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As the crisis in Sudan approaches the one-month anniversary of intense fighting that has left more than 550 people dead with thousands wounded and the Biden administration scratching its head, critics are calling for solutions, but the only solution Joe Biden seems capable of these days is, well, more sanctions.
While calling for peace in Sudan on Thursday, Biden didn't suggest military intervention or negotiations, he simply expanded his administration's ability to sanction individuals for undermining peace attempts in the country.
"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," Biden said of the conflict in a statement.
"I join the peace-loving people of Sudan and leaders around the world in calling for a durable ceasefire between the belligerent parties. This violence, which has already stolen the lives of hundreds of civilians and began during the holy month of Ramadan, is unconscionable," Biden concluded.
While emphasizing that the fighting "must end" Biden added, "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."
The expansion of sanctions would allow the administration to sanction any entity or individual that threatens peace and stability in the country. The order allows potential sanctions on any Sudanese officials involved in "destabilizing the country and undermining the democratic transition." It is clear, however, that the two generals behind the conflict will be unfazed by the threat of sanctions, according to Zerohedge.
In 2021 the now rival generals had untied in a coup to take shared control of Sudan. Now, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan is fighting against the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) of General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who has previously served as Burhan's deputy head of state.
Now, as the two generals attempt to negotiate the establishment of a civilian government they have taken opposing positions. Sudan has been working to establish a civilian government since 2019 saw the end of the 30-year reign of President Omar al-Bashir after a revolution overthrew him.
While many global countries have launched massive evacuation efforts to remove their citizens from the street-to-street fighting taking place in Sudan, the U.S. has essentially turned a blind eye. China has gone so far as to send warships to Red Sea ports to evacuate its citizens while the U.S. State Department has released statements saying that the country is too unstable to attempt mass evacuations leaving Americans in the country on their own to fend for themselves while defending its position by asserting that many of the Americans left behind are dual citizens who have chosen to stay.
One quick glance at the situation in Sudan and the Biden administration's lack of response to it is enough to bring back a familiar flood of flashbacks to Washington's chaotic and terribly disappointing withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021 when hundreds of Americans and thousands of dual American-Afghan citizens were abandoned by the U.S. government. History appears doomed to repeat itself in Sudan under the Biden administration.
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