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Samantha Power and the United Nations

| Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

When the applause subsides and she gets down to work, how will Samantha Power engage any meaningful “reforms” at the United Nations as America's newest and youngest ambassador?

In her first public address as ambassador, Ms. Power, 42, urged her UCLA audience to “demand more of (the U.N.) to make it work better, to build the world that we envision.”

Sorry, but as “world visions” go, the U.N. has its own. And it's strikingly similar to Power's.

Since joining the U.N.'s in-name-only Human Rights Council, the Obama administration has remained nonconfrontational on major rights issues, reports Brett D. Schaefer of The Heritage Foundation. It's doubtful Power will do much to “reform” the Israel-bashing council when, in a 2002 interview, she accused Israeli leaders of “destroying the lives of their own people.”

Never mind congressional demands for more accountability and transparency in U.N. budgets, which go nowhere. And U.N. peacekeeping missions that have no measurable effect but one: The cost of “peacekeeping” keeps rising for U.S. taxpayers.

To this world forum, the Obama administration sends an ambassador who in 2003 called for “a historical reckoning with crimes committed, sponsored or permitted by the United States.”

Given that mindset, Power should fit in quite well at today's United Nations. This, when the U.S. should find that “fit” more intolerable than ever.

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