My own view of Power’s theory is critical, but this situation is one that goes beyond the ordinary debate about US power and human tragedy. Would anyone on the left reject the role of the National Guard during a flood like Katrina or other similar domestic disaster?
Oh, and in case you thought the “liberal” Obama team was trying to respond to the emergency through the UN, consider this in a recent HuffPo by former Bush UN official Richard Grenell:
“During the recent Haiti crisis, [US UN Ambassador Susan] Rice was not only absent from the Security Council vote to expand the UN’s peacekeeping operation but she also failed to call an emergency meeting in the immediate aftermath to request more help. In fact, 7 days after the Haiti earthquake left tens of thousands of people in the streets without food or shelter, it was UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon that came to the Security Council to request more troops – the American Ambassador hadn’t bothered.”
Ambassador Rice’s lame response when asked about the HuffPo piece is here.