Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Samantha Power, High Priestess of Insidious Authoritarianism

Posted by M. C. on May 4, 2023

The carrot of U.S. bribery that Power offers is not subtle. “In recognition of the challenges that all traditional media outlets face, even in the United States, we [the Biden administration] have also organized a new effort to help media organizations that are struggling financially develop business plans, lower costs, find audiences, and tap into new sources of revenue so that they do not go bankrupt when independent journalism is needed most.” One of those “new sources of revenue” would be direct or indirect subsidies from USAID. Only the most naïve would assume that media outlets opposing U.S. foreign policies would receive such largesse.

by Ted Galen Carpenter

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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.

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