As Elsewhere, America Sucks
Essential Talent Out of Kenya
February 12th, 2008 by William Kern
It isn’t lost on people in other countries that America is a
magnet that attracts their best talent - and it s often resented.
With Kenya in flames after a contested election, some in that
country feel that it might be better if some of those talented
people were persuaded to return or remain in Kenya. According to
X.N. Iraki of Kenya’s The Standard, “This ’skimming of the cream’
from around the world has allowed America to retain her
competitive edge. So instead of competing with you, America simply
co-opts you … Remember - America won the race to the Moon through
providing refuge to fleeing scientists from Russia and Eastern
February 10, 2008
By X.N. Iraki
Kenya - The Standard - Original Article
Bookmakers in Kenya today aren’t preoccupied with who’ll win [the
next football match] between Cameroon and Egypt.
They are preoccupied with who is on the “list” of top ten Kenyans
not likely to receive U.S. visas. Comments by the American
Ambassador that a number of Kenyans would be barred from the land
of opportunity sent a chilling message to a number of high ranking
Kenyans. Even before the names have been released, his statement
has worked wonders. A few “top” Kenyans are already speaking in
tongues over it.
But why should such suggestion send shockwaves? Have you noticed
how quickly the Government reacted? Have you heard the statements
from both sides of the political divide?
To most of the Kenyans “who matter,” going to the United States
has long been a badge of “arrival.” The failure to obtain such a
visa is considered a demotion - but it’s also more than that.
Either through business or family, most prominent Kenyans have
deep ties to the U.S. Have you ever wondered why dual citizenship
is so popular [among the elite] when most Kenyans don’t even have
Perhaps it’s time to ask this basic question: What attracts us to
the United States? Or is it that the United States attracts us?
America has been a magnet since the founding of the Kenyan
republic . Many people switch passports every year. The
thing that captures the attention of Kenyans is the profile of
most new immigrants to the United States.
These include scientists, writers, actors, lawyers, inventors,
doctors and entrepreneurs. Our own Bernard Lagat [athlete ]
switched passports that recently - and many do so unnoticed.
This “skimming of the cream” from around the world has allowed
America to retain her competitive edge in most sectors. So instead
of competing with you, America simply co-opts you - and America is
teaching some European countries the same.
Remember - America won the race to the Moon through providing
refuge to fleeing scientists from Russia and Eastern Europe.
RACE TO LAND OF FORTUNE
This policy is explicit and makes it easier for people with talent
to either visit America or stay on. The annual green card lottery
increases the mystique of going to America. No doubt the media,
which is often U.S. funded, has played a role in creating this
American mystique. You never see an American dying in war or
terrorist attacks. Neither do you see disabled or mentally
deranged - unless in movies.