The given reason for the possible incursion into Sudan is the terrible and undeniable plight of the people of Darfur, and military action is one of a number of actions being contemplated. The people of Darfur have been subject to violent persecution for a number of years.
However, I am reminded that way back in 2001, General Wesley Clarke let slip that the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were just the first two steps in completely reshaping a number of mineral rich and strategically important countries to the convenience of the US. One of those countries was Sudan.
Admittedly, the country had links with arch-enemy Bin Laden but it also has huge amounts of oil and Khartoum for decades has refused to admit US companies, preferring to do business with the US’s strategic rivals, China and Russia.
In 2004 Just before Bush’s efforts in Sudan stalled, I wrote an article for The London News Review about hidden agendas in the region, which is re-posted here on Psipook.
It might be that Obama is sincere about tackling the humanitarian mess in Sudan, but with a Clinton back in the White House it is worth reminding ourselves of who fired missiles at the country in 1998 — or could it be the case that someone is continuing Bush’s work and that it’s all change at the White House for more of the same?