We Can’t Take Care of Our Homeland so Let’s Send Troops to Uganda

Once again, I am deeply disgusted by another decision made by Obama.  It’s not enough that we have a major situation occurring in Afghanistan followed by problems in Iraq, now we need to insert our big nose into a civil issue in the small country of Uganda, Africa.  As of today, Obama committed 100 troops into the war-torn area to find the leaders of the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army).  Specifically to isolate Joseph Kony and either bring him in or neutralize.  Additionally, troops will be sent into the Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

This is a 20-year-old conflict and to date the LRA  has behaved unrestrained by other African Troops.  I have found no reason what changed the dynamics requiring us to join the fray,  perhaps it was Obama’s brother in Kenya that lobbied for US troops.  Kony has survived this 20 year campaign, so I would suspect he is very good at what he does.  What has really outraged me to no end is that the bulk of the LRA’s combat fighting troops are CHILDREN:

The government of Uganda claims that the LRA has only 500 or 1,000 soldiers in total, but other sources estimate that there could be as many as 3,000 soldiers, along with about 1,500 women and children.[1] The bulk of the soldiers fighting for the LRA are children. According to Livingstone Sewanyana, executive director of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, Yoweri Museveni was the first to use child soldiers in this conflict.[32] Since the LRA first started fighting in 1987 they may have forced well over 10,000 boys and girls into combat, often killing family, neighbors and school teachers in the process.[33]

Many of these children were put on the front lines so the casualty rate for these children has been high. They have often used children to fight because they are easy to replace by raiding schools or villages.[34] The soldiers are organized into independent brigades of 10 or 20 soldiers.[1] Sudan has provided military assistance to the LRA, in response to Uganda lending military support to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.

We are going to put our fighting troops in a war zone where the children do the killing.  I have no doubt that the children have been “desensitized” in their “training camps” so that they are hardened, battle-tested killers.  However, psychologically, Americans are not programmed to kill children.  We place high value on a child’s life and to take that life in combat will have devastating consequences for our troops in terms of Post Traumatic Stress disorder.  Now, the administration was quick to point out that:

“although the U.S. forces are combat-equipped, they will only be providing information, advice, and assistance to partner nation forces, and they will not themselves engage LRA forces unless necessary for self-defense.”

I would have to say that since we are only sending in a limited number of troops, odds are pretty high that they will have to engage in hostilities.  This feels to me like another failed mission:  Somalia.  How can this situation get better?  Well, Uganda is NOT the only country we will be trampling through:

They will ultimately go to Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the permission of those countries.

As for how long the US troops will be in the region, a spokesman at US Africa Command says he could not provide specifics, “but our forces are prepared to stay as long as necessary to enable regional security forces to carry on independently.”

Isn’t that what we are doing in Iraq as well? Enabling the locals to be able to provide for their own defense?  That doesn’t seem to be really working out for us so I guess we will try it someplace else.  This also doesn’t come cheaply, we have already sent in $40 Million for equipment and training.  At a time when our nation is in a critically bad economy we are once again committing troops for an unclear mission for an indefinite period of time.  Wasn’t it Obama who complained that we didn’t have an “exit strategy” for Iraq?  Well, looks like he doesn’t have an “exit strategy” for this mess either.  Once again, we are nation building and sending our troops where they don’t belong.  This civil war is not effecting us and it’s clearly none of our business as we have no vital interests in the area.  Plus, it’s been allowed to rage for over 20 years, why commit our troops now in the midst of economic collapse?  Perhaps it’s to take the heat off of Operation Fast & Furious or the Solyndra mess.

Regardless of the reason, this is another destined to fail idea from a President who is incompetent.  Check your paycheck stubs everybody, as you see the amounts taken in taxes, know they are going to a small part of the world to engage in a gruesome civil war that has no effect on us either way.



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. xinloi
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 08:10:12

    Reports today indicate that many of the US troops leaving Iraq will be staying “in the Gulf”.
    Hopefully on land, not water


  2. Rita Reno
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 11:04:58

    HAHAHHAHHAHAA!!! 20 years people have been chasing this guy all over the jungles of Africa. I laughed when Obama said the troops from Iraq will be home by Christmas…. That may be.. but by New Years they will be headed to Uganda. Jane Goodall is going to need more than 100 to head into the Congo, CAR, and other bordering states. So very unconstitutional!!!


  3. xinloi
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 09:28:57

    I have heard, but not yet verified, that it will be titled “Guerillas in the Mist”
    and headed by Jane Goodall


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