Don’t hold your breath

Posted: July 1, 2008 in Politics, World

Cynthia Tucker made a plea today in the AJC for members of the Congressional Black Caucus to get behind President Bush’s call for sanctions against Zimbabwe for allowing their recent crooked election process to stand.

The Congressional Black Caucus, which is overwhelmingly Democratic, does not often make common cause with the Bush administration. However, caucus members and other members of Congress have good reason to support the president’s push for stiffer sanctions against Zimbabwe.

[…]

While the U.N.’s inaction is tragic, vigorous condemnation of Mugabe by the U.S. government, including prominent black members of Congress, could begin to change international opinion. In contrast to Mbeki’s coddling of the tyrant, other highly respected African leaders have weighed in. Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu criticized Mugabe in no uncertain terms. “His regime has turned into a horrendous nightmare. He should stand down,” Tutu said, while Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga called the election a “fake victory.” (more…)

Sorry sis, but I do not trust the CBC as an ally on issues when it pertains to sanctions. The CBC was one of the loudest voices out there with Maxine Waters leading the charge begging America to impose sanctions against Haiti. In 2000, like Zimbabwe, trouble began in Haiti over–guess what?–election fraud that benefited then Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The unrest continued until 2004 when opposition forces threatened to take Aristide out by force. When the U.S. intervened to pull him out of that situation, he then made the claim that the U.S. was really behind the coup in the first place (never mind the fact that back in the 90’s that the U.S. actually helped him finish his term after a previous coup). It was at this point that the CBC began to serve as Aristide’s echo chamber by accusing the U.S. of imposing its will on Haiti. This was a 180 degree turn from their earlier position that the U.S. should not just sit idly by while Haiti tore itself apart. To the CBC, the U.S. was now the biggest threat to Haiti. Go figure!!

With allies like the CBC….awww you know the rest.

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Comments
  1. I have quite a few Haitian neighbors. They all wish the US would do something to try and stabilize the political process over there.

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