Strange. We were looking for a connection between the Obama campaign and the Liberal party the other day because we thought how well this leak on NAFTA fit into the Liberal strategy to pin something, anything on Harper. And we found this.
Obama’s foreign adviser was Ignatieff’s Harvard ‘soulmate’When Samantha Power speaks at the Ottawa International Writers Festival, listeners will hear a woman with close ties to Parliament and maybe, one day, the White House … [link to source]
Samantha Power, an unpaid foreign policy adviser and Harvard professor, announced her resignation in a statement provided by the Obama campaign in which she expressed “deep regret.”
“Last Monday, I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton and from the spirit, tenor and purpose of the Obama campaign,” she said. “And I extend my deepest apologies to Senator Clinton, Senator Obama and the remarkable team I have worked with over these long 14 months.”
Power’s interview Monday was published Friday in a Scottish newspaper, even though she tried to keep it from appearing in print.
“She is a monster, too – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything,” The Scotsman quoted her as saying. [link to source]
They don’t call Samantha the “genocide chick” for nothing we guess.
Ms. Power is not the only one to give Mr. Obama advice on world affairs, but is usually cited as his senior foreign policy adviser, a position that could mean much for Canada if the Illinois senator wins the Democratic nomination and then takes the White House.
Mr. Obama has already threatened to do considerable damage to NAFTA, the Canadian-American-Mexican free trade agreement that looms large over the Canadian economy. The positions taken by an Obama presidency on such global hotspots as Iraq, Afghanistan, Darfur and elsewhere could also all have huge repercussions in Canada. These are the issues on which Mr. Obama most leans on Ms. Power, who is already being touted in some circles as a leading candidate to be national security adviser or even secretary of state in an Obama White House.
Well, not any more.
Canadians will have a chance to meet Ms. Power in April. Consider it the first visit from an unofficial Obama ambassador. Ms. Power will be the headliner and opening act at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on April 13 at Library and Archives Canada.
We wonder whether she will still come. Expect so. She’ll have lots of free time.
Officially, Ms. Power will be in Ottawa to discuss her most recent book, Chasing the Flame, the story of a senior United Nations official, Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed by terrorists in 2003 in Iraq. But Ms. Power has other agendas at play, including a meeting with her old Harvard friend and colleague, Michael Ignatieff, the Liberals’ deputy leader and, some might argue, the Liberals’ next leader, especially if Stéph-ane Dion fares badly in the next federal election. Mr. Ignatieff and Ms. Power worked closely together at Harvard on human rights issues and have been labelled by some American political analysts as “soulmates.“
Interesting huh? But Sam is out, even though some people think she shouldn’t have stepped down.
Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski seems to think that departed Obama foreign policy adviser Samantha Power got a raw deal.
In response to a request for reaction to her resignation earlier today, the office of Brzezinski—another of Obama’s foreign policy advisers—relayed the following statement: “I think an expression of regret for using an inappropriate description of Senator Clinton should have sufficed. And I don’t think she should have resigned.” [link]
Dion might not be unhappy though. If we were into conspiracy theories…