carrots & sticks
President Obama has told Sudan that if it allows a politically sensitive referendum to go ahead in January, and abides by the results, the United States will move to take the country off its list of state sponsors of terrorism as early as next July, administration officials said Sunday.It's pretty hard to come up with a policy proposal that simultaneously:
- has serious potential to make al-Bahshir pay attention and possibly even behave himself,
- allow the right-wing to paint Obama as "soft on terror," and
- makes clear how pointless symbols like Lists of State Sponsors of Terror are completely meaningless in real life.