Gen. Boykin: U.N. Ambassador-Nominee Samantha Power a Threat to America’s Sovereignty
(CNSNews.com) – Joining other conservatives who oppose President Barack Obama’s nomination of Samantha Power as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Retired Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin said Power’s “track record” shows that she would like to “cede our sovereignty” to that globalist institution.
“Samantha Power’s attitude that we need to cede our sovereignty to the United Nations is very misguided and very dangerous as far as I’m concerned,” Boykin said at the National Press Club on Wednesday.
Boykin said the U.N. is not concerned with the individual rights and liberties of Americans as enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
“This monolithic body called the United Nations would very much like to usurp the individual liberties of Americans and be a global dominant government,” said Boykin, who is the executive vice president of the family and faith advocacy group, Family Research Council. “We should be proud to be Americans, and if you look at Samantha Power’s track record there is a strong indication that her attitude is just the opposite.”
“That she would like to very much convince us that we should be ashamed of America,” Boykin said, adding that people should investigate what Power has said and written in the past as he has done.
“I think you will conclude, just as I have, is what she would really like to do is to cede our authority to that international body,” Boykin said.
President and founder of the Center for Security Policy, Frank Gaffney, held the press conference to announce that 49 groups and individuals signed on to a letter sent to every member of Congress this week to express their opposition to Power’s nomination.
“Now, more than ever, the United States needs to return to the kind of U.N. representation it has enjoyed in the past with prominent figures from both parties, such as Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Jeanne Kirkpatrick and John Bolton,” the letter states. “They loved and admired our nation, exulted in its exceptionalism and courageously defended it against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
“They were under no illusions about the United Nations and routinely challenged efforts to increase its influence and power at America’s expense,” the letter states. “Samantha Power’s decades-long track record makes clear that she neither embraces these principles nor is disposed to play this important role in advancing them.”
Calling Power a “very problematic nomination,” Gaffney said she has long been “harshly critical” of the United States.
“Her position is easily confused with that of people who are actually enemies of the United States when it comes to the character of this country, its role in the world and the kind of positions it has embraced and stood for and espoused,” Gaffney said.
Lt. Col. Allen West, a Republican who had served in Congress from Florida, called Power an “Uber-left, militant progressive whose previous statements against America and Israel should cause us concern.”
Powers wrote in a March 3, 2003 article in The New Republic: “And the American approach must cease its reliance on gratuitous unilateralism. We make rules and create international institutions precisely in order to bind states when their short-term interests would otherwise lead them toward defection. The United States is willing to bind itself to the World Trade Organization, because it knows it benefits more than any other country from free trade, but not to the [International Crime Commission] ICC, because there is no good selfish reason to expose American citizens to external scrutiny.”
Boykin said that his service to the country – and the freedom it affords from the men and women who protect it – led him to speak out in opposition to Power.
“I have the privilege and the liberty to stand up and say I oppose her,” Boykin said. “And I oppose her on the grounds of U.S. sovereignty.”
Also on the panel was former U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Jose Sorzano, author and columnist Diana West, and Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America.