Sunday, July 21, 2013

Samantha Power, U.N. ambassador nominee, speaks out on human rights abuses - by the United States of America

MGR's view - The pot calls the kettle black

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During a recent appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Irish immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen Samantha Power lambasted Venezuela for alleged human rights abuses:
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In the clip above, from 2003, she spoke candidly about her adopted country, acknowledging it has a history of "human rights abuses" and an "unsustainable" foreign policy which has been "antithetical to or at best inconsiderate of (American) values, and which comes back to harm U.S. interests in the long term." She also noted the U.S. has been guilty of "unilateralism" - often known as Isolationism - and "trade decisions which evidence a lack of consideration for their impact on peoples' lives." These factors and others, she argued, have brought on America's insecurity in recent years.

Is this the right person to be lecturing Venezuela - or anybody else - on behalf of the United States? Will Samantha Power have credibility when she stands at the podium of the United Nations General Assembly, and looks out on the representatives of the Third World, including Latin America?

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