Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ivory Coast : With Friends Like These

Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent president of Ivory Coast who has refused to give up power after losing the election in November, has unleashed a brutal retaliation against his opponents, including killing hundreds of people. But according to Think Progress, he’s still got some friends in high places in the U.S.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) took to the Senate floor yesterday to give a lengthy speech in defense of incumbent Gbagbo and his powerful wife, whom Inhofe called “good friends.” Inhofe painted a picture of the conflict in polar opposition to the facts on the ground, accusing challenger Ouattara of “rigg[ing]” last November’s elections, and ludicrously claiming that Gbagbo’s forces “don’t have any weapons.” Thus, Inhofe demanded an immediate ceasefire in the conflict, even though Gbagbo’s forces have already been routed.

Mr. Inhofe was joined in his support of the dictator by such defenders of human rights as Glenn Beck and Pat Robertson.

There’s got to be something more to their support for this monster other than just the fact that President Obama is calling for his ouster. They really do have a thing for dictators.