I spoke in my own personal view as a scholar at the Brookings Institution in September of 2006 that, if the government of Sudan continued to refuse to allow the deployment of the United Nations force or the U.N.-A.U. force, UNAMID, that it ought to face immediate consequences, including the threat of the use of force.Well, Rice is certainly in a different place. She never gets around to explaining why the Sudan is.
I believed that at the time, and I think that was a bold, but worthy position. We’re in a different place now.
Compare this to what she said when she was first named US ambassador to the UN: "I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again [such as the Rwandan genocide], I would come down on the side of dramatic action, going down in flames if that was required."
I guess those flames don't look so inviting, from the perspective of someone in power.