Interesting. Maybe the US will -for once- have a president who remembers his promises even after the election... Obama had vowed more direct action against the Darfur genocide. He now appointed Susan E. Rice, as ambassador to the United Nations.
The New York Times reports on her appointment:
The choice of Ms. Rice to represent the United States before the United Nations will make her one of the most visible faces of the Obama administration to the outside world aside from Mrs. Clinton. It will also send to the world organization a prominent and forceful advocate of stronger action, including military force if necessary, to stop mass killings like those in the Darfur region of Sudan in recent years. (Full)
To get a feel for her stance on Darfur, check out this article she co-authored for the Washington Post.
It is not only that. Obama also wants to restore the ambassador’s post to cabinet rank, as it was under President Bill Clinton. This would send a message to the UN that the US commitment is to be taken more serious. As it should be. Are the Bush years definitively over?
More on The Road about the UN, the US, Darfur and Obama.
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