Obama Quietly Reinstates Another Fired Adviser

Yet another adviser that Barack Obama tossed under the bus during his campaign has been quietly reinstated: Adviser Who Insulted Clinton Has Role in Transition.

Samantha Power, the Harvard professor who was forced to resign from Barack Obama’s presidential campaign last spring after calling Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton “a monster,” is now advising the president-elect on transition matters relating to the State Department — which Clinton is slated to head.

Power is listed on Obama’s transition Web site as part of the team reviewing national security agencies. Her duties, according to the site, will be to “ensure that senior appointees have the information necessary to complete the confirmation process, lead their departments, and begin implementing signature policy initiatives immediately after they are sworn in.”

In short, she is part of a team that is likely to work directly with Clinton, a potentially awkward situation for the two women. Obama is expected to officially announce Clinton as his choice for secretary of state after the Thanksgiving holiday.

As we pointed out last March, this isn’t the only weird and disturbing statement Power has made; in a 2002 interview in Berkeley, she actually advocated for the US to invade Israel, in order to protect the Palestinians from “genocide.”

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