Saturday, November 29, 2008

Samantha Power Paving the Way for Hillary at State!!??

Samantha Power at the State Department

"The monster is coming! The monster is coming!"

It is now being reported that Samantha Power is on Barack Obama's transition team. Specifically, she is doing a departmental review at the State Department. So who is Samantha Power, you ask?

You don't want to know.

But you need to know, so I'm going to tell you anyway. First of all, Ms Power is a Pulitzer Prize winning Professor at Harvard University. That is strike one. Second, she is the one who was fired from Obama's campaign after she called Hillary Clinton a "monster" during an interview with a British news outlet (that's ball one).

Immediately after making the comment coupled with some references to Hillary doing anything to win, she added, "that's off the record." Yeah right, Samantha. Your secret will always be safe with the media. So much for her judgement.

In the aftermath of the comment, Power apologized to Her Majesty claiming that the remark in no way reflected her true feelings about Sen. Clinton, whom she admired greatly. Yeah, right. So much for her honesty.

Power has written on the subject of genocide, and she apparently believes in armed intervention to stop human rights abuses.

Another thing you need to know is that Ms Power is a big supporter of the Palestinian cause. Consider this:

"Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Power said in 2002, that if she were an advisor to the U.S. President she would recommend investing "billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel's military, but actually investing in the new state of Palestine, in investing the billions of dollars it would probably take, also, to support what will have to be a mammoth protection force [in Palestine], not of the old Rwanda kind, but a meaningful military presence", even though this may alienate "a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import".[7]"

* Wikipedia. The footnote references an interview of Power by Harry Kreisler of UC Berkeley

Is this a harbinger of an Obama foreign policy that will feature more overseas adventures, albeit for different reasons? I don't know. Is this a harbinger of an Obama foreign policy that will favor the Palestinians over Israel? I hope not, but I am not optimistic.

But how does this square with Hillary Clinton supposedly becoming the next Secretary of State? Is Obama playing games with her, like a cat plays with a mouse before he delivers the coup de grace? Is he trying to maneuver her into telling him to keep his Secretary of State position? Who knows, but as we all know by now, anything that involves Hillary Clinton has to be accompanied by some sort of melodrama.

Who knows? Maybe Obama will actually give the post to Ms Power. Now that is one scary thought.

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