The Common Good

VP Debate's Blind Spots on Darfur

In last week's debate, Gwen Ifill, Sen. Biden, and Gov. Palin all got it part wrong on Darfur: they implied that stopping the genocide in Darfur would require an Iraq-war-like mobilization of "boots on the ground." As I wrote earlier this year, what we need in Darfur is not a repeat of the Iraq debacle, but rather an updating of the Bush administration's biggest African foreign policy victory: the combined international full-court press, economic and otherwise, which won a peace deal between Khartoum and southern Sudan in 2005.

While we're working toward that deal, it is an important humanitarian measure to fully equip the African Union peacekeepers on the ground

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