Senator Markey deserves a great deal of credit for taking on this complicated but critically important issue. The approach he proposes is not only long overdue. It is muscular enough that it should grab the attention of Kabila and his cronies. Now let's hope that Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama do the right thing and act on this plan.
A truly democratic DRC will only be possible if the Congolese people believe they have the right and the power to demand reform and stability. It will only be possible if they believe that they can "throw the bums out." It will only be possible if they believe that they don't deserve to be exploited.