Our envoy to the Sudan, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. J. Scott Gration, is a gullible fool if this report is anything close to true.
Still, at the end of the visit, Gration maintained a strikingly different perspective. He had seen signs of goodwill from the government of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, he said, and viewed many of the complaints as understandable yet knee-jerk reactions to a government he trusts is ready to change.
“We’ve got to think about giving out cookies,” said Gration, who was appointed in March. “Kids, countries — they react to gold stars, smiley faces, handshakes, agreements, talk, engagement.”
Gold stars? Cookies? Really?
I don’t know what’s worse, Gration’s openly patronizing attitude, his trust in a genocidal liar, or his belief that any reacton to the unmitigated evil Omar al-Bashir has perpetrated is “knee-jerk”.
I have news for Gration. When you’ve seen women and children raped unconscious, then hacked to death with machetes, you tend not to be amenable to negotiating with the monster responsible for it. It is unconscionable that any representative of the United States would even ask such a thing, but these days, there is apparently no atrocity our new realpolitik foreign policy won’t forgive.
(via Peter Wehner)