After Bungling Sudan Crisis Response, Biden's Solution: More Sanctions
Friday May 5, 2023
The Biden administration has come under intense criticism for its meager and flat-footed response to the Sudan crisis, now reaching three full weeks, and with over 550 people killed and thousands wounded. Each time a truce is declared, it is quickly broken with gunfire and shelling in and around Khartoum. Two Americans were reported killed near the start of the violence. Thousands of US citizens reportedly remain in the country.
Biden's solution? Sanction more stuff... "President Biden on Thursday called for an end to the violence among warring factions in Sudan and expanded his administration’s ability to sanction individuals who undermine peace and stability in the war-torn nation," The Hill reports.
Biden said in a statement, "The violence taking place in Sudan is a tragedy—and it is a betrayal of the Sudanese people’s clear demand for civilian government and a transition to democracy."
"I join the peace-loving people of Sudan and leaders around the world in calling for a durable ceasefire between the belligerent parties," he continued. "This violence, which has already stolen the lives of hundreds of civilians and began during the holy month of Ramadan, is unconscionable."
He emphasized, the conflict "must end." Biden said further: "Our diplomatic efforts to urge all parties to end the military conflict and allow unhindered humanitarian access continue, as do our efforts to assist those remaining Americans, including by providing them information on exit options."