Back in March Power resigned under pressure from all quarters (allegedly for a Hillary slam) but we knew better. A proud anti-semite (think Robert Malley, another "fired" anti-semite who has returned to the post election fold) Samantha Powers calls for the invasion of Israel
Yes, she's baack and that aint good, deeply disturbing though predictable. I have been warning of her return for months. She stepped back in March so "the one" could seize the White House.
In what can only considered a masterstroke in the machination of an antisemite, Obama has installed Power at the Arabist, Israel (Jew) hating State department where she will be right at home. Melanie Phillips explains it here:
As I have said before, Emanuel’s parentage is irrelevant. As The Forward notes, he was not only a player in the catastrophic Oslo appeasement process but also supported the informal ‘Geneva initiative’ which even doveish Israelis condemned as a suicide note for Israel.
And as for Mrs Clinton, Hillary the Moderate is itself a fairly recent piece of triangulated reconstitution. Not that long ago, she was significantly to the left of her husband; and it must not be forgotten, crucially, that she herself is an Alinsky disciple.
What is much more likely is that Hillary, a professed defender of Israel, would be used (as would, to a lesser extent, Rahm Emanuel) to provide deniable cover for Obama as his administration forces Israel to cut its own throat -- the centrepiece of what passes for his foreign policy to date.
For surrounding Hillary would be appointments which would be solidly anti-Israel: people who believe that Israel must be forced to jeopardise its security to bring into being a Palestinian state which they think would lance the Islamist boil – because they believe that Israel is not the victim but the cause of Islamist rage and global terror. It has been widely reported that Obama has been consulting the former Republican National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, who is a leading voice in this camp. Moreover, according to the Wall Street Journal, Scowcroft is linked to a number of like-minded Republicans Obama is thought to be considering bringing into his administration, such as Jim Jones as his National Security Adviser.
A few days ago, Scowcroft and Carter’s former NSA Zbigniew Brzezinski (an open enemy of Israel and another of Obama's advisers) penned a significant op-ed in the Washington Post. This appeared to be a first draft of the Obama plan to force Israel back into its 1948 ‘Auschwitz’ borders and bring a Palestinian state into being, in the quite remarkable belief that this
would dissipate much of the appeal of Hezbollah and Hamas, dependent as it is on the Palestinians' plight. It would change the region’s psychological climate, putting Iran back on the defensive and putting a stop to its swagger.
What planet are they on? A Palestinian state would be run by Hamas as a proxy for Iran. As such, it would be a disaster for the Palestinians -- as several of them have now realised – as well as for Israel, the region and the world.
Moreover, to allay Israel’s security concerns over handing over territory to a Palestinian government that is incapable of combating terrorism, Scowcroft, Brzezinski and Jones recommend stationing an international force, perhaps from NATO, in the disputed territories.
Ah yes: to repeat the conspicuous success NATO troops achieved in bringing peace in Srebenica, for example, or Rwanda, or Lebanon?
The Republicans, who really don’t begin to grasp just what has hit them, similarly fail to acknowledge that among their own ranks are many who, just like in the British Conservative party, share with the left the desire to neutralise American power and throw Israel under the bus. Some of those people came to power under George W Bush and set him on the disastrous path to appeasement -- which his demented detractors on the left somehow failed altogether to notice.
There are other unsettling indications that Obama may already be running a shadow foreign policy. Robert Malley, one of Clinton’s Oslo negotiators, is one of America's most outspoken apologists for Palestinian terrorism against Israel and claims that Syrian, Lebanese and Iranian attacks against Israel are all Israel's fault. The Obama campaign distanced itself from Malley last May after the Times reported that he was meeting regularly with Hamas leaders. But a few days after Obama’s election, Malley travelled to Syria, ostensibly under the aegis of the appeasement-minded International Crisis Group. Yet one of his aides told FrontPage Magazine that acting on Obama’s instructions, Malley traveled to Cairo and Damascus to tell Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Syria’s President Assad that ‘the Obama administration would take into greater account Egyptian and Syrian interests.’ And as Caroline Glick reported, Hamas terror operative Ahmad Youssef told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper that in the months leading up to his election, Obama's advisers held steady contacts with the leaders of the terror group in Gaza, and had asked that Hamas keep the meetings secret in order not to harm Obama's chances of being elected.
If Israel is to be browbeaten into committing suicide, however, it is essential that the fingerprints of the Israel-haters are not found at the scene of the crime and that it is carried out instead by someone with impeccable credentials as an Israel supporter. That person may well be Hillary Clinton who, if appointed Secretary of State, will be expected to finish the job her husband failed to do and force a Palestine state into being.
To fully grasp this, it has to be understood that there are two kinds of people who threaten to deliver Israel to its enemies for annihilation. The first are the Israel-haters who want to see it destroyed. The second are those on the left who, while believing they have Israel’s interests at heart, believe also that its security can be guaranteed by a Palestine state. They thus see Israel’s resistance to that state as the obstacle to peace in the region, whereas in fact it would pose a mortal threat to Israel (and now also to the region and the world, since such a state would be a proxy for Iran). That’s why Clinton Mark One pressurised Israel to dismember itself under Oslo and in the process turned the Palestinians from a terrorist gang into an army with international backing. Clinton Mark Two would be Oslo all over again -- but this time trailing clouds of Iranian plutonium.
This new role is ironic, to say the least, since the new Secretary of State , expected to be announced on Monday, is Hillary Clinton, a woman Ms.Power called a "monster" back in March. That characterization by Ms. Power embarrassed the Obama campaign and Ms. Power resigned from her formal campaign role. Presumably, Ms Power now understands the need to be diplomatic in a State Department role, and not fly off the handle making vicious insulting statements, and so will be a good judge of the people who don't behave as she has.
In any case it is worth recalling why Power was a problematic associate of Barack Obama even before she mouthed off about Clinton. Ms Power is not a friend of Israel. Will she try to find people for State Department jobs who will balance (undermine?) Ms Clinton, who is viewed as friendlier to the Jewish state?
The expected appointment of General James Jones for National Security Advisor is also viewed as potentially problematic by the pro-Israel community, following his harsh criticism of Israel in a report prepared for Secretary of State Rice on Israeli security forces in the West Bank. Both Ms Power and General Jones have supported a role for international forces in the West Bank, whether UN or NATO, a concept that is anathema to even
left of center Israelis.
Does Ms Powers' return, and General Jones imminent appointment suggest that Barack Obama is warming to this concept?