The Language of Power: Obama’s “Humanitarian Hawk” & Israel’s New Gladiator at the UN

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The Language of Power: Obama’s “Humanitarian Hawk” & Israel’s New Gladiator at the UN

Abe Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League's hasbarist-in-chief, once called Susan Rice a "gladiator" fighting in the United Nations on behalf of Israel.  There is no question Samantha Power will, for the sake of our "special relationship" and "shared values" with an aggressive, nuclear-armed, settler-colonial apartheid state, similarly take up the sword and continue to unleash hell on the entire Middle East.

 

by Nima Shirazi

Wide A Sleep in America

In her first appearance before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Samantha Power, Obama's pick for next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, made clear that she will spend her time in the role much as her predecessor Susan Rice did: acting as Israel's consummate defender, fear-mongering about Iran, and opposing any move to champion Palestinian human rights or self-determination.

Rice, who has been appointed as Obama's National Security Adviser, has said repeatedly that the American delegation to the UN "often works in 'lockstep' with the Israeli delegation" and spends "an enormous amount of time defending Israel's right to defend itself and defending Israel's legitimacy."

"It's an issue of utmost and daily concern for the United States," she declared last year.  A few months ago, she reiterated this point, insisting that her role as an apologist for the Israeli government is "a huge part of my work to the United Nations" and that the United States "will not rest in the crucial work of defending Israel's security and legitimacy every day at the United Nations."

Power has already proven herself a loyal replacement, disavowing any semblance of past critical thinking when it comes to Israeli human rights abuses and abrogation of international law and opposing fear-mongering about Iran's nuclear program. It is no surprise Washington hawks, Zionist ideologues and even the Israeli government are falling over themselves to sing her praises.

In her confirmation hearing yesterday, Power revealed her adherence to AIPAC talking points, essentially working her way down the tried and true list of boilerplate phrases.  "The United States has no greater friend in the world than the State of Israel," she said, adding, "Israel is a country with whom we share security interests and, even more fundamentally, with whom we share core values – the values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law."

"America has a special relationship with Israel," she stated, to the surprise of no one and the consternation of George Washington's ghost. "I will stand up for Israel and work tirelessly to defend it," she promised in her prepared statement.

She later reiterated her vow: "I commit to you wholeheartedly to go on offense as well as playing defense on the legitimization of Israel," she declared to the assembled U.S. Senators.

Perhaps her most disturbing comments, however, were about Iran.  Shamelessly exploiting the horror of the Holocaust to fear-monger about the Islamic Republic, she declared:
"…within this organization built in the wake of the Holocaust – built in part in order to apply the lessons of the Holocaust – we also see unacceptable bias and attacks against the State of Israel. We see the absurdity of Iran chairing the UN Conference on Disarmament, despite the fact that its continued pursuit of nuclear weapons is a grave threat to international peace and security." With this statement, Power, in her eagerness to check off all the buzzwords boxes prescribed by AIPAC, directly contradicts the consistent assessment of the United States' own intelligence community, which has repeatedly concluded that Iran is, in fact, not pursuing a nuclear weapons as it has no nuclear weapons program.

Early last year, an unnamed U.S. intelligence official told the Washington Post that Iran has not decided to pursue nuclear weapons, explaining, "Our belief is that they are reserving judgment on whether to continue with key steps they haven't taken regarding nuclear weapons."  At the time, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta affirmed this position, admitting, "Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No."

Soon thereafter, the New York Times reported, "Recent assessments by American spy agencies are broadly consistent with a 2007 intelligence finding that concluded that Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program years earlier." This, the paper noted, "remains the consensus view of America's 16 intelligence agencies."

Either Samantha Power is an idiot or she's lying.

In fact, there was a time when Power wasn't so confident in making such a declarative statement. In a 2008 interview with Miller-McCune, Power noted that she was "not an expert on Iran," but condemned the "American sabre-rattling" of the George W. Bush administration. "The threats – implicit and explicit – of U.S. military action have united very diverse secular, Islamist and nationalist strands," she said, adding that American "belligerence" had "backfired."

When asked specifically about whether she thought "Iran is trying to create nuclear weapons," Power replied, "It would surprise me if they weren't, but I don't know."

Still, she disparaged the findings of the National Intelligence Estimate and simply assumed Iran "would see as in its interests to amass as much firepower as possible," due to the foreign threats it faces. Nevertheless, she stated, "It does not seem as though the Iranian regime is close to possessing nuclear weapons" and said that "when U.S. leaders claim Iran poses an imminent threat, they are not currently heard as credible."

Now, five years later, Power sounds exactly like Bush's own UN Ambassador, perennial Iran hawk John Bolton, who in 2006, insisted to the UN Security Council that "Iran had defied the international community by continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons" and that this "pursuit of nuclear weapons constituted a direct threat to international peace and security."

Furthermore, Power's incredulity regarding what she deems the "absurdity of Iran chairing the UN Conference on Disarmament," betrays her own ignorance on Iran's constantly repeated stance regarding nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. Iran has long championed a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East and is a party to all disarmament treaties on weapons of mass destruction, including the Biological Weapons Convention, Chemical Weapons Convention, and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.  Israel, however, is not a member of any of them.

Last year, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi stated that Iran fully supports the establishment of a NWFZ, but that Israel, and its American backers, presented the "only obstacle to the creation of such a zone…due to its persistent refusal to join the NPT and to place its nuclear facilities under the IAEA safeguards system."

Earlier this month, at the "International Conference on Nuclear Security: Enhancing Global Efforts" held in Vienna, Iran's Ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh reiterated his nation's commitment to universal nuclear disarmament.

"The best guarantee for nuclear security is definitely a world free from nuclear weapons," he said, "as a result of which nuclear disarmament process could reinforce nuclear security efforts."

Ed.note : Ali Asghar Soltanieh — "West must appreciate Iran-IAEA cooperation"

The United States consistently blocks crucial international conferences dedicated to nuclear non-proliferation for the sole purpose of protecting Israel's massive nuclear arsenal from scrutiny.

Ed. note: Politicians Asked "Who in the Middle East ACTUALLY has Nukes?":

Samantha Power has surely embraced her new role in Turtle Bay as Israel's stalwart apologist, going to so far as to promise her Congressional interlocutors that she will push for Israel to gain a seat on the United Nations Security Council as a representative of – get this – the Western European bloc of nations, despite being located in the Levant, which is indisputably in the continent of Asia and far to the East of even Eastern Europe from which it is separated by hundreds of miles of water.

Abe Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League's hasbarist-in-chief, once called Susan Rice a "gladiator" fighting in the United Nations on behalf of Israel.  There is no question Samantha Power will, for the sake of our "special relationship" and "shared values" with an aggressive, nuclear-armed, settler-colonial apartheid state, similarly take up the sword and continue to unleash hell on the entire Middle East.


Nima Shirazi : Staunch humanist. Opinionated egoist. Skeptical solipsist. Frustrated optimist. Hobbesian idealist. Lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

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  1. rosemerry July 22, 2013 at 6:56 am - Reply

     "we share core values – the values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law."
    Neither of your "nations" has the tiniest link to these three values. As well, surely there are nearly 200 other nations your job should require your actions.

  2. DaveE July 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    God, this is WAAAAY beyond disgusting.   The only way out is for the common man (woman) to see through these lying, degenerate, racist, murdering, theiving, greedy, parasitic zionist lowlife scum for the filth that they are.  

     

    Did I mention that this zionist scum did 9/11?   If not, my bad.   Everyone knows they DID…… and spend untold calories framing the Arabs for it.    It was a zionist-Jewish operation from start to finish.   In that light, hearing the hysterical ramblings of zionist traitors / agents like Rice and Powers and their madame from Kenya named "Obama"….. well, the word "sickening" doesn't even come close

  3. Eileen K. July 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    The US was founded on Christian values. What was modern Israel founded on?

  4. Yusuf bin Jussac (Joe Jussac, Jr.) July 23, 2013 at 2:48 am - Reply

    Shameful America!! Obama is a fake!!!  Ms. Rice and her replacement are Israeli poodle!
     

  5. Yusuf bin Jussac (Joe Jussac, Jr.) July 23, 2013 at 2:49 am - Reply

    Oops! Forgot this: search me : tjoaginsing

  6. Florence L July 23, 2013 at 4:20 am - Reply

    Eileen –
    Yes, America WAS founded on the intellectual and philosophical basis of Christian values.  You may be interested in this video of a U.S. Library of Congress event  titled, "Filangieri and Franklin: The Italian Enlightenment and the U.S. Constitution."
    Gaetano Filangieri, of Naples, was a "philosopher of government" — perhaps the first modern systematic political philosopher  — who composed a treatise attempting to answer the question, "When can a law be said to be a good law?"  He and Benjamin Franklin corresponded during the time that Franklin, Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Adams and others crafted the US Constitution.
    http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5095
    Franklin's young Italian correspondent (he died on July 21, 1788 — a year before Jewish emancipation in France — at the age of 36) posed these questions:
    "What are the principles of absolute goodness a lawmaker should abide by?
    "How can the principles of absolute goodness be known?
     
    His answer to the first question relied on Lockean principles:  "There are universal moral principles.  Natural right contains the immutable principles of eternal justice in every case;"
    and added:
    "these principles have a divine origin.  . . .They are the dictates of universal reason. And that moral chord which the author of nature has imprinted on the heart of the individual. … Universal moral principles are bound to revelation, that is to say Christian revelation; without Christian revelation, there would be no Europe."
    http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5095
    = = =
    A key concept to understand is that zionism is a secular and secularizing movement.  It consciously sought to eradicate Jewish religion from Israel,  elevate Jewish supremacism, and displace or eradicate — i.e. secularize — states founded on Christian values.
    This agenda has evolved to this Jewish value set that Chas Freeman cited in a speech at the Palestine Center:
    QUOTE:
    These crimes have been linked to a concerted effort to rewrite international law to permit actions that it traditionally prohibited, in effect enshrining the principle that might makes right.

    As the former head of the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) Legal Department has argued:
     
    “If you do something for long enough the world will accept it.  The whole of international law is now based on the notion that an act that is forbidden today becomes permissible if executed by enough countries . . . .  International law progresses through violations.”

    A colleague of his has extended this notion by pointing out that:
     

    “The more often Western states apply principles that originated in Israel to their own non-traditional conflicts in places like Afghanistan and Iraq, then the greater the chance these principles have of becoming a valuable part of international law.”

    These references to Iraq and Afghanistan underscore the extent to which the United States, once the principal champion of a rule-bound international order, has followed Israel in replacing legal principles with expediency as the central regulator of its interaction with foreign peoples.  END QUOTE
     
    But even more importantly, zionism seeks to eradicate the Christian compact that characterized various European states as well as the United States, and more recently, the states of the Middle East.
    The Dreyfuss Affair was said to have been the precipitating event that motivated Herzl to conceive modern zionism and write Der Judenstaat.  As Jewish historian Ruth Harris revealed, French politicians were able and eager to resolve the situation of Dreyfuss through quiet governmental channels. However, Joseph Reinach, an extremely wealthy Jewish banker from the Alsace Lorraine region, prolonged and enflamed the situation in order to pursue his own agenda:  the destruction of influence of Catholicism in French culture.  According to Harris and other Jewish writers on Dreyfuss, the attempt was successful:  France became secularized as Dreyfuss was exonerated.
     
    In Germany, with the advice of his Jewish banker-advisor Bleichenroder, Bismark pitted Protestant Germans against Catholic Germans in a bid to weaken the influence of Catholicism in Germany.  Catholics in Germany endured many years of "persecution" before Bismark reversed course and sought to weaken the influence of Protestants in Germany.  In Mein Kampf, Hitler wrote about the harmful effects of dividing the German people in this way; as R. H. S. Stolfi writes in "Beyond Evil and Tyranny," Hitler sought to unite the German people around ancient German cultural myths and folklore.  Hitler was steeped in these cultural stories from his extensive study of German opera.
    In the Weimar, Nazi, and post-Nazi era, Germans sought a Jesus separated from a Hebrew matrix, a project that ultra-zionist Susannah Heschel called the "Aryan Jesus" and condemned as — wait for it — "anti-Semitic." 
    Recently Joseph Mossad was featured on MCS, in a speech at a German venue.  The banner on the podium mentioned German's "democratic and secular" bona fides.
     
    As for the United States, as Phil Weiss has forthrightly stated on his website, in the post-WWII era Jews consciously sought to displace/replace WASPs — according to Weiss, Jews hated American Protestants even more than they hated Catholics.  Weiss, as well as Jane Eisner, editor of the Jewish Daily Forward, have written/said that today, "Jews are the new WASPs."  Weiss has written numerous times that Jews are today's privileged establishment elites, having displaced Protestants/Christianity.
    The process of decoupling the USA from its Christian moorings began by linking Judaism with Christianity, creating (what I call) the "hyphenated god" — Judeo-Christianity [note to back of brain:  No man can serve two masters.]  Professor Randy Roberts of Purdue University said in a recent speech about the propaganda practices of the US in the WWII era that the phrase "Judeo-Christianity came onto the American scene in the years immediately after WWII."
     
    In an appearance at the Wilson Center a year or two ago, Ephraim Sneh, who in 1992 conceived the plan to undermine Iran by attacking its nuclear project, said that "Iran can have anything it wants, all the nuclear development it wants, when it is secular and democratic."
     
    The current post-revolution agony of the Egyptian people is pegged to the same agenda:  the USIsraeli agenda is to install a secular government in Egypt, and so Morsi had to go.
     
    = = =

  7. Florence L July 23, 2013 at 5:40 am - Reply

    Eileen –

    Yes, America WAS founded on the intellectual and philosophical basis of Christian values.  You may be interested in this video of a U.S. Library of Congress event  titled, "Filangieri and Franklin: The Italian Enlightenment and the U.S. Constitution."
    Gaetano Filangieri, born in Vesuvius, was a philosopher of government — perhaps the first modern systematic political philosopher  — who composed a treatise attempting to answer the question, "When can a law be said to be a good law?"  He and Benjamin Franklin corresponded during the time that Franklin, Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Adams and others crafted the US Constitution.
     
    Franklin's young Italian correspondent (he died on July 21, 1788 — a year before Jewish emancipation in France — at the age of 36) posed these questions:
    "What are the principles of absolute goodness a lawmaker should abide by?
    "How can the principles of absolute goodness be known?
     
    His answer to the first question relied on Lockean principles:  "There are universal moral principles.  Natural right contains the immutable principles of eternal justice in every case;"
    and added:
    "these principles have a divine origin.  . . .They are the dictates of universal reason. And that moral chord which the author of nature has imprinted on the heart of the individual. … Universal moral principles are bound to revelation, that is to say Christian revelation; without Christian revelation, there would be no Europe."
    The video can be viewed at www dot loc dot gov slash today slash cyberlc slash feature wdesc dot php?rec=5095

    = = =
    A key concept to understand about zionism is that it is a secular and secularizing movement based on Hebrew mythology but not the later ethics of the prophets. It consciously sought to eradicate Jewish religion from Israel,  elevate Jewish supremacism, and displace or eradicate — i.e. secularize — states founded on Christian values.
    This agenda has evolved to the point that the Abrahamic agenda is at the forefront which gives divine permission to kill, plunder, and dispossess.  This sense of moral (or amoral) supremacy wedded to unrestrained militarism has produced this Israeli value set that Chas Freeman cited in a speech at the Palestine Center:
    QUOTE: These crimes have been linked to a concerted effort to rewrite international law to permit actions that it traditionally prohibited, in effect enshrining the principle that might makes right.
    As the former head of the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) Legal Department has argued:
     
    “If you do something for long enough the world will accept it.  The whole of international law is now based on the notion that an act that is forbidden today becomes permissible if executed by enough countries . . . .  International law progresses through violations.”

    A colleague of his has extended this notion by pointing out that:
     
    “The more often Western states apply principles that originated in Israel to their own non-traditional conflicts in places like Afghanistan and Iraq, then the greater the chance these principles have of becoming a valuable part of international law.”
    These references to Iraq and Afghanistan underscore the extent to which the United States, once the principal champion of a rule-bound international order, has followed Israel in replacing legal principles with expediency as the central regulator of its interaction with foreign peoples.  END QUOTE
     
    But even more importantly, zionism seeks to eradicate the Christian compact that characterized various European states as well as the United States, and more recently, the states of the Middle East.

    The Dreyfuss Affair was said to have been the precipitating event that motivated Herzl to conceive modern zionism and write Der Judenstaat.  As Jewish historian Ruth Harris revealed, French politicians were able and eager to resolve the situation of Dreyfuss through quiet governmental channels. However, Joseph Reinach, an extremely wealthy Jewish banker from the Alsace Lorraine region, prolonged and enflamed the situation in order to pursue his own agenda:  the destruction of influence of Catholicism in French culture.  According to Harris and other Jewish writers on Dreyfuss, the attempt was successful:  France became secularized as Dreyfuss was exonerated.
     
    In Germany, with the advice of his Jewish banker-advisor Bleichroder, Bismark pitted Protestant Germans against Catholic Germans in a bid to weaken the influence of Catholicism in Germany.  Catholics in Germany endured many years of "persecution" before Bismark reversed course and sought to weaken the influence of Protestants in Germany.  In Mein Kampf, Hitler wrote about the harmful effects of dividing the German people in this way; as R. H. S. Stolfi writes in "Beyond Evil and Tyranny," Hitler sought to unite the German people around ancient German cultural myths and folklore.  Hitler was steeped in these cultural stories from his extensive study of German opera.

    In the Weimar, Nazi, and post-Nazi era, Germans sought a Jesus separated from a Hebrew matrix, a project that ultra-zionist Susannah Heschel called the "Aryan Jesus" and condemned as — wait for it — "anti-Semitic." 

    Recently Joseph Massad was featured on MCS, in a speech in Stuttgart, Germany.  The banner on the podium proclaimed:
     
    "PAKO Stuttgart:  Working for one secular, democratic state for all its citizens."
    http://mycatbirdseat.com/2013/05/38684last-of-the-semites-joseph-massad/

     
    As for the United States, as Phil Weiss has forthrightly stated on his website, in the post-WWII era Jews consciously sought to displace/replace WASPs — according to Weiss, Jews hated American Protestants even more than they hated Catholics.  Weiss, as well as Jane Eisner, editor of the Jewish Daily Forward, have written/said that today, "Jews are the new WASPs."  Weiss has written numerous times that Jews are today's privileged establishment elites, having displaced Protestants/Christianity.
    The process of decoupling the USA from its Christian moorings began by linking Judaism with Christianity, creating (what I call) the "hyphenated god" — Judeo-Christianity [note to back of brain:  No man can serve two masters.]  Professor Randy Roberts of Purdue University said in a recent speech about the propaganda practices of the US in the WWII era that the phrase "Judeo-Christianity came onto the American scene in the years immediately after WWII."
     
    In an appearance at the Wilson Center a year or two ago, Ephraim Sneh, who in 1992 conceived the plan to undermine Iran by attacking its nuclear project, said that "Iran can have anything it wants, all the nuclear development it wants, when it is secular and democratic."
     
    The current post-revolution agony of the Egyptian people is pegged to the same agenda:  the USIsraeli agenda is to install a secular government in Egypt, and so Morsi had to go.
     

     

  8. Sam Zatt July 25, 2013 at 5:47 am - Reply

    cross-posted from Nima Shirazi's blog
     

     

    Power made her bones writing about Rwanda genocide and castigating Clinton for "failure to protect."

    She made her bones again by urging the devastation of Libya and slaughter-by-shiv of Qaddafi ( which the female of the Clinton greeted with manic guffaws).

    Three being a charm, she urges the "duty to protect" anybody that Israel sez must fall victim to the USIsrael protection racket — Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Jordan, Gaza.

    What Power FAILED to recognize is that Rwanda created and carried out a multi-pronged Truth and Reconciliation process, with some UN assistance but largely indigenous legal and community involvement. Within 60 days of the end of the Rwanda explosion, courts had been set up to name, try, and punish (if convicted) major perpetrators; 93 were named, 83 were punished.

    Local courts throughout Rwanda heard cases against as many as 1.2 million accused, whom victims confronted directly. In many, many cases, a reconciliation was achieved thru expressed remorse and attempts at (what Catholics call) repentance, which includes a combination of compensating the victim and changing the behavior of the perpetrator (Rwanda has a very large Catholic presence).

    If Samantha Power had consulted the UN records on how it helped Rwanda undertake Truth and Reconciliation, and applied her journalistic skills to researching Rwanda's indigenous efforts to reconcile and redefine its culture, hundreds of thousands of lives in Libya and in Syria might have been spared the "need to protect" that sounds awfully like a "compulsion to meddle."

     

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