If you just thought who is Samantha Powers, you are not alone. Until recently I didn't know who she was either. It's partially because her name surfaced briefly in the primaries just after Super Tuesday, a time when most Conservatives had stopped paying attention. 'Ms.' Powers was named an early foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama's campaign, something that got the Jews attention but was largely ignored by the OLM. That was until Powers gave an interview with The Scotsman where she called Hil a "Monster" and get this..."unattractive". At that point she immediately assumed the position under the Bus and resigned, as the Obama express rolled over her on the way to the White House. She was out of the public spotlight long before the General Election.
With Obama naming Samantha Powers to his Transition Team, America should be taking a closer look at the person who will act as a Liaison between Secretary of State Clinton, and President Obama. ( editor's note: I'm going to have to practice saying both of those, because writing it just now made me a little ill.) Anyway, Who is Samantha Powers and why is Obama so fond of her?
Prior to going to work for Obama in 2005, Powers was a Professor at Harvard who was best known for her Pulitzer Prize winning book, "A Problem from Hell", which according to complete-review.com was less "finger pointing".....
Earlier working titles apparently included The Guilty Bystander and Again and Again: Fifty Years of Genocide and American Bystanderhood, but it was presumably determined that these hit too close to home and so the benign, non-finger pointing title won out
According to the review, "It's an America Bashing Book" but that doesn't appear to deter the reviewer's enjoyment of the book.
For some it heightened the Importance of the book...
"Power's critique of American policy is devastating and fully substantiated by the evidence she brings to bear." - Warren I. Cohen, Times Literary Supplement
It's not surprising that Liberals would enjoy a book criticizing America. What was shocking was when I found out that "Problem from Hell" seemed a little too Anti-American for one L.A.Times Reviewer...
"Power seeks to show that American policymakers have knowingly turned a blind eye to massacres. In her view, the United States' policy of nonintervention in the face of genocide has not been a failure but precisely what diplomats wanted." - Jacob Heilbrun, The Los Angeles Times
I haven't actually read the entire book myself, but if the LA Times can see through Powers attempt to veil her Hatred for America in this book supposedly about "genocide" it must be spelled out in Capital Letters. (Twice)
Guess how Powers met Obama? Wait for it...according to an interview with Salon.com, Obama contacted Powers after reading her book!! What was the other book Obama was reading on the campaign trail....(The Post American World)
"He had just read "A Problem From Hell" and wanted to meet to discuss fixing American foreign policy. I thought, "Well that's interesting -- clearly he's in some other league."
"In some other league", Well that's one way to look at it. If Obama's reading list is any indication, America's going to "Change" alright......By the end of their first meeting, Powers had agreed to quit her job at Harvard to go to work for Senator Obama.
But Wait! There's More! The reason the Jews paid attention when Obama named her as an advisor in the Primaries, is because she has openly criticized Americas relationship with Israel, suggesting we should take a more "even handed approach" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, like not supporting Israel and backing the Palestinians as she does in this video from April of 2002
Ed Morrisey posted this at HotAir.com today....
This should give us some insight into the foreign-policy objectives of Barack Obama, who had Power as an adviser from 2005 until the “monster” comment in March of this year. He didn’t bounce her from his team over her views on Israel and … well, let’s recall how she described the pro-Israel lobby:
Putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import.
For those who may not catch the reference, Power means the Joooooos. And why would that alienate the Jewishcabalthatsecretlyrunseverything? For one thing, Power wants to spend billions on bolstering Palestinian military strength, instead of spending it on helping the Israelis to defend themselves. Bear in mind that this interview takes place about seven months after 9/11, when people supposedly still knew how dangerous radical Islamist groups like Hamas and al-Qaeda were. Power wanted to send them money and stop funding Israeli efforts to fight them.
Just when you thought it couldn't get worse Powers is an advocate for Negotiations with Iran without Pre-conditions. In January, she wrote an opinion piece for Time entitled "Rethinking Iran" where she dismisses the incident between a US Naval Ship and five Iranian speed boats as a scare tactic, not by the Iranians of course...by who else...George W. Bush.
The war scare that wasn't stands as a metaphor for the incoherence of our policy toward Iran: the Bush Administration attempts to gin up international outrage by making a claim of imminent danger, only to be met with international eye rolling when the claim is disproved. Sound familiar? The speedboat episode bore an uncanny resemblance to the Administration's allegations about the advanced state of Iran's weapons program--allegations refuted in December by the National Intelligence Estimate.
And now The One has selected Samantha Powers to Advise the State Department....Does this sound like a good idea to any thinking person?
It certainly didn't sound good to this blogger at JBlog Central, The Jewish and Israeli Blog network:
The messiah-elect got rid of Power so that he wouldn’t lose the Jewish vote.Now that he got the Jewish vote, she’s back in.......To all Jews who voted for Barack Hussein Obama, may the blood of your brethren be on...
Obviously The One hasn't strayed too far from his Far Left Roots, I'm starting to think the Hillary and the other Clinton retreads are merely a cover, a figure head if you will for him to operate his Radical agenda through his hand picked "Liaisons" that Do Not Have to go through the confirmation process. For the sake of ourselves and Israel we cannot afford to stop paying attention even for a second. Samantha Powers is proof of that.