By GINGER THOMPSON
Published: October 19, 2009
WASHINGTON — In their first African venture together in 2006, the future president and the former fighter pilot stood in what had been Nelson Mandela’s jail cell on Robben Island, once an international symbol of oppression.
It was, by many accounts, the beginning of a friendship between President Obama and the former pilot, Maj. Gen. J. Scott Gration. And in March, the president enlisted the general to help resolve another African scourge in Sudan, where a campaign of killing has left hundreds of thousands of people dead and millions displaced.
On Monday, the administration unveiled a new policy in Sudan, outlining an effort that officials said was aimed at ending the mass human suffering there, promoting a definitive peace and preventing Sudan from serving as a haven for terrorists…continue reading…