Transforming America One Political Appointee at a Time
Even Democrat partisans like James Carville describe the latest Obama political appointees as "in your face" appointments. President Obama just named two very controversial, radical women to top-level foreign-policy appointments in his administration. Susan Rice has been appointed the next National Security Adviser -- significantly, this choice does not require Senate clearance. Such a clearance would be highly unlikely because Ms. Rice figured prominently in the recent Benghazi debacle for her role as the television front-person promoting the myth that the Benghazi massacre was fanned into reality by an obscure Christian video.
The President also nominated the highly controversial and even more radical Samantha Power to replace Ms. Rice as the American U.N. ambassador. Glenn Beck called Ms. Power the "most dangerous" woman in America and Sean Hannity identified her (and her husband) among the "10 most dangerous people in the Obama administration." Clearly, she is a very polarizing figure based on her radical ideology and far-out policy proposals.
With tongue firmly in cheek, the Daily Caller reported that Ms. Rice is "UNsuited for the job." Philip Klein, a columnist for the Washington Examiner, tweeted the rhetorical question, "With Samantha Power as the UN Ambassador, who is supposed to represent the US at the UN?" Ms. Power, who won a Pulitizer Prize for her book on genocide advocating an interventionist approach, chaired President Barack Obama's Atrocities Prevention Board. Further, she has publicly expressed concern about the "sins of our allies in the war on terror." This woman who explained that "a historical reckoning with crimes committed, sponsored, or permitted by the United States" is needed because the United States "brought terrorist attacks upon itself by aping Israel's violations of human rights" will now be in a position on the Human Rights Council to see her radical ideas translated into U.S. Policy around the world.
In the past as a "foreign policy confident" of the President, Ms. Power was known as one of the "main architects" of the Obama administration's Libya policy. The New York Times called her the "foremost voice" for the President on human rights issues, even though Power famously compared U.S. foreign policy to Nazi Germany. Further, Power is a vocal anti-Israel activist who blames wealthy American Jews for the failure of peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Ironically, Ms. Power is married to President Obama's former White House Regulatory Czar, who, if possible, is even more controversial than his wife. Cass Sunstein is known for his radical views advocating government paternalism (but then, what W.H. Czar is not known for radical ideology) and his bizarre beliefs about the "humanity" of animals, i.e., he likens having household pets to slavery.
During the 2008 campaign when she was an Obama campaign operative, Power called Hillary Clinton a "monster" who would "stoop to anything" to win the presidency. The political backlash for such blunt, impolitic remarks forced her into the background during the rest of the campaign. Even though Power was known to seek the limelight and was eager to become famous for her intellectual influence on policy, she has worked largely behind the scenes since the "Hillary goof-up," but few doubted that Ms. Power would be awarded a plum position and be back in the media spotlight sometime in the future. Sadly, that appointment puts her in a position where her public policy stances -- advocating "external intervention" in Israel and "mammoth protection" forces -- can cause extensive damage for U.S.-Middle East relationships, not to mention the potential for far more serious ramifications.
Power has a long history of blaming America. She wanted Mr. Obama to embark on an "apology tour." In an article critical of the Bush Administration, she proposed a "doctrine of the mea culpa" that recommended the U.S. "look back before it moved forward" in order to assure other countries that the U.S. does "not endorse the sins of their predecessors." She recommended that U.S. foreign policy be "completely re-worked" in order to "tell the world we are sorry" (implying that the U.S. sinned against other countries).
An old adage says that "personnel is policy." Clearly, President Obama's political appointees are burrowing into the government agencies to implement their far-left, radical ideology; they are quite literally transforming America, just as the President promised he would do.
Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., a former Presidential Speech Writer for President George H. W. Bush, is now Senior Fellow for Concerned Women for America's Beverly LaHaye Institute.