Samantha Power, Pragmatic Radical


Rumor has it that National Security Advisor Samantha Power is on the short list to become the next Secretary of State. You probably don’t know a whole lot about her. She’s from Ireland, she’s married to Cass Sunstein, and she’s one of the women credited with pushing Obama into a war kinetic military action against Libya. But who is she and what does she stand for?

Stanley Kurtz dug into Power’s past and concludes that, like Obama, she’s a “pragmatic radical.”

A member of the president’s National Security Council who shares Noam Chomsky’s foreign-policy goals? An influential presidential adviser whom 1960s revolutionary Tom Hayden treats as a fellow radical? A White House official who wrote a book aiming to turn an anti-American, anti-Israel, Marxist-inspired, world-government-loving United Nations bureaucrat into a popular hero? Samantha Power, senior director of multilateral affairs for the National Security Council and perhaps the principal architect of our current intervention in Libya, is all of these things.

These scary-sounding tidbits might be dismissed as isolated “gotchas.” Unfortunately, when we view these radical outcroppings in the full sweep of her life’s work, Samantha Power emerges as a patriot’s nightmare — a woman determined to subordinate America’s national sovereignty to an international order largely controlled by leftist bureaucrats. Superficially, Power’s chief concern is to put a stop to genocide and “crimes against humanity.” More deeply, her goal is to use our shared horror at the worst that human beings can do in order to institute an ever-broadening regime of redistributive transnational governance.

Knowing what Samantha Power wants reveals a great deal about Barack Obama’s own ideological commitments. It’s not just a question of whether he shares Power’s long-term internationalist goals, although it’s highly likely that he does. Power’s thinking also represents a bridge of sorts between Obama’s domestic- and foreign-policy aspirations. Beyond that, Power embodies a style of pragmatic radicalism that Obama shares. Both Obama and Power are skilled at placing their ultimate ideological goals just out of sight, behind a screen of practical problem-solving….. Read the whole thing.

He’s keeping her somewhat under wraps lately. She’s not doing many interviews so she isn’t subject to much media scrutiny. No doubt if he wins in 2012 we’ll be hearing a lot more from this woman.

Update: Speaking of the war kinetic military action in Libya – be sure to read about how the Senate was snookered into approving military action. They’re sinking to new depths.

Update 2: Memeorandum now has a thread and linked.