Ron Paul's campaign could improve it's reach if it engaged it's critics on current hot issues like Congo and Sudan. Weeks ago former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, in a washington post article, had the nerve to claim that eastern Congo shows us why we need big government. An obvious attempt at smearing Ron Paul's small government agenda. A claim that should not have been left unanswered! Propping up dictators in the region, especially through public relations, has a lot to do with the situation in Congo. The war in Congo is not just caused by hutu rebels as many mainstream journalists and policymakers would love us to believe, but has strong correlation with US cozy relationships with unsavoury dictators like Meles Zenawi, Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni. This can all be trackt back to a strategic calculation that focuses on Sudan and the war on terror.
The consequence has been that critics of Zenawi, Kagame and Museveni have been consistently ignored, ridiculed (For example: Ward Brehm had the despicable courage to attack Victoire Ingabire's lawyer Peter Erlinder while he was jailed in Kigali) or even demonized by US and UK foreign policy "experts" and journalists. Romney's foreign policy advisor Pierre Prosper has consistently helped Kagame's RPF avoid persecution at the ICTR and the mapping report (how many Americans know what is in it?) has been ignored. Republicans Pierre Prosper and Jendayi Frazer have both used the "local ownership" and "racism against Africa" argument to attack the ICC and shield these new Africa leaders from prosecution. Consistent obstruction by the US State Department of procedures against RPF officers for massive scale crimes stands in stark contrast to the resources and effort invested in prosecuting the innocent hutu immigrant Lazare Kobagaya from Kansas.
Recent comments by Romney's campaign days ahead of the Florida pirmary concerning a slow genocide in Sudan were obviously cooked up in close consultation with Pierre Prosper. Ron Paul's campaign should have hit back hard and point to the disaster in Congo that has been fueled by Pierre Prosper's friends in the region.
US foreign policy has consequences for real people in Congo, Ethiopia and Rwanda where opposition leaders are jailed on trumped up charges, politicians and journalists are being assassinated by these regimes. Pierre Prosper, a friend to a regime that has a trackrecord of numerous assassinations in Europe and Africa. If you want to know what Pierre Prosper's African friends are about (it's not about economic freedom) read this recent statement:
"Organising communities and pushing for development is not an organic phenomenon. It is the duty of a responsible government."Do we still remember the warning by John F. Kennedy when he said in his Berlin speech:
There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin. And there are some who say in Europe and elsewhere we can work with the Communists. Let them come to Berlin. And there are even a few who say that it is true that communism is an evil system, but it permits us to make economic progress. Lass' sie nach Berlin kommen. Let them come to Berlin.Cleary the communitarian bejing consensus is not what America and it's foreign policy should be about.
As Jim DeMint reiterated this week: we need radical spending cuts, including putting defense spending on the table. A debate between conservatives and libertarians should also include a critical evaluation of failed US Africa policy which contributed to the suffering of millions in the great lakes region. No more Utopian Nation Building projects. No more cozy receptions of bloodsoaked killers and their sycophantic PR crowd of socalled experts. No more demonizing one-sided propaganda against criticis of totatalitarian regimes, "what would be wrong with swearing of aid to all dictators?".