Samantha Power Slams Russia’s ‘Support’ For Assad, Downplays ISIS Threat

by | Sep 14, 2015


More evidence that the current “Russia invaded Syria” media frenzy is a Washington-engineered psy-op to provide cover for a final US push against Bashar al-Assad, is provided in today’s outburst from US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, the fuel injector in the neocon “regime change” engine.

While the US has conducted more than 2,500 airstrikes against ISIS in Syria over the past year to very little effect, Power has taken to warning Russia that its claimed “military deployment” to Syria is “not a winning strategy.”

One can only imagine the guffaws in Moscow over the architect of the US interventionist fiascos in Libya and Syria advising anyone on how to craft a winning foreign policy strategy. But Power, evidently utterly incapable of seeing the world as those of us in the reality-based community see it, takes to revising history to provide “evidence” for her Russia advice.

Power repeats on CNN today the old discredited claim that Assad “gassed his own people” back in 2013 — a claim so flimsy that Obama was forced to back down on his promise to begin bombing the country in retaliation. In other words, in the below statement to CNN today, the US Ambassador to the UN lied and she knew she was lying when she warned Russia that:

Doubling down on a regime that gases its people, that barrel bombs its people, that tortures people who it arrests simply for protesting and for claiming their rights — that’s just not going to work.

Meanwhile, Power downplays the threat of ISIS vis Assad, suggesting that it is “Machiavellian” to get too worked up over the possibility of an ISIS victory in Syria:

Even if you were Machiavelli and all you cared about was ISIL, to support a regime like this and to not take account of the views of the vast majority of the Syrian people that want to go in a different direction is not going to either bring peace or actually succeed in defeating terrorism, which is what President Putin says his priority is.

Of course Power has no way of knowing what the majority in Syria prefer. But we do know that when asked, they clearly prefer Assad over ISIS. So she lied again.

While the US and its allies — Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the other Gulf States — have openly trained, funded, and equipped radical jihadists to further their policy of regime change in Syria, Power displays again her astonishing chutzpah by blaming the ensuing rise of terrorism on…Russia and Iran!

Russia and Iran may be the place really where one should lodge much of that criticism for supporting a regime that is carrying out these monstrous attacks against civilians, and again fueling — whether wittingly or unwittingly — the rise of terrorism.

But the “humanitarian” Power, is “just focused on what is going to make things better in the here and now” in Syria. To her this apparently includes damning Russia for its opposition to al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria and continuing to promote these same groups.

Power’s chutzpah does not stop there — indeed it seemingly knows no bounds. While US intervention and regime change policy has directly led to the massive exodus from the country and resulting refugee crisis in Europe, the US diplomat pins the blame on…not enough US interventionism!

You can’t look at 12 million people being displaced from their homes, and desperate families washing up on shores and be satisfied with where we are. I think the challenge is to find what is the policy tool that’s going to make things better.

Here’s a suggestion: leave Syria alone! Let those in the neighborhood like Iran and Russia take care of the jihadist problem. The more the US “helps” the Syrians, the more Syrians die.


  • Daniel McAdams

    Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and co-Producer/co-Host, Ron Paul Liberty Report. Daniel served as the foreign affairs, civil liberties, and defense/intel policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, MD (R-Texas) from 2001 until Dr. Paul’s retirement at the end of 2012. From 1993-1999 he worked as a journalist based in Budapest, Hungary, and traveled through the former communist bloc as a human rights monitor and election observer.

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