Christiane Amanpour: Happy birthday, President Mugabe!

posted at 10:01 pm on February 21, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

I’m trying to imagine Amanpour giving an equally non-judgmental and upbeat birthday tribute to, say, John Boehner. Amanpour tweeted birthday wishes for the 89-year-old Zimbabwe leader along with this online video, which is one dash news report but mostly sounds like a toast at someone’s 33 Years of Brutal Power-Mongering Party.

Amanpour’s intro encompasses the tone pretty well:

“Imagine a world leader four years older than the Pope who’s been in power for 33 years and shows no sign of calling it quits,” Amanpour said. “Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, is 89 today, and celebrated modestly by his standards — with a cake and a gift of 89 cows, we’re told. But a lavish birthday party is planned for next month, complete with a soccer match and an all-night concert, at an estimated cost of $600,000, which is a hefty price tag for a country whose finance minister said just last month that it had only $217 left in the national bank. A $30 million infusion followed.”

She does not mention that Mugabe has stayed in power for 33 years through campaigns of state-sanctioned violence against political adversaries. He’s also used starvation as a GOTV effort by restricting government food supplies to his supporters during the famine he created by confiscating farms and letting them go to waste. As for Mugabe’s last presidential “election,” he actually trailed opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai 48-43 percent in initial balloting, but because neither man won a majority vote, they were to go to a run-off. Strangely enough, Tsvangirai withdrew from the run-off as violence escalated against his supporters and he was eventually muscled into a power-sharing deal.

Amanpour does mention Zimbabwe is a “blighted landscape for the economy and for human rights,” but doesn’t go into detail about such problems. Instead, she shows a video clip of herself asking Mugabe in 2009, “Why is it so difficult to leave power,” and “Are you going to stand for election again? Can you tell us?”

Mugabe is running, against Tsvangirai again, and it wouldn’t have taken much for Amanpour to track down some of the human rights violations he’s perpetrating to win. A quick Google search brings up an article from this week’s, “The Economist,” which I’m betting Amanpour would swear to reading cover-to-cover weekly.

AFTER more than a year of stalling and name-calling, President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party, locked in an unhappy ruling coalition with Morgan Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), have agreed to hold a referendum on a new constitution on March 16th. Since all Zimbabwe’s main parties have endorsed the document, it is almost certain to be adopted by a big majority. That in turn should pave the way for general and presidential elections within a few months, certainly by the end of the year. If the elections are free and fair, they could finally spell the end of the 89-year-old Mr Mugabe’s 33-year reign.

Really? Few Zimbabweans think Mr Mugabe and his party’s leading lights, especially the military and security men who have come to dominate his party, would ever consider ceding power—whatever a new constitution may say—to Mr Tsvangirai and his friends, whom they still excoriate as traitors. The heads of the armed forces, police and prison service have insisted that they will never serve under a President Tsvangirai. Even in the past few weeks the brutally ubiquitous Central Intelligence Organisation and police have been arresting, beating up or harassing leaders of civic groups, such as Women of Zimbabwe Arise and the Zimbabwe Peace Project, and ransacking the offices of the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, the most assiduous and valiant of the independent monitoring groups.

In a bizarre move, the police also announced a ban on radios that are incompatible with state-owned stations which routinely vilify the MDC. Such stations have become popular in rural areas, where more people are listening to foreign-beamed broadcasts hostile to Mr Mugabe and Zanu-PF. “We have information that some unpatriotic individuals are distributing radios in rural areas,” said the police spokesperson. “We have arrested some people and confiscated such devices.”

These are the people who lecture me about my moral compass when I suggest maybe we should do something to prevent our debt from equaling 100 percent of our GDP. I’m an out-of-touch, heartless monster, Robert Mugabe’s a plucky political leader with real sticktoitiveness, and Lena Dunham’s an everywoman. Tell me more.

Flashback: The Guardian eulogizes Nizar Rayan in 2009.

And, Christiane Amanpour’s Top 10 Silliest Moments from her 2010 stint at “This Week.”


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I could have gone to bed without that one MKH.

FlaMurph on February 21, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Long live Mugabe!

Long live Obama!

Electrongod on February 21, 2013 at 10:05 PM

I spit on her and him…

*phtooey*

Scrumpy on February 21, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Unbelievable.
Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Mimzey on February 21, 2013 at 10:07 PM

These are the people who lecture us about our moral compass when we suggest maybe we should do something to prevent our debt from equaling 100 percent of our GDP. We are the out-of-touch, heartless monsters.

FIFM…

Comede cacas et mori liberales spumae…

Scrumpy on February 21, 2013 at 10:07 PM

“Coming to America”

Oh Wait….

Electrongod on February 21, 2013 at 10:07 PM

There is something seriously wrong with this woman. And it is not just her love of Muslims, dictators, and death of Americans. There is a much deeper problem, evidenced by her always strained relationship with fellow employees and her constant misreporting of events.

pat on February 21, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Only the good die young.

KCB on February 21, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Christiane Amanpour <3 Robert Mugabe
Christiane Amanpour <3 Barack Obama

Any similarities here?

VibrioCocci on February 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM

WHAT THE F**K IS HER PROBLEM?!

ThePrez on February 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM

What’s wrong with these people????

Sherman1864 on February 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM

WHAT THE F**K IS HER PROBLEM?!

ThePrez on February 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM

What’s wrong with these people????

Sherman1864 on February 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Liberalism.

KCB on February 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Wait, he was Keynote at the DNC, right?

ccrosby on February 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM

What’s wrong with these people????

Sherman1864 on February 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Utopia is a powerful force….

“A presence I haven’t felt sense……”

Electrongod on February 21, 2013 at 10:11 PM

They love their tyrants, don’t they?

rrpjr on February 21, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I’m sure Amanpour thinks her dreamy skidmark on on history Mugabe is absolutely “killer” sorta like Baba Wawa breaking out the special satin kneepads when interviewing Assad.

viking01 on February 21, 2013 at 10:14 PM

…Utopia is a powerful force….
Electrongod on February 21, 2013 at 10:11 PM

If Zimbabwe and Mugabe is her ideal of Utopia…

Then she can comede cacas et mori liberales spumae… :-)

Scrumpy on February 21, 2013 at 10:14 PM

overrated, inconsistant, world traveler

Africa, the bastion of fantastical governance. Ironic, everyone’s mad at the white guys.

John Kettlewell on February 21, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Please don’t tell me she sang Happy Birthday Mr. President.

Drained Brain on February 21, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Runs in the family….

Gohawgs on February 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Obamugabe

warhawk81 on February 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Africa, the bastion of fantastical governance. Ironic, everyone’s mad at the white guys.

John Kettlewell on February 21, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Thought that was America?

sharrukin on February 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

That woman is disturbed. But all leftists love fascism. As long as it’s their fellow leftists wielding the power.

ButterflyDragon on February 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

*spit*

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2013 at 10:19 PM

People of Rhodesia and South Africa who supported terrorists like Mugabe and the Mandelas…you got what you deserved.

Raping babies to cure AIDS, carjacking zone warning signs, “necktying” those from other tribes, hyperinflation, rampant disease, poverty, crime, and filth…

But, in all fairness, we may not be too far behind. I feel really bad for Rhodesians and South Africans who got the hell out of there, only to find the U.S. is run by the same people who put the Communists in power over there.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 21, 2013 at 10:19 PM

I admire him for not sipping water on camera.

MT on February 21, 2013 at 10:20 PM

*spit*

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Short and sweet..

But it doesn’t sell on the MSM..

Electrongod on February 21, 2013 at 10:20 PM

WTF…I wish I could say this surprises me but it doesn’t. Also, I’ll bet some of Mugabe’s supporters would have sent him a birthday card, however it was probably way too much work to haul a truck load of Zimbabwe money just to pay for a $1 greeting card!

Heh, these lefties sure like their tyrannical murdering dictators!

Liberty or Death on February 21, 2013 at 10:20 PM

“Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, is 89 today, and celebrated modestly by his standards — with a cake and a gift of 89 cows, we’re told

Ummm… make that now a gift of 90 cows, Amanpour….

viking01 on February 21, 2013 at 10:21 PM

I was in a waiting room this morning and msnbc was on. When is got brought back, the nurse asked why I was there and I said the TV made me sick.

Rusty Allen on February 21, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Christiane Amanpour’s still alive? Oh, wait… she’s at CNN. Nevermind.

That woman is disturbed. But all leftists love fascism. As long as it’s their fellow leftists wielding the power.

ButterflyDragon on February 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

She isn’t even from the US. (I think she’s either Iran or Turkey…) She’s only speaking to her worldview that she always held, one that the Socialists have embraced in their pursuit to willfully destroy the US.

Myron Falwell on February 21, 2013 at 10:25 PM

In a bizarre move, the police also announced a ban on radios that are incompatible with state-owned stations which routinely vilify the MDC. Such stations have become popular in rural areas, where more people are listening to foreign-beamed broadcasts hostile to Mr Mugabe and Zanu-PF. “We have information that some unpatriotic individuals are distributing radios in rural areas,” said the police spokesperson. “We have arrested some people and confiscated such devices.”

The hell you say. Where have I heard about people wanting to control the content of radio programming…..hmmmm.

crrr6 on February 21, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Come on, MKH, you can do better than this. Why didn’t you bold the latter half of the quoted paragraph?

But a lavish birthday party is planned for next month, complete with a soccer match and an all-night concert, at an estimated cost of $600,000, which is a hefty price tag for a country whose finance minister said just last month that it had only $217 left in the national bank. A $30 million infusion followed.

Doesn’t exactly sound like someone swinging from Mugabe’s nuts now, does it?

Reaps on February 21, 2013 at 10:26 PM

O_o

People like her are why the 2nd Amendment was added, because the Founders realized that you can’t legislate away deluded insanity.

Amanpour has always given me the creeps, it doesn’t take much to imagine her kicking a few stray corpses into a mass grave while blithely interviewing the executioner about his shooting technique.

Bishop on February 21, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Piers Morgan, Christiane Amanpour… the continued existence of Russell Brand as a person we’re forced to see.

Yeah, that reputation in the USA of any sort of British accent holding sophistication and intelligence has taken a nasty beating these past few years. I’d trust Rodney and Del Boy over any of those plonkers… or something.

Gingotts on February 21, 2013 at 10:31 PM

She isn’t even from the US. (I think she’s either Iran or Turkey…) She’s only speaking to her worldview that she always held, one that the Socialists have embraced in their pursuit to willfully destroy the US.

Myron Falwell on February 21, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Like Piers Morgan.

These people won’t quit until America is as screwed up as these other countries.

The Left fought against “American Imperialism” when well-meaning U.S. statesmen of both parties and entrepreneurs tried hard to bring these other peoples up to a higher standard of living and a greater degree of personal Liberty. They guilted Americans away from the belief that other peoples could be as free and prosperous as us, if they’d only adopt our Constitutional ideals and free enterprise model…by claiming that America was trying to actually enslave them (Freedom is Slavery!)

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 21, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Poo poo to you, Madame.

Mason on February 21, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Chrissy spitting all over the place.

Rusty Allen on February 21, 2013 at 10:35 PM

She mispronounces “r”s. Never trust people that mispronounce “r”s. Even worse,, she abuses “o”s and especially “u”s.

But more importantly she’s a communist bitch.

wolly4321 on February 21, 2013 at 10:36 PM

No surprise, the communist press loves them some communists. Gads, how our free press has fallen!

AZfederalist on February 21, 2013 at 10:36 PM

But a lavish birthday party is planned for next month, complete with a soccer match and an all-night concert, at an estimated cost of $600,000, which is a hefty price tag for a country whose finance minister said just last month that it had only $217 left in the national bank. A $30 million infusion followed.”

Shades of Emperor Bokassa I.

But, this also reminds me of some other country and its politicians more recently…hmmmm….can’t-think-of-who-or-where…hmmmm. Oh well, it’ll come to me eventually.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 21, 2013 at 10:38 PM

She is Iranian, born in London, raised in Iran. Her father was Muslim so that makes her Muslim. She is an amoral whore of Islamic and antiWestern causes, frequently misreporting stories and relying upon Palestinians and Muslim fanatics for her sources. She hates Britain and America.

pat on February 21, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Her next wish is that President Obama can also stay in power for 33 years and do it by any means necessary.

Freedom is so 200 years ago.

jjjdad on February 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM

She’s mentally ill. Apologies if that is obvious.

22044 on February 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Progressives adore despots for some reason.

Are they envious? I don’t know.

Curtiss on February 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Faux News! Faux News!

/

Del Dolemonte on February 21, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Is this a joke?

Ellis on February 21, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Why again aren’t we boycotting the corporate advertisers that keep trash like her on our airwaves?

When is the Right going to get serious about defeating the Left and removing them from polite political discourse and institutions? Trash like Amanpour have no business spreading their evil and making $$$ off of spreading their evil.

Punchenko on February 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM

“Leftists.” Hah. As if there’s anything remotely resembling a proper Leftist movement in the country.
 
urban elitist on November 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM

rogerb on February 21, 2013 at 11:03 PM

She has a mural, on the wall in her living room, depicting the planes crashing into the Twin Towers on 9-11-01.

F her. F her right in the A.

Stu Gotts on February 21, 2013 at 11:06 PM

She looks like someone who smells like old corned beef.

Why hasn’t she been torn apart by pit-bulls yet?

StubbleSpark on February 21, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Amanpour, the leftist and muzzie paramour, and horse, is now also a tyrant-lover, in the open.

Schadenfreude on February 21, 2013 at 11:20 PM

“Leftists.” Hah. As if there’s anything remotely resembling a proper Leftist movement in the country.

urban elitist on November 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Why don’t you go over and show them how it’s done, lefty?

Help destroy their country instead of America.

You assclowns are doomed to failure here.

Solaratov on February 21, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Bob has created a kind of giant tropical Detroit in Africa. Almost single handed nation building to Bobs liking.

BL@KBIRD on February 21, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Doesn’t exactly sound like someone swinging from Mugabe’s nuts now, does it?

Reaps on February 21, 2013 at 10:26 PM

I included that part exactly so people like you could see that I was quoting the whole thing and not taking out mildly critical commentary. As to your point about her relationship with Mugabe’s nether regions: If the price tag of his stupid birthday party is the only thing she can find to criticize specifically while excluding his egregious human-rights violations and lying about how he held onto power in 2008, then yes, she’s a veritable testicular trapeze artist. You may want to inspect your moral compass, too, if you endorse this “news report” based on a glancing blow to the cost of Mugabe’s birthday concert. Try harder next time.

Mary Katharine Ham on February 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Progressives adore despots for some reason.

Are they envious? I don’t know.

Curtiss on February 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM

WHAT THE F**K IS HER PROBLEM?!

ThePrez on February 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Progressives adore despots for some reason.

Are they envious? I don’t know.

Curtiss on February 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Only white males can be tyrants.

Comede cacas et mori liberales spumae…

Scrumpy on February 21, 2013 at 10:07 PM

As if living through a classical education wasn’t enough, you come here to stare into the abyss that is the source of information for this falling nation.

IlikedAUH2O on February 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Is this a joke?

Ellis on February 21, 2013 at 10:53 PM

LOL!

Amanpour is a joke. So I guess it is in one way.

William Eaton on February 21, 2013 at 11:38 PM

What else do you expect from the War Whore?

The Notorious G.O.P on February 21, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Three cheers for Mugabe, the Rhodesian Cincinnatus.

Tzetzes on February 22, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Try harder next time.

Mary Katharine Ham on February 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM

MKH: you continue to prove that you are “the” perfect woman… thx!!

Khun Joe on February 22, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Mary Katharine Ham on February 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Questionable morals because I questioned the cherrypicking of quotes. Got it. *tips hat*

Anyhoo, I needn’t ‘try harder’; I don’t have any problem with you. I hardly wrote a scathing criticism of you, after all.

Reaps on February 22, 2013 at 3:29 AM

Just think if you had to deal with her in real life. Sheesh!

Blake on February 22, 2013 at 6:23 AM

I have always stated that the problem of millions could be solved with about a dollar’s worth of bullet. Or now in Zimbabew’s case – a trillion dollars worth. Mugabe has destroyed a country and an economy.

mouell on February 22, 2013 at 6:24 AM

When libs like Amanpour glorify brutal despots like Mugabe, you have to think maybe they would wish the same for us under their Obama.

petefrt on February 22, 2013 at 6:37 AM

Hellen Thomas v2.0

Big Orange on February 22, 2013 at 6:39 AM

Amanpour. Why will it take?

RdLake on February 22, 2013 at 6:56 AM

You can always tell a person or groups’ quality by looking at the saints the emulate!

Don L on February 22, 2013 at 7:21 AM

It’s not for nothing that we call him Ogabe.

SAMinVA on February 22, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Too bad this thing wasn’t born and raised in Mugabee’s country. She’d be wearing a tent, had her genitals hacked off, own no property of have any legal rights and she’d have been beaten countless times for major transgressions such as lukewarm dinner, a spot of a shirt, walking in front of her man and going outside without her tent on.

Instead, we have to listen to her pontifcate to us about someone that would do the above and laugh all day about it.

acyl72 on February 22, 2013 at 7:56 AM

It reminds me of this screen shot I took back in 2009. It’s the ABC News website wishing the Chi-Coms a happy 60th birthday. And if you think they weren’t excited about it, they made sure to add an exclamation point at the end. It seems like ABC News loves them some tyrants — as long as they’re leftists.

KGB on February 22, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Q: Will Christiane Amanpour wish George Washington (born February 22, 1732) a happy birthday today?

ITguy on February 22, 2013 at 7:58 AM

just wait till Hagel is confirmed, she’ll cry tears of joy…

burserker on February 22, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Is this old war whore still around? I thought she died.

Bevan on February 22, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Christiane Amanpour, not a neutral observer, but on the other side.

rbj on February 22, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Questionable morals because I questioned the cherrypicking of quotes. Got it. *tips hat*

Anyhoo, I needn’t ‘try harder’; I don’t have any problem with you. I hardly wrote a scathing criticism of you, after all.

Reaps on February 22, 2013 at 3:29 AM

She didn’t cherry pick you twit. She included it.
She included it to show that’s what the woman had to complain about this tyrant & NOT the horrible human rights issues he’s responsible for.
That was the point. Her faux outrage over $$ when there’s something more to be outraged about.
You’ve been b!tch slapped. Take it.

Badger40 on February 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

And, somehow, Bush and Reagan are seen as evil by others of her ilk.

TimBuk3 on February 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM

$600,000 for his official birthday party? No problem–they can pay for it with six of their $100,000 bills.

jackmac on February 22, 2013 at 9:08 AM

All I need to know about Amanpour is that she was the speaker at my daughter’s college commencement years ago. Her speech had nothing to do with graduating and going out into the world – nothing inspiring or thought-provoking. Rather, it had everything to do with promoting her own political agenda. I’ve tried to ignore her since then. Totally irrelevant.

themediansib on February 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Wishing him a happy birthday? Are you freakin’ kidding me???

The only thing a normal person should be wishing this animal* is a .22 behind the ear.

*my sincere apologies to actual animals

Bruce MacMahon on February 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Robert Mugabe, is 89 today, and celebrated modestly by his standards — with a cake and a gift of 89 cows

Candy Crowley jumped out of his birthday cake?

Mr. Arkadin on February 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM

the famine he created by confiscating farms and letting them go to waste.

A small correction here, MKH. He didn’t let them go to waste, he actively encouraged it by putting people in charge of them who had no farking idea how to run a farm.

Instead, she shows a video clip of herself asking Mugabe in 2009, “Why is it so difficult to leave power,” and “Are you going to stand for election again? Can you tell us?”

Dang, that sure does sound like a practice run for her 2016 interview with Obama……..

she’s a veritable testicular trapeze artist.

Mary Katharine Ham on February 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Heh. Well put.

GWB on February 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM

At least you can say the old

“War Whore”

is consistent!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on February 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM

I only pray there is a better time for the press later.

On the wall of Columbia’s Journalism School:

“JOURNALISM: because you haven’t got the brains to pass chemistry.”

itsspideyman on February 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Robert Mugabe, is 89 today, and celebrated modestly by his standards — with a cake and a gift of 89 cows

Candy Crowley jumped out of his birthday cake?

Mr. Arkadin on February 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Eeeeeeewwwwww!!!!

itsspideyman on February 22, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I always thought she did her best work when she was making pornos back in the Eighties.

dockywocky on February 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

I have words not suited for public display for one who would say anything kind about Mugabe. Zimbabwe was a food exporter when he came to power (and, gee, it wasn’t in a “nice” way, surprise!), but he encouraged poor blacks to “occupy” white owned farms, food production rates fell off a cliff, and the people starve.

And that’s the good side of Mugabe. His active human rights abuses would get him executed in any rational state. And for some pampered “news” commentator to do anything than point out the eight hundred pound gorilla so she can wish him a happy birthday is a gross negligence of what is right and just. She, and all of her useless idiots on The Left sicken me.

NeoCon_1 on February 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

I always thought she did her best work when she was making pornos back in the Eighties.

dockywocky on February 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Candy Crowley or Christiane Amanpour?

GWB on February 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

I always thought she did her best work when she was making pornos back in the Eighties.

dockywocky on February 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Candy Crowley or Christiane Amanpour?

GWB on February 22, 2013

========================

You now owe me $8.50 for the lunch I just launched across the room.

JackM on February 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Ya know, you have this gigantic African continent, run entirely by blacks, and no where can you find freedom, democracy, or prosperity.

Oh yeah, I forgot, us white folk are still exploiting the whole lot of them and taking their money.

Hey, wait a minute, where’s my cut of all that embezzled loot??

JackM on February 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Mugabe is just one more gift from Jimmy Carter that keeps on giving.

Laurence on February 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM

How is it that Muslim women in government/media are married to Jewish men..?? Huma and Christine..Infiltration???

Xango Annie on February 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM

No surprise, the communist press loves them some communists. Gads, how our free press has fallen!

AZfederalist on February 21, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Our free press is working hard to make sure the rest of us get enslaved by their socialism

CatchAll on February 22, 2013 at 7:06 PM

WTF

Perhaps the US doesn’t want Mugabe removed because he is the devil we know but WOW taking time to publicly celebrate a despot does not compute.
If she wanted to celebrate an old guy she could have gone for Bhumibol Adulyadej King of Thailand and nobody would have though twice but Mugabe?
Psst Christiane, Robert is kinda infamous

notalemon on February 22, 2013 at 8:20 PM