In South Sudan, we are once again witnessing the United States misplaced emphasis on American styled democracy.
South Sudan is a Christian country; but it is a Christian country that is defined by tribes. We in the West do not understand the pull of tribal allegiance. We Americans may revel at our: Irish, German, Scottish, English or other heritage. We may have self-identified pseudo-tribes; be it member of that church, that club, that organization, graduate of that school, or however we wish to define ourselves. But we do not understand the pull of tribal culture. We do not understand that loyalty to a tribe has greater pull than the notion of representative self-government, particularly when your tribe is not the number one.
Ms. Rice seems to be very upset and threatening to stamp her foot is disgust, despite the fact that she is largely responsible for the political settlement that created the South Sudan. Ms. Powers of course will want the United States to intervene, she is a useful idiot who idealism clouds common sense.
Oh for the days of realists, Henry Kissinger, George Schultz, Brent Scowcroft, Zbigniew Brzezinski, James Baker, Sam Nunn, James Baker, and Jeanne Kilpatrick. Men and women who look at the world as it is not as they wanted it; men and women who sought reasonable solutions that worked, not what was taught in graduate seminars in some Ivy League college or university.