US ambassador to UN skips emergency Syria meeting

posted at 12:51 pm on August 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Samantha Power’s biggest qualification for her new position as US ambassador to the UN is her work on fighting genocide.  She offered particular criticism for US inaction in Rwanda’s genocidal war in her Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Problem From Hell.  With the second eruption — allegedly, anyway — of chemical-weapons use in Syria, the newly-confirmed replacement to Susan Rice had the perfect opportunity to act on her principles by forcing the UN to take some kind of action, at least in probing the claims.

Instead, Power sent a lower-ranking diplomat to the ultimately futile meeting:

Samantha Power, America’s new ambassador to the United Nations, skipped a major Security Council meeting Wednesday on the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, a move that drew sharp criticism considering her past comments denouncing the council’s inaction on the violence.

The strike early Wednesday could stand as the deadliest such incident since the country’s civil war began, with reports of hundreds dying. The U.N. Security Council called an emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon to debate the allegations, but ended up issuing a statement that fell far short of what the U.S. and its allies wanted.

Yet Power herself did not attend the emergency meeting. She was instead represented by career diplomat Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo.

A U.S. mission official told Fox News that Power was on a “pre-arranged trip” and maintained that she was focusing closely on the Syria attack.

Richard Grennell, a former Bush administration adviser on foreign policy and the UN, erupted in outrage yesterday:

But while the White House was pretending to be in urgent mode, the new U.S. Ambassador didn’t think the meeting was worth her time.  Her office reportedly told Reuters that she was on a trip.  But to where?  What was more important?

Samantha Power has been on the job exactly 19 days.  In that time, she’s already traveled from New York to Los Angeles to deliver a speech.  Her absence from the UN on Wednesday sends a terrible message at a time when U.S. credibility in the region is suffering.

While the main stream media continue to describe Power as a “human rights advocate”, the description seems pro forma and disingenuous.  Shouldn’t a human rights advocate have to make human rights a priority?  When President Obama nominated Power for the UN job, he called her a “relentless advocate for American interests…”  I don’t think a relentless advocate would miss an emergency UN meeting on a chemical weapons attack that killed roughly 1,000 people.

Ambassador DiCarlo isn’t exactly a lightweight, but she’s certainly not an expert in this field.  She filled in for Rice for a month before Power got confirmed by the Senate.  Her diplomatic postings have been in Moscow and Oslo, not the Middle East, and her State Department resumé indicates no particular expertise in that region, nor in weapons of mass destruction nor genocide.  Until this summer, DiCarlo’s career focus has been on Europe and Eurasia.

Sending DiCarlo to that meeting instead of Power — or someone with more familiarity with Syria, the region, and/or WMD and genocide issues — sends a pretty clear message of apathy on the point.  After all, Power had blasted the Security Council for its indifference on Syria after being nominated for the post:

During her confirmation hearing, she testified that the failure of the Security Council to act on Syria is a “disgrace that history will judge harshly.”

She tackled Syria again during an online Twitter town hall she hosted last week. She said helping Syrian refugees is a priority. “Need peace so Syrians can lives safe at home,” she tweeted.

She tweeted about the latest allegations on Wednesday, writing: “Yesterday:  Reports devastating: 100s dead in streets, including kids killed by chem weapons. UN must get there fast & if true, perps must face justice.”

Without Power there to make the case, the UN ended up shrugging:

In her absence, the Security Council stopped short of calling for a probe on the latest alleged chemical attack amid pushback from the Russians and the Chinese, despite the fact a U.N. team is already in the country to investigate prior attacks.

National Journal’s Michael Hirsh argues that the Obama administration has written off the Arab Spring after the debacles in Libya and Egypt anyway:

What it all means is that we may now be at a historic turning point in the Arab Spring—what is effectively the end of it, at least for now. Assad, says Syria expert Joshua Landis, is surely taking on board the lessons of the last few weeks: If the United States wasn’t going to intervene or even protest very loudly over the killing of mildly radical Muslim Brotherhood supporters, it’s certainly not going to take a firmer hand against Assad’s slaughter of even more radical anti-U.S. groups. “With a thousand people dead or close to it, and America still debating whether to cut off aid, and how and when, that’s got to give comfort to Assad,” says Landis, a professor at the University of Oklahoma. “The Egyptians brushed off the United States and said…. Well, we don’t want to end up like Syria. And America blinked. And Israel and the Gulf states were in there telling them to hit the protesters hard.”

What began, in the U.S. interpretation, as an inspiring drive for democracy and freedom from dictators and public corruption has now become, for Washington, a coldly realpolitik calculation. As the Obama administration sees it, the military in Egypt is doing the dirty work of confronting radical political Islam, if harshly. In Syria, the main antagonists are both declared enemies of the United States, with Bashar al-Assad and Iran-supported Hezbollah aligning against al-Qaida-linked Islamist militias. Why shouldn’t Washington’s policy be to allow them to engage each other, thinning the ranks of each?

And by all accounts, the administration and the Pentagon simply don’t want to risk the “blowback” that could occur if the Assad regime collapses and serious weapons fall into the hands of al-Qaida. As one Washington-based military expert points out, Assad is just not enough of a threat to U.S. interests. “Look at how long it took us to decide to back the mujahedeen in the 1980s against the Soviet Union. Syria is not the Soviet Union,” the expert says.

Why bother to show up to fight this battle at the UN under the circumstances? That calculation Hirsh describes may sound harsh, but it’s realistic. Further intervention in Syria against Assad would almost certainly produce the kind of failed state we left in Libya, with AQ and its affiliates allowed free reign to recruit, train, and launch offensive operations.  Maybe Power didn’t want to front for that kind of realpolitik and decided to stay away from the UN as a message of her own.

Update: I suggested in my conclusion that Power may have skipped the meeting as a protest against the flabby response from the White House, and Bill Kristol agrees, noting a tweet Power sent before skipping the meeting:

So why this seemingly pointless tweet? Here’s why. It’s as close as she can safely come to publicly expressing her distance from and disgust with her boss, President Obama. As we recall, and as Power does too, President Obama said a year ago that the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons would be a red line. And he said it would be a red line for the United States, not the United Nations.

Samantha Power, I believe, favored intervention against the Assad regime. She is also, I believe, familiar with the work of Leo Strauss. On the surface, her tweet seems the pathetic statement of an unserious official in a feckless administration. But all the world knows Samantha Power is serious. The careful reader must therefore assume that Power was well aware of–that she fully intended–the subversive implications of her tweet. Her tweet is not a serious call for the United Nations to act. Samantha Power knows the United Nations will not act. Her tweet is an indictment, for the record and for the history books, of President Obama.

This would make more sense than “gee, I was on a trip and couldn’t get to the UN to serve my greatest passion.”  It suggests that the Obama administration didn’t want Power to make those kinds of demands at Turtle Bay, which would be … rather remarkable, really.


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Pipi Longstockings grew up.

Oil Can on August 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

God, he looks ugly.

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 12:54 PM

She was probably golfing.

Mark1971 on August 22, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Best Foreign policy President EVAH!

sandee on August 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

It would have probably been worse if she had gone to the meeting.

cozmo on August 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

If you take the view that Dear Liar and his regime are intentionally sabotaging America’s reputation throughout the world (because something) their actions make more sense.

rbj on August 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

She’s the one who said she would support sending US troops to invade Israel to protect the rights of Palis. She’s a nutter.

Blake on August 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

This is worse than Carter. Andrew Young would’ve at least showed up to capitulate to the Russians.

Mark1971 on August 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Screwed up at the very first opportunity.
On an issue right up her alley as well.
If she doesn’t take something like Syria seriously, what would be serious ?

Jabberwock on August 22, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I suppose she has nothing of substance to contribute.

freedomfirst on August 22, 2013 at 12:59 PM

She had a scheduling conflict….
She didn’t want to miss her Communist Party USA meeting.

ToddPA on August 22, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Just another example of that sterling “Smart Diplomacy” we’ve heard so much about.

GarandFan on August 22, 2013 at 12:59 PM

This Adm is a stain on American History!

rjoco1 on August 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

That’s a man, man.

Red Cloud on August 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Benghazi…

Seven Percent Solution on August 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Leading from behind….or by not even being there at all.

Athos on August 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Bradley Manning looks better as a man with a wig on that Powers does as an actual woman…on second thought, is Powers really a woman?

TulsAmerican on August 22, 2013 at 1:02 PM

America………..hell……….handbasket.

Discuss

PappyD61 on August 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Phoning it in. Increases deniability 10 fold. Easy enough call really. Ask’s herself, “What would Arafat do?” and then just speed dials.
And to be fair, Arafat was uglier. Arguably.

onomo on August 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Surprised the Administration hasn’t blamed this phony crisis on some obscure filmmaker on Youtube.

de rigueur on August 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM

US ambassador to UN skips emergency Syria meeting

Who cares? The UN is an illegitimate, pathetic, unnatural monster that should be put to sleep at the first opportunity. The UN has nothing to say about anything so I couldn’t care less what meetings those idiots have about anything.

If that despicable POS, Power, is hiding in her UN closet … so what? The less we hear about her or see her the better. She’s a pathetic, unnatural monster, herself.

The UN needs to be done away with, already. Only a total idiot would even think that an empowered, peerless, competitionless entity should even exist. It’s amazing how the public has been sold on the need for such a ridiculous, illegitimate institution. It’s well past time to see the UN burned to the ground. Maybe we need to move its headquarters to Damascus to get this ball rolling?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Some people feel the need for speed.

Apparently and like her boss, Powers feels need for lots of vacations and various other days off. I wonder if she gets out of bed after ten, like her boss is also rumored to do.

Liam on August 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

In that time, she’s already traveled from New York to Los Angeles to deliver a speech

No doubt in the lap of aerial luxury, probably a government G5 with all the trimmings.

If you set out to script the staffing of an administration packed with the most useless, self-absorbed, pathetic bunch of criminal lowlifes and academic human trash you could think of, you couldn’t come close to producing the actual result of who populates Barky’s admin.

It’s as if every douchebag you have ever known was cloned and installed as our governmental overlords.

Bishop on August 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM

If she doesn’t take something like Syria seriously, what would be serious ?

Jabberwock on August 22, 2013 at 12:58 PM

A peaceful Tea Party rally protesting her boss.

Liam on August 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM

This administration is like Clark Kent without Superman. Trouble breaks out and Clark slips out the side, but no Superman shows up. Then Clark returns to the destruction and asks “What’d I’d miss?”

Flange on August 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM

So, we have a lame duck ambassador to the UN now, too? 19 days in? Why not, let’s let the whole world know the US has no credibility anymore. Not even when it comes to taking action against a madman who possibly murdered thousands of his own people with chemical weapons. Wow.

scalleywag on August 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM

When did Eric Stolz grow his hair out?

beatcanvas on August 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Sending DiCarlo to that meeting instead of Power — or someone with more familiarity with Syria, the region, and/or WMD and genocide issues — sends a pretty clear message of apathy on the point

Yep. They called an emergency meeting and Power might have well sent an intern since you don’t reach decisions when you don’t have the right people in the room. DiCarlo wasn’t that person.

And frankly, I don’t think this administration wanted to have to live up to Captain Kickass’s red line speech.

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Yet Power herself did not attend the emergency meeting. She was instead represented by career diplomat Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo.
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Maybes Samantha was out getting glow-sticks,
for a Rave Party!!!!
(sarc)

canopfor on August 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

US ambassador Communist to UN skips emergency Syria meeting

Fine by me

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Who’s the dude with the purdy ear rings?

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Conan?

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM

When did Eric Stolz grow his hair out?

beatcanvas on August 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM

HAHAHAHHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!

ToddPA on August 22, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Here, to prove my point:

http://img.poptower.com/pic-6584/eric-stoltz.jpg

beatcanvas on August 22, 2013 at 1:12 PM

It’s moot anyway.

Russia sits on the Security Council and they will veto any action.

myiq2xu on August 22, 2013 at 1:13 PM

National Journal’s Michael Hirsh argues that the Obama administration has written off the Arab Spring after the debacles in Libya and Egypt anyway:

Uhhh… that’s not the way these things work…

JohnGalt23 on August 22, 2013 at 1:13 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

That’s what I was thinking. To borrow someone else’s line, ” At this point, what difference does it make?”

It’s not as if that meeting was really going to solve anything re Syria and Assad. Seriously.

Cleombrotus on August 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

She only wants the US in there, so it’s easier to invade Israel. That is her ultimate goal. She doesn’t care about the Syrians.

txhsmom on August 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

…The UN needs to be done away with, already. Only a total idiot would even think that an empowered, peerless, competitionless entity should even exist…

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

That’s a legitimate reason not to show up, but we know this not to be the case with the current regime.

freedomfirst on August 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Can I please ask this w/o the PC police showing up? Is Samantha Power actually Sam Power? That pic is so gross

preallocated on August 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM

LIB

davidk on August 22, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Well, where is she? That’s the beyond-obvious question. The answer is probably that she and her husband Cass Sunstein and the kids are on vacation, and they decided not to interrupt it so she could attend the meeting.

It’s probably that simple. Just like Obama was getting ready for a big Vegas fundraiser for his re-election when our guys got hit in Benghazi. With this administration, the well-established pattern sure seems a lot like “Where’s Dike?” from Band of Brothers. They are always leading from behind.

Christien on August 22, 2013 at 1:17 PM

That pic is so gross

preallocated on August 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Looks like a crack ho.

davidk on August 22, 2013 at 1:17 PM

No doubt in the lap of aerial luxury, probably a government G5 with all the trimmings.

Bishop on August 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM

You’ve identified the one part of DoD that is unaffected by sequester.

freedomfirst on August 22, 2013 at 1:18 PM

A U.S. mission official told Fox News that Power was on a “pre-arranged trip”

What? She had a long-standing appointment at her nail salon?

Samantha Power, Susan Rice, and Hillary Clinton were behind the Libyan debacle. The region can hardly afford another fertile soil for more Islamist mayhem in Syria. Who knows where the truth lies in re to who launched chemical weapons?

We have NO strategic interest for intervening in Syria.

onlineanalyst on August 22, 2013 at 1:19 PM

You do know who she’s married to…communists both of them.

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Who’s the dude with the purdy ear rings?

Bmore on August 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM

I think Hotair used a still from “Something About Mary”.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

well good. that means she’s just a messenger girl for Obama. She may be a free thinker but not in this role. Have a boring 3 years Samantha.

Hummer53 on August 22, 2013 at 1:21 PM

God, he looks ugly.

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Yeah, I thought the same thing. Do public employees have to declare if they are transvestites?

astonerii on August 22, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Is this the one married to the America hating Cass Sunstein?

vityas on August 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

She looks like a total lightweight, based on her CV. Sure, lots of academia, journalism, advocacy, etc., but where in her resume is any direct, substantive diplomatic experience? I’m not seeing it.

Of course, Dems love putting total lightweights in high position–just look at Obama and Hillary.

Christien on August 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM

You do know who she’s married to…communists both of them.

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Yup, hence my post near the top of this thread…

ToddPA on August 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Is this the one married to the America hating Cass Sunstein?

vityas on August 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Yes, as I pointed out in my comment at 1:17.

Christien on August 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

This is foreign policy malpractice.

Samantha Power should be fired…

JohnGalt23 on August 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Reports devastating: 100s dead in streets, including kids killed by chem weapons. UN must get there fast & if true, perps must face justice.

You first Sammie. Lead by example.

PappyD61 on August 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

The answer is probably that she and her husband Cass Sunstein and the kids are on vacation, and they decided not to interrupt it so she could attend the meeting.

Christien on August 22, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Bottom line- If I decide to go on vacation 19 days into a new job, I’m going to be fired by the boss. Factoring in weekends, she hasn’t been on the job long enough to find the little ambassador’s room without getting lost.

But the fact they just say it was a pre-arranged trip and not that she was representing the US at the International Council of whatever tells me this was probably a vacation. BronyCon was going on, wasn’t it? More importantly, her place of duty is in NYC at the UN- why was she AWOL?

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Reporters need to press the issue. Where is she? This “pre-arranged trip” boilerplate blowoff response is not acceptable.

Christien on August 22, 2013 at 1:29 PM

You do know who she’s married to…communists both of them.

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Now imagine those two doing the wild thing. O_O

Bishop on August 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Samantha Power’s biggest qualification for her new position as US ambassador to the UN is her work on fighting genocide.-Ed Morrissey

Gee..and BigSven thought that it was because she is an extreme lefty ..and married to uber-lefty Cass Sunstein ??

Ouch! Thanks Hotair for setting BigSven straight !!

BigSven on August 22, 2013 at 1:31 PM

And get some sleep fer Crist’s sake, she could park a tennis ball in the hollows of her eyes.

Bishop on August 22, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Bottom line- If I decide to go on vacation 19 days into a new job, I’m going to be fired by the boss.

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

She isn’t AWOL, and you don’t get fired by the boss if you told him before you took the job about your pre-arranged trip and he agreed. But that’s besides the point. Also, the fact that she made her bones exploiting genocide and atrocities makes her absence particularly awkward.

Christien on August 22, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Sultan Barack al-Ameriki is not going to do anything to displease the Mullahs – even his closest associates are beginning to realize that.

The best we can hope for in the coming 3+ years is a world-wide “Farewell Tour of the Great Golf Courses”!

Another Drew on August 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

From her book review:

During the three years (1993-1996) Samantha Power spent covering the grisly events in Bosnia and Srebrenica, she became increasingly frustrated with how little the United States was willing to do to counteract the genocide occurring there. After much research, she discovered a pattern: “The United States had never in its history intervened to stop genocide and had in fact rarely even made a point of condemning it as it occurred,” she writes in this impressive book. Debunking the notion that U.S. leaders were unaware of the horrors as they were occurring against Armenians, Jews, Cambodians, Iraqi Kurds, Rwandan Tutsis, and Bosnians during the past century, Power discusses how much was known and when, and argues that much human suffering could have been alleviated through a greater effort by the U.S. She does not claim that the U.S. alone could have prevented such horrors, but does make a convincing case that even a modest effort would have had significant impact. Based on declassified information, private papers, and interviews with more than 300 American policymakers, Power makes it clear that a lack of political will was the most significant factor for this failure to intervene. Some courageous U.S. leaders did work to combat and call attention to ethnic cleansing as it occurred, but the vast majority of politicians and diplomats ignored the issue, as did the American public, leading Power to note that “no U.S. president has ever suffered politically for his indifference to its occurrence. It is thus no coincidence that genocide rages on.” This powerful book is a call to make such indifference a thing of the past.

Professor Blather on August 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

You do know who she’s married to…communists both of them.

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Now imagine those two doing the wild thing. O_O

Bishop on August 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Ummm, o.k., I got nothin on this….other than my
stomach suddenly feeling unsettled….damn, I had a good
lunch today too….

ToddPA on August 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Crickets on lsm
Despicable

cmsinaz on August 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM

So a strongly worded tweet is the new form of Smart Foreign Power…

Good lord.

Odie1941 on August 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Somewhere in America Jimmah Peanuts has a big smile on his face.

jeffinsjvca on August 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Of course, Dems love putting total lightweights in high position–just look at Obama and Hillary.

Christien on August 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM

To liberals, ‘advocacy’ confers some sort of magical ‘expertise’ in a matter. Conservatives, on the other hand, are required to have executive ‘experience’ (in government, not the private sector) while liberals have a higher qualification by showing up at all the right protests.

Liam on August 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM

You know what you do when you’re serving at the pleasure of someone with whom you have grave ideological disagreement? Yeah. Me too. And failing to do so says more about your character and “seriousness” than any mildly-rebellious tweet.

Face it Sammy, you’re a figurehead just like all the other cabinet heads. It’s the Ivy League academia and the political donors who run this administration and set its policy positions.

BKeyser on August 22, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Professor Blather, pls. comment more often.

Your wisdom is missed, badly.

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 1:36 PM

damn, I had a good
lunch today too….

ToddPA on August 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

It’s always better the second time around…

Liam on August 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Holy cow. Could this really have been a protest move after just 19 days on the job? If so, this is very very big and she should be saluted. If not, it is digraceful malpractice by Ms. Power that should result in her firing. There’s a pretty big difference.

Does anyone expect our media White House stenographers to get to the bottom of this?

rockmom on August 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Bottom line- If I decide to go on vacation 19 days into a new job, I’m going to be fired by the boss.

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Not when your boss is always on vacation.

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

“Pre-arranged trip”? Surely she is not on vacation already, now, is she?

Amazingoly on August 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

You know what you do when you’re serving at the pleasure of someone with whom you have grave ideological disagreement? Yeah. Me too. And failing to do so says more about your character and “seriousness” than any mildly-rebellious tweet.

Face it Sammy, you’re a figurehead just like all the other cabinet heads. It’s the Ivy League academia and the political donors who run this administration and set its policy positions.

BKeyser on August 22, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Are you kidding, she’s spent the last 15 years of her life angling for this job, she isn’t going to quit it after 19 days.

The schadenfreud here is pretty delicious.

rockmom on August 22, 2013 at 1:40 PM

The French. THE FRENCH are calling for intervention.

Do you know what kind of atrocity must occur for the French to call for military action?

Obama is getting lectured by the French.

Unbelievable.

portlandon on August 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM

To liberals, ‘advocacy’ confers some sort of magical ‘expertise’ in a matter. Conservatives, on the other hand, are required to have executive ‘experience’ (in government, not the private sector) while liberals have a higher qualification by showing up at all the right protests.

Liam on August 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM

As I recall, Powers confirmation hearing was mere show beyond giving her a chance to assure skeptics that she really didn’t want to drive all the Israeli Jews into the sea. She does but you can’t say it in a mixed audience like that.

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM

It’s the Ivy League academia and the political donors who run this administration and set its policy positions.

BKeyser on August 22, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Actually, it’s Valerie Jarrett, which is even worse. There should be zero doubt that she is the one setting our do-nothing policy concerning Syria.

I almost feel sorry for Samantha Power. Almost.

rockmom on August 22, 2013 at 1:42 PM

The French. THE FRENCH are calling for intervention.

Do you know what kind of atrocity must occur for the French to call for military action?

Obama is getting lectured by the French.

Unbelievable.

portlandon on August 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Well that should be enough to get a rise out of John Kerry at least!! :-D

rockmom on August 22, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Liam on August 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM

It’s the same old story. They want fame and fortune, but don’t want to do the actual hard work that should in reality be required in order to reap such rewards. Giving US Ambassador to the UN to Power is like sports writers voting to award the Cy Young to one of their own, due to their coverage of baseball.

Christien on August 22, 2013 at 1:44 PM

rockmom on August 22, 2013 at 1:42 PM

The US has no strategic interest in intervening in Syria. Let the Syrians kill each other till the cows come home. It keeps them occupied and away from causing mischief in the civilized world. Let Syria burn itself to ground. That is a plus for civilization.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 22, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Power may have skipped the meeting as a protest against the flabby response from the White House

If Power wants to protest, the proper response is to resign – not skip a meeting. Power sought and accepted the nomination for Ambassador to the UN with full knowledge of the Obama administration policies and lies. Excuses should not be made for either Samantha Power or her boss, Barack Obama.

It’s clear that our policy in Syria is not to engage except rhetorically – All bark, no bite.

pilsener on August 22, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Brave Sir Robin, new US Ambassador to the United Nations, was unavailable for the meeting…

“Run away!!”

Khun Joe on August 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM

So you all expected leadership? You must be kidding, right?

Limerick on August 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Until this summer, DiCarlo’s career focus has been on Europe and Eurasia.

Europe and Eurasia? Try just Eurasia. Europe ‘s a made-up continent.

DarkCurrent on August 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM

It’s the Ivy League academia and the political donors who run this administration and set its policy positions.

BKeyser on August 22, 2013 at 1:36 PM

So you’re trying to tell us that a herd of tenured, protected, ivory tower, gender equality professors from Harvard and Columbia can’t create the real-world blueprint for our foreign and domestic policy?

Bigot.

Bishop on August 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Every single person in this f***ing administration is incompetent beyond belief… Never before in the history of the Republic there have been a collection of such utterly incompetent fools like the ones we have in this administration starting from the most incompetent fool of them all, Barack Hussein Obama…

mnjg on August 22, 2013 at 1:56 PM

i’m sure she means well….. and that’s all that matters, folks./

ted c on August 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM

After 19 days she’s suddenly disgusted with her boss? That’s absurd. She’s been around the block a few times, and knows how small presidents can be. She skewered Clinton for his lack of response in Rwanda. It’s not believable that she’s shocked by obama’s “lead from behind” attitude, since he’s been doing it from Day One.

paul1149 on August 22, 2013 at 2:01 PM

If she wants to keep her integrity, she will have to resign in protest.

perries on August 22, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Just looks like another commie to me. Maybe she missed the meeting because she was also on vacay with preezy and the ugly one.

jaimo on August 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

US ambassador to UN skips emergency Syria meeting

The arrogance and audacity displayed by this “new” 19 day old UN Ambassador is incredibly poor judgment in light of current events.

But hey, give this Irish immigrant a chance …it won’t be too hard to “fill the shoes” of her predecessor !! :(

Woe is us…

BigSven on August 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

i’m sure she means well….. and that’s all that matters, folks./

ted c on August 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Just like Obama, she’s trying really really really honest-to-god-really hard.

Liam on August 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Ginger Power.

Her and Messina should never breed!

patman77 on August 22, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Europe ‘s a made-up continent.

DarkCurrent on August 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM

…from Africa…

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

mnjg on August 22, 2013 at 1:56 PM

These are all Gen-Xers and some Gen-Yers that believe that they are entitled to positions of power. They are self-important poseurs who glad hand each other at the office and at cocktail parties inside the Beltway. They are all hat and no cowboy, though. The problem is, they wield power because we, through our elected reps, let them.

freedomfirst on August 22, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Irish “flu”?

Mason on August 22, 2013 at 2:24 PM

stay out of Syria.. Let the French, Turkey, Russia or whoever else wants to jump in on the side of Assad or Al Qaida. When two enemies want to kill each other the only thing we should do is get out of the way.

Humanitarian aid to the refugees is about the only thing I think we should consider.

jpmn on August 22, 2013 at 2:31 PM

No apologetics for her.

A real protest action would’ve been to resign her position of her hands were tied.
A real protest action for a person who “supports human rights above all” would’ve been to buck her boss and get the UN to take action.

She abdicated her duties. If this was for a protest action she just sacrificed 1000 lives to assuage her own self respect.

Skywise on August 22, 2013 at 2:31 PM

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