Sarah Palin: 'America ... So Screwed' With Rice, Power Picks

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 02:53 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Sarah Palin on Thursday issued a blistering attack on President Barack Obama's appointments of Susan Rice and Samantha Power as top national-security and foreign-policy advisers, lamenting, "America, we are so screwed."

"We're in for a helluva ride, America. Obama just named Susan Rice as his National Security Adviser and nominated Samantha Power to replace Rice as our U.N. ambassador," the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee said in a jaw-dropping Facebook post.

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"Samantha Power is married to Cass Sunstein, the very, very strange Obama pick for an early 'czar' position who wowed us with his numerous bizarre claims including the wacko belief that animals should have the right to sue in court, that hunting should be banned as genocide, and that pet ownership is akin to 'slavery.'"

Sunstein, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, is an outspoken advocate of animal rights and once said that granting animals legal rights could decrease animal cruelty.

Palin then says of Power — an Irish-born, former journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner — that her "judgment in choosing her life partner is the least of America's worries."

Palin then cited a report in The Daily Caller claiming that in 2002 Power proposed forcing a peace deal on the Israelis and Palestinians, "even if it alienated wealthy, pro-Israel American Jews."

"I actually think in the Palestine-Israeli situation there is an abundance of information, and what we don’t need is some kind of early warning mechanism there," Power said at the time, according to the Caller.

"What we need is a willingness to actually put something on the line in sort of helping the situation. And putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import."

The article states that Power laughed as she made the last remark, "clearly referring to American Jews and suggesting they were a great obstacle towards peace between the Israelis and Palestinians."

Palin continues in her Facebook rant: "Isn't that lovely. Not only is she condescending toward American Jews, but her analysis also happens to be utterly wrong.

"The failure to achieve peace in the Middle East is not because wealthy American Jews have somehow manipulated America's leaders into thwarting peace, but rather because Palestinian leaders have consistently rejected generous Israeli peace offers for a state of their own.

"In fact, the wealthy American Jews that Power haughtily dismisses in the interview as obstacles to peace are very often staunch advocates of a two-state solution."

Palin also says Power "once compared U.S. actions abroad to those of Nazi Germany. As the Washington Examiner's Philip Klein wryly noted on Twitter, 'Samantha Power is the UN Ambassador, who is supposed to represent US interests at the UN?'"

Palin goes on to cite articles from TheBlaze.com, Breitbart.com, and Townhall.com that should "help wake up Obama supporters who naively and blindly (despite failure after failure and scandal after scandal) continue to give him the benefit of the doubt."

She promised her followers that more "information about Obama's new picks will be revealed in coming days" and admonished the nation to "pay attention to who they are; what they stand for; and what their records, associations, and statements reveal about them and their intentions."

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Palin called Rice and Power Obama's "chosen ones," adding that they represent "evidence of his skewed thinking as he 'fundamentally transforms' our great nation."

Finally, Palin concludes: "Nah, America... I shouldn't have prefaced this post with a warning to hang on because 'we're in for a helluva' ride.' Sorry. That was crass and inaccurate. I should have just said about Obama's judgment and unchecked power, 'America, we are so screwed.'"

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