08 March 2008

Clinton, Genocide and a Campaign Gaffe

I had not read up on Samantha Power. I didn't know her background. I've somehow missed all of this over the last few days on the various news programs. I'm wondering now, did I miss it or was it just not there. So, thank you Marc Cooper for informing us just who this woman is. It is a shame. I can understand the Obama camp's side. He's trying to keep everything above the mud, unlike his opponents people.

Clinton, Genocide and a Campaign Gaffe

Power was rightfully awarded the Pulitzer for her finely written and downright horrifying book "A Problem From Hell" which, in macabre detail, describes the calculated indifference of the Clinton administration when 800,000 Rwandans were being systematically butchered. The red phone rang and rang and rang again. I don't know where Hillary was then. But her husband and his entire experienced foreign policy team - from the brass in the Pentagon to the congenitally feckless Secretary of State Warren Christopher - just let it ring.


And as more than one researcher has amply documented the case, the bloody paralysis of the Clinton administration in the face of the Rwandan genocide owed not at all to a lack of information, but rather to a lack of will. A reviewer of Power's book for The New York Times, perhaps summed it up best, saying that the picture of Clinton that emerges from this reading is that of an "amoral narcissist."

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