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A Job From Hell: What Awaits Samantha Power at the UN

June 6th, 2013 - 2:11 am

For the moment, I’ll leave it to others to sift through the credentials of Samantha Power, President Obama’s nominee to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Let’s talk about what awaits a new ambassador at Turtle Bay.

In terms of creature comforts, there is plenty to enjoy. The UN is completing a $2 billion renovation of its New York headquarters, 22% of that at America’s expense. The asbestos is gone, the refurbished stonework gleams, the digital eco-age has arrived. For the U.S. Mission to the UN, which underwent its own re-do in recent years, there is a new building — bigger, more secure, and located conveniently across the street from the main UN complex. The diplomatic parties are never-ending, the delegate’s dining room — overlooking the East River — caters to the kind of parties at which Sudan, in 2009, celebrated its chairmanship of the G-77 by serving lobster, shrimp, and strawberries dipped in chocolate.

But for anyone who must ultimately account to the American people — especially someone with big hopes to save the world — today’s UN can be at best a mud pit, and more likely a minefield. When Obama announced on Wednesday that he was nominating Power for the job, he described her as “someone who showed us that the international community has a moral responsibility and a profound interest in resolving conflicts and defending human dignity.” Presumably the idea is that she will now take this crusade, hands-on, to the UN.

But the UN, for all its high-minded rhetoric, is not about moral responsibility and human dignity. Not in practice.

The UN today is a place where Iran heads the 120-member so-called Non-Aligned Movement (119 member states plus the Palestinian Authority) — the second largest voting bloc in the 193 member General Assembly. Currently Iran is also chairing the UN’s Disarmament Conference in Geneva, and sits on the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

The list goes on. The UN is an institution whose special envoys and assorted officials have been wringing their hands over the carnage in Syria, but for more than two years have failed to stop it. The UN is a place where dictatorships field tremendous clout, where the favorite mascot of many committees is Cuba. Where any Security Council resolution, before it can pass, must meet with the approval of China and Russia. Moral vertigo is often the best one can hope for.

That may sound like a hospitable climate for what the Wall Street Journal described as Samantha Power’s “Mea Culpa” doctrine — a reference to her prescription for America in a 2003 article she wrote for the New Republic. But at the UN, a mea culpa won’t get you much in the way of morally responsible behavior or defense of human dignity. If anything, it’s likely to lead to a demand for more mea culpas.

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The UN is exactly where the creepy and weepy Power belongs. One more malevolent airhead in the crowd. This appointment will compete Obama's troika of foreign policy incompetents. Who says America can't be part of the third world? All that's left to do is switch from the dollar to the peso and move the capitol to Detroit.

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US out of the UN, UN out of the US
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"the delegate’s dining room — overlooking the East River"

Reminds me - must go visit former colleagues and see if, along with the renovations, UN finally cleaned the windows in the delegates dining room.
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These comments about the UN are highly unfair.

The UN efficiently and effectively fulfills its primary mission - providing luxurious employment to sycophants, patronage recipients and inner-circle members of tyrannical regimes.
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But the UN, for all its high-minded rhetoric, is not about moral responsibility and human dignity. Not in practice.

Neither is Samantha Power, really. So a fraud is going to work at a fraud. They deserve each other.
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I liked Rosett's last sentence:

"Because the real job of the U.S. at the UN is more often to try to contain the damage and to minimize the waste and corruption, rather than wield the U.S. seat as an active force for good. Override that, and you are riding for a fall. The further question, unfortunately, is how many others might also pay the cost."

By any means, let's have that fall. When we Ameddicans cease funding them, the others obviously can't pay the obscene costs, so the "Nations United Against America" will collapse in a big finger-pointing heap,snapping and biting at each others' throats.

There will be a power grab by fighting Muslim factions, and both the oily Saudis and the rival oily Iranians can use up their foreign exchange hoards, the Kuwaiti's and the shadowy proxies for Syria can entangle themselves and choke each other.

This will take time of course; but the key thing for us Ameddicans is to use this enlarging time to exploit our natural gas, and, and ..... Electric Motors, Inc.

Our Muslim enemy will then gradually become more desperate inside their sphere, but as we will have contained them among themselves and remained defensively vigilant, we Ameddicans can sever that damned petro-cord with our Muslim enemy-[-ies].
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{....it's possible that Claudia Rosett's definition of "costs" differs from my emphasis on the dollar costs...}

....but I say let's go for that collapse of the U.N. anyway. The weary signers at the San Francisco Conference [1945?] must be sick at their stomachs at this evolved, tangled conflict between Muslims and all of the rest of the world.....how could they've possibly known?
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The UN should be rotated among all the third world countries, who will have to build the facilities and housing for the delegates.

Reminds me that when Bush went home to Texas, the media hated it as there weren't all the perks that went with a vacation on Martha's Vineyard.

So move it to Chad, or Syria and let the delegates actually work in the areas that they ignore and deal with the poverty that they seem to ignore in the plush setting of NYC with all its' wealth and splendor.
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The most egregious part of appointing Powers is her feigned humanitarian concerns. Consider: if NOT for the fact that her R2P gave "cover" to Obama to(illegally) invade Libya, Benghazigate wouldn't have happened. Not only that, but she helped empower the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia, as well as Al Qaeda offshoots, resulting in American deaths and in the encirclement of Israel in the process. Its northern border is primed to explode via Syrian, Iranian & Lebanese jihadists.
For the above, and so much more, having her at the helm is Obama's ultimate anti-American (anti-Israel) finger - http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/11/benghazigate-theory-revealed-at-this-blog-shored-up-by-lt-col-ralph-peters-overall-theory-leading-to-petraeus-resignation-too-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

A western disaster!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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The UN is as useful as a Catfish at a Rodeo. She'll fit in nicely there.
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Actually, Frau Powers will fit right in at the UN. She can personally sponsor anti-Israel resolutions, call for the US military to invade Israel, and propose Nuremberg law type resolutions against the Jewish population of the US.
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Well I guess it's better(?) than making her WH Liaison to Pres. Clinton.
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The UN is exactly where the creepy and weepy Power belongs. One more malevolent airhead in the crowd. This appointment will compete Obama's troika of foreign policy incompetents. Who says America can't be part of the third world? All that's left to do is switch from the dollar to the peso and move the capitol to Detroit.

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Hey, moving the capital to Detroit is a great idea. I would even call it a "capital idea," get it? Sorry.
Also, make the peso the local currency for our new Detroit capital. The rest of us will use dollars backed by gold and silver, or something.
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No...no...no....let the re-organized peso-funded successor organization annex Detroit, then we can contain Detroit with a wall. Then Detroit/Dearbornistan becomes a Ward of the peso economy.....a reverse Berlin, c.1945.

We don't become a part of the Third World, let them have Dearbornistan/Detroit and that emerging nest of Muslim intrigue, Northern Virginia, and all of those entitlement seekers. Neat.
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