Michael Totten

Hillary Isn't the Monster

I was at first relieved to learn that Senator Barack Obama had chosen Samantha Power as a foreign policy advisor. Her book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide is hardly wishy-washy or leftist, and I concur with Max Boot that “it could have been written by a neoconservative”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/boot/2679. It had been years, though, since I had paid her any attention. Until, that is, Noah Pollak “forced me to take a fresh look”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/pollak/2551. Much of what she has written and said since her book’s publication has been troubling, and she turned out to be the most controversial of Obama’s advisors. Yesterday “she resigned”:http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8V8N9Q00&show_article=1 after calling Senator Hillary Clinton a “monster” in an interview with a Scottish newspaper. I suspect an additional (though unstated) reason may have been the unwanted storm of controversy surrounding her, a storm that has had the Obama campaign on the defensive for some time now.
To her credit, Power “disavowed her most controversial idea”:http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/957778.html—that American troops be sent to Israel and the Palestinian territories—but troubling questions remain. If she thinks Clinton is a monster, what does she think about the dictators of Syria and Iran? She doesn’t approve of them. That’s obvious. But neither she nor Obama has ever been so “undiplomatic” as to suggest that they’re monsters.
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