Obama: Chasing the Bad Guys Through The African Bush
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  • Something else to note: Uganda has contributed about 5,000 troops to fight al-Shabaab in Somalia, the largest of the African contingents sent there. Helping Uganda take out the LRA (as you say, these guys are serious bad guys) is a good way to repay the favor and build our influence in the region.

  • ePeter

    Could it be that someone has whispered into Obama’s ear that we are several steps behind the Chinese in staking claims in the resource-rich ‘dark continent’? Taking the moral high road on safari against widely acknowledged bad guys could be a good American-style bid for influence in the land of his father.

  • Luke Lea

    Does the President have the legal authority to order something like this? He almost certainly doesn’t have the Constitutional authority. I would like Mead’s thoughts.

  • I think he’s worse than bush to be honest..i had hope when he got elected that america would move in a better direction and stop these cold war tactics, close down guantanemo, and even reform the banking system..only for him to win the nobel peace prize..apparently, obama is a huge fan of conquering the world with military bases just like bush was

  • Externality

    How long until Colin Powell’s “Pottery Barn rule” is invoked to tell the American people that since ‘we’ took part in the fighting, ‘we’ are permanently obligated to provide Uganda with money, reconstruction assistance, and other aid? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pottery_Barn_rule

    Or until Americans are told that ‘we’ must accept millions of Ugandan refugees displaced by ‘our decision’ to go to war there? Uganda has the world’s second highest birth rate (6.69 children/woman), a population growing by 3.58% per year, and an HIV-prevalence rate of 6.5%. What better way for our leaders to assuage their consciences than to bring part of Uganda’s exploding but sick population here to compete with Americans for a rapidly shrinking pool of jobs and social services?

  • Luke Lea

    War Nerd’s faux-sociopathic take on the Lord’s Resistance Army rom back in 2002:

    “planet. …
    There was another, way crazier and more fun: Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Little Joseph came from a very devout Christian family: his aunt Alice founded the LRA and passed it on to him when she died. Aunt Alice started some of the great traditions of the LRA, like telling your troops that if they just wore her special amulets, bullets won’t hurt them. Aunt Alice had everybody in the LRA believing God hisself would be their kevlar vest. This turned out to be untrue, but there was a great escape clause: by the time the chumps found out the amulets didn’t work as advertised, they were DEAD! Now that’s the way to run a complaint department” Thousands of satisfied customers and dissatisfied but uncomplaining corpses. …
    People won’t see this — won’t see how simple and practical the African style of warfare really is. The LRA is at war with the Ugandan Army, but it’s war Central-Africa style. We’re not talking Gettysburg or Verdun here. The idea isn’t to have big battles but to sneak up on an enemy village and kill all the civilians, take their livestock and steal their stuff.

    Mr. Anon comments: “It takes a child to raze a village.”
    Reporters like to call this “insane,” which is crap. Which would you rather do, get sent off to another continent to fight heavily-armed opponents (war Western-style) or kill the neighbors who wake you every damn morning with their stupid lawnmower (war African-style)? Especially if you can see they’ve got a nice DVD player in there? Personally, I’d much rather kill the neighbors and steal their stuff. And if they’ve got a daughter just hitting puberty — well, that’s just gravy.”

    (Hat tip, he who shall not be named.)

  • Walter Sobchak

    Prov 26:17 He who meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.

    In the 60s this was used by as a caption to a picture of Lyndon Johnson pulling one of his dogs up by its ears.

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