September 30, 2004
A DARFUR QUESTION: Do we send in troops?
Kerry dodges by talking about Iran. Finally gets to Darfur: “Yes it is a genocide. Many of us are pressing for action.” But do it through the African Union. Give ‘em logistical support. But we’re overextended. That’s why I want to make the Army bigger. (But I’d send troops to Darfur.)
Bush — responds on Iran, noting sanctions predate his administration. True, but a distraction. On Darfur: I agree it’s genocide. We’re the leading donor. We’ll commit more. We’re very much involved. (What Bush should say: The problem with my approach is that it’s too Kerryesque, working through the UN and other organizations. Okay, maybe not.)