Why has the Republican party given nods and winks to their tailored, predictable, toxic mobocracy of the "healthcare town-hall meetings" masquerading as democratic expressions. Why did they allow shouting down opponents to morph into Republican modus operandi? Joe Wilson had his soul mates in those yelling riot brigades, and beyond. Here's why? Only a few days ago, right-wing talk-radio bomb throwers and distortion artists Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage Wiener and Sean Hannity demanded as required and standard behavior for Republicans and extreme conservatives that for the remainder of the term of Obama's presidency: they must use raucous heckling, wild accusations, shrill partisan roars and physical disruption of public policy events against Obama's policies and moves as the tools of engagement….
Signally, Obama's White House chose the small west African country of only 23 million peoples, spurning Ghana's neighbor, the "giant of Africa" Nigeria with its 125 million citizens and the largest economic demographic clout, questionable political leadership, endemic corruption, ethnic and religious violence, environmental destruction of its Niger Delta and creeks, political assassinations and kidnappings, epileptic electricity supply, and a list enough to fill the Galveston bay. For many African-born citizens of America such as myself and millions of continental African professionals, Barack Hussein Obama is not only the 44th President of the United States of America, he's an outstanding son of Africa who on November 4, 2008, achieved the previously unthinkable: one of our own being voted in to lead the most powerful country in the world.
Obama is in Ghana principally for America's core strategic interests: Oil. I know that oil and stable access to oil are vital parts of U.S national security interest across the west African Gulf of Guinea region. Ghana recently discovered billions of barrels of oil reserves. U.S corporations, especially Exxon Mobil and Chevron are also investing heavily in the area. Operationally, the U.S has re-fueling hubs in Ghana. Also, worthy of note is the US National Intelligence Council (NIC) estimates that by 2015, 25 percent of American oil imports will be derived from west Africa. It is roughly 14 to 16 percent to date, amidst massive disruptions in Nigeria's Niger Delta. Ghana is stable while the Middle East and parts of Nigeria are increasingly dicey for America's hard-nosed, long-term interests. Ghana is certainly valuable to the U.S convergence of interests on the arenas of military, oil and democratic credentials.