Samantha Power, High Priestess of Insidious Authoritarianism, by Ted Galen Carpenter

Samantha Power is one of those Washington creatures who believe they rule by dint of their unquestionable superiority and unquestioned notions of their own virtue. From Ted Galen Carpenter at

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Most people who remember Samantha Power know her either as a pro-war propagandist masquerading as a journalist in Bosnia or as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s loyal servant in helping to orchestrate the Obama administration’s disastrous military interventions in Libya and Syria. However, she now has an important policy perch in Joe Biden’s administration from which to promote and implement a new round of destructive policies. As the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, she has a multi-billion-dollar slush fund with which to bribe foreign governments and subsidize foreign political surrogates.

Under her leadership, USAID’s stated goal is to place greater emphasis on specific measures to counter the various methods that authoritarian regimes use to undermine free societies. As usual, the actual substance of the policy is to prevent any efforts by foreign critics to undermine U.S. global military and economic primacy. Power underlies the “new” strategy in her article in the March-April 2023 issue of Foreign Affairs, titled “How Democracy Can Win: The Right Way to Counter Autocracy.”

Much of the article simply regurgitates bromides that establishment internationalists have pushed for decades. Thus, we learn that Washington must provide more financial aid to alleviate global poverty and promote greater income equality. And, of course, Washington must hold recipient governments accountable for greater efforts to clean up both financial and political corruption. Anyone who has studied the track record of U.S. foreign aid programs since the early Cold War era understands that such pledges are mere diplomatic formalities and will not be taken seriously either by Washington or its clients. Prospects are not much better for a more recent U.S. policy cliché that Power invokes—pushing countries receiving aid monies to embrace rigorous standards to combat climate change.

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One response to “Samantha Power, High Priestess of Insidious Authoritarianism, by Ted Galen Carpenter

  1. Rattenfanger

    The irony is so thick you couldn’t cut it with a hecho en China dollar twenty five store plastic butter knife.
    Look in the mirror for the authoritarian regime.
    This fanatical crusade for fairness and equity is right out of a kindergarten safe space.


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