Now Obama is rewarding Rice for her fierce loyalty with an appointment to a position arguably as influential as secretary of state and one for which she will not need to be confirmed. He is also counting on her continued deference in placing his personal interests above those of the nation.
With Obama's brazen appointment of Rice to this position, he is saying either that Rice didn't lie (in which case someone else in the administration did, including possibly himself), or that she did lie and he is perfectly fine with it, maybe even grateful for it. Obama might as well say to us, "I don't really care what you think about our bogus story concerning the video. It got us through the election. I won."
If Obama insists on stubbornly clinging to the story that Rice did not know she was broadcasting falsehoods, then he should tell us who did know. But he's Obama. That's not going to happen.
Equally troubling is Obama's selection of Samantha Power to replace Rice. In announcing Power's appointment, Obama praised her as "a relentless advocate for American interests and values." But is she?
In 2003, Power called for a "historical reckoning with crimes committed, sponsored, permitted by the United States." In a piece in The New Republic, she advocated a "doctrine of the mea culpa," which essentially involves the United States owning up to its alleged past foreign policy abuses to put itself in a better light to rest of the world.
Is this not exactly the attitude Obama has expressed in his ongoing apology tour at home and abroad, always anxious to throw this nation under the bus and distance himself from its pre-Obama history? Those who have pooh-poohed this accurate characterization of Obama's blame-America-first approach should take note that Obama has now boldly reaffirmed this very worldview with his appointment of Power.
The Power appointment also further validates Obama's critics who have accused him of being a poor friend of our ally Israel. Space limitations don't permit elaboration here, but Paul Mirengoff at the Powerline blog has described Power as "virulently anti-Israel" and "Israel hating" and supports his assertion in these two posts.
Obama's two appointments show that even as he is under heavy criticism for a smorgasbord of scandals, he is utterly undaunted. He "won" the election, and he is going to impose his agenda for transformational change no matter what and militantly ignore all efforts to hold him accountable.
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