Saturday, November 29, 2008

The return of Samantha Power

Human rights activist and scholar Samantha Power, who was banished from the Obama campaign after calling Hillary Clinton "a monster" during the primaries, is back advising Obama on the transition, particularly in the State Department. Most likely she was never really gone, as Obama does not seem stupid enough to deprive the country of one of the most passionate and brilliant advocates for human rights we have.

Power is hated by both the far right and the far left for her advocacy of armed intervention in human rights emergencies like Bosnia, Rwanda, and Darfur.

The question of intervention is obviously a legitimate matter for debate, but Power's continued presence in the Obama orbit is a sign that human rights might become a real priority rather than an opportunity for empty rhetoric.

Balter's Blog milestone. This blog has now welcomed 40,000 unique visitors since it began in April. Thanks again to one and all, and especially to those who have taken the time to leave comments.

5 comments:

ng2000 said...
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Anne Gilbert said...

I think the fact that Obama has brought Samantha Power back is probably a good sign that he'll be at least attempting to do something constructive about some of the human rights crises around the world. It will be interesting to see what comes of all this.

terryt said...

Like Anne I'm very pleased. But how will she get on with Mrs. Clinton? Perhaps it was all just a game anyway.

Andrew Hunt said...

Congratulations, Michael, on the success of your Blog. That comes as no surprise to me. I visit frequently and I'm always impressed. Keep up the great work! And here's to 40,000 more...

On your Samantha Power Blog, you mentioned the "Far Left" in America. Is there such a thing??? ;)

(Kidding... of course...)

Michael Balter said...

Thanks Andrew!

As for the far left, yes, I do see signs of it on various list serves, but they pretty much keep to themselves these days...