It is almost certain that Samantha Power will be confirmed as the US ambassador to the UN. Philip Giraldi examines carefully her record and the evolution of her views and statements and arrives at pretty much the same conclusions that I did.
Samantha Power, basically just another Ivy League-cloned ambitious parvenu with an infinitely elastic moral compass, clearly feels good about herself because she possesses a bleeding heart that is constantly on display to demonstrate how much she truly cares about downtrodden people worldwide. Excluding the Palestinians, of course, for whom human rights and dignity are just figures of speech or, at best, aspirations. She surely has enough intelligence to know how to spell and even understand the word hypocrite but is the product of a corrupt system that rewards mendacity. She is a poster child for the cowardice of the Obama Administration’s professional “progressives” whenever it comes time to speak candidly about Israel.
Power’s perch at the United Nations will enable her to make all the bureaucratically approved mitigating noises when Netanyahu steals still more Palestinian land, but she will not be in a good position to go much beyond defending Israel from its numerous critics. Far more dangerous than ciphers like Power is the continued drive by Israel and its friends in congress to jump start a war with Iran, a process which is proceeding underneath the radar. Former CIA senior analyst Paul Pillar describes it as “A prolonged campaign to keep us scared about what is depicted as an inexorable Iranian march toward acquiring nuclear weapons.” Since the few critics who might challenge such a narrative are preoccupied with crises elsewhere in the Middle East, Netanyahu and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) have been engaging in what might be seen as a full court press to bring about a new war before anyone knows what is happening.
President Obama clearly does not want to go to war with Iran. Israel and its lobby in the US clearly want the US to attack Iran. So we can expect the usual ‘compromise’ consisting of increasingly severe sanctions against a country that serves no other purpose than to punish the Iranian people for the ‘crime’ that it may, just may, possibly challenge the Israeli government’s goal of being the only nuclear power in the region.