U.S. Delegation to Funeral includes Gayle Smith, Person who brought Meles to power.
August 31, 2012
(Ethiopian Review) — The U.S. is sending a delegation consistinig of junior officials to Meles’ funeral. It is led by Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and includes Johnnie Carson, assistant secretary of state for African Affairs and Gayle Smith, director of African Affairs in the National Security Council.
Tagadalay Gayle Smith is known also to have spent time in the deserts of Tigray fighting along side the TPLF. She played a key role in creating connections between the TPLF and the outside world especially the the U.S. officials. She was a journalist stationed in Cairo when she met EPLF and TPLF functionaries there. After several contacts, the EPLF and TPLF succeeded in soliciting her support for their causes. She was persuaded to go to their offices in Sudan and their bases in Eritrea and Tigray. She later joined them, stayed in the desert, learned Tigrigna language and spearheaded the organization of the Tigray Women Forum. After the TPLF controlled Ethiopia, she was hired as an advisor to Meles and was on Ethiopian government payroll for a long time. She later came back to the U.S. during the Clinton Presidency and joined the State Department. There she worked under Susan Rice and recruited the latter also as a staunch Meles supporter. They both misled President Clinton in branding Meles, Isayas, Museveni and Kigame as a new breed of democratic leaders.
All the four have proved President Clinton wrong turning out to be vicious dictators no better than the ones they replaced. They all give only lip-service to demcratic reforms meant to swindle the international community. They are all in their third decades in power rigging one sham election after the other. They not only hold periodic sham elections but they also rig the sham elections themselves claiming 99.6% as recently as 2010.
Isaias is an exception in this case in refusing to play fools’ game by holding sham elections that he anyway knew he was going to rig to claim a landslide victory and stay in power. His is at least obvious because why engage in such futile exercise if the elections are not free and fair and if at the end you are not ready to respect and accept the outcome of the free and fair elections. There is no point in holding sham elections for its own sake.
By unconditionally supporting vicious brutal tyrants, the junior and novice diplomats like Susan Rice and Gayle Smith brought about disgrace, disappointment and embarassment upon themselves and the U.S. foreign policy. Now they are the ones chosen, and rightly so, to represent the U.S. on the funeral of one of their disgraced brutal dictators they have been championing. What a shame.
The U.S. was represented by its most Senior Diplomat Hillary Clinton on the funeral of the recenty passed Ghanian President. Given the fact that the late Ghanian President was not at a personal service of the U.S. national interest in his part of the world or the continent as the whole, the presence of such senior officials like Clinton on his funeral shows the depth of respect the U.S. has for the president and the democratic institutions of the Ghanian people.
In contrast, Meles who is known to be at the service of the U.S. interest in the Horn of Africa region and beyond is honored only by disgraced junior officials. That tells the despise and disrespect the U.S. has for Meles and his regime and that the U.S. knows the true Meles and his records. They used and threw him. Shame on dictator Meles. Meles had been disgraced in life and is now being disgraced in death. /Ethiopian Review
Read below to find who Gayle Smith is:
Guerilla Mistress To Obama Confidant;
The Life And Crimes Of Gayle Smith
By Thomas C Mountain
01 December, 2010
Once the mistress of a marxist guerilla fighter in the Horn of Africa, today Gayle Smith is a senior advisor to Barack Obama in the White House, USA.
Gayle Smith started her career in service to the American Empire as an undercover CIA operative posing as a journalist in the Horn of Africa in the late 1970’s. Taking her duty seriously, she became the mistress of a guerilla fighter known by the nom de guerre of “Jamaica” in the Marxist-Leninist-Enver Hoxha-ite Tigrayan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), then fighting for independence from the Soviet Union supported Mengistu regime in Ethiopia.
As a close confidant to the leadership of the TPLF, Gayle Smith would spend the decade of the 1980’s as the liaison between the CIA and Meles Zenawi, the leader of the TPLF who was to become the Prime Minister of Ethiopia after the defeat and overthrow of the Mengistu regime by the Eritrean independence movement in 1991.
Gayle Smith is the person most responsible for the rise to power and elevation to international leadership status of Ethiopia’s Meles Zenawi, one of the most corrupt, bloodthirsty genocidal killers of modern times who would once again stride the world stage at the G-20 meeting held in Korea.
After the overthrow of the Mengistu regime in Ethiopia in 1991, Gayle Smith left her career as a “journalist” in the Horn of Africa and quickly (three years) became the Chief of Staff of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). As the de facto operations chief of this multi billion dollar American government “aid agency” she oversaw, amongst other nefarious activities, the assignment of CIA operatives using USAID as a cover for their various criminal activities in the rest of the world.
Journalist to chief operating officer at the largest USA aid outfit in a matter of a few years? Apparently Gayle Smith’s time in the trenches of the Horn of Africa had caught the attention of the heavy hitters in the USA intelligence community.
Within a few more years Gayle Smith had risen to a prominent place in the Clinton White House as head of African affairs on the National Security Council. As a NSC senior member she rose early every morning to help prepare the National Security Estimate, the report given to the President first thing every morning at the start of the Presidential work day. Every morning, rain or shine, she was in the White House ready to brief President Clinton and answer any questions he may have about the various activities of the CIA et al in Africa.
Before this as USAID operations chief in 1994, Gayle Smith initiated and coordinated the international multibillion dollar aid to arms diversion that allowed the Meles Zenawi regime in Ethiopia to rebuild the Ethiopian army into the largest, best equipped in Africa.
In 1998 Gayle Smith was adamant in demanding, along with her boss and National Security Advisor Anthony “Tony” Lake, that the Meles Zenawi regime launch a war against former comrades in arms in newly independent Eritrea, lead by the Eritrean Peoples Liberation Front in an attempt to destroy and re-colonialize the former Ethiopian “province”.
It seems that Gayle Smith and other such minions of the US Empire have a near pathological hatred for any and all independence movements that come to power via the armed struggle and that do not immediately kneel down and pledge allegiance to Pax Americana. Eritrea’s national motto is “Never Kneel Down” so they were slated to be destroyed and the Meles Zenawi mafia was chosen to do the dirty work as the newly anointed USA gendarme in East Africa.
The carnage that followed has been described as “The Holocaust in the Horn; The War Nobody Remembers”, with over 10,000 Ethiopian troops killed in the first offensive in 1998, 50,000 plus in the second Ethiopian offensive of 1999 and by conservative estimate, 150,000 Ethiopian soldiers killed in combat during the third offensive of May-June 2000.
On top of this the Ethiopian invasion of Eritrea created 1.5 million Eritrean refugees, internally displaced persons.
If Eritrean casualties are added, 19,000 killed in action/martyred, The Holocaust in the Horn resulted in almost a quarter million deaths.
250,000 dead,1.5 million refugees and Gayle Smith’s fingerprints all over the crime scene.
There is much more to this sordid tale with the ongoing genocide in the Ethiopian Ogaden being a strong contender for the worst crime against humanity in the world today. Committed by the Meles Zenawi mafia, funded and overseen by the likes of Obama “Senior Advisor” and Horn of Africa specialist Gayle Smith, 12 or maybe 15 million potential victims of the ongoing genocide in the Ethiopian Ogaden are forgotten by the world.
But not by Gayle Smith, who knows very well just how desperate the situation is and in response has ordered Meles Zenawi to expel all aid agencies and increased the level of support and financial aid to the Meles Zenawi regime from her perch in the Obama White House. She has rewarded these acts of genocide by helping elevate Meles Zenawi to world leader status, a G-20 statesman.
When someday, despite tens of billions of dollars in western “aid”, the Meles Zenawi regime crumbles and falls, maybe, just maybe, Gayle Smith will fall with him.
Until then the life and crimes of Gayle Smith continue, blessed by President Barack Obama himself. The guerilla mistress turned presidential confidant still rules her roost, ready to order the dispatch of her goombahs to commit murder and mayhem, genocide even, whatever it takes to try to preserve the crumbling empire she has served so faithfully.
Thomas c mountain is the only independent western journalist in the horn of africa, living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006