By DONLYN TURNBULLAnother controversial nomination Wednesday emerged from the White House as President Obama nominated Samantha Power as ambassador to the U.N. to replace Susan Rice. It was immediately questioned by many including Sen. Ted Cruz who referred to the nomination as “deeply troubling.”
Power is a Harvard Professor and Law school graduate who won the Pulitzer Prize, but aside from her accolades she is a deeply controversial choice given her history of questionable statements especially those concerning Israel, including calling for a military invasion of the country. She has previously called for Palestinian sovereignty and referenced the Palestinian-Israel conflict as a type of Rwandan genocide.
Matt Brooks, Executive Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, called for Senators to thoroughly question her past comments stating she “has a record of statements that are very troubling to Americans who support Israel.”
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In a press release Wednesday, Sen. Cruz further listed her misdeeds, “She has strongly supported the expansion of international institutions and international law,” he wrote. “-Including the International Criminal Court, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and the Kyoto Protocol–at the expense of U.S. sovereignty.”
Cruz emphasized, “America needs a UN Ambassador to be an advocate for our own interests at the UN–not an advocate of elevating UN interests over U.S. sovereignty and the rights of the American people.”She is also known for lashing out at fellow Democrats including John Kerry in 2004 after his loss when she said, “God love him, he must have thought that having got shrapnel in his ass out there bought him some credibility. It didn’t.” She fell under heavy scrutiny as well for referring to Hilary Clinton as a “monster”, a comment she now says she deeply regrets.
Among the most questionable of her comments is her comparison of U.S. Policy to that of Second World War Nazism and her contention that the United States should apologize to the “world” for its past history and so called misdoings. “Instituting a doctrine of the mea culpa would enhance our credibility”, she said. “By showing that American decision-makers do not endorse the sins of their predecessors.”
Power must face Senate hearings but many analysts say she is likely to receive Senate approval. Sen. John McCain, the Republican Senator from Arizona, praised the nomination and called Power, “well-qualified for this important position.”