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Richard Armitage was the 13th United States Deputy Secretary of State, serving from 2001 to 2005. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and then after the[…]

Darfur needs a bigger U.S. presence, Armitage says.

Question: Do you have a strategy for Darfur?

Armitage:    Yeah.  I’m afraid nothing very meaningful will happen in Darfur unless the United States has a small presence.  And I’m not talking about necessarily carrying rifles and separating the combatants; but sort of a headquarters outfit.  The United States has a way of coalescing efforts, and people take it seriously when the United States gets involved.  And I’m one of those who thinks we should be involved.  But there are plenty of others with rifles who could separate the combatants; but I think without our sort of action forcing an event, nothing meaningful will happen