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An Envoy for Congo

Ben Affleck appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation today to raise awareness about the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which, at more than 4 million dead, is the most deadly conflict since World War II and a human tragedy of immense proportions. When asked by the host what course of action the United States might take, Affleck answered, “The main thing that I’d ask the Congress to do is to appoint a high-level, presidential-level envoy, temporary envoy, to the region. That would involve somebody who really has the ear of the president of the United States and the authority that comes with that . . .”

Since he might like someone else who, in addition to the above, will soon be out of a job and has an established cordial relationship with key regional actors, such as Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, the DRC’s Laurent Kabila, and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, might we suggest Susan Rice?

Patrick Brennan was a senior communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Trump administration and is former opinion editor of National Review Online.

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