Senate Ignores Samantha Power’s Anti-Israel and Blame-America-First Statements
Samantha Power Heads to the United Nations
Presidents usually get what they want when they make nominations to fill cabinet posts and other top administration positions. President Obama is no exception.
Samantha Power, the president’s nominee to serve as Ambassador to the United Nations, is no stranger to controversial statements. Regardless, she sailed through her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate soon.
Power is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School. She is a bona fide Obama loyalist. She worked as a foreign policy adviser to Obama when he was a senator and served on the National Security Council during Obama’s first term.
Power’s statements on America’s foreign policy transgressions as well as her criticism of Israel have been well known for years. The statements were largely ignored during her Senate confirmation hearing in what some observers saw as a blatant rewrite of her record.
Here are highlights of Power’s controversial record as compiled by
- Power has a long record of antipathy towards Israel. In 2001, she attended the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, even after the U.S. had withdrawn most of its diplomatic participation once it became apparent that the gathering would give prominence to anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic perspectives.
- Just months later, during a 2002 interview, Power said that even if it meant “alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import” (i.e., Jewish Americans), the United States should stop investing “billions of dollars” in “servicing Israel’s military” and invest the money instead “in the new state of Palestine.” Moreover, she accused Israel of perpetrating “major human-rights abuses” and “war crimes.”
- In a 2003 New Republic article, Power suggested that U.S. officials could enhance their credibility with foreign countries by publicly apologizing for America’s past failures and transgressions. She bemoaned the fact that America’s “exceptionalist impulses” had been “with us for a long time,” and that they animated George W. Bush’s “militant moralism.”
- In her 2004 review of Noam Chomsky’s book, Hegemony or Survival, Power agreed with many of Chomsky’s criticisms of U.S. foreign policy and expressed her own concerns about what she called the “sins of our allies in the war on terror,” lumping Israel together with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, Russia, and Uzbekistan. She called Chomsky’s work “sobering and instructive.”
- In a 2007 interview, Power said that America’s relationship with Israel “has often led foreign-policy decision-makers to defer reflexively to Israeli security assessments, and to replicate Israeli tactics which… can turn out to be counterproductive.” The United States, she explained, had brought terrorist attacks upon itself by aping Israel’s violations of human rights.
- In early 2008, Power served as a senior foreign policy advisor to Obama’s presidential campaign. She was forced to resign from the campaign in March, however, after it was learned that she had referred to Obama’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, as “a monster” whose modus operandi was “deceit.”
- Soon after leaving the campaign, Power publicly praised Obama for stating that he would be willing to meet, without preconditions, with leaders of rogue nations during the first year of his administration.
When Power takes up her post at the U.N. in New York, she will encounter the organization’s long-held hostility to the United States and Israel. Her performance will reveal if she acts in the interests of the United States or reflects her views written on the record for all to see.