The government of Sudan, eager to curry favor with a U.S. government that accused it of genocide, sought help last fall from an unlikely source: a former Reagan administration official known for his role in the Iran-contra scandal.
The approach by Sudanese officials led to a $1.3 million contract for former national security adviser Robert "Bud" McFarlane, who went on to meet with two of the Obama administration's top policymakers on Sudan and its strife-torn Darfur region, according to documents and interviews.
The buying and selling of US foreign policy consensus is nothing new.
It's just that with McFarlane, it's right there, out in the open, and under the noses of the American people.
And it stinks, just as badly as did Iran-Contra.