I couldn't pass on this prime example of perception management via the msm
As Aleppo falls, the anti-genocide activist (??) turned U.N. ambassador argues that Syria differs from past crises in which the U.S. intervenedDid Samantha Powers son really ask her that question? That is just so touching...(and I don't believe it of course)
When Samantha Power’s 7-year-old son recently asked her, “Why are all the kids in Syria always painted white or gray?” the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations recalls wishing that she had a better answer. Her son, who had often heard his mother talking about the country’s agonizing civil war,(??) had gotten the idea from seeing photographs of ash-covered Syrian children pulled out of bombed-out rubble.
That innocent question hit home, rather literally, for perhaps the Obama administration’s highest-profile human-rights advocate. Ms. Power, scalded from the experience of covering the 1990s Balkan wars as a young reporter, came to prominence for her 2002 book “ ‘A Problem From Hell’: America in the Age of Genocide.” Her research documented the chilling passivity of U.S. administrations over the decades in the face of genocides in Armenia, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and elsewhere.A young reporter in the Balkans 1990's?
The Fall of Aleppo
Ms Power resign? Due to US inaction? That's absurd. The US was very active therefore Ms Power could not resign because of US inaction?
Now, her final weeks in office have been overshadowed by the fall (liberation) of Aleppo, where Syria’s dictator, (elected leader) Bashar al-Assad, has retaken (reclaimed that which was held hostage) rebel-held parts of the shattered city, helped by Russia and Iran. Human-rights groups estimate that more than 430,000 Syrians have died during the war. Critics say that Ms. Power should have resigned to protest U.S. inaction in the face of the slaughter.
But Ms. Power says that she didn’t want to quit, even after Mr. Obama opted against airstrikes in response to the Assad regime’s August 2013 sarin-gas attack on a Damascus suburb, which the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 civilians, including some 400 children. A year earlier, Mr. Obama had called the use of chemical weapons “a red line” that could prompt a U.S. military reaction. Today, when asked whether the U.S. should have used force in Syria, Ms. Power says, “I think the complexity of the situation on the ground, the number of armed troops, makes it very hard to see where that would’ve ended.”Samantha Powers 'cares' - I roll my eyes at the absurdity of this evil individual caring
Online, she has tweeted her disgust at Mr. Assad’s atrocities, (but disgust wasn't expressed at rebel atrocities committed with the aid of the US) and at the U.N., she has decried Russia’s repeated vetoes of Syria resolutions. Earlier this month, as the Syrian regime tightened the noose around Aleppo, Ms. Power blasted her Syrian, Russian and Iranian counterparts at a Security Council meeting. “Are you truly incapable of shame?” she asked them. “Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin?”
Speaking at an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power asked the Assad regime and its allies whether they were ‘incapable of shame.’Painful because they didn't kill enough Syrians for her bloodlust? Didn't overthrow the government? What really caused this evil woman pain?
Syria may be the most painful issue that Ms. Power has confronted during her three-year tenure at the U.N., but she has faced many other challenges. She has helped the Security Council forge what U.S. officials call the strongest set of sanctions against North Korea in 20 years, chaired a rare emergency Security Council meeting on a global-health crisis, Ebola, and denounced Russian aggression in Ukraine.
She has also made a point of visiting as many of the 193 U.N. member states’ missions as she can—hitting 191 missions, more than 40 of which had never been visited by a U.S. ambassador, diplomats say. “It means something when President Obama’s ambassador shows up and pays respect, checks out the artwork on the wall and the books on the shelf,” she says."Soft power is the ability to shape the preferences of others through appeal and attraction.
Ms. Power calls herself a big believer in “soft-power capital”—using cultural tools and personal interactions to facilitate diplomacy. She recently took a group of diplomats to see “Fun Home,” a Broadway musical about a young woman coming out as gay to her complicated family. She wanted to help envoys from less tolerant countries understand different perspectives. She relishes playing sports with her fellow ambassadors, which she thinks can help to defuse conflicts. During tough votes, “You say…‘Remember when we were playing soccer? So about that Crimea resolution…’ ” she says with a laugh.
The term has also been used in changing and influencing social and public opinion through relatively less transparent channels and lobbying through powerful political and non-political organizations. In 2012, Nye explained that with soft power, "the best propaganda is not propaganda", further explaining that during the Information Age, "credibility is the scarcest resource."
A countrys soft power can come from three resources: its culture (in places where it is attractive to others), its political values (when it lives up to them at home and abroad), and its foreign policies (when they are seen as legitimate and having moral authority)
Soft Power is just another means of waging war and yes in the information age credibility is the scarcest resource. And propaganda is always propaganda.
You should understand , this article from WSJ is a prime example of both credibility being a scarce resource and the 'best' propaganda still being propaganda
Ms. Power grew up in Dublin, the daughter of a doctor and a dentist. She lived in Ireland until she was 9; she, her mother and her brother moved to Pittsburgh in 1979. She went on to Yale University and earned a law degree at Harvard. In 1993, she became a U.S. citizen.This evil person will not go away quietly- nor will her equally evil spouse- And outlets such as WSJ will never stop peddling deceptive obfuscations to manipulate minds via the mass media
Her time covering Bosnia led to a job running a Harvard human-rights center (groomed for her position?) and spurred her to write “ ‘A Problem From Hell.’ ” The book won a Pulitzer Prize (definitely groomed for her position) and led to a stint in Mr. Obama’s Senate office, followed by a first-term administration job as the top human-rights official on his National Security Council staff. “Each of my prior lives feels in retrospect like a setup and a steppingstone to what I’m doing now,” she says. “They all feel of a piece, and the cause of my life hasn’t changed that much.”
That cause, she says, now keeps her focused on removing Mr. Assad’s declared stockpile of chemical weapons—an often frustrating struggle. “Right after he declared these things were moved out of the country, he began using chlorine and sticking it in barrel bombs like a serial drug user who, having had one drug taken away, finds another,” she says.
‘There’s lots of room, I think, for reflection on what we might’ve done differently.’
Ms. Power says that Syria differs from past cases in which the U.S. chose to use military force. Just “because you adopted one prescription in a wholly different country with a different size [and] wholly different ethnic and religious dynamics,” she says, doesn’t mean that the same prescription should apply to “some future conflict of a wholly different nature.” She adds, “There’s lots of room, I think, for reflection on what we might’ve done differently, but it is extremely difficult to believe that there was some panacea out there.”
On Jan. 20, Ms. Power will be out of a job. (Donald Trump has chosen Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina as her replacement.) Ms. Power and her husband, the Harvard legal scholar Cass Sunstein, and their two children will be leaving her official ambassador’s residence—a sprawling apartment in the Waldorf Astoria Towers—and moving to Massachusetts. Their children, 4 and 7, who now ride to school in armored cars, will have to get used to traveling by more modest means.
A more normal family life could be a boon, Ms. Power thinks. “None of us can keep going at this pace forever,” she says.