Here in the U.S. we have this ongoing idiotic debate about whether this country is ready for a female president. Yet with far less resources at her disposal, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s first year as president of Liberia makes clear that the real question is what are we waiting for? After years of war and terror under the rule of Charles Taylor, who is under indictment from the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, Johnson-Sirleaf has managed to turn the electricity back on in parts of Monrovia, fired corrupt officials and shored up Liberia’s economy, most notably by negotiating a major iron ore mining concession with Mittal Steel.
Imagine if we tried that kind of constructive government in the U.S., what a concept!
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