‘War criminals at the helm’
Johannesburg – Former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who was a vocal critic of the George W Bush administration and opposed – among other issues – sanctions against Zimbabwe calling them “racist measures seeking to maintain white skin privilege”, has branded President Barack Obama a war criminal.
She is not happy with the so-called war on terror, the deployment of US soldiers and drones to Africa under the US Africa Command, and suggests Obama could be a war criminal.
At present, McKinney is involved in political activism and is backing an April 13, 2013 protest march and rally at the White House themed “US Drones Out of Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Everywhere!”
“The US has more to give to the world than soldiers, military bases, drones, and bombs and missiles,” she told The Southern Times in a recent interview.
She said the April 13 protest was focused “on the US military relationship with Africa that borders on a continental hostile takeover”.
Mckinney rubbished mainstream claims about America being under siege from terrorists, which is the excuse the US has used to militarise its Africa policy.
“Robin Cook, former Foreign Secretary for the UK, told us that al-Qaeda is nothing more than the rolodex of the CIA,” she said.
“US national security whistleblowers have told us that the ‘enemy’ doesn't exist. Former (US) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted before Congress that the US created al-Qaeda. These notable public pronouncements are readily available on the Internet.”
Asked for her opinion of the Obama government, Mckinney said: “No, one could not be happy with war criminals at the helm.”
Last year US President Obama launched the “US Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa”, in which, among other things Obama reflected that “Africa is more important than ever to the security and prosperity of the international community, and to the United States in particular”.
The US has been expanding military influence on the continent, including opening launch pads for the deadly unarmed military aircraft, ostensibly to boost security and counter terrorism.
It has emerged that only two countries in Africa, Zimbabwe and Eritrea, do not have direct military ties with the US. Leaked US diplomatic communications indicate in Southern Africa, The Seychelles has been used to launch US military strikes in East Africa up to Somalia, and that Botswana has expressed its openness to hosting AFRICOM, America’s military command for the continent, which is currently based in Germany.