Biden May Appoint Architect of Libya R2P Intervention Samantha Power as Head of USAID – Al Marsad

US and Russian websites reported that US President-elect Joe Biden is considering Samantha Power to head the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Together with Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice, Samantha Power was one of the three principal advocates of war against Libya in 2011. Power, who was a member Obama’s national security team, used “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) principle call for “humanitarian intervention” in Libya. 

(Libya, 16 December 2020) — According to the RT report, if US President-elect Joe Biden appoints former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power as head of USAID, then it means she has to inherit a legacy of disasters of her own making in Libya and elsewhere.

Samantha Power (1st left), with Susan RIce, John Kerry and Obama.

The RT report shed light on her close association with the Secretary of State during the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton, and former US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, to pressure the former president for a military intervention in Libya, a move that ultimately led to the devastation of the country, which it is still reeling under.

According to RT, the outcome of the 2011 NATO operation in Libya “was utter devastation that persists today.” It added; “Open slave markets popped up in the country, which is engulfed in a civil war and serves as a major route for the smuggling of people into Europe after Muammar Gaddafi was toppled.”

Libya is widely regarded as one of the biggest failures of the R2P concept, which Samantha Power helped to formulate, “and which advocates the global use of force by powerful nations to protect human rights. She was also a strong supporter of US involvement in Syria and Yemen, two other places hit by terrible humanitarian disasters.”

If she is appointed to head USAID, “she would be dealing with the very same problems she helped create.” The report noted that Power’s appointment has not been confirmed yet.

According to the US website, Axion, the possible appoint of Power could “signal the Biden administration plans to revitalize foreign assistance and use it as an instrument of soft power and to achieve humanitarian goals”.

© AlMarsad English (2020)