Samantha Power to Spend More Time with Family

Samantha Power is leaving the Obama administration to spend more time with her family. No, really.

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Samantha Power is leaving the Obama administration to spend more time with her family. No, really.

Al Kamen (“Foreign policy aide Samantha Power leaving administration“):

We’re hearing that Samantha Power, a longtime (since 2005) Obama foreign policy adviser and still likely ambassador to the United Nations — should there be an opening — is leaving the administration in the next few weeks to “spend more time with her family.”

(That may be the first time we’ve ever written that phrase where it actually happens to be true. She’s got two little kids at home; one is three, the other 8 months.)

Power, now senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights at the National Security Council and a former war correspondent, is a professor, human rights expert and author of the widely acclaimed book — “A Problem from Hell,” which accused the United States of ignoring genocide in the Balkans.

She had been the number one pick for the U.N. slot if incumbent Susan Rice had become secretary of state.

While we don’t agree on much in terms of public policy, Power is an impressive woman. In addition to her accomplishments as an intellectual, she’s managed to carry out the grueling demands of an NSC staffer while carrying two children to term and dealing with what one presumes is very little sleep, indeed.

via Hayes Brown

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  1. 11B40 says:


    Hopefully, “Family” refers to parents and not children.

    Or, as my father used to say, “Next time you see your parents, tell them I said they still have some work to do.”

  2. grumpy realist says:

    Probably refers to the kiddies. I think that the major experience that unites all parents of young-uns is lack of sleep….

  3. John H says:

    So, who is Samantha Brown?

  4. JKB says:

    Hmm? No mention of the failed and quite naive Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine much cited in creating the Libyan, now Mali, debacle.

  5. michael reynolds says:


    Every time you guys obsess over that you just look more trivial.

    Dude: It was a political longshot. It didn’t work. It’s over. Grow up.

  6. C. Clavin says:

    Still no mention of how wrong JKB was on the NRA ad… But he/she judges others.

  7. JKB says:

    @michael reynolds:

    A political longshot? Creating a safe haven for our enemy to undergo a resurgence? I guess that was what Hillary was going on about? “What difference does it make?”

    Liberals and this shiny objects

    American lefties love shiny things. They are so much better for their purposes than dull, boring facts and reality. I wrote before about their obsession with shiny things when it came to Libya. Throughout the execution of Obamista foreign policy we see the obsession with the shiny “new” thing. Unfortunately for America, many times the “new” thing is only new to the ahistorical people who run our foreign policy apparatus. We see the enthrallment with the “Arab Spring,” for example. Nothing new there. The Arab workd goes through “Springs” every few decades. Such “Springs” in the past produced beautiful flowers such as Qaddafi, Nasser, the UAR, and the Bathist regimes of Syria and Iraq. Out with the evil corrupt monarchs who favor the West! In with the even more evil and even more corrupt military dictators who favor the USSR and terror! Progress! The shiny new lures of the 1950s and 1960s, of course, proved to have some very large and hideous hooks hidden in them. The Obamistas, of course, are, at best, bored by history, and, at worst, driven by a desire to undermine the position of the United States, Israel, and the West writ large in the region. The latest shiny Arab Spring has brought about a resurgence of Al Qaeda and has lined us up for endless war in the region, with it spreading to Sub-Saharan Africa. The hooks are there, and they are sharp.

  8. rudderpedals says:

    She married the fellow who’s badder than old King Kong and meaner than a junkyard dog?

  9. Rob in CT says:

    To the extent this weakens the “R2P” element in our government, good. That is all.

  10. michael reynolds says:


    You’re an ignorant and utterly dishonest person.

  11. anjin-san says:

    The latest shiny Arab Spring has brought about a resurgence of Al Qaeda

    Actually, it’s brought up a lot of garden variety thugs who are trying to brand themselves as Al Qaeda, presumably in search of funding and cred. And its brought up peanut heads like you who fall for it.