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Topic - Andrew Natsios
An accused war criminal wants to address the U.N. General Assembly this week, and the Obama administration doesn't know what to do with him.
Sudan's longtime ties to Iran — and the two nations' roles in arming Islamic militants — have come under scrutiny in the wake of an explosion at a Khartoum weapons factory, blamed on an Israeli airstrike, and the dockings of two Iranian warships at a Sudanese port.
Two of Mitt Romney's top foreign policy advisers slammed the Obama administration this week for failing to address a mounting humanitarian catastrophe in Sudan, saying Mr. Obama's mishandling of the region's ongoing crisis offers a window into how a Romney White House would do things differently.
"The U.S. is pressing African and Arab governments to arrest him and send him to the [court] for prosecution. Why isn't the U.S. government arresting him if we support the indictment?" said Mr. Natsios, who is currently director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M University.
"Giving President Bashir a visa would be controversial. It would call the U.S. government's bluff on Bashir's indictment," said Andrew Natsios, who served as U.S. special envoy to Sudan in the George W. Bush administration.