Two weeks before he vacated the White House, President Bush finally took limited action to address the on-going atrocities in Darfur; atrocities his administration labeled genocide more than four years ago. In the face of mounting criticism of his Darfur policy, Bush announced that the U.S. would airlift vehicles and heavy equipment to an undersupplied United Nations peacekeeping force in the region.
By the end of January, just a few days into Barack Obama´s presidency, he will be given an opening to correct one of the most significant mistakes of the Bush administration - the failure to do anything meaningful to stop the atrocities committed by the Sudanese government and its militia allies against the civilians of Darfur. Obama's opportunity will come courtesy of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the tribunal that was largely shunned by the Bush administration. Within days of Obama being sworn in, the ICC prosecutor is expected to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on war crimes charges related to the killing in Darfur.
Taking a cue from so many conversations going on across the blogosphere, I am discussing the prosecution of George Bush.
The world knows what he did. The American people know what he did. We have a choice. We can demand justice. We can defend ourselves from enemies to The Constitution, both foreign and domestic. It will not happen if we do not. The overwhelming call to action at change.gov was for the prosecution of criminal behaviour from the White House.