(In addition, the "Coalition for Darfur" links to the official White House transcript of the president's speech today on Africa; two paragraphs on Sudan appear a little over halfway through the text.)
President George W. Bush on Thursday defended his policy of not sending US troops to Darfur and denied that he was softening on "genocide" there because of counterterrorism cooperation with Khartoum.
"That's a preposterous claim. It's not even close to the truth," Bush told reporters ahead of a summit in Europe next week. "Ours is the nation that called this a genocide and we take this situation in Darfur very seriously."
As for sending US troops, "an effective strategy is to work with the AU -- African Union -- and use AU forces to help keep the warring parties apart while we continue to press the Sudanese government, as well as rebel groups, for a comprehensive settlement."