Sunday, December 21, 2008

U.S. Wants Mugabe Out

The U.S. government has announced that it will not support any power sharing coalition that includes Robert Mugabe.

Assistant Secretary of State of African Affairs Jendayi Frazer, long a critic of Mugabe, said today in South Africa that a coalition with Mugabe is not possible as he has "lost it."

In recent days, Mugabe has said "Zimbabwe is mine." Mugabe also declared Zimbabwe had no cholera. But then he said cholera was being spread into Zimbabwe by Britain.

I fully agree with Frazer's assessment. But what can be done other than to remove Mugabe militarily?

The Bush Administration only has a month left in office and I doubt they would do anything nor could they commit to any further military incursion beyond Afghanistan and Iraq. Nor do I think the Obama Administration will do anything militarily at least not overtly. Obviously there is an affinity for Obama in Africa especially in his father's birthplace of Kenya. Raila Odinga, the Kenyan Prime Minister is a confidant of Obama and a critic of Mugabe. It's probably just as well it's done under Obama's watch. If Bush is responsible for removing Mugabe even indirectly it's an occupation. If Obama is responsible for removing Mugabe even indirectly it's a liberation. It's not fair as Bush has helped Africa immensely with his efforts to combat HIV/AIDS. But since when is life fair?

The best case scenario would be if a collection of African nations with ties to Britain were to liberate Zimbabwe with the assistance of British advisers and American military equipment. If so it better be done as soon as Obama takes office. Time is at hand.

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