U.S. Ambassador Evacuated from Central African Republic as France Rejects Request for Intervention

The U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic and his diplomatic team, up to forty people, were reportedly evacuated from the central African country overnight and the U.S. embassy was closed amid concerns of an increasingly deteriorating security situation as rebels approach the capital of Bangui. As I noted last week, the rebels threatening the Central African Republic’s capital are not the only ones running amok in the country. While the U.S. ambassador was pulled out of the country, American troops remain in the southern region, where they are helping to hunt down a Ugandan rebel outfit, Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army.

The French president earlier this week rejected the idea of intervening in its former colony (preoccupied as it is in a higher-profile interventionist project getting under way in Mali). France’s lack of interest in intervention has not stopped the Central African Republic’s president from calling for a foreign intervention yet again today in a rally in the capital city.

Intervention, by the French specifically, is nothing new for the Central African Republic. The most prominent post-colonial intervention was in 1979, when a French-backed coup deposed Jean-Bedel Bokassa, who had styled himself an emperor a few years earlier (spending a quarter of the annual national revenue on his coronation).  Bokassa had ruled the Central African Republic (later Empire) for fourteen years, and even enjoyed a close relationship with the French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, who called Bokassa a “friend and family member.” The current Central African Republic president, Francois Bozize, served as a Brigadier General under Bokassa and remained in the government after Bokassa’s fall, becoming Minister of Information until participating in a failed coup attempt in 1982. He eventually made it back to the halls of power, helping to crush coups as the army chief of staff. Bozize may have been involved in a 2001 coup attempt which saw him once again fall out of favor. In 2003 he finally succeeded in executing a coup and seizing power for himself. He won an election in 2005 and another one after several postponements in 2011. In the meantime, with the assistance of French mirage jets, Bozize was able in 2007 to negotiate an end to an armed rebellion. Those rebels are now focusing on the country’s capital, while the French are focusing on Mali to the west.

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  • sloopyinca||

    The U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic and his diplomatic team, up to forty people, were reportedly evacuated from the central African country overnight

    I guess he had wrapped up his gun-running op.

  • ||

    You can be assured this was expedited to avoid anything approaching another Benghazi. People are expendable, but scandals are extremely annoying for political animals.

  • sloopyinca||

    Where the fuck have you been, man? Did you and JJ take that getaway you've been talking about all fall?

  • ||

    I wish. I do things. I go places. Places that are not in this country and that do not have internet. Unlike my cousin and my aunt, that was unfortunately not Hawaii. God damn I am going to do Christmas in Hawaii soon. I must.

  • sloopyinca||

    Sooooooo, you crossed the border and spent a week in Surrey?

  • ||

    I drove through Surrey, but I didn't stop there. There's no reason to stop in Surrey.

  • sloopyinca||

    Oh, you went to China Richmond?

  • ||

    I drove through Richmond, but didn't stop there. There's no reason to stop in Richmond.

  • sloopyinca||

    There's no reason to stop in Richmond.

    I thought stopping in Richmond was inevitable since there's about a 99% likelihood that you will be rear-ended by a Chinese woman over the age of 60 if you are on any road in that city.

  • ||

    If you stay on Granville St. and drive carefully, you can make it through the danger zone. Just like Tom Cruise in Top Gun.

    Top Gun explained.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    You interacted with Canadians and survived?

  • ||

    Shocking, but true.

  • StillASkeptic||

    That ^ got out of hand quickly...

  • Ska||

    But didn't the government do all it could to protect the US embassy there? Oh wait, they didn't realize there was a problem. Oh wait, they realized there was a problem, but the situation wasn't dire. Oh wait...

  • ||

    Look, the media will tell you what to think, Ska. Don't try and do it on your own.

  • DJF||

    Yes they solved the problem, they arrested that film maker who started everything.

  • Hyperion||

    Scandals slide right off of our teflon admin.

    Seriously, there is nothing that this corrupt bunch of scum cannot get away with, and they will get a total pass from the media.

  • ||

    While this is true, scandals are still an irritant that they would prefer to avoid. Thus, any consulate or embassy that has a hint of a problem will now be evacuated, just in case.

  • StillASkeptic||

    That ^ got out of hand quickly...

  • Hyperion||

    If they would only ban guns, the violence would stop.

  • ||

    It's awesome how the Obama administration bases its military strategy on internet memes.

  • Ska||

    #YOLO

  • Spoonman.||

    Forty? WTF?

  • Rich||

    "Up to" forty, Spoonman.

    It *could* be zero.

  • R C Dean||

    Well, yeah, but you'd think they'd know how many people. Hard to say you've evacuated all your people if you don't know how many are supposed to be on the plane before it takes off.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Uganda: Drunkest country on Earth.

    Russia to declare war over insulted honor soon.

  • A Serious Man||

    Better alt-text: The 'D' is silent motherfucker.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    This is still easier to resolve than the NHL lockout.

  • waaminn||

    Would someone jsut go and nuke them already! Wow.

    www.Anon-et.tk

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