Jeff Zeleny recaps Obama's Africa trip over at the swamp.
Obama talks about his plans for next year's trip. I'd rather Obama introduce a resolution in Congress authorizing the United States to us force to back the UN.
From the San Jose Mercury today,
The U.N. Security Council last week approved a peacekeeping force of up to 22,500 that would take the place of the African Union troops, but Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has sought to block it from being deployed. Two students were killed and 10 wounded in the North Darfur capital of El-Fasher on Monday as troops violently dispersed a rally supporting the deployment of a U.N. force, news reports said.cross posted at Bill Baar's West Side
The new push by government forces and the uncertainty surrounding peacekeeping efforts could produce a fundamental shift in the fighting in Darfur, where violence and disease have left as many as 450,000 people dead and 2 million homeless. Aid workers say that in recent weeks, civilian casualties, rapes and looting have grown more widespread. Tens of thousands of Darfuris have surged into camps, voting with their feet against a peace deal that many there regard as deeply flawed.