by Stephen Zunes
President George Bush singles out Zimbabwean
Robert Mugabe as if he is the most dictatorial national leader on the planet.
But in fact, the U.S. has good relations with "Swaziland, Congo,
Cameroun, Togo, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Rwanda, Gabon, Egypt, and Tunisia," none
of which hold democratic elections. Perhaps the greatest contradiction in U.S.
stated and actual foreign policy in Africa is "the regime of Teodoro Obiang
Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea." Obiang killed his own uncle to seize
power, and became one of the wealthiest men in Africa by keeping much of his
country's oil revenues for himself. Obiang is so distrustful of his own people,
he is guarded by Moroccons.