The latest target of the 80-year-old Mugabe’s wrath was Black Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson. The two met on the sidelines at the recent African Union summit in Libya. When the meeting was over, Mugabe labeled Carson an “idiot” and told him that as an African American he should be ashamed of himself for trying to “dictate” to Africa in the manner of previous white U.S. diplomats.
Previously, Mugabe had labeled Carson’s predecessor Jendayi Frazier a “little girl trotting around the globe like a prostitute” and official government media in Zimbabwe regularly denounced the former American ambassador to Zimbabwe under the Bush administration James McGee as a “house Negro.”
For their parts, the Bush and now the Obama administration consider Mugabe a tyrant who has ruined his country economically. Meanwhile, Mugabe believes (with some justification) that the U.S. and former colonial power Britain are working behind the scenes to have him removed from power politically or overthrown by Zimbabwe’s military.