Power: UN response on Syria a "disgrace"
Samantha Power testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
July 17th, 2013
02:57 PM ET

Power: UN response on Syria a "disgrace"

By Jamie Crawford

The United Nations response to the ongoing carnage in Syria has been a "disgrace," Samantha Power, President Barack Obama's nominee as U.N. ambassador, said on Wednesday.

"We see the failure of the U.N. Security Council to respond to the slaughter in Syria – a disgrace that history will judge harshly," the former National Security Council staffer said at her confirmation hearing.

The Security Council, of which the United States is a member, has been stymied by Russian and Chinese vetoes for more robust action in Syria.

A former academic on the issue of genocide, Power said it was incumbent on the United States to continue working with the Russians to try to stop one of the "worst cases of mass brutality" she has seen.

Pressed by Republican Sen. John McCain, she told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that a resolution by the Security Council to authorize military action in Syria was unlikely in the near term.

Power, who has been criticized for past comments on Israel, told the committee she would continue strong U.S. support for Israel in the global body in the face of resolutions condemning the Jewish state.

"Israel's legitimacy should be beyond dispute, and it's security must be beyond doubt," she said. "I will stand up for Israel and work tirelessly to defend it."

The former journalist and human rights advocate also told the committee that tightening national budgets mandate an examination of programs across the U.N. system and the closure of those deemed wasteful or inefficient.

"As both the U.N.'s principal founding member and its largest contributor, the United States has the right and duty to insist on reform," Power said. "I will aggressively pursue this cause."

Power's nomination is expected to receive Senate approval in the coming days.

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  8. Phelix Unger

    The UN is a joke and has been from its inception, a dream never realized. As for Power, every nation in Africa has suffered longer then Syria, and if she would like number to match Syria well then just check out Mexico. Its kinda close and the number of dead as a result of the drug world and a society that has built itself on corruption. Don't see the government doing anything about that loss of life and nobody is stopping them from dealing with the issue. I agree with the other people hear America does not need to bear the responsibility of fixing every other nations problems. Keep their own people safe and continue to secure its own borders and build better defensive systems with the money that will be saved. Might even help the unemployment lines.

    July 18, 2013 at 12:50 am | Reply
  9. Traflo

    Samantha Power, President Barack Obama's nominee as U.N. ambassador
    "worst cases of mass brutality" she has seen.
    Guess she never heard of the Rwandan genocide.
    As the brutal killings continued, the world stood idly by and just watched the slaughter.
    Lasting 100 days, the Rwanda genocide left approximately 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu sympathizers dead.
    The U.N. did nothing but pull out their troops.
    The U.S. stood back in silence while the killing continued.
    But Syria is different. Obama wants to send arms to the rebels so the killing can go on longer.
    Oh yeah, again, where is the U.N.?

    July 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  10. tax payer

    Slavery is genocide.... waiting to hear back on that one?

    July 17, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  11. George patton

    It would be a disgrace only if the U.N. interfered at the behest of the right-wing thugs in Washington to overthrow the Assad regime just so that they can take control by proxy! I wonder just how many of these member nations are bribed by Washington to do their bidding.

    July 17, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  12. Dave

    Why should we spend our money to get involved in a civil war in a Arab Country, it's their mess not our.

    July 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  13. bear jew

    susan power says she will be the best friend and best defender of Israel? are you kidding me? that could be the biggest lie anyone has ever told in confirmation hearings....

    July 17, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  14. Pete

    @Shaqir,the UN is ineffective as well as nonresponsive all over the world..The problem is the UN won't do anything on their own without our countrys blessing and in todays international uprisings like in Syria,Egypt we have to quit sticking our noses in everyone else's business no matter what it costs.That's how we've gotten stuck in more wars,interventions than we really didn't need to be in just trying as usual being the worlds police when its the UN that should have been doing it all along..And Shaqir that oil for food deal Bush lied to US about in Iraq never really materialized and it would've worked if we didn't go to war against them that's all...Now Iraq like Egypt,Isreal,India,Pakistan,Afghanistan and the rest of the middle east are the black sheep mooching off of US for foriegn aid at the tax payers expense not the UNs.They're moochers as well!!

    July 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  15. Shaqir

    The UN is corrupt, ineffective, and dangerous. It is a perpetual all-expense paid conference of corrupt officials from corrupt little countries, many Arabic. Recall the oil-for-food scandal. The UN is dangerous because its ultimate goal is a single world-wide socialist government. In the meantime, they endeavor to constrain the US and redistribute wealth from successful western nation to unsuccessful third world nations.

    July 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Reply

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