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Samantha Power’s Nomination Hearing: Video & Transcript

Hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Chaired by: Senator Robert Menendez (R-NJ)
Witness: Samantha Power, Nominee to be Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Representative of the United States in the Security Council of the United Nations, and Representative of the United States to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations
Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

SENATOR ROBERT MENENDEZ (R-NJ): Good morning. This hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will come to order. Good morning, Ms. Power; welcome to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Your nomination as ambassador to the United Nations has come with much fanfare and with some criticism, which at the end of the day means you must be doing something right. But without fanfare or criticism, I don’t believe anyone can question your credentials, nor can anyone question your service. And certainly no one can question your willingness to speak your mind — often forcefully, always passionately and usually without hesitation — and I commend you for your willingness to speak out, particularly on human rights issues around the world. Whether as a war correspondent in Bosnia, in the former Yugoslavia, in Rwanda and Sudan, where, as you said in your Pulitzer Prize-winning book on genocide, witnessed evil at its worst, you have been an unrelenting principled voice when it comes to human rights and crimes against humanity. And I know that voice will be heard around the world, should you be confirmed.

Personally, I am incredibly appreciative of the principled position you’ve taken on many of these issues, but on the Armenian Genocide. In 2007, you wrote in Time magazine, quote, “a stable, fruitful, 21st century relationship” — and referring to Turkey — “cannot be built on a lie,” and I completely agree.

Your belief that we should use the lessons of what clearly was an atrocity of historic proportions to prevent future crimes against humanity is a view consistent with my own and many others on this committee and which is supported by your role on the president’s Atrocities Prevention Board. I agree that we must acknowledge and study the past, understand how and why atrocities happen, to put into practice and giving meaning to the phrase “never again.” Continue reading ‘Samantha Power’s Nomination Hearing: Video & Transcript’

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