Buddying Up

Buddying Up

kenyatta and milkenPresident Kenyatta’s legacy like his plane last night is heading in the wrong direction.

The President of Kenya was headed last night to Los Angeles to learn the “American Way.” His teacher? The Joker with a makeover.

But his plane had to turn back because of fighting in Yemen. As of this writing it’s not known if he’ll resume the journey to the United States, and if so, what parts of it will be eliminated.

I have a suggestion.

Only two African Heads of State are scheduled to address the closed-door “Milken Institute Summit” next week in Los Angeles: Kenyatta and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.

The Summit is an annual event avoided by most public figures because the Milken Institute is funded by Michael and Lowell Milken, “junk bond kings.”

The Milken legacy is one humongous fraud on the American people, two playboys who got filthy rich from the suffering of tens of thousands of retirees and other responsible middle class savers.

In 1990 Michael was sentenced to ten years in prison for manipulating financial markets that in part caused the collapse of the ‘Savings & Loan’ industry and likely contributed to the later world financial collapse.

Today the two brothers are billionaires and Michael is listed by Forbes as one of the richest men in the world.

Most of the world has already written off Rwanda’s Kagame as a ruthless dictator and most of the world has begrudgingly accepted him for keeping the peace of his troubled country.

But Kenyatta’s story is still being written. There’s a lot of good and a lot of bad to it.

As Kenya’s current Head of State he has a lot to be proud of: Things are going petty well in Kenya right now.

Security has improved immensely as the Somali conflict winds down albeit excruciatingly slowly. The economy is up despite the most enormous challenges in the world. The new constitution is being implemented step by step and with a few exceptions is going well.

But Kenyatta’s legacy will forever be saddled with the fact that the World Court considered him responsible, and charged him, with fomenting the horrible violence of 2007 that ultimately brought him to power.

So Kenyatta has a lot to prove in the remainder of his term as Kenya’s president, much less in the remainder of his life.

Traveling to the U.S. to address a controversial business forum that any sane politician wouldn’t touch with a hundred foot pole will hardly become a feather in his cap. It’s another tick in the bad column.

He says he’s doing it to increase investment in Kenya.

That was the line that Milken used for America in defending his junk bond trading.

I hope Kenyatta reads his fate correctly. The first leg of his journey yesterday, a flight from Nairobi to Dubai, had to turn back because of fighting in Yemen.

Apparently his advisers didn’t know about the fighting in Yemen? Do they know about Michael Milken?

As of this writing it’s not known which parts of his planned American trip will be cut short if he continues.

It looks pretty clear to me.