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The Real Reason Susan Rice Will Not Be America’s Top Diplomat

15 Dec

Secretary Susan Rice and meles ZenawiWomen can be excellent diplomats, and African-Americans should be on the international stage and crafting government policy. But, Susan Rice, the once-and-never-again nominee for U.S. Secretary of State and still ambassador to the United Nations, is a bad choice for the nation’s top diplomatic post, because of her record on Africa and her professional relationships with various African leaders.

The death knell of her ambitions was probably sounded by a New York Times story on Monday, which detailed how she failed to put pressure on President Paul Kagame of Rwanda to stop fomenting violence in Congo. The liberal establishment’s favourite paper also ran an opinion peace by an Ethiopian activist criticising Rice’s fulsome tribute to the late Meles Zenawi.

In an editorial, the Wall Street Journal recalled how Rice, an Africa specialist, had invested faith in young, progressive-seeming leaders such as Kagame, Zenawi and Yoweri Museveni in Uganda, but stuck by them when they turned out to be not so progressive after all.

Other pieces recalled how in the Clinton administration she had reportedly asked what effect the Rwandan genocide might have on Democrats’ prospects in the 1994 mid-term elections.

The NYT reported that Rice had watered down a UN resolution condemning Kagame’s support for Congo’s M23 rebels, whose recent invasion of Goma, the major eastern city, provoked international condemnation. It emerged that Kagame had been a client of Intellibridge, a Washington consultancy Rice worked for during George W Bush’s presidency.

Senator John McCain, who threatened to block her nomination, and other Republicans would have had plenty of material to make her confirmation hearing very uncomfortable, besides Benghazi.

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The Cylons Might Not Be Cuddly

23 Nov

The Battlestar Galactica franchise has frightened viewers with the prospect of “toasters” becoming humanity’s mortal enemies – and seeming mentors. The Blood and Chrome prequel tries to thrust human folly another step closer to the present age when our machines are still our slaves. In the opening scenes, there’s this evocative image of a Cylon nursemaid with a human toddler perched lovingly on its hip.

It’s everyone’s nightmare – the enemy in our midst.

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Infidel Links, Thanksgiving, 2012 Edition

22 Nov

I’ve already given my thanks with my South Korean family in September. I can only give so much thanks. If readers are grateful for war and endless political campaigns, please think of their families and loved ones and all the opportunities I will have in the coming year to dissuade them of their complacency.

Just remember, turkey doesn’t make you sleepy. Your drinking habits and your boring uncle suffice.

1. Japan might yet instruct the U.S. again how to be a reforming state.
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