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The Washington Post writes up the double speak coming from the Bush administration concerning Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. After calling the Sudanese government out for their “genocide” and urging American companies towards full divestment, President Bush has consistently allowed high level officials to meet with President al-Bashir even submitting personal correspondence.
This seems to contradict the “appeasement” tough talk from the Knesset earlier this month. Further, it seems to be another foreign policy of the Bush administration devoted to political parlance rather than genuine motivation to stop genocide or non-intervention.
Sometime in the next few weeks, a special envoy of President Bush plans to meet with Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, whose government sheltered Osama bin Laden and pursued a scorched-earth policy in southern Sudan that resulted in more than 2 million deaths.
Bashir’s government has been accused by Bush of participating in a “genocide” in Darfur, the only U.S. government use of such a strong accusation. Yet Richard S. Williamson’s visit to Khartoum follows a series of direct contacts by senior Bush administration officials with the Sudanese president, including Secretaries of State Colin L. Powell and Condoleezza Rice, Rice’s deputies, and several special presidential envoys.
Bush has spoken to or exchanged letters with Bashir on numerous occasions, underscoring how White House policy has departed from his pointed public call to shun talks with radical tyrants and dictators. His appointees have also pursued aggressive diplomacy with North Korea and Libya and have even conducted limited business with Cuba, Syria and Iran.
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