In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, conservative columnist Michael O’Hanlon goes on about a permanent US military presence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (this in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s visit to Eastern Congo, the site of a civil war implicating not just Congolese but two other countries in the region).

O’Hanlon’s piece is really all just fishing: He advocates for an American force made up of volunteers recruited specifically for “peacekeeping missions.” This is all nonsense since we know the US hasn’t (and won’t) deplore troops in Africa since the disaster of Somalia in the early 1990s and an easier solution would be to, for once, join a US peacekeeping force.

What caught my eye was this claim about Mobutu Sese Seko’s 30-odd year murderous and corrupt regime:

For much of the time that Mobutu Sese Seko ruled then-Zaire, the eastern region was poor but reasonably stable.

You can’t make these things up.

Further Reading

No more caricatures

Engaging seriously with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life could help us understand how South Africa got where it is and where it’s going.