Israel is Samantha Power’s first priority in opening statement to Congress

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Samantha Power wants to be our next ambassador to the United Nations. Here’s her opening statement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She mentions Israel eight times in the statement and “the United States” eight times*.

First, the UN must be fair. The UN cannot focus disproportionate attention on a few, while giving a pass to others flouting their international obligations. There cannot be one standard for one country and another standard for all others. The United States has no greater friend in the world than the State of Israel. Israel is a country with whom we share security interests and, even more fundamentally, with whom we share core values – the values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. America has a special relationship with Israel. And yet the General Assembly and Human Rights Council continue to pass one – sided resolutions condemning Israel above all others. Israel – not Iran, not Sudan, not North Korea – is the on e country with a fixed place on the Human Rights Council ’s agenda. Israel’s legitimacy should be beyond dispute, and its security must be beyond doubt. Just as I have done the last four years as President Obama’s UN adviser at the White House, I will stand up for Israel and work tirelessly to defend it.

*Yes, she says America a number of times too.

Thanks to Adam Horowitz.

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  1. Justpassingby
    July 17, 2013, 2:31 pm

    The UN cannot focus disproportionate attention on a few, while giving a pass to others flouting their international obligations.”

    Yes…so why are you focusing 101% percent on Iran? Why are you “giving pass” to Israel?

    These people are amazing, their allegiance to Israel almost seems bot-like, programmed.
    Ro-bot “Samantha Power 3000″ is indoctrinated and ready to use.
    End of message.

    • piotr
      July 18, 2013, 9:46 pm

      Some attention is given to supporting terrorists in Syria (that may be related to Iran, but still a separate focus). But this drew my attention: “USA has no greater friend in the world than the State of Israel.” So countries larger than Israel are not our friends :-( And the list of not friendly countries is disturbingly long: UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria (this is just EU) and so on.

      • Shingo
        July 18, 2013, 10:24 pm

        Add Canada and Australia, both of which have fought alongside the US while Israel has not.

  2. ckg
    July 17, 2013, 2:47 pm

    Eeyore! Hee-haw!

  3. seafoid
    July 17, 2013, 3:20 pm

    “Israel’s legitimacy should be beyond dispute, and its security must be beyond doubt”

    These 2 are so difficult to ensure which is why they are spoken of as if they are the most important issues for the US.
    The Zionists picked a very challenging place for their Altneuland.

  4. Woody Tanaka
    July 17, 2013, 3:22 pm

    AIPAC and its minions got what they paid for!

  5. Dutch
    July 17, 2013, 3:36 pm

    Next!

  6. Taxi
    July 17, 2013, 3:49 pm

    The ziobotomization of Samantha Powers is now complete.

    Desssssspicable and dissssssssgusting!

  7. DICKERSON3870
    July 17, 2013, 4:06 pm

    RE: “Israel’s legitimacy should be beyond dispute . . .” ~ Samantha Power

    AU CONTRAIRE: Israel is “disputed territory”! ! !

    ELABORATION: Since Israelis constantly refer to the West Bank as “disputed territory”, I have decided to begin likewise referring to pre-1967 Israel as “disputed territory”. Hey, turnabout is fair play, right? What goes around, comes around. You get what you give.* What’s good for the goose . . .

    * New Radicals: You Get What You Give [VIDEO, 04:40] – link to youtube.com

    • seafoid
      July 17, 2013, 5:11 pm

      “Israel’s legitimacy should be beyond dispute”

      It can’t be. Israel was born in sin.
      Most of the people who live there now had nothing to do with it. But Israel was only possible because a people was dispossessed.
      And that’s a very bad precedent that doesn’t go with indisputable acceptance.

      • hophmi
        July 17, 2013, 6:14 pm

        “It can’t be. Israel was born in sin.”

        So is every country on the face of this earth, including and especially the United States.

      • RoHa
        July 17, 2013, 8:36 pm

        “Israel was born in sin.” So is every country on the face of this earth.

        Even if true, that does not justify Israel’s original sin or its continuing sins.

      • seafoid
        July 18, 2013, 1:29 am

        The thing about successful settler colonialism is that you either kill or integrate the natives. Option 1 is sadly precluded in the modern era. Israel needs apartheid and that turd is a very hard sell.

      • Citizen
        July 18, 2013, 4:48 am

        @ hophmi
        Israel was born and bred in sin AFTER the death and destruction of WW1, WW2 , which lead directly to modern international law in 1945′s Nuremberg Trials and its Geneva progeny. If you ignore this world-wide consensus setting principled limits to state sovereignty, then your justification is nothing more than the morality and ethics of the apes, and cavemen, might makes right, the same justification Goering used at Nuremberg to justify the Nazi regime’s birth and conduct. (Ditto, the Tokyo Trials.)

      • Cliff
        July 18, 2013, 6:47 am

        What hoppie is saying is that Nazi Germany has a right to exist since all nations commit ethnic cleansing, genocide, colonialism, etc.

        To deny Nazi Germany’s exclusive and privileged ‘right to exist’ is to be anti-German.

      • seafoid
        July 18, 2013, 12:49 pm

        Why doesn’t killing the locals and taking their land work any more, Hoph?

  8. LanceThruster
    July 17, 2013, 4:14 pm

    No wonder there were so many falling over themselves to bestow their seal of approval. They knew she’d deliver the goods.

    [sigh]

  9. adele
    July 17, 2013, 4:16 pm

    Humm, sounds like she is being sworn in as Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N.

    • Woody Tanaka
      July 17, 2013, 4:49 pm

      She’s in the running for the post, isn’t she?

      • adele
        July 17, 2013, 11:34 pm

        It’s an austerity measure, two for the price of one

      • Woody Tanaka
        July 18, 2013, 11:22 am

        I guess if we are defining “austerity” as “The israeli government eats the banquet, the American taxpayer picks up the check.” But that’s always been the case, right?

  10. frankier
    July 17, 2013, 5:50 pm

    Why does the US congress keep confirming the appointment of Israel’s secr of defense and ambassador to the UN?

  11. atime forpeace
    July 17, 2013, 5:55 pm

    So it seems to me more and more since becoming an observer of the Israel\US relationship and the related issue of the Israel firsters and their advocate role on behalf of that little colonial outpost of the United States that the words of Alexander Haig best describe the reasons for the raison d’être of Israel. Both sides play the other and both sides are thus the player and the game.

    Haig once referred to Israel as “America’s largest aircraft carrier which never could be sunk.”

    Puck:
    Captain of our fairy band,
    Helena is here at hand,
    And the youth, mistook by me,
    Pleading for a lover’s fee.
    Shall we their fond pageant see?
    Lord, what fools these mortals be!

    A Midsummer Nights Dream Act 3, scene 2, 110–115

    • RoHa
      July 17, 2013, 8:41 pm

      Haig once referred to Israel as “America’s largest aircraft carrier which never could be sunk.”

      That phrase originally referred to Britain. Of course, the US actually has air bases in Britain. The US has air bases in several Arab countries. It has no air bases in Israel. Indeed, it has hardly any military establishments in Israel.

    • Marco
      July 18, 2013, 1:00 am

      Well, with all due respect to Haig, I can’t recall every President, Senator and Congressmen declare their loyalty to an aircraft carrier. As a matter of fact, despite the strength of the military industrial complex, when it comes to military appropriations for even big ticket items there’s more division and debate than there is over America’s relationship with Israel.

    • James Canning
      July 20, 2013, 7:06 pm

      Alexander Haig could be a bit of a fool from time to time.

  12. Shingo
    July 17, 2013, 5:58 pm

    How can anyone with a gag reflex read that shameful sycophantic drivel?

  13. just
    July 17, 2013, 6:02 pm

    I feel the urge to puke.

    How can we be so stupid?

    • Shingo
      July 18, 2013, 2:41 am

      How can we be so stupid?

      It’s worse than that.

      How can she have such low regard for principal and bereft of self respect by contradicting the values she clearly held before Boatech schooled her?

      And how can the pro Israeli Jewish community who made up her audience when she recited her mea culpa be so easily fooled?

      I think that the reason the Zionist gate keepers are so reflexive and neurotic is because deep down they would have to know that the vast majority of the pro Israeli leaders in Washington don’t sincerely give a crap about Israel and that they are nothing more than a very expensive rent-a-crowd.

      It just goes to show how dysfunctional and deluded the Zionist project is that those poor, deluded schmucks were taken in by Powers when she gave hear teary performance. They are so desperate for fawning, no matter how false

      • Citizen
        July 18, 2013, 5:04 am

        You mean like Hagel (or Obama, re Cairo Speech) when he was vetted by congress for SOD? He’s been a very good boy in his new slot, hasn’t he? You learn to curb your moral and ethical principles if you want power, more power, more personal security and the good life forever after, for you and your family. That’s why classification of official documents is so wide, deep, and long. As Bush Jr said, paraphrasing, I’m the doer, you are scribblers, and by the time the public knows what I did I will be dead, and my family immune, and entrenched in the 1%.

  14. MRW
    July 17, 2013, 6:05 pm

    AFP is publishing this headline: “UN ambassador nominee Samantha Power criticizes world body’s ‘unacceptable’ anti-Israel bias.”

    Which I love. Because the somnambulant will now be asking: what worldwide anti-Israel bias? Hey Jerry, you hearda’ this worldwide anti-Israel bias?

    With one arm, this diplomatic cretin raises the blinds.

  15. eGuard
    July 17, 2013, 6:10 pm

    America: 20 times.

    Did she cry for America, ever?

  16. atime forpeace
    July 17, 2013, 6:14 pm

    history’s actors…Israel and the US are so full of themselves and deluded with hubris that they can not see the shoals which will lead to their unavoidable shipwreck. below is a quote from the GW Bush admin circa 2002…has it been revealed who said these revealing words of an ideology built on a hubris induced fantasy of the indispensable nation?

    ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

  17. MRW
    July 17, 2013, 6:19 pm

    Just as I have done the last four years as President Obama’s UN adviser at the White House, I will stand up for Israel and work tirelessly to defend it.

    Just as I have done the last four years as President Obama’s UN adviser at the White House, I will stand up for Israel and work tirelessly to defend it.

    Just as I have done the last four years as President Obama’s UN adviser at the White House, I will stand up for Israel and work tirelessly to defend it.

    Wants to be US Ambassador to the UN.

  18. James Canning
    July 17, 2013, 6:28 pm

    Does Samantha Power understand that the US would be doing Israel a favor, if the US stopped vetoing resolutions in UNSC that Israel dislikes?

  19. eljay
    July 17, 2013, 6:39 pm

    >> Israel’s legitimacy should be beyond dispute …

    Israel as a state? Sure.

    Israel outside of its / Partition borders? No.
    Israel as a colonialist and expansionist state? No.
    Israel as an oppressive and supremacist “Jewish State”? No.
    Israel as a state that is not accountable for its past and ON-GOING (war) crimes? No.

  20. American
    July 17, 2013, 7:01 pm

    She’s even worse than you think.

    U.S. to Push for Israeli Seat on U.N. Security Council
    by Josh Rogin Jul 17, 2013 3:22 PM EDT

     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.

    Charles Dharapak / AP Photos

    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 community. Her answers showed that she has come around to the view that America’s role at the U.N. is to staunchly defend its top Middle East ally and to oppose Palestinian efforts to seek greater international recognition.

    “The United States has no greater friend in the world than the state of Israel,” Power told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday. “We share security interests, we share core values, and we have a special relationship with Israel.”

    She criticized the U.N. General Assembly and the U.N. Human Rights Council for repeatedly passing resolutions criticizing Israel and delegitimizing the Jewish state.

    “And just as I have done as President Obama’s U.N. adviser at the White House, I will stand up for Israel and work tirelessly to defend it,” she said.

    Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) asked Power directly if she would work to support Israel’s bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council, which contains five permanent members and 10 rotating seats assigned by region. Israel, which has never sat on the Security Council, wants to be admitted as a representative of the Western European group of countries, due to its poor relations with its Middle Eastern neighbors.

    “Absolutely, sir,” Power responded. “The Security Council seat is one that has eluded Israel, despite its many contributions across the years, and I commit to you wholeheartedly to go on offense, as well as playing defense on the legitimation of Israel, and we’ll make every effort to secure greater integration of Israeli public servants in the U.N. system.”

    She also promised to vigorously oppose any and all efforts by the Palestinian Authority to seek greater recognition in U.N. bodies, something the Palestinian leadership has pledged to continue doing.

    “We need to deter the Palestinians in any way we can—and we need to get their attention,” Power said.

    Power’s answers were sure to quell concerns on Capitol Hill and in the pro-Israel community about some of her previous statements and writings regarding Israel. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) brought up Power’s comments in 2002, when she advocated for the U.S. to invest in a “mammoth protection force” to create a “meaningful military presence” in Israel.

    “It may mean sacrificing—or investing I think more than sacrificing—literally billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel’s military but actually investing in the new state of Palestine,” Power said.

    She also said she saw “major human rights abuses” in Israel and acknowledged that a U.S. policy shift away from support of Israel might require angering the pro-Israel lobby.

    “Putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import,” Power said.

    At Wednesday’s hearing, Power disassociated herself from those remarks and said she opposed unilateral actions to move to Palestinian statehood absent a negotiated agreement between the two parties.

    “I gave a long, rambling, and very remarkably incoherent response to a hypothetical question that I should never have answered,” she said.

    Power’s conversion to the pro-Israel cause has been a long time in the making. In 2011, she aggressively sought out a leading critic of her Israel remarks, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who has been associated with celebrities including Michael Jackson and Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

    After Boteach, who was a Republican candidate for Congress from New Jersey in 2012, wrote a critical essay about Power in the Huffington Post, Power invited Boteach to the White House to discuss her comments and express regrets, according to Foreign Policy magazine.

    Boteach then led an effort to build support in the Jewish community for Power, for example by setting up a meeting between her and 40 community leaders. The effort worked, and by the time Power testified Wednesday, she had received endorsements from prominent Jewish leaders including Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren and former senator Joseph Lieberman.

    Power is expected to be easily confirmed by the Senate.

    “If Ambassador Michael Oren and Joe Lieberman endorse her, that means those who express any reservations are outside the mainstream,” Menachem Rosensaft, the general counsel for the World Jewish Congress, told Foreign Policy.>>>

    * Would the last American out of the country please bring the flag. We need it for the American Holocaust Museum we’re gonna build wherever we settle.

    • Shingo
      July 17, 2013, 8:48 pm

      She’s even worse than you think.

      This is truly mind boggling American. Like I said, one really needs to overcome their gag reflex to read though this without bringing up their last meal.

      It’s amazing how she can claim that The Security Council seat is one that has eluded Israel, despite its many contributions across the years / What contributions might she be referring to? The dozens of UNSC resolutions Israel stands in violation of?

      In spite of her so called devotion to serving human rights, she has vowed to deliberately violate the human rights of Palestinians by “vigorously” opposing “any and all efforts by the Palestinian Authority to seek greater recognition in U.N. bodies” while havign previously referred to the “state of Palestine” .

      I just so wish someone could get access to this pathetic excuse for a human being and force her to explain her glaring contradictions. It’s so fitting that her last name should represent her addiction.

      What I cannot get my head around is the degree to which these people are willing to sell out for a position in power. I cannot comprehend how the job is that seductive in itself that it would cause people like her and Hagel to prostitute and humiliate themselves in public.

      It’s so ironic that she referred to her previous position as “a long, rambling, and very remarkably incoherent response” when in fact, her new position is far more incoherent, hypocritical and self contradictory.

      It will be interesting to see how her efforts to include Israel into the UNSC fair. She is obviously a ruthless operator, but given the political capital the US has blown, along with it’s waning influence at the UN, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. China and Russia have just decided that they’ve had enough of passing UN Resolutions against Iran, so it appears they are past playing footsies with the US at the UNSC.

      And to finish off with even more irony,in spite of these amoral hacks (Power and Rice) being at teh State department, the Hasbarats will still maintain that the State Department is a den of anti Semitism.

      • seafoid
        July 18, 2013, 3:21 am

        It’s such a farce. Obama is a real fraud and Power does what he does.

        link to haaretz.com

        “Power’s views on the Palestinian question are identical to those of Obama. She is strongly opposed to construction in the settlements and believes that Israel must end the occupation and help to establish an independent Palestinian state. Despite that, during internal discussions at the White House she supported a veto against the condemnation of construction in the settlements in the UN Security Council in February 2011. ”

        Ariel Castro is strongly opposed to rape. Despite this he spent 18 years raping 3 women….

      • Shingo
        July 18, 2013, 5:59 am

        It’s such a farce.

        …along with that insufferably pious smirk on her face.

    • Donald
      July 18, 2013, 8:14 am

      “She’s even worse than you think.”

      She’s been a snake oil saleswoman her entire career. The best way to approach someone like Samantha Power is as an anthropologist from elsewhere, watching the curious social rituals that surround those who aspire to rise up the rungs of the foreign policy elite. Power has chosen an almost unique path which is truly fascinating. She pretends to be a weeping prophet wailing about our inadequate response to genocide and other major human rights violations, but if she truly were a scathing critic of her society’s elites she’d have about the same chance of getting a position in government as Phil Weiss has of replacing Chris Matthews on MSNBC. So instead she writes a very carefully selective and calibrated book on the subject, pretending to be critical while actually flattering the elites (claiming that they don’t truly understand what evil is sometimes because of their good intentions) and she receives widespread adulation and praise.

      In fairness, she probably does care about human rights. This is why there’s the occasional gaffe–i.e., momentary bits of truthfulness spilling out. But the career comes first, so she disavows such remarks when they receive unwanted attention. That’s what happened with Israel.

      • seanmcbride
        July 18, 2013, 8:42 am

        How much subterranean resentment may be percolating in Samantha Power over the fact that the Israel lobby has forced her to grovel shamelessly and appear to be a fool or an intellectually dishonest person?

        She is in fact not a fool and knows what’s going on. But this is how the American political system works in the year 2013 — it systematically grinds down anyone who won’t vow absolute and subservient allegiance to the Israeli government. Power needs to play along to get ahead in her career.

        Shmuely Boteach as Power’s tutor and “rabbi”? — that’s funny! There is no conceivable way that she believes in this charade.

      • Shingo
        July 18, 2013, 10:21 am

        How much subterranean resentment may be percolating in Samantha Power over the fact that the Israel lobby has forced her to grovel shamelessly and appear to be a fool or an intellectually dishonest person?

        Good question. Obama and many before him too must have experienced the same thing. And surely, the invisible men behind the scenes blackmailing them to tow the line can’t be satisfied that they are fully getting everyone to love Israel.

        In the case of Obama, we’ve seen the discomfort and frustration in public. We’ve seen him rebuff Bibbi.

        In the case of Power, the lengths she went to (weeping before an audience of pro Israeli gatekeepers), I can’t help but wonder if she’s not just a borderline sociopath.

      • hophmi
        July 18, 2013, 10:32 am

        “There is no conceivable way that she believes in this charade.”

        Or, she does, and you can’t wrap your mind around the fact that she doesn’t see it the same way political extremists like you do.

      • James Canning
        July 18, 2013, 1:46 pm

        Bravo, seanmcbride. Your finger is on key aspect of the subverting of US national security that Aipac et al are achieving.

      • frankier
        July 18, 2013, 2:05 pm

        She might be aware of the charade.. .the question is why does she play along?

        Is it for some greater good? If so, how is she going to serve such greater good? Once part of the system, either she plays along or she is out. So that is out. If she has the illusion that once in she will be able to maneuver around and actually do something worthy I doubt that. The people who are allowing her to be appointed will make sure that she will be straight-jacketed to serve them or else.

        Is it to achieve some high position in the administration? If so, then she is serving her own purposes selfishly and is of no use to any cause but the one who she is pleasing to get posted.

        So whether she has awareness of what is happening is totally irrelevant. Either ways, she is useless and is just someone’s tool.

      • seanmcbride
        July 18, 2013, 5:54 pm

        Has Samantha Power ever demanded weepy and sentimental declarations of affection for (LOVE, no less) and loyalty and devotion to the Irish government and Irish nationalism from non-Irish political players? One hopes not. These kinds of heavy-handed demands in American, Canadian and European politics almost always seem to be made by pro-Israel activists, whose insecurity and neediness are boundless.

        I am largely Irish myself (by heritage), and it never occurs to me to express such patriotic sentiments towards the Irish government or Irish nationalism — my attention is primarily focused on American political problems.

        Everything surrounding Israeli politics is really quite strange and out of sync with the agenda and values of most of us (Americans, Canadians, Europeans, etc.).

      • Shingo
        July 18, 2013, 6:46 pm

        Or, she does, and you can’t wrap your mind around the fact that she doesn’t see it the same way political extremists like you do.

        So you think she does now but didn’t before Hop?

        Do YOU seriously believe that Hop, or are you just being reactive here? Power, who herself refers to her previous position on the IP conflict as unbelievably incoherent, has never bothered to explain why she has done a such an extreme about face or why she says she shouldn’t have answered that question.

        So tell us Hop, if in her own words she is prone to be being incredibly incoherent, doesn’t that make her unqualified for the post?

      • RoHa
        July 18, 2013, 7:52 pm

        “blackmailing them to tow the line”

        Shingo, it’s “TOE the line”, dammit. Even hophmi knows that.

      • Shingo
        July 18, 2013, 8:24 pm

        She’s worse than useless, she’s dangerous.

        Like Rice, who was a vulgar attack dog, Power does have a lot more charm and a much calmer demeanor – much like Obama. And because of this, like Obama, she might be capable of delivering some heinous outcomes while appearing to be reasonable and moderate.

        I would definitely discount the possibility that she has an agenda to so the right thing by stealth. As you have pointed out, she has tied her hands such am extent that leaves no wiggle room.

      • Shingo
        July 18, 2013, 9:16 am

        Great summation Donald,

        But I have to question how one can care about human rights and so passionately disavow them when convenient. I mean, how badly does Power want Power?

      • hophmi
        July 18, 2013, 10:35 am

        “She’s been a snake oil saleswoman her entire career.”

        Let us begin the character attacks on a respected author and intellectual who does not toe the line. She’s a “snake oil saleswoman.” She “pretends to be a weeping prophet.” (She spent years on the ground in Bosnia covering the war there, and I bet you did not.) She “pretend[s] to be critical.”

        And in condescending fashion, she “probably does care about human rights.”

        Wow, Donald, how high is that horse that you sit on?

      • Shingo
        July 18, 2013, 9:32 pm

        Let us begin the character attacks on a respected author and intellectual who does not toe the line.

        Actually, towing the line is exactly what she is doing – continuing the exact formulaic broke of the predecessor Susan Rice. had she not towed the line, she would never have been in the running for this position.

        And for being a respected author and intellectual, I guess that depends on who you ask.

        She spent years on the ground in Bosnia covering the war there, and I bet you did not.

        Spent year there on a junket paid for by someone else.

      • American
        July 18, 2013, 5:49 pm

        What I often think about Donald when reading and listening to all the US officials like Powers declaring and swearing their fidelity and loyalty to a foreign country —is that some day all their speeches and oaths to Israel are going to be featured in history books to explain this era of America…they are going to be vilified…. if there still is a actual America by then.

        I kept looking for a long time for some example in past history of some similar political / governmental takeover of a big nation by small core of foreign loyalist and what is in effect a small welfare client state and never could find one.
        Then I saw an article or maybe it was an excerpt from one of his books , by Andrew J. Bacevich, the political scientist at Boston U. who put his considerable research abilities to this phenomenon and he couldnt find an example of this ever occurring in any nation in the history of the world either.
        With no past example it’s hard to predict the ending of it or what kind of ending of the US ‘as the US’ might be because of this.

        It still blows my mind when I hear what these politicians say what they do…it’s amazing, shocking, mind blowing…if they had even said the things they say 50 years ago they would have been ruined, outcast in this country.
        The American people are asleep…god help Israel and it’s US servants if they ever wake up .

  21. amigo
    July 17, 2013, 8:09 pm

    As an Irishman I am profoundly embarrassed by this ?????.

    • seafoid
      July 18, 2013, 3:23 am

      I don’t think she has much to do with Ireland these days. She appears to be more like a shoneen.

      link to dictionary.reference.com

      • amigo
        July 18, 2013, 6:19 am

        I don’t think she has much to do with Ireland these days.seafoid.

        Agreed , but she is being heralded in the Irish media and we too have our naive suckers.

        “Ms Power, a strong human rights advocate, will replace Susan Rice, who will take over as Mr Obama’s national security adviser following the decision of Tom Donilon to stand down.”IT.

        link link to irishtimes.com

        BTW–Gombeen is a far better way to describe her.

        link to en.wikipedia.org

  22. Taxi
    July 18, 2013, 12:07 am

    Pusillanimous much, Ms. Powers?

    (Now you know where the shorthand slang of pusi(llanimous) comes from, folks).

    • American
      July 18, 2013, 1:17 pm

      @ Taxi
      July 17, 2013 at 6:10 am
      American,
      It seems that in my genuine attempt to enlighten you, I ended up offending you. For this I apologize.
      But I still maintain that what happened in Egypt was a populist revolution.>>>

      No problem –I accept and apologize for my own digs at you. too..:-).
      As those who pay any attention to anything I say already know —I am not the best at fully explaining and going into detail about exactly what I mean anyway.

      Trust me.. I do not under rate or minimize the Egyptian people at all…I admire them and wish Americans would emulate their guts and spirit.
      My comments were from my skepticism/ concern about the Egyptian military high command ( and other elements in the protest) not being totally ‘disinterested’ in ‘their own’ special interest and Egypt falling back into the same power structure status quo as under Mubarak with the same or even new set of top dogs.
      But I am bottom line pulling for the Egyptian people.

  23. American
    July 18, 2013, 12:20 am

    Huum…..is there perhaps a non I Firster, non interventionist lurking out there?
    Rand Paul couldnt be elected? I think maybe he could, the GOP divide between the hard line neos and the libertarians seems to be getting as wide as Rio Grande.
    I also think he is crafty enough to schmooze the I- Firsters right down the garden path and then screw them.
    I am liking him more and more on the fundamental US issues. And if the Zios hate him then I really love him.

    Rand Paul: The single greatest danger to Israel’s standing in the U.S.

    Riding high in the contest to be the next U.S. Republican presidential candidate, Rand Paul wraps his isolationist vision – including cutting aid to Israel – in palatable words. But American Jews should be concerned.
    By Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Jul. 17, 2013 | 6:27 PM | 5 Tweet

    The greatest danger to Israel’s standing in the United States does not come from the radical left, the anti-Semitic fringe, or anti-Israel groups on campus. It comes from Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is running hard for President and currently leads the pack of potential 2016 GOP candidates in both New Hampshire and Iowa.

    Senator Paul is a congenial man who is friendly toward Jews and has some very nice things to say about Israel. But he opposes foreign aid to everyone—even though he wants aid to Israel to be eliminated in stages rather than all at once. And he is deeply opposed to an activist American foreign policy. Except in the most extreme cases, he does not want America sending troops or military equipment outside of her borders. America stands for freedom, he says, but we cannot bring freedom to other nations; they must fight for it themselves. Nation-building by Americans is not our job and does not work.

    And that is not all. Even in cases where our sympathies and values as Americans would seem to cry out for American engagement in far-away places, the Senator argues that we cannot afford it. Interventions cost money that America just does not have. In the current reality, he notes, we are in the absurd situation where “we must borrow from China to send money to Pakistan.”

    At one time the Senator’s views were called “isolationism,” and that in fact is what they are. But unlike his quirky and eccentric father, Congressman Ron Paul, the Senator has learned to present his ideas in a more or less palatable form that has a reasonable ring to many voters. Generally speaking, he tailors his argument against American leadership abroad to the group that he is addressing, emphasizing issues that speak to its particular needs and concerns. He assumes that any inroad he makes may lead to another, and that in any case, generating opposition to American activism on any front strengthens his isolationist case.

    Thus, in speaking to the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a conservative Christian group, on June 13 of this year, he argued against aid to Egypt, Libya, and Pakistan on the grounds that all three countries are “haters of Christianity.” Americans, he said, should send neither money nor troops to a region of the world that persecutes its small Christian communities, adding that “I can recall no utterance of Jesus in favor of war or any acts of aggression.” It was a powerful, articulate, and audacious argument—and also an absurd one. If Christians there are vulnerable and under siege, might this not argue for American efforts, of one sort or another, to help and support them? And as Christian leaders and scholars have noted, war is not always wrong in the Christian tradition; sometimes, as Augustine and Aquinas have pointed out, it is both right and necessary.

    The Senator has also tried his tricks on Jews—sometimes successfully. When he argued against aid to Egypt on the grounds that President Morsi is an anti-Semite, the Zionist Organization of America endorsed his call, and Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post blasted Jewish leaders for their cowardice in remaining silent. But Paul was not motivated by Morsi’s anti-Semitism; he simply wanted to find every possible excuse for halting aid to Egypt. When Morsi was replaced by the Egyptian military, he called for stopping aid because the military had carried out a coup, despite the fact that a few days earlier he had praised the protestors for standing up to Morsi’s religious zealotry.

    When speaking to small government conservatives, Paul makes the case that Presidential overreach is responsible for the land wars in which we Americans have been engaged; if the power to declare war and fund the troops were returned to Congress, things would be different. When speaking to mainstream Republicans, he identifies himself with Ronald Reagan; Reagan, he insists, talked tough, but focused on diplomacy rather than interventionism. The Senator has endless arguments for an American retreat, each one plausible-sounding and artfully put.

    Paul will probably not be President, but he should not be underestimated. He has a touch of political genius, and he can change the nature of the national conversation about America’s role in the world; indeed, he is already doing so.

    And American Jews are taking note. Why? Because, by temperament and experience, they are internationalist and interventionist in their political inclinations; because the assertion that “America can’t make a difference in the world” strikes Jews as objectively wrong and morally problematic; because Senator Paul shows no understanding of the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Syria, and has no answers for the dangers that Israel faces from Iran; and because American champions of Israel know, despite the real differences between those on the right and those on the left, that without American activism, leadership, and military and foreign aid in the Middle East, no peace between Israel and her neighbors will ever be possible.

    Rand Paul has much political skill but little else to offer America. And American Jews, who are already a bit worried about him, should worry some more.

    Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie served as president of the Union for Reform Judaism from 1996 to 2012. He is now a writer, lecturer, and teacher, and lives with his family in Westfield, New Jersey
    link to haaretz.com

    • CloakAndDagger
      July 18, 2013, 7:16 am

      @ American

      he can change the nature of the national conversation about America’s role in the world; indeed, he is already doing so.
      :
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      And American Jews are taking note. Why? Because, by temperament and experience, they are internationalist and interventionist in their political inclinations
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      And American Jews, who are already a bit worried about him, should worry some more.

      The hubris of the esteemed Rabbi is jaw-dropping, and he appears to be unaware of the harm he is doing to American Jews. He is essentially stating that American Jews are a class that is distinct from the 98% of the other kind of Americans, and should worry that Rand Paul would be saving American blood and treasure – something that most Americans would greatly wish for (if they only knew), instead of intervening in the affairs of other countries on behalf of Israel.

      If I were an American Jew, I would worry about having people like this Rabbi speak on my behalf. In fact, I would be in front of his abode in Westfield, New Jersey, pitchfork and torch in hand, removing his treasonous ass to Tel Aviv.

  24. anthonybellchambers
    July 18, 2013, 1:45 am

    Netanyahu is typical of the neo-Zionists who acquired power in Israel through the manipulation of a misinformed electorate. He was elected to form a Likud coalition by democratic election – but such elections do not always bring in a regime that holds democratic values or has the welfare of the people at heart. The National Socialists were elected in Germany in 1933, and there are many other examples.

    The original leaders of Israel were at least sincere. David ben Gurion whilst not averse to bending either the truth or the rules in order to gain a national advantage, was not in politics for personal gain. Today’s politicians in Israel are a different breed altogther. They do not bend rules, they break them. And they break them not for the benefit of the people. Politics in Israel is as bent as a $3 bill. Corruption is deep rooted and widely spread. It is the very antithesis of a democratic society. Which is why they are always screaming that they are the only democracy in the Middle East! Of course, it’s complete nonsense. Each week the politicians and their families become richer as the poor become ever more numerous.

    Furthermore, the Likud party encourages right wing extremism and contempt for the UN. Which is why youngsters take government money and head for Palestinian land where they build illegal settlements in accordance with the Likud agenda to prevent a Palestinian state at all costs. Of course, there will be a Palestinian state but not before Israel has been involved a bloody battle for survival as the indigenous people claim back their land. Many thousands will inevitably be killed but not the politicians who will by then be safely ensconced in a Manhattan apartment drinking Martinis.

  25. Justpassingby
    July 18, 2013, 2:44 am

    at the same time, what could one expect, shes even friend and supported by dershowitz.

  26. amigo
    July 18, 2013, 5:28 am

    “First, the UN must be fair. The UN cannot focus disproportionate attention on a few, while giving a pass to others flouting their international obligations. ”

    I agree 100%.

    Lets start sanctioning the USA for it,s law breaking vis a vis Murders by drone.

    And keeping innocent men locked up in Gitmo without trial and force feeding Hunger strikers.

    Do shut up samantha.

    • Shingo
      July 18, 2013, 5:57 am

      Lets start sanctioning the USA for it,s law breaking vis a vis Murders by drone.

      And keeping innocent men locked up in Gitmo without trial and force feeding Hunger strikers.

      And then let’s lift these stupid sanctions against Iran, seeing as your own intelligence agencies all say Iran is not producing nukes.

      And then stop blocking UNSC Resolutions calling for all states to abide by international law.

      And then stop being such a monumental hypocrite by claiming you are devoted to promoting freedom while simultaneously pledging to deny it to Palestinians.

  27. Citizen
    July 18, 2013, 5:34 am

    Israel Lobby? Jewish Lobby? Where? Who? And since when is it wrong to lobby Congress and the WH? Doesn’t AARP do it? The Gun Lobby? And what about the powerful Arab Lobby? Blood libel! Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion!

    ““The Security Council seat is one that has eluded Israel, despite its many contributions across the years, and I commit to you wholeheartedly to go on offense, as well as playing defense on the legitimation of Israel, and we’ll make every effort to secure greater integration of Israeli public servants in the U.N. system.”

    So she promises to “go on offense, as well as playing defense” for Israel. She’s a real team player. I think this language is a freudian slip. It makes clear Power’s playing the AIPAC board game, what every ambitious person is doing in DC. It’s the most popular game in town. That the impact of this applied game theory impacts humans beings in a real way is not their concern. The game is also known in tighter circles as “Is it good for the Jews?” The judge, of course, is AIPAC.

  28. amigo
    July 18, 2013, 10:07 am

    Israel, which has never sat on the Security Council, wants to be admitted as a representative of the Western European group of countries, due to its poor relations with its Middle Eastern neighbors.

    No thank you.Israel in no way represents Western Europeans, certainly not this one.

    • Shingo
      July 18, 2013, 10:24 am

      I don’t fancy their chances either – but then again, there is no telling what lengths the US will go to in order to make it happen.

    • Woody Tanaka
      July 18, 2013, 11:07 am

      “Israel, which has never sat on the Security Council, wants to be admitted as a representative of the Western European group of countries, due to its poor relations with its Middle Eastern neighbors.”

      Well, if the people in charge of the israeli state want to represent Western Europe, the simple solution is for them to move to Western Europe.

  29. talknic
    July 18, 2013, 10:56 am

    “The UN cannot focus disproportionate attention on a few, while giving a pass to others flouting their international obligations”

    FAIL! Two wrongs do not make a right and;

    The vast majority of UNSC resolutions against Israels illegal activities as the Occupying Power have only been reminders. For example UNSC res 252 alone has EIGHT reminders. link to wp.me

    Would a power company be focusing disproportionate attention by issuing reminders to a party who has failed to pay their account?

  30. talknic
    July 18, 2013, 11:05 am

    “Israel’s legitimacy should be beyond dispute, and its security must be beyond doubt”

    Israel’s legitimacy is beyond dispute and its security is beyond doubt within it’s Internationally recognized boundaries. All states have equal right to security. Israel has no more rights than any other nation and no more right to secure borders than its neighbours who have equal right to arm themselves for protection, even from the Jewish state

    Article 2

    The Organization and its Members, in pursuit of the Purposes stated in Article 1, shall act in accordance with the following Principles.

    1. The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members. link to un.org

  31. seanmcbride
    July 18, 2013, 12:10 pm

    The Israel lobby is rallying behind Samantha Power precisely because she is an ardent pro-Israel activist. According to Wikipedia, here a few of the pro-Israel players who have been supporting her:

    1. Abraham Foxman
    2. ADL (Anti-Defamation League)
    3. Alan Dershowitz
    4. Dennis Ross
    5. Gerald Skolnik
    6. Israel Project
    7. JCPA (Jewish Council for Public Affairs)
    8. Joe Lieberman
    9. John McCain
    10. Josh Block
    11. Leon Wieseltier
    12. Lindsey Graham
    13. Martin Peretz
    14. Max Boot
    15. Michael Oren
    16. Mike Abramowitz
    17. NJDC (National Jewish Democratic Council)
    18. Rabbinical Assembly
    19. Shmuely Boteach
    20. Simon Wiesenthal Center
    21. Steven Burg
    22. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

    The bulk of her Wikipedia entry seems to be devoted to underlining her unswerving commitment to Israel:

    link to en.wikipedia.org

    She seems to be gung ho for using American military power to try to control political developments in the Arab world (Libya and Syria, for instance). Her “liberal interventionism” strongly intersects with neoconservatism.

    • James Canning
      July 19, 2013, 7:53 pm

      Israel lobby very nearly compels any American official with duties pertaining to Israel, to be subservient to the Lobby. Differences of opinion within the Israel lobby become very important.

  32. NYIronweed
    July 18, 2013, 12:16 pm

    Her statement is disgusting. Is an Israeli loyalty oath now required at the opening of a Senate Confirmation hearing. First Hagel. Now Powers. Soon the President will be required to take the oath before the State of the Union Address.

    • Shingo
      July 18, 2013, 7:08 pm

      Or worse, before the inauguration.

    • James Canning
      July 19, 2013, 7:54 pm

      @NYIronweed – - Yes, the Israel lobby is ever more open in demanding subservience by American officials. Public subservience.

  33. James Canning
    July 18, 2013, 1:21 pm

    Bravo. Israel is not a European country. Full stop.

  34. Ludwig
    July 18, 2013, 1:22 pm

    I would like to see Israel on the security council.

    • Shingo
      July 18, 2013, 8:39 pm

      I would like to see Israel on the security council.

      That would be as desirable as having a pedophile running a daycare centre.

  35. agatharchides
    July 18, 2013, 1:58 pm

    Israel may not be a European country but it is in the “West European and other” group in the UN, so it would be elected to the UN security council by those countries. That said it is pretty unlikely it will happen, most of the votes in that bloc are in W. Europe and I don’t think Israel is popular enough there for it to happen. They shot down Canada over Harper’s visit to E. Jerusalem so I think it is quite unlikely Israel will be accepted.

    • Shingo
      July 18, 2013, 8:30 pm

      One can only hope. Mark Ellis’ alluded to Power aiming to make Israel a permanent member of the UNSC, which would have to be an outcome to frightening to contemplate.

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