A lot of people really do not like Robert Mugabe. Now, moving on to matters of interest and importance….
The Problem of Defiance
“Mugabe Remains Defiant,” read the subtitle ofa cable from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, from July 14, 2009, written by U.S. Ambassador Gene Cretz, and published by WikiLeaks. (A lot of people also do not like Julian Assange, which is also not without its own incredible insignificance.) The occasion was the Summit of the African Union held in Sirte. On the sidelines of the event, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for theBureau of African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, met with Zimbabwe’s President Robert G. Mugabe on July 2, 2009. The U.S. was about to get a lesson in the meaning of dignity.
Dignity: A U.S. National Security Strategic Concern
The U.S. has its own ideas about “dignity”–well, maybe not ideas
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