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Barack Obama, Paul Kagame, and Susan Rice
In 2006, Barack Obama authored the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act of 2006, which identified both Rwanda and Uganda as aggressors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2007, former Clinton Under-Secretary of State for African Affairs Susan Rice began to advise him, as he prepared to run for president. Rice became the U.S. Ambassador to the UN after his election. She is a longstanding ally of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, whose war crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been well documented in UN experts investigations.
Rice withdrew her name from consideration as the next Secretary of State two days after the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the eastern Congo conflict, but she is not expected to leave the Administration. The latest report by the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo documents the war crimes and atrocities of the Rwandan and Ugandan backed M23 militia, and includes a chain of command chart with Rwandan Defense Minster James Kabarebe at the top. Kabarebe answers to Rwandan "President" Paul Kagame, who is in fact a military dictator. Congolese and Africa advocates are appealing to the Obama who wrote the 2006 Senate bill, which identified both Rwanda and Uganda as aggressors in Congo, not the one who has been advised by Susan Rice since 2007.
For more see Susan Rice’s defense of Kagame in Congo puts Obama State Department on the defensive, on the San Francisco Bay View Newspaper website.