Mugabe's travel expenses are running around $3 million a month and it's easy to see why. His tastes are extravagant.
As hopeful rhetoric permeates US leadership, Zimbabwe's health crisis is taking a turn for the worse. The average life expectancy has plummeted from 62 in the early 1990s to 36 today.
The US and Europe's calls to intervene in Zimbabwe has far more to do with attempting to rehabilitate some sense of "good vs evil" than with empowering ordinary people to take control of their own lives.