Samantha Power: Shaking hands with the devil


I spent the better part of a decade looking at American responses to mass atrocity and genocide. And I’d like to start by sharing with you one moment that to me sums up what there is to know about American and democratic responses to mass atrocity. And that moment came on April 21, 1994. So 14 years ago, almost, in the middle of the Rwandan genocide, in which 800,000 people would be systematically exterminated by the Rwandan government and some extremist militia. On April 21, in the New York Times, the paper reported that somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000 people had already been killed in the genocide. It was in the paper — not on the front page. It was a lot like the Holocaust coverage, it was buried in the paper. Rwanda itself was not seen as newsworthy, and amazingly, genocide itself was not seen as newsworthy. But on April 21, a wonderfully honest moment occurred. And that was that an American congresswoman named Patricia Schroeder from Colorado met with a group of journalists. And one of the journalists said to her, what’s up? What’s going on in the U.S. government? Two to 300,000 people have just been exterminated in the last couple of weeks in Rwanda. It’s two weeks into the genocide at that time, but of course, at that time you don’t know how long it’s going to last. And the journalist said, why is there so little response out of Washington? Why no hearings, no denunciations, no people getting arrested in front of the Rwandan embassy or in front of the White House? What’s the deal? And she said — she was so honest — she said, “It’s a great question. All I can tell you is that in my congressional office in Colorado and my office in Washington, we’re getting hundreds and hundreds of calls about the endangered ape and gorilla population in Rwanda, but nobody is calling about the people. The phones just aren’t ringing about the people.” And the reason I give you this moment is there’s a deep truth in it. And that truth is, or was, in the 20th century, that while we were beginning to develop endangered species movements, we didn’t have an endangered people’s movement. We had Holocaust education in the schools. Most of us were groomed not only on images of nuclear catastrophe, but also on images and knowledge of the Holocaust. There’s a museum, of course, on the Mall in Washington, right next to Lincoln and Jefferson. I mean, we have owned Never Again culturally, appropriately, interestingly. And yet the politicization of Never Again, the operationalization of Never Again, had never occurred in the 20th century. And that’s what that moment with Patricia Schroeder I think shows: that if we are to bring about an end to the world’s worst atrocities, we have to make it such. There has to be a role — there has to be the creation of political noise and political costs in response to massive crimes against humanity, and so forth. So that was the 20th century. Now here — and this will be a relief to you at this point in the afternoon — there is good news, amazing news, in the 21st century, and that is that, almost out of nowhere, there has come into being an anti-genocide movement, an anti-genocide constituency, and one that looks destined, in fact, to be permanent. It grew up in response to the atrocities in Darfur. It is comprised of students. There are something like 300 anti-genocide chapters on college campuses around the country. It’s bigger than the anti-apartheid movement. There are something like 500 high school chapters devoted to stopping the genocide in Darfur. Evangelicals have joined it. Jewish groups have joined it. “Hotel Rwanda” watchers have joined it. It is a cacophonous movement. To call it a movement, as with all movements, perhaps, is a little misleading. It’s diverse. It’s got a lot of different approaches. It’s got all the ups and the downs of movements. But it has been amazingly successful in one regard, in that it has become, it has congealed into this endangered people’s movement that was missing in the 20th century. It sees itself, such as it is, the it, as something that will create the impression that there will be political cost, there will be a political price to be paid, for allowing genocide, for not having an heroic imagination, for not being an upstander but for being, in fact, a bystander. Now because it’s student-driven, there’s some amazing things that the movement has done. They have launched a divestment campaign that has now convinced, I think, 55 universities in 22 states to divest their holdings of stocks with regard to companies doing business in Sudan. They have a 1-800-GENOCIDE number — this is going to sound very kitsch, but for those of you who may not be, I mean, may be apolitical, but interested in doing something about genocide, you dial 1-800-GENOCIDE and you type in your zip code, and you don’t even have to know who your congressperson is. It will refer you directly to your congressperson, to your U.S. senator, to your governor where divestment legislation is pending. They’ve lowered the transaction costs of stopping genocide. I think the most innovative thing they’ve introduced recently are genocide grades. And it takes students to introduce genocide grades. So what you now have when a Congress is in session is members of Congress calling up these 19-year-olds or 24-year-olds and saying, I’m just told I have a D minus on genocide; what do I do to get a C? I just want to get a C. Help me. And the students and the others who are part of this incredibly energized base are there to answer that, and there’s always something to do. Now, what this movement has done is it has extracted from the Bush administration from the United States, at a time of massive over-stretch — military, financial, diplomatic — a whole series of commitments to Darfur that no other country in the world is making. For instance, the referral of the crimes in Darfur to the International Criminal Court, which the Bush administration doesn’t like. The expenditure of 3 billion dollars in refugee camps to try to keep, basically, the people who’ve been displaced from their homes by the Sudanese government, by the so-called Janjaweed, the militia, to keep those people alive until something more durable can be achieved. And recently, or now not that recently, about six months ago, the authorization of a peacekeeping force of 26,000 that will go. And that’s all the Bush administration’s leadership, and it’s all because of this bottom-up pressure and the fact that the phones haven’t stopped ringing from the beginning of this crisis. The bad news, however, to this question of will evil prevail, is that evil lives on. The people in those camps are surrounded on all sides by so-called Janjaweed, these men on horseback with spears and Kalashnikovs. Women who go to get firewood in order to heat the humanitarian aid in order to feed their families — humanitarian aid, the dirty secret of it is it has to be heated, really, to be edible — are themselves subjected to rape, which is a tool of the genocide that is being used. And the peacekeepers I’ve mentioned, the force has been authorized, but almost no country on Earth has stepped forward since the authorization to actually put its troops or its police in harm’s way. So we have achieved an awful lot relative to the 20th century, and yet far too little relative to the gravity of the crime that is unfolding as we sit here, as we speak. Why the limits to the movement? Why is what has been achieved, or what the movement has done, been necessary but not sufficient to the crime? I think there are a couple — there are many reasons — but a couple just to focus on briefly. The first is that the movement, such as it is, stops at America’s borders.
It is not a global movement. It does not have too many compatriots abroad who themselves are asking their governments to do more to stop genocide. And the Holocaust culture that we have in this country makes Americans, sort of, more prone to, I think, want to bring Never Again to life. The guilt that the Clinton administration expressed, that Bill Clinton expressed over Rwanda, created a space in our society for a consensus that Rwanda was bad and wrong and we wish we had done more, and that is something that the movement has taken advantage of. European governments, for the most part, haven’t acknowledged responsibility, and there’s nothing to kind of to push back and up against. So this movement, if it’s to be durable and global, will have to cross borders, and you will have to see other citizens in democracies, not simply resting on the assumption that their government would do something in the face of genocide, but actually making it such. Governments will never gravitate towards crimes of this magnitude naturally or eagerly. As we saw, they haven’t even gravitated towards protecting our ports or reigning in loose nukes. Why would we expect in a bureaucracy that it would orient itself towards distant suffering? So one reason is it hasn’t gone global. The second is, of course, that at this time in particular in America’s history, we have a credibility problem, a legitimacy problem in international institutions. It is structurally really, really hard to do, as the Bush administration rightly does, which is to denounce genocide on a Monday and then describe water boarding on a Tuesday as a no-brainer and then turn up on Wednesday and look for troop commitments. Now, other countries have their own reasons for not wanting to get involved. Let me be clear. They’re in some ways using the Bush administration as an alibi. But it is essential for us to be a leader in this sphere, of course to restore our standing and our leadership in the world. The recovery’s going to take some time. We have to ask ourselves, what now? What do we do going forward as a country and as citizens in relationship to the world’s worst places, the world’s worst suffering, killers, and the kinds of killers that could come home to roost sometime in the future? The place that I turned to answer that question was to a man that many of you may not have ever heard of, and that is a Brazilian named Sergio Vieira de Mello who, as Chris said, was blown up in Iraq in 2003. He was the victim of the first-ever suicide bomb in Iraq. It’s hard to remember, but there was actually a time in the summer of 2003, even after the U.S. invasion, where, apart from looting, civilians were relatively safe in Iraq. Now, who was Sergio? Sergio Vieira de Mello was his name. In addition to being Brazilian, he was described to me before I met him in 1994 as someone who was a cross between James Bond on the one hand and Bobby Kennedy on the other. And in the U.N., you don’t get that many people who actually manage to merge those qualities. He was James Bond-like in that he was ingenious. He was drawn to the flames, he chased the flames, he was like a moth to the flames. Something of an adrenalin junkie. He was successful with women. He was Bobby Kennedy-like because in some ways one could never tell if he was a realist masquerading as an idealist or an idealist masquerading as a realist, as people always wondered about Bobby Kennedy and John Kennedy in that way. What he was was a decathlete of nation-building, of problem-solving, of troubleshooting in the world’s worst places and in the world’s most broken places. In failing states, genocidal states, under-governed states, precisely the kinds of places that threats to this country exist on the horizon, and precisely the kinds of places where most of the world’s suffering tends to get concentrated. These are the places he was drawn to. He moved with the headlines. He was in the U.N. for 34 years. He joined at the age of 21. Started off when the causes in the wars du jour in the ’70s were wars of independence and decolonization. He was there in Bangladesh dealing with the outflow of millions of refugees — the largest refugee flow in history up to that point. He was in Sudan when the civil war broke out there. He was in Cyprus right after the Turkish invasion. He was in Mozambique for the War of Independence. He was in Lebanon. Amazingly, he was in Lebanon — the U.N. base was used — Palestinians staged attacks out from behind the U.N. base. Israel then invaded and overran the U.N. base. Sergio was in Beirut when the U.S. Embassy was hit by the first-ever suicide attack against the United States. People date the beginning of this new era to 9/11, but surely 1983, with the attack on the US Embassy and the Marine barracks — which Sergio witnessed — those are, in fact, in some ways, the dawning of the era that we find ourselves in today. From Lebanon he went to Bosnia in the ’90s. The issues were, of course, ethnic sectarian violence. He was the first person to negotiate with the Khmer Rouge. Talk about evil prevailing. I mean, here he was in the room with the embodiment of evil in Cambodia. He negotiates with the Serbs. He actually crosses so far into this realm of talking to evil and trying to convince evil that it doesn’t need to prevail that he earns the nickname — not Sergio but Serbio while he’s living in the Balkans and conducting these kinds of negotiations. He then goes to Rwanda and to Congo in the aftermath of the genocide, and he’s the guy who has to decide — huh, OK, the genocide is over; 800,000 people have been killed; the people responsible are fleeing into neighboring countries — into Congo, into Tanzania. I’m Sergio, I’m a humanitarian, and I want to feed those — well, I don’t want to feed the killers but I want to feed the two million people who are with them, so we’re going to go, we’re going to set up camps, and we’re going to supply humanitarian aid. But, uh-oh, the killers are within the camps. Well, I’d like to separate the sheep from the wolves. Let me go door-to-door to the international community and see if anybody will give me police or troops to do the separation. And their response, of course, was no more than we wanted to stop the genocide and put our troops in harm’s way to do that, nor do we now want to get in the way and pluck genocidaires from camps. So then you have to make the decision. Do you turn off the international spigot of life support and risk two million civilian lives? Or do you continue feeding the civilians, knowing that the genocidaires are in the camps, literally sharpening their knives for future battle? What do you do? It’s all lesser-evil terrain in these broken places. Late ’90s: nation-building is the cause du jour. He’s the guy put in charge. He’s the Paul Bremer or the Jerry Bremer of first Kosovo and then East Timor. He governs the places. He’s the viceroy. He has to decide on tax policy, on currency, on border patrol, on policing. He has to make all these judgments. He’s a Brazilian in these places. He speaks seven languages. He’s been up to that point in 14 war zones so he’s positioned to make better judgments, perhaps, than people who have never done that kind of work. But nonetheless, he is the cutting edge of our experimentation with doing good with very few resources being brought to bear in, again, the world’s worst places. And then after Timor, 9/11 has happened, he’s named U.N. Human Rights Commissioner, and he has to balance liberty and security and figure out, what do you do when the most powerful country in the United Nations is bowing out of the Geneva Conventions, bowing out of international law? Do you denounce? Well, if you denounce, you’re probably never going to get back in the room. Maybe you stay reticent. Maybe you try to charm President Bush — and that’s what he did. And in so doing he earned himself, unfortunately, his final and tragic appointment to Iraq — the one that resulted in his death. One note on his death, which is so devastating, is that despite predicating the war on Iraq on a link between Saddam Hussein and terrorism in 9/11, believe it or not, the Bush administration or the invaders did no planning, no pre-war planning, to respond to terrorism. So Sergio — this receptacle of all of this learning on how to deal with evil and how to deal with brokenness, lay under the rubble for three and a half hours without rescue. Stateless. The guy who tried to help the stateless people his whole career. Like a refugee. Because he represents the U.N. If you represent everyone, in some ways you represent no one. You’re un-owned. And what the American — the most powerful military in the history of mankind was able to muster for his rescue, believe it or not, was literally these heroic two American soldiers went into the shaft. Building was shaking. One of them had been at 9/11 and lost his buddies on September 11th, and yet went in and risked his life in order to save Sergio. But all they had was a woman’s handbag — literally one of those basket handbags — and they tied it to a curtain rope from one of the offices at U.N. headquarters, and created a pulley system into this shaft in this quivering building in the interests of rescuing this person, the person we most need to turn to now, this shepherd, at a time when so many of us feel like we’re lacking guidance. And this was the pulley system. This was what we were able to muster for Sergio. The good news, for what it’s worth, is after Sergio and 21 others were killed that day in the attack on the U.N., the military created a search and rescue unit that had the cutting equipment, the shoring wood, the cranes, the things that you would have needed to do the rescue. But it was too late for Sergio. I want to wrap up, but I want to close with what I take to be the four lessons from Sergio’s life on this question of how do we prevent evil from prevailing, which is how I would have framed the question. Here’s this guy who got a 34-year head start thinking about the kinds of questions we as a country are grappling with, we as citizens are grappling with now. What do we take away? First, I think, is his relationship to, in fact, evil is something to learn from. He, over the course of his career, changed a great deal. He had a lot of flaws, but he was very adaptive. I think that was his greatest quality. He started as somebody who would denounce harmdoers, he would charge up to people who were violating international law, and he would say, you’re violating, this is the U.N. Charter. Don’t you see it’s unacceptable what you’re doing? And they would laugh at him because he didn’t have the power of states, the power of any military or police. He just had the rules, he had the norms, and he tried to use them. And in Lebanon, Southern Lebanon in ’82, he said to himself and to everybody else, I will never use the word “unacceptable” again. I will never use it. I will try to make it such, but I will never use that word again. But he lunged in the opposite direction. He started, as I mentioned, to get in the room with evil, to not denounce, and became almost obsequious when he won the nickname Serbio, for instance, and even when he negotiated with the Khmer Rouge would black-box what had occurred prior to entering the room. But by the end of his life, I think he had struck a balance that we as a country can learn from. Be in the room, don’t be afraid of talking to your adversaries, but don’t bracket what happened before you entered the room. Don’t black-box history. Don’t check your principles at the door. And I think that’s something that we have to be in the room, whether it’s Nixon going to China or Khrushchev and Kennedy or Reagan and Gorbachev. All the great progress in this country with relation to our adversaries has come by going into the room. And it doesn’t have to be an act of weakness. You can actually do far more to build an international coalition against a harmdoer or a wrongdoer by being in the room and showing to the rest of the world that that person, that regime, is the problem and that you, the United States, are not the problem. Second take-away from Sergio’s life, briefly. What I take away, and this in some ways is the most important, he espoused and exhibited a reverence for dignity that was really, really unusual. At a micro level, the individuals around him were visible. He saw them. At a macro level, he thought, you know, we talk about democracy promotion, but we do it in a way sometimes that’s an affront to people’s dignity. We put people on humanitarian aid and we boast about it because we’ve spent three billion. It’s incredibly important, those people would no longer be alive if the United States, for instance, hadn’t spent that money in Darfur, but it’s not a way to live. If we think about dignity in our conduct as citizens and as individuals with relation to the people around us, and as a country, if we could inject a regard for dignity into our dealings with other countries, it would be something of a revolution. Third point, very briefly. He talked a lot about freedom from fear. And I recognize there is so much to be afraid of. There are so many genuine threats in the world. But what Sergio was talking about is, let’s calibrate our relationship to the threat. Let’s not hype the threat; let’s actually see it clearly. We have reason to be afraid of melting ice caps. We have reason to be afraid that we haven’t secured loose nuclear material in the former Soviet Union. Let’s focus on what are the legitimate challenges and threats, but not lunge into bad decisions because of a panic, of a fear. In times of fear, for instance, one of the things Sergio used to say is, fear is a bad advisor. We lunge towards the extremes when we aren’t operating and trying to, again, calibrate our relationship to the world around us. Fourth and final point: he somehow, because he was working in all the world’s worst places and all lesser evils, had a humility, of course, and an awareness of the complexity of the world around him. I mean, such an acute awareness of how hard it was. How Sisyphean this task was of mending, and yet aware of that complexity, humbled by it, he wasn’t paralyzed by it. And we as citizens, as we go through this experience of the kind of, the crisis of confidence, crisis of competence, crisis of legitimacy, I think there’s a temptation to pull back from the world and say, ah, Katrina, Iraq — we don’t know what we’re doing. We can’t afford to pull back from the world. It’s a question of how to be in the world. And the lesson, I think, of the anti-genocide movement that I mentioned, that is a partial success but by no means has it achieved what it has set out to do — it’ll be many decades, probably, before that happens — but is that if we want to see change, we have to become the change. We can’t rely upon our institutions to do the work of necessarily talking to adversaries on their own without us creating a space for that to happen, for having respect for dignity, and for bringing that combination of humility and a sort of emboldened sense of responsibility to our dealings with the rest of the world. So will evil prevail? Is that the question? I think the short answer is: no, not unless we let it. Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “Samantha Power: Shaking hands with the devil

  1. Power recommended that United States officials should apologize to the world for its past failures in order to enhance credibility with foreign countries.

    “A country has to look back before it can move forward,” Power wrote. “Instituting a doctrine of the mea culpa would enhance our credibility by showing that American decision-makers do not endorse the sins of their predecessors.

  2. Last line: "Will evil prevail? No, not unless we let it". How is this new information? She's simply repeating what others have said. She speaks of de Millio as if he's the first in human history to do what he did.

  3. Just as the low info voters, useful idiots all, stopped a moment and gave the puppet president, our new age tribal leader, a chance. And would that not be reminiscent of those that ruined the chances that Russia or Germany had? Woe to us, stopping for just a moment, just long enough for these monsters to whisper in the ears of idiots, toss away that Constitution, after all, it is just a piece of paper that a bunch of old white men created for themselves.

  4. Power has lost all credibility on this issue since she's part of Obama's administration of the drone strikes of causing mass murder of innocent people. She's complicit in Obama's genocidal campaign against ''others''.

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  6. We listened, talking about genocide, and another quote on another vid has her encouraging anialating Israel w/ invasion. I suppose invasion is ok if it fits a particular agenda. Peace is peace. ALL these people want to invade somewhere, Do your research on ALL these peoples heroes.

  7. stiff nipples with a smokers voice.. Give me a French equal instead – this is not sexy ( because thats what this is about right!??)

  8. Samantha – a rising star in the NWO. Being groomed to grease the skids of the big wheels, a somewhat pretty face playing the role of temple courtesan. Sounds like a female Obama, just another snake in the den. But surely enjoying the role of youthful emissary traipsing the globe to the bidding of the Powers That Be.
    Power – her secret desire!

  9. is obama literally laughing his ass off? who was it that said the bigger the lie, the more people will believe it? of course for obama its, the more deviant your policies, the more people will follow because they simply cannot/could not believe their hero could be actually trying to destroy their way of life. the kerry, hagel appointments, and the lerner promotion is just a few examples of obama' agitative strategy, but this cunt is really too much. and again, obama is laughing his ass off because to his delight, the media that understands what he's truly about would be crucified if they dared report the facts. 

  10. Whatever Sergio Vieira de Mello did, I think he already redeemed all of his sins after standing next to Mrs. Power.  

  11. Thanks for standing up to the new fascist government of Russia in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis Putin instigated.

  12. So many liberal idiots supporting this woman just because humanitarian BULLSHIT spews out of her ears.  At least I'm honest enough to admit when someone is embarrassing herself AND America at the same time.

  13. Brilliant woman! See her other interviews and read her book – "Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira De Mello and the Fight to Save the World" before making such ignorant comments.

  14. and yet…..thousands continue to die in Syria. Current Total Death Count in Syria: 230,000+ Children: 20,000 and counting. Shame on you Samantha Powers

  15. There is only one solution possible to genocide, at least if we are talking about intervening while it is going on, not meting out punishment afterwards to pretend that we are standing up for justice. Give up on U.N. peacekeeping- at least as it's operating now. The force that is sent into areas where genocide is occurring must be authorized to attack and kill people who are committing genocide. They must take a side and try to destroy the other side. Yes, it is possible to make genocide less likely to occur in the future by peaceful strategies, but once it has begun, talking will only make things worse- it is just our habit of deceiving ourselves about our own moral righteousness. In fact, it is moral abdication, plain and simple.

     Any force that is sent to stop genocide must be composed of well-trained soldiers who have specifically volunteered for the purpose. They must be disciplined enough to not give in to blood lust, and experienced enough to know when to kill people and when not to. They must come from the most capable ranks of any country's military. I don't envision many of them coming from special forces units, like the Army Rangers, etc, because those are probably too valuable to their home nation to sacrifice for mere humanitarian purposes, but any capable volunteer should be accepted. I envision them under a different command than the U.N. Otherwise, they would never be deployed, and be simply useless.

    No nation will ever send its soldiers into harm's way for the purpose of protecting a foreign people. There never has been, and there never will be. The mission in Somalia to kill a militia leader that was popularized as Black Hawk Down had as it's true purpose the maintenance of the U.S. model of political stability in Africa. It was the same way with the Kosovo/ Serbia intervention- the motivations were geopolitical, not humanitarian. These may have been advertised as humanitarian missions, but they most certainly were not. That was why the American soldiers were sent to kill.

    Get real people. Bill Clinton may have said that he regrets not doing anything about Rwanda, but he would never have actually put Americans at risk to save any number of people that Americans don't know. I suspects that he knows this, but feels that it is the most he can do to lie and say he would do things differently if he had it to do over again. I say this as someone who twice voted for him. Until we are ready to face the fact that in order to prevent genocide we have to be willing to kill the people who are perpetrating it, we might as well not even bother saying "never again." That's just self-serving fantasy. It fills the emotional needs of the safe and privileged, but it will NEVER get anything done. All the hand-wringing and rallying and marching over here will never save a single life in Syria or Darfur. Those are the cold hard facts.

  16. I never listen to Americans talking about human rights and doing "good" things to humans and for what is right for the world.

  17. Why so many negative comments here? Listen to her as a journalist and an activist. She is giving facts on politics issues, and how people can help.

  18. Calling college students to get a "genocide grade"…seems quite scientific, given that college students are apt to speak objectively without infusing their own political, racial, or religious biases. <insert eyeroll>

  19. At the least a sociopath, possibly a psychopath. A total fraud. Every invader, coloniser and war monger in the world has claimed virtuous reasons to their public. That they were saving the day and coming to help the people. This lady is nothing more than a war criminal. A war criminal who projects her own murderous exploitative ways onto others.

  20. If not a psychopath then certainly a hypocrite and apologist for the american government. Indispensable nation, what a load of crap people believe and trust this lackey at your own peril.

  21. Dr. Michael Parenti might add that Ms. Power's serves imperialism well because she "says what she likes because they like what she says." US foreign policy is not a reaction to "evil doers" when you look beyond the apologist – it is an intelligent form of wealth accumulation disguised as peace keeping.

  22. Por que os EUA não acaba com o genocídio dos cidadãos afroamericanos, promovida pelo próprio Estado através da polícia, antes de interferir no resto do mundo?
    Porque ele não quer ajudar ninguém.
    Eles querem impor sua "cultura" e controlar recursos. O que esperar de um país que aprendeu a se enriquecer da guerra?

  23. Sa-MAN-tha has got a very long neck. That is what happens when a young boy has his balls chopped off, their necks keep growing!

  24. More people are killed during the democrats than republicans and that is the fact
    Democrats always sneak into creating problems which fifty years later, next generation have to apologise for what what democrats did fifty years back

  25. She’s Obama’s neocon UN envoy, a despicable character, complicit in his high crimes by outrageously supporting them.

    Edward Herman once called her a member of “the cruise missile left.” She glorifies US-sponsored genocides outrageously called humanitarian interventions, ignoring or shamelessly justifying Washington’s sordid record of repeated supreme crimes against peace.

    She disgraces the office she holds, part of Obama’s permanent war criminal cabal. Her notion of responsibility to protect is mass slaughter and destruction to advance America’s imperium.
    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/09/19/deconstructing-samantha-powers-big-lies/

  26. <3 Thank You Sam . ( ? … I have dug to the root of the rot and found many individuals being fed information meant to lead them into and for a lack of a better description and one the people we try to help may understand … into traps set by Voracious Wolves to manipulate them …. As they say once absurdities are believed atrocities are soon to follow . Please just say no to extremism.

  27. Dear Samantha, most of the genocide and atrocities you speak of were created by the US military and you played your part as a willing participant during that decade.

  28. in retrospect, it's really interesting to see how many Russian trolls were already commenting 3 years ago (below) and trying to smear America in every which way that they can.
    Yes, America is not perfect by any means, but don't smear the good people who are trying their best within the constraints of their roles to advance goodness.

  29. The utter arrogance of this silly woman who talks about terrorism as though the terrorism was without and not within and generated by Obama and the Bush's. She is obviously in love with her own brilliance and her ratarteee is seasoned with Obamaisms such as 'let me be clear'.

  30. This pathetic creature was adviser to Obama so must share responsibility for Obama's crimes against humanity – his huge kill record ecliping even that of George H W Bush.

  31. I suggest you take the to find out who Sergio Vieira Mello was before you judge her. All of you who decry her are missing the point. How sad!

  32. This is the person that supports the incremental genocide of the Palestinian people. …..Samatha Powers is the Devil.

  33. THEN POWERS WHY DONT YOU TAKE ALL THE MONEY YOU HAVE FROM BOOK SALES AND PEACE PRIZE MONEY AND TEACHING MONEY AND GO HELP THESE PEOPLE YOUR ALLWAYS CONCERNED ABOUT AND TRY AND SAVE THEM INSTEAD OF TAKING AND TALKING ON AND ON FOR YOUR LOVE OF MONEY, POWERS. IN GOD WE TRUST.

  34. Interesting how the Ambassador fails to mention, Russian genocide, China genocide, Cambodia, Bosnia and others…260 MILLION citizens, killed by their governments.

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