Joe Biden Deploys Envoy To Ethiopia Amid Conflict

( Last week, White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan tweeted that President Biden has asked Jeffrey Feltman, his special envoy for the Horn of Africa, to travel to Ethiopia amid ongoing hostilities in Tigray – the northernmost region of Ethiopia.

In his tweet, Sullivan called on the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to agree to start negotiations.

Sullivan tweeted that the months of war between Ethiopia and the TPLF have caused “immense suffering and division to a great nation.” And that suffering, Sullivan explained, won’t be “healed through more fighting.” Sullivan concludes by calling on both parties to “urgently come to the negotiating table.”

What is it about Biden officials using Twitter to beg foreign countries to do what they want?

Then again, Twitter diplomacy is a big part of Biden’s foreign policy.

When the Taliban was moving on Kabul, the US Embassy tweeted mewling condemnations of the Taliban’s “lack of respect for #HumanRights” and their “unlawful detention of several members of the Afghan government.”

Funny that none of their Twitter urges, pleas and condemnations stopped them from having to burn all their documents and bug out via helicopters to escape the country. Did they really think the Taliban would read the tweets and say, “Gosh. We should stop showing a lack of respect for #HumanRights.”

The fight between the Ethiopian government and the TPLF has been going on since November. Last week Amnesty International reported that hundreds of women and girls in the northernmost region of Ethiopia are being subjected to rape, sex slavery and other formers of torture by Ethiopian forces.

No doubt Jake Sullivan’s tweet will put a stop to that.

It is unclear what special envoy Feltman plans to do on his trip to Ethiopia if neither side has agreed to sit down for negotations. But the State Department did say that Feltman would also visit Djibouti and the United Arab Emirates to “promote peace and support the stability and prosperity of the Horn of Africa.”

But given how the US handled Afghanistan, what remains to be seen is if any other foreign nation will have any confidence in the US’s ability to “promote peace” or “support stability.”