Tuesday 16 January 2018

Robert Schmuhl: Samantha Power's radical past is certain to come back to haunt her

Sam Power: Obama nominee
Sam Power: Obama nominee

BY nominating Samantha 'Sam' Power to serve as US Ambassador to the United Nations, Barack Obama risks a potentially bloody fight against Senate Republicans who nowadays look for any opening to throw a punch at the president.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author and one of America's most serious thinkers on human rights and humanitarian issues, Dublin-born Ms Power will face what many observers predict will be pointed questions in front of the Foreign Relations Committee before a vote by the full Senate, where Democrats hold a majority.

Unlike other figures nominated for a governmental position requiring Senate confirmation, Ms Power has written prolifically since the 1990s, especially about US foreign policy. You can wager more than a few euro that every word she has composed will receive scrutiny, with critical statements highlighted in red for Republican senators to recite at her hearings.

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