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April 6, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

A BIT TOO EARLY?....Three years into the genocide in Darfur, you would think that travel bans and asset freezes for the men most reponsible for the continued violence would be the absolute minimum the Bush administration would support. But you'd be wrong. According to a spokesman for our UN mission, it's "a bit too early to talk about specific names."

Mark Leon Goldberg has the full story.

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Unbelievable.

Actually, that's not correct - completely believable for this administration. How awful and pathetic.

Posted by: moderleft on April 6, 2006 at 2:21 PM | PERMALINK

Uhm, Kevin, ask yourself what Harry Reid has done for Darfur. Press conferences on the issue? No. Initiated legislation on the issue? No. Delivered speeches, made visits? No.

Posted by: BigRiver on April 6, 2006 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

BigRiver,

Ask yourself why you feel the need to distract from the fact that the Administration has done nothing more than talk about doing anything about Darfur. After 3 years, not a single person's assets frozen nor a travel ban put in place?

Sure, Reid should speak out on the issue. And the persons with the ability to effect concrete measures sound do so. And I consider it a much bigger failing that the people who give lip service to the issue do nothing about it, than that a person not in a position to effect immediate results make some remark.

Posted by: phleabo on April 6, 2006 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK


KEVIN DRUM: you would think that travel bans and asset freezes for the men most reponsible for the continued violence would be the absolute minimum the Bush administration would support. But you'd be wrong.

No, you'd be wrong for the thousandth time for giving Bush the benefit of the doubt. For myself, I would never harbor any illusions about this administration's commitment to human rights. If ever there was so much as an appearance of him stepping to the plate to alleviate suffering anywhere, you may be sure it would only be some token adjunct to a multi-billion dollar deal for Halliburton or other favored exploiter of people.


Posted by: jayarbee on April 6, 2006 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe god hasn't told him to do anything about it yet.

Posted by: Eric Paulsen on April 6, 2006 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

But you'd be wrong. According to a spokesman for our UN mission, it's "a bit too early to talk about specific names."

So liberals like Kevin Drum don't believe in innocent unless proven guilty? I'm SHOCKED. SHOCKED.

Posted by: Al on April 6, 2006 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

Al sez,"So liberals like Kevin Drum don't believe in innocent unless proven guilty? I'm SHOCKED. SHOCKED."

That's a really repugnant piece of propaganda you've got there.

Posted by: coldhotel on April 6, 2006 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

I, for one, am not surprised in the least. It's very typical for the West to watch a genocide happen and then wring their hands years later.

On a related note, the Patriot Act is currently worded so as to prevent opponents of the Burmese regime - one of the worst in the world - from gaining asylum in the U.S. See, they're considered 'terrorists' because they don't like their government!

More here, if you're interested.

Posted by: Tacitean on April 6, 2006 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

ot, but will the political animals be discussing the new info regarding bush's involvement in plamegate? or will we have to slog through another persecution of amy sullivan post first?

Posted by: travy on April 6, 2006 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

Let's wait till they run out of oil.

Posted by: alias on April 6, 2006 at 3:59 PM | PERMALINK

Too early to name names, but not too early for John Bolton to hector UN members about military action -- without taking any of the intermediate steps that might have an effect.

Limitless, absolutely limitless hypocrisy.

Posted by: Nell on April 6, 2006 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

The whole Reuters news story--the link on the blog didn't work--is here.

Posted by: tbrosz on April 6, 2006 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

More on Gosh here.

This is a problem that goes clear back through dozens of non-commmunist thugocracies during the Cold War to Stalin and WWII:

At what point does having a bastard for an ally become a liability instead of an asset? Or the other way around?

Posted by: tbrosz on April 6, 2006 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

Are there any Republican financial contributors that might be harmed (i.e., experience inconvenient loss of profits) by travel bans or asset freezing?

I'm betting, yes. Especially the latter since I'm sure money from the Dabur regime is probably being held in US banks and if frozen, that means they can't be used to invest with.

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on April 6, 2006 at 4:20 PM | PERMALINK
ot, but will the political animals be discussing the new info regarding bush's involvement in plamegate?

Well, I've discussed it briefly with my wife today...Oh, you meant, on the blog? Well, since you brought it up, I think, if the testimony is true, it explains why the lying (loyalty to the President who would be implicated by the truth.)

And, of course, if true, it means the President lied, flat-out, when he denied knowing what had gone on and said letting the investigation take its course was the best method of finding out. He was simply gambling that the investigation would wash up against an unbreakable barrier of lies.

Posted by: cmdicely on April 6, 2006 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

Dr. Morpheus:

Some major companies that do business in Sudan are listed here. You're welcome to tally up the Republicans.

Posted by: tbrosz on April 6, 2006 at 4:35 PM | PERMALINK

Regarding plamegate (Kevin, we're all waiting for that thread!)--I am so tired and worn down by the Bushistas. How many smoking guns have we seen to date?--spying on Americans, foreknowledge of Katrina, on WMD and fixing the facts to fit the policy, on tax policy, on funding for Social security and medicare, the budget deficit, on authorizing torture and blowing off Geneva, and now, a smoking gun that the President himself authorized the Plame leak.

Meanwhile, his hardcore supporters care only about cutting taxes, and stopping abortion and gay marriage. Everything else is rationalized away. What a terrible, terrible mess.

So on the thread to come, how many posts will be made before the first troll argues--jeez, outing Valerie Plame is no big deal. She wasn't a REAL agent.

Posted by: PTate in MN on April 6, 2006 at 4:45 PM | PERMALINK

There will be action just as soon as they figure out a way for Prescott Bush to make a couple of million off of it.

Posted by: Jeffrey Davis on April 6, 2006 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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