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Rwanda: A US National Security Concern Over Repression

After a week of embarrassment, followed by hesitation and deafening silence, the United States Government has finally given its opinion on the results of the latest Rwandan presidential elections: condemning the dictator while encouraging the people.

Another surprise: instead of the State Department, the US National Security Council, through the its spokesperson Mike Hammer, gave the official statement.  This is rather odd, as this kind of statement should have come from the State Department.  The National Security Council (NSC), an organ attached to the Whitehouse, is the “President’s principal forum for considering national security and foreign policy matters with his senior national security advisors and cabinet officials.”

In fact, in the Daily Press briefing of Monday August 9, 2010, Philip J. Crowley Assistant Secretary of State held the following exchange:

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