Well, President Obama, who has been criticized in certain circles for being too soft on America’s enemies, is finally putting on the heat. Just look at this comment about Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe he made today during an East Room meeting today with “young African leaders.”
I’m just going to be very blunt, he — I do — I do not see him serving his people well.
He doesn’t see him serving his people well. This is approximately like saying the Black Death was an pesky little bug.
Here is a brief catalog from Wikipedia of the abuses inflicted by Mugabe on his people:
“According to human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch the government of Zimbabwe violates the rights to shelter, food, freedom of movement and residence, freedom of assembly and the protection of the law. There are assaults on the media, the political opposition, civil society activists, and human rights defenders.
“Opposition gatherings are frequently the subject of brutal attacks by the police force.”
So, yes, he does not seem to be serving his people well. Realizing he might not be serving the gravity of the situation well, Obama added, a little less meekly,
The abuses, the human-rights abuses, the violence that’s been perpetrated against opposition leaders, I think is — is terrible.
It’s terrible. Just terrible.
And then, Obama added,
What I meant to say is that Mugabe is a brutal thug who has murdered thousands of his own people and enriched himself with unfettered greed while allowing his own country to starve.
Well, OK, I added that last one.