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American diplomat kills man in car crash in Kenya, flees country, leaves grieving, pregnant widow penniless

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Same old story.

Associated Press:

Police in Kenya say an American diplomat crossed the center line in his SUV while speeding and rammed a mini-bus full of passengers, killing a father of three whose wife is six-months pregnant.

The U.S. Embassy rushed the American out of the country, leaving the crash victims with no financial recourse. Latifah Naiman Mariki, now a 38-year-old widow, said Friday that she was almost evicted from her house this week after her landlord demanded rent. Mariki’s deceased husband, Haji Lukindo, was the family’s only source of income…

Hilary Renner, a State Department spokeswoman, said the embassy extends its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and wishes a speedy recovery to those injuries. She said the embassy is fully cooperating with Kenyan authorities investigating the accident.

That’s what the State Department always says when something like this happens. There was a time when I might’ve believed them. Not anymore.

I should count my blessings, though. At least I’m still alive to pay taxes to the people who crippled me for life. Everybody wins. Yay.

Oh, and Mariki is six months pregnant, by the way. The driver’s name is Joshua Walde, an 11-year employee of the State Department. And I’d expect that’s all the information about him we’re likely to get.

Back to work, peasants. This honest, transparent, impeccably competent government isn’t just going to pay for itself.

(Hat tip: Wade Jones)

P.S. Incidentally, 21 of our embassies are closing on Sunday because of a threat from something called… wait, let me look… Al Qaeda? Doesn’t ring a bell.