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Parry writes: "Liberal interventionist Samantha Power - along with neocon allies - appears to have prevailed in the struggle over how President Obama will conduct his foreign policy in his last months in office, promoting aggressive strategies that will lead to more death and destruction."

Samantha Power. (photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Samantha Power. (photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


Samantha Power: Liberal War Hawk

By Robert Parry, Consortium News

16 June 15

 

ropaganda and genocide almost always go hand in hand, with the would-be aggressor stirring up resentment often by assuming the pose of a victim simply acting in self-defense and then righteously inflicting violence on the targeted group.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power understands this dynamic having written about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda where talk radio played a key role in getting Hutus to kill Tutsis. Yet, Power is now leading propaganda campaigns laying the groundwork for two potential ethnic slaughters: against the Alawites, Shiites, Christians and other minorities in Syria and against the ethnic Russians of eastern Ukraine.

Though Power is a big promoter of the “responsibility to protect” – or “R2P” – she operates with glaring selectivity in deciding who deserves protection as she advances a neocon/liberal interventionist agenda. She is turning “human rights” into an excuse not to resolve conflicts but rather to make them bloodier.

Thus, in Power’s view, the overthrow and punishment of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad takes precedence over shielding Alawites and other minorities from the likely consequence of Sunni-extremist vengeance. And she has sided with the ethnic Ukrainians in their slaughter of ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine.

In both cases, Power spurns pragmatic negotiations that could avert worsening violence as she asserts a black-and-white depiction of these crises. More significantly, her strident positions appear to have won the day with President Barack Obama, who has relied on Power as a foreign policy adviser since his 2008 campaign.

Power’s self-righteous approach to human rights – deciding that her side wears white hats and the other side wears black hats – is a bracing example of how “human rights activists” have become purveyors of death and destruction or what some critics have deemed “the weaponization of human rights.

We saw this pattern in Iraq in 2002-03 when many “liberal humanitarians” jumped on the pro-war bandwagon in favoring an invasion to overthrow dictator Saddam Hussein. Power herself didn’t support the invasion although she was rather mealy-mouthed in her skepticism and sought to hedge her career bets amid the rush to war.

For instance, in a March 10, 2003 debate on MSNBC’s “Hardball” show — just nine days before the invasion — Power said, “An American intervention likely will improve the lives of the Iraqis. Their lives could not get worse, I think it’s quite safe to say.”

However, the lives of Iraqis actually did get worse. Indeed, hundreds of thousands stopped living altogether and a sectarian war continues to tear the country apart to this day.

Power in Power

Similarly, regarding Libya, Power was one of the instigators of the U.S.-supported military intervention in 2011 which was disguised as an “R2P” mission to protect civilians in eastern Libya where dictator Muammar Gaddafi had identified the infiltration of terrorist groups.

Urged on by then-National Security Council aide Power and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Obama agreed to support a military mission that quickly morphed into a “regime change” operation. Gaddafi’s troops were bombed from the air and Gaddafi was eventually hunted down, tortured and murdered.

The result, however, was not a bright new day of peace and freedom for Libyans but the disintegration of Libya into a failed state with violent extremists, including elements of the Islamic State, seizing control of swaths of territory and murdering civilians. It turns out that Gaddafi was not wrong about some of his enemies.

Today, Power is a leading force opposing meaningful negotiations over Syria and Ukraine, again staking out “moralistic” positions – rejecting possible power-sharing with Assad in Syria and blaming the Ukraine crisis entirely on the Russians. She doesn’t seem all that concerned about impending genocides against Assad’s supporters in Syria or ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine.

In 2012, at a meeting hosted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, former U.S. Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith predicted “the next genocide in the world … will likely be against the Alawites in Syria” — a key constituency behind Assad’s secular regime. But Power has continued to insist that the top priority is Assad’s removal.

Similarly, Power has shown little sympathy for members of Ukraine’s ethnic Russian minority who saw their elected President Viktor Yanukovych overthrown in a Feb. 22, 2014 coup spearheaded by neo-Nazis and other right-wing nationalists who had gained effective control of the Maidan protests. Many of these extremists want an ethnically pure Ukrainian state.

Since then, neo-Nazi units, such as the Azov battalion, have been Kiev’s tip of the spear in slaughtering thousands of ethnic Russians in the east and driving millions from their homes, essentially an ethnic-cleansing campaign in eastern Ukraine.

A Propaganda Speech

Yet, Power traveled to Kiev to deliver a one-sided propaganda speech on June 11, portraying the post-coup Ukrainian regime simply as a victim of “Russian aggression.”

Despite the key role of neo-Nazis – acknowledged even by the U.S. House of Representatives – Power uttered not one word about Ukrainian military abuses which have included reports of death squad operations targeting ethnic Russians and other Yanukovych supporters.

Skipping over the details of the U.S.-backed and Nazi-driven coup of Feb. 22, 2014, Power traced the conflict instead to “February 2014, when Russia’s little green men first started appearing in Crimea.” She added that the United Nations’ “focus on Ukraine in the Security Council is important, because it gives me the chance – on behalf of the United States – to lay out the mounting evidence of Russia’s aggression, its obfuscation, and its outright lies. … America is clear-eyed when it comes to seeing the truth about Russia’s destabilizing actions in your country.”

Power continued: “The message of the United States throughout this Moscow-manufactured conflict – and the message you heard from President Obama and other world leaders at last week’s meeting of the G7 – has never wavered: if Russia continues to disregard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine; and if Russia continues to violate the rules upon which international peace and security rest – then the United States will continue to raise the costs on Russia.

“And we will continue to rally other countries to do the same, reminding them that their silence or inaction in the face of Russian aggression will not placate Moscow, it will only embolden it.

“But there is something more important that is often lost in the international discussion about Russia’s efforts to impose its will on Ukraine. And that is you – the people of Ukraine – and your right to determine the course of your own country’s future. … Or, as one of the great rallying cries of the Maidan put it:Ukraina po-nad u-se! Ukraine above all else!” [Applause.]

Power went on: “Let me begin with what we know brought people out to the Maidan in the first place. We’ve all heard a good number of myths about this. One told by the Yanukovych government and its Russian backers at the time was that the Maidan protesters were pawns of the West, and did not speak for the ‘real’ Ukraine.

“A more nefarious myth peddled by Moscow after Yanukovych’s fall was that Euromaidan had been engineered by Western capitals in order to topple a democratically-elected government.”

Of course, neither of Power’s points was actually a “myth.” For instance, the U.S.-funded National Endowment for Democracy was sponsoring scores of anti-government activists and media operations — and NED President Carl Gershman had deemed Ukraine “the biggest prize,” albeit a stepping stone toward ousting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland was collaborating with U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt how to “midwife” the change in government with Nuland picking the future leaders of Ukraine – “Yats is the guy” referring to Arseniy Yatsenyuk who was installed as prime minister after the coup.

The coup itself occurred after Yanukovych pulled back the police to prevent worsening violence. Armed neo-Nazi and right-wing militias, organized as “sotins” or 100-man units, then took the offensive and overran government buildings. Yanukovych and other officials fled for their lives, with Yanukovych narrowly avoiding assassination. In the days following the coup, armed thugs essentially controlled the government and brutally intimidated any political resistance.

Inventing ‘Facts’

But that reality had no place in Power’s propaganda speech. Instead, she said:

“The facts tell a different story. As you remember well, then-President Yanukovych abandoned Kyiv of his own accord, only hours after signing an agreement with opposition leaders that would have led to early elections and democratic reforms.

“And it was only after Yanukovych fled the capital that 328 of the 447 members of the democratically-elected Rada voted to strip him of his powers – including 36 of the 38 members of his own party in parliament at the time. Yanukovych then vanished for several days, only to eventually reappear – little surprise – in Russia.

“As is often the case, these myths reveal more about the myth makers than they do about the truth. Moscow’s fable was designed to airbrush the Ukrainian people – and their genuine aspirations and demands – out of the Maidan, by claiming the movement was fueled by outsiders.

“Yet, as you all know by living through it – and as was clear even to those of us watching your courageous stand from afar – the Maidan was made in Ukraine. A Ukraine of university students and veterans of the Afghan war. Of Ukrainian, Russian, and Tatar speakers. Of Christians, Muslims, and Jews. …”

Power went on with her rhapsodic version of events: “Given the powerful interests that benefited from the corrupt system, achieving a full transformation was always going to be an uphill battle. And that was before Russian troops occupied Crimea, something the Kremlin denied at the time, but has since admitted; and it was before Russia began training, arming, bankrolling, and fighting alongside its separatist proxies in eastern Ukraine, something the Kremlin continues to deny.

“Suddenly, the Ukrainian people faced a battle on two fronts: combating corruption and overhauling broken institutions on the inside; while simultaneously defending against aggression and destabilization from the outside.

“I don’t have to tell you the immense strain that these battles have placed upon you. You feel it in the young men and women, including some of your family members and friends, who have volunteered or been drafted into the military – people who could be helping build up their nation, but instead are risking their lives to defend it against Russian aggression. …

“You feel it in the conflict’s impact on your country’s economy – as instability makes it harder for Ukrainian businesses to attract foreign investment, deepens inflation, and depresses families’ wages. … It is felt in the undercurrent of fear in cities like Kharkiv – where citizens have been the victims of multiple bomb attacks, the most lethal of which killed four people, including two teenage boys, at a rally celebrating the first anniversary of Euromaidan.

“And the impact is felt most directly by the people living in the conflict zone. According to the UN, at least 6,350 people have been killed in the violence driven by Russia and the separatists – including 625 women and children – and an additional 1,460 people are missing; 15,775 people have been wounded. And an estimated 2 million people have been displaced by this conflict. And the real numbers of killed, missing, wounded, and displaced are likely higher, according to the UN, due to its limited access to areas controlled by the separatists.”

One-Sided Account

Pretty much everything in Power’s propaganda speech was blamed on the Russians – along with the ethnic Russians and other Ukrainians resisting the imposition of the new U.S.-backed order. She also ignored the will of the people of Crimea who voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to secede from Ukraine and rejoin Russia.

The closest she came to criticizing the current regime in Kiev was to note that “investigations into serious crimes such as the violence in the Maidan and in Odessa have been sluggish, opaque, and marred by serious errors – suggesting not only a lack of competence, but also a lack of will to hold the perpetrators accountable.”

Yet, even there, Power failed to note the growing evidence that the neo-Nazis were likely behind the crucial sniper attacks on Feb. 20, 2014, that killed both police and protesters and touched off the chaos that led to the coup two days later. [A worthwhile documentary on this mystery is “Maidan Massacre.”]

Nor, did Power spell out that neo-Nazis from the Maidan set fire to the Trade Union Building in Odessa on May 2, 2014, burning alive scores of ethnic Russians while spray-painting the building with pro-Nazi graffiti, including hailing the “Galician SS,” the Ukrainian auxiliary that helped Adolf Hitler’s SS carry out the Holocaust in Ukraine.

Listening to Power’s speech you might not even have picked up that she was obliquely criticizing the U.S.-backed regime in Kiev.

Also, by citing a few touching stories of pro-coup Ukrainians who had died in the conflict, Power implicitly dehumanized the far larger number of ethnic Russians who opposed the overthrow of their elected president and have been killed by Kiev’s brutal “anti-terrorism operation.”

Use of Propaganda

In my nearly four decades covering Washington, I have listened to and read many speeches like the one delivered by Samantha Power. In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan would give similar propaganda speeches justifying the slaughter of peasants and workers in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, where the massacres of Mayan Indians were later deemed a “genocide.”

Regardless of the reality on the ground, the speeches always made the U.S.-backed side the “good guys” and the other side the “bad guys” – even when “our side” included CIA-affiliated “death squads” and U.S.-equipped military forces slaughtering tens of thousands of civilians.

During the 1990s, more propaganda speeches were delivered by President George H.W. Bush regarding Panama and Iraq and by President Bill Clinton regarding Kosovo and Yugoslavia. Then, last decade, the American people were inundated with more propaganda rhetoric from President George W. Bush justifying the invasion of Iraq and the expansion of the endless “war on terror.”

Generally speaking, during much of his first term, Obama was more circumspect in his rhetoric, but he, too, has slid into propaganda-speak in the latter half of his presidency as he shed his “realist” foreign policy tendencies in favor of “tough-guy/gal” rhetoric favored by “liberal interventionists,” such as Power, and neoconservatives, such as Nuland and her husband Robert Kagan (whom a chastened Obama invited to a White House lunch last year).

But the difference between the propaganda of Reagan, Bush-41, Clinton and Bush-43 was that it focused on conflicts in which the Soviet Union or Russia might object but would likely not be pushed to the edge of nuclear war, nothing as provocative as what the Obama administration has done in Ukraine, now including dispatching U.S. military advisers.

The likes of Power, Nuland and Obama are not just justifying wars that leave devastation, death and disorder in their wake in disparate countries around the world, but they are fueling a war on Russia’s border.

That was made clear by the end of Power’s speech in which she declared: “Ukraine, you may still be bleeding from pain. An aggressive neighbor may be trying to tear your nation to pieces. Yet you … are strong and defiant. You, Ukraine, are standing tall for your freedom. And if you stand tall together – no kleptocrat, no oligarch, and no foreign power can stop you.”

There is possibly nothing more reckless than what has emerged as Obama’s late-presidential foreign policy, what amounts to a plan to destabilize Russia and seek “regime change” in the overthrow of Russian President Putin.

Rather than take Putin up on his readiness to cooperate with Obama in trouble spots, such as the Syrian civil war and Iran’s nuclear program, “liberal interventionist” hawks like Power and neocons like Nuland – with Obama in tow – have chosen confrontation and have used extreme propaganda to effectively shut the door on negotiation and compromise.

Yet, as with previous neocon/liberal-interventionist schemes, this one lacks on-the-ground realism. Even if it were possible to so severely damage the Russian economy and to activate U.S.-controlled “non-governmental organizations” to help drive Putin from office, that doesn’t mean a Washington-friendly puppet would be installed in the Kremlin.

Another possible outcome would be the emergence of an extreme Russian nationalist suddenly controlling the nuclear codes and willing to use them. So, when ambitious ideologues like Power and Nuland get control of U.S. foreign policy in such a sensitive area, what they’re playing with is the very survival of life on planet Earth – the ultimate genocide.

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Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com). You also can order Robert Parry’s trilogy on the Bush Family and its connections to various right-wing operatives for only $34. The trilogy includes America’s Stolen Narrative. For details on this offer, click here.


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+27 # kgrad 2015-06-16 13:26
This so-called ambassador to the UN does not represent me!
 
 
+17 # wrknight 2015-06-16 13:33
Quoting kgrad:
This so-called ambassador to the UN does not represent me!

Neither does Obama!
 
 
+18 # WestWinds 2015-06-16 15:00
Quoting kgrad:
This so-called ambassador to the UN does not represent me!


--- What makes ANYONE think that this woman (or Obama for that matter) are "Liberal"? Just because we call some guy who behaves badly a "dog" does that make him an actual dog, does it?

People, it's about the money. All of these so-called "Liberals" are supply side hawkers. There is NOTHING liberal about these people; they talk the talk but don't do the walk.

When do we wake up and call a Joker a Joker? Please, these people are moles who have wormed their way into the system; termites out to do as much damage as possible. These people are NOT Liberals. Wakie, wakie!
 
 
+2 # dquandle 2015-06-16 22:25
She doesn't care. She's just there to insure that wars occur.
 
 
+22 # wrknight 2015-06-16 13:27
Under what kind of rock are people like Power spawned?
 
 
-15 # poetmarinerray 2015-06-16 17:17
Robert Parry writes that 'Gaddafi wasn't wrong about some of his "terrorist enemies" Well, where was Samantha Power wrong about Gaddafi--one of Libya's bloodiest, ruthless military dictators . There is ample evidence that Gaddafi and Assad have used genocidal weapons on their own people to keep their strangle hold on power in their respective countries . How is using genocidal weapons on your own people not a bigger cause of Isis strengthening recruitment? Obama has used much more restraint in letting the Assad regime crumble on its own from the civil war . I think ISIL proved to be the greater aggressor on trying to bring down President Assad to his knees no matter how many innocent civilians got in the way and were killed. Robert Parry , do you want to see that kind of mass slaughter continue?
 
 
+18 # wrknight 2015-06-16 18:11
Quoting poetmarinerray:
Robert Parry writes that 'Gaddafi wasn't wrong about some of his "terrorist enemies" Well, where was Samantha Power wrong about Gaddafi--one of Libya's bloodiest, ruthless military dictators . There is ample evidence that Gaddafi and Assad have used genocidal weapons on their own people to keep their strangle hold on power in their respective countries .

You can complain about ruthless dictators all you want, but you have to address the question of how many deaths were there under Gadaffi or Hussein and how many deaths have there been as a result our U.S. intervention. And are the people better off now that they were before?

Every time we go in some place and try to fix someone else's problems, we end up leaving a trail of death and destruction with no light at the end of the tunnel. So why the f_k don't we just stay out of it. Save our money for useful and CONSTRUCTIVE activities at home like educating our kids and repairing our infrastructure instead of DESTRUCTIVE wars of "liberation" and "democratizatio n" where it's not wanted and it does no good.
 
 
-9 # poetmarinerray 2015-06-17 16:27
How many deaths were there in Syria 's civil war when Assad launched chemical weapons attacks on his own people? How many deaths of civilians since ISIS launched its blitzkreig from the wasteland of Syria's war ravaged territory into Iraq , Yemen, and Kurd -held territory ? How many civilians have Qaddafi killed or jailed, or tortured since he seized power through an illegal military coup d'etat? I'll guarantee you that the numbers are far greater than from Obama's limited intervention (with no U S combat troops) to aid our ally Iraq. The real tragedy is that there was not more world power support( U S and Russia) for Kofi Annan's valiant U N 's attempts to end the Syria civil war. Shame on ALL the World Powers for that mistake.
 
 
+1 # dsepeczi 2015-06-19 09:33
Quoting poetmarinerray:
How many deaths were there in Syria 's civil war when Assad launched chemical weapons attacks on his own people? How many deaths of civilians since ISIS launched its blitzkreig from the wasteland of Syria's war ravaged territory into Iraq , Yemen, and Kurd -held territory ? How many civilians have Qaddafi killed or jailed, or tortured since he seized power through an illegal military coup d'etat? I'll guarantee you that the numbers are far greater than from Obama's limited intervention (with no U S combat troops) to aid our ally Iraq.


Your views are clearly bereft of much truth. Where to begin. First off, Assad did NOT gas his own people. If you followed the news more regularly, you'd have noted that the story that he did was so thoroughly debunked that even the original perpetrators of the lie, the NYT, retracted their vector analysis story that was supposed to be the "slam dunk" that Assad crossed Obama's "red line". As for ISIS/ISIL/IS ... whatever you care to call them these days ... you do realize that they came into power largely because of Obama's decision to arm and train "moderate rebels" to attack Assad, don't you ? Without US intervention in Iraq, Syria and Libya, there is no such thing as ISIL. The more we interfere, the worse it gets.
 
 
-3 # poetmarinerray 2015-06-19 10:00
@dsepeczi, I see your 'views are bereft of any truths at all -- your plan is to not have a full understanding of the situation in Syria civil war and the origins of ISIS. Don't you believe that U N inspectors hauled out of Syria Assad's chemical weapons arsenal per the Obama-Putin brokered agreement with Assad to have those chem. weapons removed ? So, why did you choose to ignore the last part of my comment? Don't you think United Nations peacekeeping efforts are legitimate? "The real tragedy is that there was not more world power support( U S and Russia) for Kofi Annan's valiant U N 's attempts to end the Syria civil war. Shame on ALL the World Powers for that mistake.
 
 
-2 # poetmarinerray 2015-06-19 11:11
First off, Assad did NOT gAs for ISIS/ISIL/IS ... whatever you care to call them these days ... you do realize that they came into power largely because of Obama's decision to arm and train "moderate rebels" to attack Assad, don't you ? Without US intervention in Iraq, Syria and Libya, there is no such thing as ISIL. The more we interfere, the worse it gets.

ISIS used to be known as Al Qaeda in Iraq which formed in the aftermath of the disastrous invasion of Iraq by Bush and Cheney (whose former firm Halliburton profited handsomely.) Why are republicans so opposed to same-sex marriages? After all, ISIS has Two Dads ! (George W Bush and Dick Cheney)
 
 
+2 # hadgembes 2015-06-18 02:11
IGNORANCE IS NOT A VIRTUE. HAVE AN OPEN MIND WITHOUT PREJUDICE AND LEARN ABOUT THE ALIGNMENT OF FORCES IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE IMPACT OF ACTIONS TAKEN BY THOSE FORCES
 
 
+2 # dquandle 2015-06-16 22:21
Under the "Liberal" Clinton/Obama/A lbright/Clinton /Bush/Cheney rock
 
 
+8 # randyjet 2015-06-16 14:09
Could be worse. She is not Sec of State, but I guess Obama cares little for Kerry,even though Kerry was the one who was responsible for him getting where he is. Good thing Obama cannt run again, since I would vote against him now.
 
 
+3 # dquandle 2015-06-16 22:20
Kerry is exactly the same sort of monster Power is. He couldn't wait to start up the war with Syria, and has been one of the foremost apologists for war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan... virtually everywhere, not to mention his appalling and staggeringly stupid lies and attempts to create and ramp up war in Ukraine, against Russia.
 
 
+10 # Farafalla 2015-06-16 14:19
Hillary Clinton will probably make her Sec of State.
 
 
+12 # loraine 2015-06-16 17:24
Good reason NOT to vote for Clinton. Both Clinton and Power are NEO-CONS in sheep's clothing. Why vote for Clinton? She KNEW what she was doing when she voted for War IN IRAQ. Now, see how many hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dead and 5000 Americans DEAD. DO NOT VOTE FOR HILLARY OR A REPUBLICAN FOR PRESIDENT!!!
Who does that leave to vote for? Bernie or Warren!!!!
 
 
+4 # CelticNavigator 2015-06-17 06:01
I agree, Loraine. However, as Commander in Chief, ANY new prez is gonna have to deal with these very cold, hard facts:

1) We have troops in over 150 countries, not including naval and marine forces:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_deployments

2) We have about 1000 military and intel bases around the world, some "piggybacked" on other nations' bases. Many, but not all, are listed here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_military_bases

Thus it is easy for us pundits sitting at our keyboards to supply tons of free advice to our leaders who actually have to deal with this shit. And please believe me, in a crossfire hurricane shit storm of this magnitude, NO president, Rep, Dem, or Third Party, is gonna come out smelling like roses.

Ever hear of the Chaos Theory or its bigger cousin, the World Systems Theory? Both show that everything is connected and the only thing that defines anything is that thing's interactions with other things. Thus issues are never simple because in the real world, they simply cannot be. A gad-damned butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon literally changes the weather here, and human conflicts, however small, create identical global "ripple effects," sometimes creating tsunamis. CIA / Skull and Bones practice "Constructive Chaos" because wars keep money in motion and banks and corps can only profit from money in motion, eh?

Peace Out, War Sucks, Close Bases NOW!
 
 
0 # CelticNavigator 2015-06-17 08:19
Very relevant and inspirational song here: "The Battle of Evermore," my favorite Led Zeppelin composition. Written words, however noble, are interpreted by the egotistical, linear, sequential and often self-deceiving left brain, while music and images are much more right brained and holistic in their impact.

Paradoxically, over the last 5,000 years since the invention of left brain linear alphabets, women's power increases in times of widespread illiteracy and decreases in times of widespread literacy. Pre- WW II Germany was the most literate and scientific nation at the time and the misogyny and aggression of male-dominant Islam may be a direct result of that faith's self-enslavemen t to the written word and total disregard for right brain holistic images.

Good news: Computers are bringing some balance back with videos, music and images, so there is some hope.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmkzux_the-battle-of-evermore-led-zeppelin-with-lyrics_music

Think I'm nuts re misogynistic effects of alphabet literacy? Watch this great lecture by my late friend and mentor Dr. Leonard Shlain and get back to me, please.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QQuD62RxrU
 
 
0 # Dongi 2015-06-17 13:39
Leonard Shlain was your mentor? Indeed, impressive.
 
 
0 # CelticNavigator 2015-06-17 15:02
Perhaps I should have said that he was a friend and inspiration for my work, rather than imply that he was a formal mentor for me - I am self-educated since high school. We chatted on the phone and online for 3-4 years in a little group of notable Ph.D.s and M.D.s I called the "Right Brain Trust," until brain cancer took him a few years ago.

This little thesis of mine gained the interest of those wonderful brainiacs for a while, before life and death got in the way, eventually:

http://readersupportednews.org/pm-section/22-22/29824-brain-catastrophes-by-the-numbers-mental-minefields-we-must-traverse-to-survive

Len's daughter Tiffany, who had two of her films shown at the Sundance Film Festival in the same year, has a great AOL website, here:

http://www.moxieinstitute.org/thefuturestartshere
 
 
0 # Dongi 2015-06-18 04:00
Thanks for the reference. I will check it out.
 
 
+26 # harleysch 2015-06-16 14:39
What Parry has laid out in this article is that Power should be tried as a war criminal, under the Nuremberg statutes. She has played a leading role in enacting policies which have led directly to deaths of civilians, as she and her regime change policy, politely called R2P, have destroyed sovereign states. Further, her wild rhetoric, as in the remarks in Kiev cited above, place us on the verge of war with Russia.

How could she be tolerated in an administration headed by a Nobel Peace Prize winner, who ran for President as an anti-war candidate?

Her husband, Cas Sunstein, is one of Obama's mentors on law and economic theory, from the University of Chicago, and one of his closest advisers. The anti-human behavior you see in this miserable wretch, Power, in her role as U.N. Ambassador, is what Obama wants from her. She would not be conducting this pro-Nazi, murderous policy, without the full support of her President.
 
 
+8 # Anonymot 2015-06-16 14:58
I agree, however I suspect that Obama says what she counsels rather than vice cersa.
 
 
+9 # WestWinds 2015-06-16 15:06
#harleysch: "How could she be tolerated in an administration headed by a Nobel Peace Prize winner, who ran for President as an anti-war candidate?"

--- Because BHO lied about who and what he is all about. He defends himself by saying he never lied, but there is such a thing as lying by omission, and there is also lying by leading someone to believe something when just the opposite is true. Obama had Ted Kennedy, an old school Democrat firebrand, out on the campaign trail with him allowing people to believe that he was aligned with old school liberal Democrats, and did nothing to correct this image. He's a Janus and a Trojan Horse of horrors; just like this Powers woman. Obama has had cabinets full of scoundrels and this woman only rounds out his advisory staff.
1) Water seeks its own level; and
2) Show me who your friends are and I'll tell you who and what you are.
 
 
+6 # harleysch 2015-06-16 15:33
I hope you noted that my comment about the Nobel Prize winner was meant to be ironic!
 
 
+2 # dquandle 2015-06-16 22:16
Quite true. Our Nobel prize winning President is happily a war criminal himself, and revels in surrounding himself with like minded neo-fascists, especially if they are women. It gives an ecumenical, inclusive, and forward-looking appeal to his brand of neo-fascism. It attracts "Liberals". What could be more nurturing and homey than a woman with a fleet of Predators at her disposal, and the drive to use them on a daily basis. Thats the ticket Hillary is running on...
 
 
0 # dquandle 2015-06-16 22:17
Yes indeed.
 
 
+18 # maverita 2015-06-16 14:41
i am so sick of our supposed leaders thinking they can fix the whole world, when we can't even fix our own country. politicians in general, but women like this in particular, make me feel like vomiting.
 
 
+7 # Anonymot 2015-06-16 15:28
I've written constantly about the women Hillary put in place, including Powers, Rice, Nuland and Huma. They form a little pack of neofascist intimates who reflect Hillary's Goldwater background among whatever else they share. I think that when this little clique of "the girls" was formed Obama was both too naive and too inexperienced to deal with his overwhelmed condition so he sought advisors who his handlers would accept.

Hillary was certainly Obama's main influence in his choices concerning foreign relations - about which she subsequently proved her own incompetence.

As much as I'm for putting highly qualified women in the positions they merit, our experience of women in foreign relations has consistently been a disaster, starting with Hilly back when she chose Billy's women.
 
 
+14 # Radscal 2015-06-16 15:31
Great article, Mr. Parry.

I think Ms. Power may be the most pernicious of Obama’s female appointees.

Victoria Nuland makes no attempt to cover up her seething hatred for those who oppose her fascist cohorts. Evil just emanates from her glaring eyes.

Marie Harf appears to absolutely delight in the “game” of disinforming the public and the press stenographers. The ubiquitous smirk and sparkling eyes as she blatantly lies make that clear.

Susan Rice exhibits a stiff and unmoving “professionalis m,” that informs all who pay attention that truth has no bearing on her statements. She is giving us the official talking points with no emotional investment whatsoever.

Jen Psaki is the worst liar of the group. There are many times that it’s obvious that she knows she’s disinforming us, and is not fully comfortable with it. She carries the water for the 0.01%, but she fumbles so often that much splashes out.

Hillary Clinton, of course, is the most politic of them all. She is a skilled actor, but has deep enough actual record of fealty to international finance and trans-national corporations (and the military, police and covert interventions to impose their will) that only the self-delusional take her at her word.

But, Samantha Power?
 
 
+10 # Radscal 2015-06-16 15:32
Samantha Power bears a countenance that oozes empathy, even as she calls for the genocidal actions Mr. Parry notes. With furrowed brow and eyes that appear ready to burst into tears, she evokes a deep emotional connection that is in complete contradiction to what she’s actually selling us.

For this reason, many people who are not fooled by the other NeoCon/NeoLiber al apparatchiks above, are sucked into those deep, emotionally evocative eyes, and so believe her to be a “good” person “doing good.”

And that is dangerous.
 
 
+7 # Merlin 2015-06-16 16:06
Radscal 2015-06-16 15:32

Wonderful and observational comment! You see things most often missed by others.You have depth of understanding! Thanks for all your comments! You teach me every day!
 
 
+2 # Billsy 2015-06-16 20:07
In terms of countenance, she looks like she could be George W. Bush's sister. But that's a shallow observation. More significant is the way she sold out her principals for a bite of power.
 
 
+1 # Radscal 2015-06-17 00:28
I have no idea what principals Ms. Power ever had. She became something of an icon of "humanitarian intervention" by writing that the U.S. should send more troops to "hot spots," and get them there sooner (Rwanda most famously) rather than address why these problems arise and how the U.S. could help make the world a safer place. Instead, she has consistently called for policies and actions guaranteed to make the world a more dangerous place.

In fact, in her book, she criticized U.S. action in Rwanda by comparing it with her favorable assessment of the death and destruction our shadow government rained down on Yugoslavia.
 
 
+5 # loraine 2015-06-16 17:28
If you like these war-holics women, vote for Hillary!
 
 
+4 # futhark 2015-06-16 17:26
Notice to all War Hawks! Don't be a Dick Cheney! Mr. Cheney had "other priories" when facing the draft during the Vietnam War. He missed his chance to be a military hero. Don't miss yours!

Find your nearest recruiting office online or in the phone book. Don't wait! Enlist today! When you finish training, volunteer for front line duty. That is where you can accomplish your mission. Nothing is more important than doing your duty for America by killing as many of its enemies in their own country. Don't let family connections, career, position, concerns about being wounded or killed, or advancing age keep you from volunteering. Make an appointment to speak with a recruiter now. You may be surprised at the opportunities available for committing atrocities, naked aggression, and murder in the defense of freedom!
 
 
+8 # Dongi 2015-06-16 17:38
Samantha Power is my recommendation for anti christ of the month. She has no respect for the truth, none whatsoever. She uses her looks to lead the worthy astray. Decency and fair play are words absent from her vocabulary. And, she is relentless. She attacks with the fury of a fallen angel. Anyone that has appointed this harpy to political office is completely without a clue and probably needs assistance in crossing the street.

What to do with Samantha Power? Time to call the exorcist.
 
 
+6 # jdd 2015-06-16 18:40
Power is, of course, an evil swine, as is her companion at State, Victoria Nuland. However, what makes them dangerous is that the president is dancing to their tune and is reading from the same script. The real danger, as Perry points out, is the provocations in Ukraine.The NY Times reported that President Obama is sending heavy combat equipment, tanks, artillery, etc, into the three Baltic states bordering Russia and now the administration is considering the deployment of nuclear armed Intermediate Range Ballistic
Missiles back into Europe. All this while the American people sleepwalk through this insanity as their president runs amok, even as he is being repudiated by his own party.
 
 
+3 # Aliazer 2015-06-16 19:34
Having lived during the nazi/fascist era in Europe, it astounds me about the same repetitive propaganda that now is official in America, through Powers, Nuland and other flunkies, along with so called "main stream media" who now shill for the zionist/militar y industrial complex.

Tragically, nothing has changed between then and now, except now is "Fortress Amerika instead of "Fortress Europa" while evil remains the same.
 
 
+4 # Dongi 2015-06-16 20:44
Evil is like continuous: it doesn't go away, it doesn't take a vacation, it rarely lets go. Hence, it must be opposed constantly. We must be as determined to resist evil as the billionaires are to make money. It can be done but it isn't easy. But, the pay offs are spectacular.
 
 
+5 # Radscal 2015-06-17 00:31
As Chris Hedges said recently, "I fight fascists, not because I will win, but because they are fascists."
 
 
+3 # dquandle 2015-06-16 22:05
Why is the word "Liberal" appended to the description of this gorgon? There never was anything remotely "Liberal" about her.
She's just a vicious imperialist in a now long line of vicious female imperialists going back through Thatcher, Kirkpatrick, Albright, Rice, Clinton Rice, Nuland and Power herself, with no doubt hundreds in the wings waiting to take up the serpent wigs. They have shown themselves to be, in every way, as heinous and disgusting as their male counterparts.
 
 
+2 # Artemis 2015-06-17 02:09
Powers was probably always ambitious, but her politics appear to have switched radically after her marriage to neo-con Zionism. Detestable.
 
 
+1 # Artemis 2015-06-17 02:10
Write and call the WHITE HOUSE. It may not help, but don't let Obama go out without making your objections clear!
 
 
+2 # jpmarat 2015-06-17 09:44
I don't think "we" intervene to help anyone but ourselves, meaning our U.S. based Global Corporations. We risk human lives and our national security not to "fix" other peoples' problems, but to secure advantages for Global Corporations who locate their "headquarters" in the U.S. to be able to call upon the CIA & Pentagon, and Our Troops. SP seems to be in WAY over her head, thus lost, thus dangerous.
 
 
+3 # Merlin 2015-06-17 16:11
jpmarat 2015-06-17 09:44

pmarat 2015-06-17 09:44

Agreed, but with one small correction.

"meaning our U.S. based Global Corporations."

That would more accurately read "meaning International corporations, whether US based or not." This is not about anything “American.” We fought for BP, London based, for their “right” to Iraqi oil. See Paul Bremmer’s edicts on divying up Iraqi oil fields after we “won the war” against Saddam.
 
 
+4 # RMDC 2015-06-17 10:03
Samantha Power is just the younger version of Madeleeine Albright who famously said that the death of 560,000 Iraqi children was "worth it." And Albritht was only the younger version of Jeanne Kirkpatrick who came up with the famous distinction between "authoritarian regimes" as good and "totalitarian regimes" as bad. Now we have Power's murderous "R2P."

These are all genocidal women. They are mass murders of the worst sort. Their sex prevents the media from seeing them honestly and for the blood-thirsty psychopaths that they are.
 

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