Interesting Reading on Liberia
Michael Totten has some good thoughts (as usual) on why we should get involved in Liberia and points to an important article from the New Republic (if you can't access it, see Michael's excerpt). But I was particularly taken with this article about Pat Robinson's displeasure with Bush's emerging policy on Liberia. The quote of the day goes to Pat for this brilliant objection:
"How dare the president of the United States say to the duly elected president of another country, 'You've got to step down,'"
Someone might want to remind Pat what the US did with the duly elected president of Iraq. At least this time, we were kind enough to ask first. But Pat was only getting started.... he has a more fundamental problem with outing Taylor:
"So we're undermining a Christian, Baptist president to bring in Muslim rebels to take over the country,"
But ya know... maybe his real problem with our involvement is this little fact:
"Robertson told The Washington Post in an interview published Thursday that he has "written off in my own mind" an $8 million investment in a Liberian gold mining venture he made four years ago, under an agreement with Taylor's government. "Once the dust has cleared on this thing, chances are there will be some investors from someplace who want to invest. If I could find some people to sell it to, I'd be more than delighted," he said in the article."
Pat is largely irrelevant these days, so maybe this isn't that interesting. But it is kinda fun when supposedly pious and principled folk (who love meddling in other people's lives) show how much they are really full of it.