Video: Former Obama adviser on invading Israel

posted at 12:25 pm on October 5, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Samantha Power left the Barack Obama campaign in March of this year, after a somewhat overblown kerfuffle over her reference to Hillary Clinton as a “monster”. Power advised Obama on foreign policy, having spent her career detailing genocides and international responses to them, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning book on the subject. Power had some interesting ideas about how to resolve one particular instance of what she sees as a genocide in this April 2002 interview at Berkeley with Harry Kreisler:

This should give us some insight into the foreign-policy objectives of Barack Obama, who had Power as an adviser from 2005 until the “monster” comment in March of this year. He didn’t bounce her from his team over her views on Israel and … well, let’s recall how she described the pro-Israel lobby:

Putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import.

For those who may not catch the reference, Power means the Joooooos.  And why would that alienate the Jewishcabalthatsecretlyrunseverything?  For one thing, Power wants to spend billions on bolstering Palestinian military strength, instead of spending it on helping the Israelis to defend themselves.  Bear in mind that this interview takes place about seven months after 9/11, when people supposedly still knew how dangerous radical Islamist groups like Hamas and al-Qaeda were.  Power wanted to send them money and stop funding Israeli efforts to fight them.

Even more ridiculously, Power’s ultimate aim is to send a massive American or Western force into Israel to stop what Power apparently sees as an Israeli genocide against the Palestinians.  She specifically states that the force has to be “massive”, not like a Srebrenica- or Bosnia-sized force.  Why would it need to be so large?  In order to neutralize the Israeli Defense Force, and protect the forces of Fatah and Hamas.

Had Barack Obama kicked her off of his advisory panel (rumored to number 300) after making remarks like this, it could have assuaged fears about his intentions towards Israel.  Instead, he invited Power to advise him after making these remarks.  She resigned only after calling Hillary a monster and after insinuating that Obama may not retreat from Iraq in 16 months if the ground situation changed — which Obama later adopted as his own position after the primaries.

This is the same Barack Obama who served in a board that gave a $75,000 grant to Rashid Khalidi, Yasser Arafat’s toady in the PLO.  This is the same Barack Obama who had Robert Malley as another of his advisers on the region — and who conducted meetings with Hamas.  Obama’s church used its bulletins to give voice to Palestinian activists.  How much more clear can this get?


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lexhamfox on October 5, 2008 at 4:06 PM

What, no links to a USS Liberty site?

Hannibal Smith on October 5, 2008 at 4:15 PM

This interview should be entitled, “How to Ensure a Military Coup In Israel”

Many in Israel had already started taling about this in reaction to Olmert’s drive to destroy the state.

progressoverpeace on October 5, 2008 at 4:32 PM

This beeach said that the Taliban were playing checkers on the border of Pakistan, or something to that effect. I couldn’t believe it when I heard it, if anyone can find it, it was on Fox News before she was CANNED…

reshas1 on October 5, 2008 at 4:42 PM

I am sure they watch ALL the blogs. Let me see if I can find someone that let their campaign be run by a blog…. Who was the guy that Lieberman beat in the general? I can’t even remember his name.

That said, anyone here that has run a winning presidential campaign is free to correct me.

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CapedConservative on October 5, 2008 at 12:58 PM

I have a new job for Tucker Bounds: chain him to a PC to read Hot Air, Michelle Malkin, and any other you choose. Just keep him off TV.

BuckeyeSam on October 5, 2008 at 4:58 PM

*Watches video*

That’s a ridiculously misleading headline.

Typhonsentra on October 5, 2008 at 5:13 PM

This interview should be entitled, “How to Ensure a Military Coup In Israel”

Many in Israel had already started taling about this in reaction to Olmert’s drive to destroy the state.

progressoverpeace on October 5, 2008 at 4:32 PM

A military coup would put Israel at greater risk. While I would support a temporary Israeli military dictatorship that couldn’t guarantee the safety of its Arab citizens, I would fear a long-run Islamic propaganda victory.

thuja on October 5, 2008 at 5:23 PM

thuja on October 5, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Israel cannot be at any greater risk than it already is. It is the only major country in the world where the bulk of its own citizenry don’t give it better than a 60% chance of surviving (physically) the next 20 years. Israelis know that another holocaust is on the horizon, as do most other people, even if they’re scared to talk about it. The fact that Bush is pushing “missile defense” pretty much says it all (we all know that a nuke would probably not even come in a missile, and it only takes a couple to do away with the whole state).

But, no matter. All I’m saying is that any more pressure on Israel to kill itself will cause a major change in its internals – good or not.

As to islamic propaganda victories, that’s already been done. I don’t see anything left to lose on that end. The islamic world has been doing whatever it wants, attacking everyone at will, and no one has even intimated that they would be stopped. Bush did a little, but then wimped out. The rest are just in full surrender mode. Very sad stuff.

progressoverpeace on October 5, 2008 at 5:36 PM

What, Barack Obama is not trustworthy with respect to our ally, Israel?

This borders on racism, Ed.

Just kidding, of course, but it is shameful that this appears nowhere in the MSM, which is too busy trying to blunt the impact of Palin’s performance in the debate.

molonlabe28 on October 5, 2008 at 5:41 PM

Interesting.

The caption identifying her, Journalist, Lawyer, Activist seems to be an oxymoron. A journalist is an observer, a reporter, not an activist. Of course that presupposes that the identifications mean something.

Another interesting point. This interview was done in 2002. Before the Iraq invasion. In it she states that we have a responsiblity as a “Liberal Democracy” to impose a “peace” on an unwilling populace. She used the example of not allowing in “Palestine” what had happened in Rwanda. Of course, if Israel actually was conducting “genocide” it would seem to be a very slow one and do we have less responsibity toward the Iraqi’s than we have for the Palestinians? Seems kind of out of whack. Imposing a settlement on Israelis and Palestinians but ignoring Saddam’s depredations?

She noted that the criticism would be tremendous but that it was something that needed to be done. Change “Palestine” to “Iraq” and see how it reads then. Not much difference is there?

So does Powers really believe that the only liberal democracy in the Middle East is worse than Baathist Iraq?

I think that ordering the American military to do this would severly challenge the leftist vision of the military as a mindless bunch of automotons. There would be a LOT of resistance to getting between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be Lebanon on steroids.

Only someone that is an “intellectual” could come up with something as stupid as this.

schmuck281 on October 5, 2008 at 5:44 PM

As to islamic propaganda victories, that’s already been done. I don’t see anything left to lose on that end. The islamic world has been doing whatever it wants, attacking everyone at will, and no one has even intimated that they would be stopped. Bush did a little, but then wimped out. The rest are just in full surrender mode. Very sad stuff.

progressoverpeace on October 5, 2008 at 5:36 PM

I agree with you, and I’m a moderate Olympia Snowe supporting Republican, that is, a RINO. I just don’t get how so many people want to put their head in the sand about this issue. Why don’t people value self-preservation more?

thuja on October 5, 2008 at 5:57 PM

Why don’t people value self-preservation more?

thuja on October 5, 2008 at 5:57 PM

White/Western guilt. Many are still looking for others to hurt us so that “we” can atone for this delusional, out-of-control, guilt.

progressoverpeace on October 5, 2008 at 6:07 PM

Pretty slick game Obama plays. Associate with radicals/fools on nearly every issue, throw them under the bus at some point, and presto, can’t criticize Obama’s position or judgement on that issue, even if it was yesterday. The only thing that matters is what comes out of his pie hole this moment. Wait, not that moment, this moment. Oops – now it’s this moment….ad nauseum.

aikidoka on October 5, 2008 at 6:26 PM

At the end, it sounded like she made the case for the Iraq war.

Big John on October 5, 2008 at 6:30 PM

as an israeli-american i can honestly say that obama scares the crap out of me!

sko17 on October 5, 2008 at 7:23 PM

as an israeli-american i can honestly say that obama scares the crap out of me!

sko17 on October 5, 2008 at 7:23 PM

There is no racial requirement for that one.
He should scare the crap out of anyone who is paying attention (and, presumably, not suicidally leftist).

Count to 10 on October 5, 2008 at 9:01 PM

Don’t they realize that Jesus was a Jew?

Crux Australis on October 5, 2008 at 9:04 PM

bad woman: ex-advisor to an even worse man

If she is an “expert” on genocide, she knows full well that what is going on in Israel is an attempted Genocide of Jews by the Arabs. Further, she knows that many people in the world really do need American intervention to support them against aggression, often Arab (or at least, Muslim). To ignore those facts that she must know in order to intervene on behalf of an aggressor (as did Clinton in Kosovo), and to punish the victim, while ignoring those poor souls who really do need us, is utterly reprehensible.

A seeming aside, from Powerline

…on the Yglesias defense of Power. He writes: “First Obama was an anti-semite because Zbigniew Brzezinski is an anti-semite. Then Obama was an anti-semite because Robert Malley is an anti-semite. And now according to Pollack [sic] it’s Power who who’s [sic] tainted by Jew-hatred.” Again, the claim isn’t that any of these individuals is an anti-semite. But under previously prevailing rules of logic, the fact that Obama has several advisers who are hostile to Israel would be viewed as strengthening the case that Obama shares that hostility, not as evidence that the charge must be frivolous.

Only by the twisted alogic of Left-think could they make sense of their nonsense.

Also, what Big John [October 5, 2008 at 6:30 PM] said brings home the proof that she isn’t so enslaved to real logic that she can’t abandon it when it suits her “higher” purpose. Though what she’s “high” on I don’t know, unless perhaps she and O’Bummer have been doing “a little blow” together now that he can afford it?

yonaton on October 5, 2008 at 9:28 PM

Oh, puke! She’s married to law professor Cass Sunstein. Even though he’s an antiDP proponent, I had some respect for him. Not anymore…

Blake on October 5, 2008 at 10:04 PM

2002, huh? Anyone ask her about her thoughts on roosting chickens?

LibTired on October 5, 2008 at 10:29 PM

Anyone want to bet we’ll be seeing excerpts of this interview on Florida television in the next few weeks?

Jeffersonian on October 6, 2008 at 12:20 AM

I asked it before and I’ll ask it again: Why in the hell don’t American Jews ‘get it’? They would rather pay their allegiance to Franklin Roosevelt than stave off another holocaust? Everybody always tells me how smart they are. Well, I’m thinkin they’re beyond stupid……..

grits on October 6, 2008 at 2:52 AM

She looks rather manish… [/austinpowers]

Nothing to see here folks. Obama will lead the world with sunshine rainbow songs and unicorn farts. Anyone who thinks differently will be re-educated.

spmat on October 6, 2008 at 12:42 PM

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