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Bridget Johnson


June 7, 2013 - 1:51 pm

The senator who led the charge to block UN Ambassador Susan Rice from filling the role of secretary of State has no problem with the person President Obama selected to fill Rice’s role.

As expected, Rice was picked to become Obama’s next national security adviser, replacing Tom Donilon who will retire in July.

Moving into Rice’s role at the world body with a sad track record of preventing atrocities will be the first leader of Obama’s Atrocities Prevention Board created in 2012, Samantha Power.

Power called Hillary Clinton a “monster” during the 2008 campaign and had to step down from Obama’s team then, only to rejoin his transition team after his victory. Since then, she’s moved through positions at the State Department and National Security Council.

When she left her role as a special assistant to Obama this February, the White House said it was so Power could spend more time with her two small kids. She is married to Obama’s former regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein; they met working on Obama’s first presidential campaign.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) today called Power “a solid choice” to lead the U.S. delegation at the United Nations.

“She has the background, intellect, and toughness to fill this important diplomatic post at a time of great conflict and rising danger throughout the world,” Graham said.

“As United Nations Ambassador, she will aggressively represent the United States interests in an increasingly hostile body.  She will also be a strong supporter of our close friend and ally Israel,” he added. “I hope the Senate will expeditiously consider her nomination.”

Although the Power nomination doesn’t come without controversy, there seems to be little will to try to hold up the nomination.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was asked yesterday on CNN if the GOP might try to block Power in order to wrest answers about Benghazi out of Rice.

“I want to hold her and the other people within the administration — I want to hold them accountable so they will reveal the truth and make sure this never happens again,” Chaffetz said. “It’s not a personal vendetta against her. The president can select whoever he wants.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said at the Brookings Institution that he has “some hopes” for Power.

But House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) made clear that there will be opposition to Power, and not linked to Rice.

“I think Mrs. Power, the opposition will stand on its own in terms of her — you know, you want an U.N. ambassador that’s going to advocate for the United States, not apologize for the United States,” McCaul said on CNN.

“She’s compared our recent American foreign policy to that — those of the Nazis. This is a horrible rhetoric. And it’s not the kind of messenger I want to be sent to the United Nations to speak on behalf of the United States. So we have some serious problems with this nomination.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Graham and his BFF McCain remind me of the Senator in Godfather II, the one who woke up in bed with the murdered prostitute. Some nefarious party owns them and it isn't the people of their respective states, I suspect.
Graham is trying to get himself re-elected, so like McCain did in '10, he's pkaying to his crowd. He may be supporting the appointment Power, so that he can't be slammed for being anti-women, or he may be acting true to his principles, or he may be following his orders. Who knows, who cares? The fact is, he is tiresome and unreliable, and the people of South Carolina should send him DFR in '14.
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Power is decidedly NOT a "friend of Israel" unless you define it as the entity remaining if the Arabs take over.

But as with Hillary and Kerry at State, Geithner at Treasury, and Holder at Justice, the problem isn't so much the deficient or malignant abilities of the nominees as the misbegotten policies of Obama which they are tasked with carrying out. And those are the policies even qualified officeholders would be executing.

Elections matter. Pray for the health of the seven elder Justices of the Supreme Court. Even Ginsburg is far superior to whoever Obama would name to replace her, judging by his previous nominees and personnel decisions generally.
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All I know is that Susan Rice is the perfect empty academic shell to fill Barack Obama's ideological needs at the National Security Council. She is the perfect stooge. Just as MS Power is the perfect stooge to fulfill Obama's agenda before the utterly-corrupt United Nations.
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Racist! Said it first :)
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One benefit of all these recent events, whether scandals or provocative presidential appointments, is that diferent political factions are revealing their true selves, and can be evaluated more accurately than before. Graham is one such specimen, along with McCain. They are showing themselves to be full-on establishmentarians.
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Not to mention apologists for imagined ills, appeasers, and with a loose relationship with the truth. Typical of her ilk.

Just. Nuke. Harvard. Please.
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