Friday, October 14, 2011

Obama Orders U.S. Troops to Central Africa

President Obama has sent the following letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Daniel Inouye, the president pro tempore of the Senate.
For more than two decades, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has murdered, raped, and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women, and children in central Africa. The LRA continues to commit atrocities across the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan that have a disproportionate impact on regional security. ...

In furtherance of the Congress's stated policy, I have authorized a small number of combat-equipped U.S. forces to deploy to central Africa to provide assistance to regional forces that are working toward the removal of Joseph Kony from the battlefield. I believe that deploying these U.S. Armed Forces furthers U.S. national security interests and foreign policy and will be a significant contribution toward counter-LRA efforts in central Africa.

On October 12, the initial team of U.S. military personnel with appropriate combat equipment deployed to Uganda.

During the next month, additional forces will deploy, including a second combat-equipped team and associated headquarters, communications, and logistics personnel. The total number of U.S. military personnel deploying for this mission is approximately 100.

These forces will act as advisors to partner forces that have the goal of removing from the battlefield Joseph Kony and other senior leadership of the LRA. Our forces will provide information, advice, and assistance to select partner nation forces.

Subject to the approval of each respective host nation, elements of these U.S. forces will deploy into Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The support provided by U.S. forces will enhance regional efforts against the LRA. However, 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. All appropriate precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of U.S. military personnel during their deployment


  1. Isn't this how Vietnam started?

  2. For more than a decade, the United States (USA) has murdered, raped, and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women, and children in central Asia. The USA continues to commit atrocities across the Iraq, the Afghanistan, and Pakistan that have a disproportionate impact on regional security.


  3. @Peter - Exactly what I thought

  4. Anything to keep the militaristic budget from being cut.

  5. This will certainly help Kony's recruiting efforts. He is probably thrilled.

  6. Scenario 1)
    One of this soldiers will be killed. This brutal act of unprovoked aggression against USA will be repelled with full scale ground operation, of course without congressional approval.

    Scenario 2)
    Some soldier pissing on a rock observes strange chemical reactions witch lead to UNEXPECTED discovery of huge mineral reserves. That minerals could be used to finance terrorism. To prevent that, under cover of US military, Halliburton takes them out of the ground and moves to secure location under JPM custody.

  7. Barack'll bomb ya!

  8. Taking sides again in tribal warfare.
    Don't the colonialist every learn?

  9. Is this because the South Sudan peacefully seceded?

  10. This military action was passed in the dead of night by Congress in May 2010.

  11. Maybe military contingent sent to Uganda is small, but then again the recent oil find there was small too. (See here.) :)