WASHINGTON - Samantha Power, President Barack Obama's nominee as US ambassador to the United Nations, called the UN Security Council's response to Syria's civil war a "disgrace" on Wednesday at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
"We see the failure of the UN Security Council to respond to the slaughter in Syria - a disgrace that history will judge harshly," Power said in testimony that also praised the New York-based world body.
Under questioning from senators, she called Syria one of the worst "cases of mass brutality" that she has ever seen.
Power, 42, a former White House national security staffer and journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for her study of US failures to prevent genocide, is seen as an advocate of an activist foreign policy.
She also said she sees at the United Nations "unacceptable bias and attacks against the State of Israel," and "the absurdity" of Iran serving as chair of the UN Conference on disarmament.