Monday, March 21, 2011

Are women leading the way in Libya? Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Samantha Power are at forefront

Samantha Power, Susan Rice and President Obama
If you have been paying attention to all the news articles and blog stories about the lead up to military action in  Libya, a new narrative is starting to emerge. Many are noting that three women in particular - Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and Samantha Power - are the driving force behind Pres. Obama's sudden change in wanting military action in Libya.

From the New York Times:
The shift in the administration’s position — from strong words against Libya to action — was forced largely by the events beyond its control: the crumbling of the uprising raised the prospect that Colonel Qaddafi would remain in power to kill “many thousands,” as Mr. Obama said at the White House on Friday. The change became possible, though, only after Mrs. Clinton joined Samantha Power, a senior aide at the National Security Council, and Susan Rice, Mr. Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations, who had been pressing the case for military action, according to senior administration officials speaking only on condition of anonymity. Ms. Power is a former journalist and human rights advocate; Ms. Rice was an Africa adviser to President Clinton when the United States failed to intervene to stop the Rwanda genocide, which Mr. Clinton has called his biggest regret.Now, the three women were pushing for American intervention to stop a looming humanitarian catastrophe in Libya.
What do you think about this? Are you surprised that women are actually the ones calling for military action when often they are seen as the peacemakers?


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