Samantha Power must ‘fight harder’ to reform U.N., Florida congresswoman warns

( In the wake of President Barack Obama's nomination of Samantha Power for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) said the U.N. is "an institution in need of serious reform."

Click photo to download. Caption: U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl) questioned if Samantha Power, newly nominated for U.S ambassador to the UN, can tackle the international organization's systemic anti-Israel and anti-America bias. Credit: U.S. Congress via Wikimedia Commons.

"The U.N. needs someone who can work to bring true reforms to that mismanaged institution, and I hope Samantha Power has the desire and the ability to recognize what corrective actions need to be taken, and will push back and fight harder against the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, anti-United States agenda in that body," Ros-Lehtinen said, the Sunshine State News reported.

Ros-Lehtinen also noted that Susan Rice, the current U.S. ambassador to the U.N. who is moving to a post as Obama’s national security advisor, "was unable to institute positive changes to fix this broken system.

"She brought a more laissez-faire approach to a problem that needs someone willing to roll up her sleeves and make reform a priority," Ros-Lehtinen said. 

Jewish groups, however, this week praised both Rice's performance as U.N. ambassador and her new appointment.

 “With regard to the Middle East, Ambassador Rice has strenuously opposed Iran’s nuclear ambitions and human rights transgressions,” American Jewish Committee Executive Director David Harris said in a statement.


Posted on June 7, 2013 .