of course, Ms. Power came out with some pleasant sounding platitudes condemning what she called "unacceptable bias" by the UN against Israel. . And she's pledging to 'lobby hard' to get Israel one of those revolving seats on the Security Council.
That's nonsense, and Ms. Power knows it very well. Those revolving seats are doled out on a regional basis, and a number of states in Israel's region either don't recognize the country's existence or are actually in a formal state of war with Israel, so they refuse to allow it to be included as part of their region. There's no way the UN as it is now constituted would ever award Israel one of those seats, and she knows it.
But wait, there's more.
Expanding on her remarks, Power paid tribute in her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to America's "special relationship" with Israel, whose "legitimacy should be beyond dispute, and its security must be beyond doubt."
She added, "Within this (UN) organization built in the wake of the Holocaust... we also see unacceptable bias and attacks against the state of Israel."
If I were asking her a question, it would be to wonder out loud why she's suddenly voicing sentiments now that she's never before seen fit to utter in her entire career in public life!
This is the same woman whom called for the U.S. to unilaterally invade the region, force Israel into indefensible borders and engage in ethnic cleansing by throwing every Jew out of Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem, turn those areas over to 'Palestine' and establish a U.S. peacekeeping force there to keep Israel from retaliating against the inevitable terrorist attacks on its civilians that would result from the new borders. Notice the smirk when she talks about the necessity of "alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import''..by which she means American Jews:
“What we need is a willingness to actually put something on the line in service of helping the situation, and putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import. It may more crucially mean sacrificing or investing literally billions of dollars not in servicing Israel’s military but actually investing in the new state of Palestine, investing billions of dollars it would probably take also to support what I think will have to be a mammoth protection force” .
You'll notice she also wants America to cut off military aid to Israel and invest billions in 'Palestine' instead. Like President Obama, she's dead set on creating 'daylight' between America and Israel and destroying that alliance, no matter what she says now.
Guess which RINO is leading the charge to get her confirmed? None other than Senator John McCain, who described her as capable and qualified.
On the other side are GOP Senators Marco Rubio and Ron Johnson, who've been asking pointed questions. Like exactly what she meant when she wrote in 2003 that America needs a "historical reckoning with crimes committed" by the U.S. government.
When she was asked exactly what 'crimes' those were, she refused to go into details, just mechanically repeating that she would she would never apologize for America, and that "I believe the United States is the greatest country on Earth.”
Remember that one of the first things President Obama did when he became president in 2009 was to take the position of UN Ambassador, which up until then had been part of the State Department and the Secretary of State and make it a cabinet level post that reports directly to him and him alone.
Samantha Power is an unrepentant Leftist from academia who is unworthy of representing the United States in any capacity whatsoever. I would not be surprised to see her confirmed, but it is a disgrace she was even nominated, let alone that she would actually hold office.