Progress in Sudan Has Eluded Prez

Why Bush passion hasn't translated into effective policy
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2007 7:00 PM CDT
Two rebels representatives attend the evening meeting during the second day session of the Darfur peace talks in Sirte, Libya Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007. Darfur peace talks will most likely grind to a halt...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – President Bush has such a personal passion for Darfur that he’s been nicknamed the “Sudan desk officer”, but his zeal hasn't translated to results, reports the Washington Post. He’s insisted on consequences for genocide both publicly and among his aides, but has been unable to mobilize support in his own government or in the international community.

The Iraq war factors in, contributing a strained US military, Bush's reluctance to invade another Muslim nation, and UN unwillingness to cooperate. But while Bush has shocked aides with declarations that "we're going to lead" by blocking Sudan's oil supply or sending NATO, advisers have kept the lid on military action and Darfur languishes.