Susan Rice, 'Bystander to Genocide'
11:26 AM, Dec 1, 2008 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
The New York Times profiles Susan Rice today under the headline "Choice for U.N. Backs Strong Action Against Mass Killings." The Times heaps praise on Obama's choice to serve as ambassador to the United Nations, saying that the selection of Rice "will also send to the world organization a prominent and forceful advocate of stronger action, including military force if necessary, to stop mass killings like those in the Darfur region of Sudan in recent years." As the paper notes, Rice has seen mass killing and genocide before:
The Times doesn't mention it, but the title of that piece in the Atlantic: "Bystanders to Genocide." Authored by Samantha Power, an Obama adviser and someone who actually has a record of backing strong action against mass killings, the story does not reflect well on Rice:
If one believes that the United Nations is a hopelessly ineffective institution and wants to make sure it stays that way, then perhaps Obama has chosen an appropriate emissary: a woman who prefers to ponder the political implications of inaction -- they're going to love her at Turtle Bay.