DARFUR….This is depressing. The Bush administration is floating a plan for intervention in Darfur that’s so obviously inadequate it might as well be called “Operation We Don’t Care”:
The proposal…falls well short of more aggressive measures that some have advocated, such as sending ground combat troops or providing air patrols to protect peacekeepers and prevent the bombing of villages. These options have been ruled out as unnecessary at this time, an administration official said.
….Plans under consideration envision fewer than 500 NATO advisers. They would be assigned to African Union headquarters units and assist in logistics, communications, intelligence and command and control activities, not engage directly in field operations.
“Unnecessary at this time.” How comforting.
Not that I really blame Bush for this. Sure, it would be nice to see some more aggressive leadership from the White House, but as near as I can tell it’s going to be tough to get Europe to agree to even this much. There’s simply no desire anywhere in the world to take the Darfur genocide seriously.