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March 7, 2008
More Obama amateur hour diplomacy (updated -- Power resigns)
Samantha Power, Barack Obama's top foreign policy advisor, has now compiled quite record of statements that raise the question of Senator Obama's judgment in choosing her to be his foreign policy major domo. We have commented before on a long series of anti-Israel comments, her (and apparently Senator Obama's) plans to accept and promote ethnic cleansing when they retreat from Iraq, her characterization of Hillary Clinton as a "monster", and now the latest one: a comment that insults the Prime Minister of our closest ally.
In an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph she comments upon her ties with various British officials. From the Telegraph:
Samantha Power states she is "confused by what's happened to Gordon Brown" which is a statement that in itself is confusing but may indicate disappointment in his performance as a Prime Minister. This does seem to be the import of her statement because her next sentence follows about Gordon Brown, "I thought he was impressive".
How diplomatic! Just as she years ago insulted Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon by equating him with terrorist Yasser Arafat , now she feels free to insult the Prime Minister of American's closest ally in the world.
What was that we keep hearing about Barack Obama's judgment?
Update by Thomas Lifson:
The Hillary Clinton campaign has demanded that Power resign. From The Guardian:
Michael Crowley of the New Republic offers a "partial defense":
Let's get real, shall we? Power is ostensibly an expert at foreign policy and diplomacy. Any such expert who shoots off her mouth so carelessly cannot be entrusted with serious matters of state. Diplomats are often mocked for their roundabout language, carefully phrased to avoid creating the wrong impression, or, in the worst case causus belli.
Samantha Power has become the antithesis of a skilled diplomat. Harvard University continues to employ her in a prestigious position at its own peril of becoming a laughingstock. We shall see if the Obama campaign dumps her. They might be well advised to do so. But, of course, that will reveal that Obama can be pushed around by Hillary Clinton. Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Al Qaeda will all draw their own conclusions.
As should voters.
Hat tip: Atlas Shrugs and Powerline.
Update: Power has resigned. MSNBC reports (and the New York Daily News confirms):
Well, Obama has promised "change" and he has already provided is with some.