God help us, may we never again elect a Harvard professor to the presidency again. Syria is slaughtering its own people, the Palestinians wage ceaseless warfare against the Jews, the Middle East is being cleansed of its Christians, Africa is wracked with asymmetrical battle waged by thuggish warlords, and Barack Obama offers the world... the Atrocities Prevention Board.
No, really. And to give it that inarguable Obama feel, it's being head up by Samantha Power, an anti-semite to the bone, who has recommended the military occupation of Israel to protect those poor, innocent Palestinians. Her goal is to “coordinate action across the entire government on stopping genocide and liaise with the NGO community.”
Yeah, NGO's. They've always loved Israel. Why do I feel Obama's new board will be not unlike the UN's Human Rights Council, no more than a daily kangaroo court before which Israel is tried and convicted on a daily basis? Hmmm...maybe Sam's verdicts will give Obama that flexibility he needs in order to create that, ahem, "space" between the United States and Israel? Especially in his second term?
Here's Powers a few years back, ranting on about the Cheney/Halliburton/Israeli axis of evil:
Look at the degree to which Halliburton and several of the private security and contracting firms invested in the 2004 political campaigns and received very lucrative contracts in the aftermath of the U.S. takeover of Iraq. Also, America’s important historic relationship with Israel has often led foreign policy decision-makers to defer reflexively to Israeli security assessments, and to replicate Israeli tactics, which, as the war in Lebanon last summer demonstrated, can turn out to be counter-productive.
So how do we think this panel is going to work out? Well, at the Holocaust Museum the other day, Eli Weisel asked some not-so-rhetorical questions:
"So in this place we may ask: Have we learned anything from it? If so, how is it that Assad is still in power? How is it that the No. 1 Holocaust denier Ahmadinejad is still a president?
Obama's spoke to this in his speech shortly following:
When Obama spoke about Syria, he said the United States would continue increasing diplomatic, political, and economic pressure on the Assad regime, but said the U.S. commitment to end atrocities "does not mean we intervene militarily every time there is an injustice in the world."
"The Syrian people have not given up, which is why we cannot give up. So with partners and allies we will keep increasing the pressure so that those who stick with Assad know that they are making a losing bet."
The Weekly Standard translates liberal-speak for us:
This comment perhaps unintentionally suggests that, if only the Syrian people would give up, then the administration would be off the hook. Certainly White House policy is in line with this interpretation...
Oh, just you wait until Samantha Power sends the NGO's into Damascus. That'll show 'em...!