California congressman Duncan Hunter has a passion for firearms and hunting, but now he's gunning for the biggest game of his life: the Nobel Peace Prize.
He's going to feed the starving millions of Chad, with whole herds of wildebeest.
Hunter's staff contacted the embassy in N'Djamena, Chad, last week to see whether Hunter could distribute food at a camp. Hunter also wanted to put together an outing to hunt wildebeest and distribute the meat to refugees.
There's just one problem. The embassy says there are no wildebeest in Chad:
Regarding the Congressman's desire to hunt wildebeest and distribute the cured meat to refugees, wildebeest are not present in Chad. (We're told some have been there, mostly in a no-hunting wildlife refuge.)
Make that two problems:
The Government of Chad does not permit the hunting of large mammals.
Make that three problems:
Actually, there's not a whole lot of wild game roaming these days near the refugee camps in Chad. It's a desert, and it has been at war for the last few decades.
On second thought, let's call the whole thing off.
Hunter's office called State on Thursday and said he had decided not to go and that he was looking instead at commercial hunting expeditions in Kenya, Tanzania and Southern Africa.
Did I say Chad? I meant the starving refugees of the Kenyan hunting lodges.