The Ireland-born Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, has had substantive credibility as a most engaged spokesperson and activist against genocide. Her book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, won the Pulitzer Prize. Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham were strong supporters of her appointment as UN Ambassador earlier this year.
Today the death toll in Syria has eclipsed 125,000 and there is at least the possibility the actual number is much greater. In 2008 Power had great clarity as she spoke about genocide.
Now, in her official capacity as UN Ambassador, there does not seem to be as much declarative certitude regarding intervention into a humanitarian crisis.
The most influential senator who powerfully backed her appointment as UN Ambassador, John McCain, has a different take.
As the various factions opine, the crisis deepens.