Wednesday, President Bush signed an order continuing a state of
national emergency because of an "unusual and extraordinary
threat to the foreign policy of the United States."
heavens! "From where comes this extraordinary threat?"
you might ask.
if you don't ask, I will. From where comes this extraordinary
the all-powerful nation of – wait for it – Zimbabwe!
Wednesday, the President
released the following statement:
6, 2003, by Executive Order 13288, I declared a national emergency
blocking the property of persons undermining democratic processes
or institutions in Zimbabwe, pursuant to the International Emergency
Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 17011706). I took this action to
deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign
policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies
of certain members of the Government of Zimbabwe and other persons
to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions,
thus contributing to the deliberate breakdown in the rule of law
in Zimbabwe, to politically motivated violence and intimidation
in that country, and to political and economic instability in
the southern African region.
actions and policies of these persons continue to pose an unusual
and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States,
the national emergency declared on March 6, 2003, and the measures
adopted on that date to deal with that emergency, must continue
in effect beyond March 6, 2005. Therefore, in accordance with
section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)),
I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency blocking the
property of persons undermining democratic processes or institutions
now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go into the backyard and start
digging my bomb shelter