Good news: Obama sending 100 U.S. combat troops to Uganda for some reason

posted at 4:53 pm on October 14, 2011 by Allahpundit

Here’s one sentence I never imagined myself writing on election night 2008: I think this guy might be too hawkish for me.

US President Barack Obama said Friday he is sending 100 combat troops to central Africa to help and advise forces battling Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army rebels accused of rape, murder and kidnapping…

“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,” Obama said, but warned they would not lead the fighting themselves.

“Although the US forces are combat-equipped, they will only be providing information, advice, and assistance to partner nation forces.

“They will not themselves engage LRA forces unless necessary for self-defense. All appropriate precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of US military personnel during their deployment.”

They’re not just going to Uganda, either. Because the LRA is known to operate in several African countries, including Congo, South Sudan, and the C.A.R., our guys will be operating in those countries too. If you’re wondering why this is a matter of U.S. concern, look no further than “The LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009.” It passed the Senate in March 2010 by unanimous consent and passed the House two months later by a voice vote. Bipartisan support! You can read the full text of the statute here (or, in PDF format, here). A key excerpt:


Note the references to “military” support and using “military elements” to dislodge the LRA. Betcha Congress never thought The One would take them up on that when this law was passed. A year later, after one zero-casualty American intervention in Libya on humanitarian grounds, he’s evidently hungry for more. Think this statute would have passed in this same form if it came to the floor of Congress today?

As with all nonessential U.S. military operations, the public will shrug unless and until a man in the field spills blood for it, and then there’ll be hell to pay. (Remember when Bush sent a few hundred U.S. peacekeepers to Liberia not long after the invasion of Iraq?) Meanwhile, a word to the wise: I’ve already seen some people on Twitter trying to spin this as Obama targeting “Christians,” which is pure insanity as a narrative frame if you know the history of the LRA. For one thing, Uganda’s president/dictator, a.k.a. our new ally against the LRA, is himself an Anglican. Beyond that, though, read Global Security’s entry about the group to see what kind of tactics they’re known for. Wikipedia has a serviceable summary of the organization’s cult aspects, too. They sound like a cross between the Branch Davidians and the Khmer Rouge, with a special fondness for killing families and then impressing the surviving children into service as soldiers. If Obama’s detractors want to welcome them under the banner of Christianity in order to try to score a cheap point on him, it’s no skin off my atheist nose. But it’s guaranteed to backfire as Americans learn more about our newest enemy.

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I guess he’ll never win another Nobel Peace Prize then.

UltimateBob on October 14, 2011 at 4:55 PM

“Meals on Wheels Mission”!
(sarc)

canopfor on October 14, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Halliburton must be behind this somewhere. It got control of Obama too.

Cicero43 on October 14, 2011 at 4:56 PM

48 hrs and it will be Booooooooooshes fault!!!!!

RealMc on October 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM

If this needs doing, let’s not do it with half-measures. That hasn’t worked out so well in the past.

hillbillyjim on October 14, 2011 at 4:58 PM

NO BLOOD FOR OIL!…um, wait a minute, that’s not right. What is it again that Uganda has that’s vital to our national interest?

ncborn on October 14, 2011 at 4:58 PM

hey, its only Africa. a small continent

kelley in virginia on October 14, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Cheapear blood diamonds, maybe?

lorien1973 on October 14, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Meanwhile, the Nobel Prize Committee in Oslo, when asked for their comment said “Huh????

Blaise on October 14, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Un-freaking-believable!!

JohnGalt23 on October 14, 2011 at 5:02 PM

he is not doing this for any purpose that I can see. as far as I can tell, we’ve not done anything about Somali pirates that disrupt shipping; Iran that stones dissidents or NoKo that starves its peoples. why this guy?

kelley in virginia on October 14, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Black Hawk Down II

Caper29 on October 14, 2011 at 5:04 PM

#occupyafrica

MeatHeadinCA on October 14, 2011 at 5:04 PM

No big deal. They’re just sending a few novelty items over. Oh and a few clowns to make animal balloons.

Lily on October 14, 2011 at 5:04 PM

US Sending Troops to Africa to Battle Insurgency
October 14, 2011
****************

The administration and human rights groups say its atrocities have left thousands dead and have put as many as 300,000 Africans to flight. They have charged the group with seizing children to bolster its ranks of soldiers and sometimes forcing them to become sex slaves.
(More……….)
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http://www.military.com/news/article/2011/us-sending-troops-to-africa-to-battle-insurgency.html?comp=1198882887570&rank=1

canopfor on October 14, 2011 at 5:04 PM

It’s the unaminous support from congress that gets me….

Was this in the Obamacare Bill? /s

Oil Can on October 14, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Why does Obama hate Africans so much?

catmman on October 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Doesn’t one of his brothers live over there somewhere??

The guy in the hut living on $7 a year or something??

BigWyo on October 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Meanwhile…

… back in the USA.

Seven Percent Solution on October 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

canopfor: if this group has put 300,000 Africans to flight, then the response might need more than 100 US soldiers.

kelley in virginia on October 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Barry’s just trying to finish the 250 year old efforts of the white, European-American, neo-colonialists trying to rape the Congo to take her natural resources and enslave her peoples.

Boy, is his Black half pissed . . .

BigAlSouth on October 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Code Pink? Hello? Anyone there? Cindy?

Rational Thought on October 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

So,I’m wondering,since Obama hasn’t lifted a finger in Africa,is this more or less,a reach out to African American voters,and,after
all,why now,three years later into his term,and this operation is
serendipity,just before Election Season I might add!!

canopfor on October 14, 2011 at 5:08 PM

The US has been helping the four African nations counter the LRA for several years by providing local militaries with training and equipment. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo the US helped train a light infantry battalion deployed to fight the LAR and over the last three years in Uganda the US has provided $33 million to help Uganda’s military.

journeyintothewhirlwind on October 14, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Meanwhile…

… back in the USA.

Seven Percent Solution on October 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Exactly,his priorities are mucked up,
and *ss-backwards,er Left thinking!:)

canopfor on October 14, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Anyone else thing Obamy is gonna Wag the EFF out of the Dog sometime within the next year?

catmman on October 14, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Well, as usual, the hippies got it bass-ackwards. They started rioting before the President sent in the advisors.

And the filthy pri$ks are way ahead in the game in the ‘spitting on the soldiers‘ category.

BigWyo on October 14, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Anyone else thing Obamy is gonna Wag the EFF out of the Dog sometime within the next year?

catmman on October 14, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Actually, I’m starting to think he’s insane. And I really mean that.

Rational Thought on October 14, 2011 at 5:11 PM

You racists!

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 5:12 PM

this is part of the SF mission: Foreign Internal Defense. They train, gather intel, equip and act as force multipliers.

I have no issue with it.

ted c on October 14, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Actually, I’m starting to think he’s insane. And I really mean that.

Rational Thought on October 14, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Wait until it gets close to Nov. 2012.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 5:13 PM

“They will not themselves engage LRA forces unless necessary for self-defense. All appropriate precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of US military personnel during their deployment.”

Sure, that’s what the ROEs are now … there’s plenty of time yet to ratchet them down to “stand there and take whatever the LRA is dishing out”.

ya2daup on October 14, 2011 at 5:13 PM

So we’ve trained a battalion and given $33million over 3 years and LAR is still operating but now these 100 soldiers, who are armed but won’t be fighting unless defending themselves, are going to find, capture this LARS kingpin in a short period of time while traipsing in and out of 4 countries with a land mass of ?

Question: How soon are the drones following or are they already there?

journeyintothewhirlwind on October 14, 2011 at 5:15 PM

But isn’t it possible that he’s doing this as political cover from the left for his military actions against muslims?

The left doesn’t care who he bombs. That’s the shining lesson of the disintegration of the anti-war movement over the past three years. As long as O remains a Democrat, it’s bombs away.

Allahpundit on October 14, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Fast and Furio….SQUIRREL!

Christien on October 14, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Man, I love a president who enjoys killing brown people!

lorien1973 on October 14, 2011 at 5:16 PM

if these forces are being used to help liberate the oppressed (De Oppresso Liber), then they are being used appropriately. Its inappropriate to think that the POTUS would be targeting any group as AP referenced. These men are professionals, very highly trained, and can do their job in the worst of circumstances. Those circumstances are probably what they will find in Uganda.

ted c on October 14, 2011 at 5:17 PM

the folks at OWS will go wild when they hear this. right?

right?

hello?

DrW on October 14, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Uganda must be some kind of threat to Kenya?

coldwarrior on October 14, 2011 at 5:19 PM

But isn’t it possible that he’s doing this as political cover from the left for his military actions against muslims?

The insertion of 3-4 SF A Teams into an area will bring some firepower, but a lot of capability. They bring engineering, medical, veterinary care, security, communication, water purification capabilities. Africa has largely been ignored in the grand scheme of genocide/war/strife stuff over the last several save for GDubs efforts on AIDS fronts (kudos).

If the use of SF in this fashion helps relieve suffering and blunts genocide, then it is an appropriate use, IMO. If the president gets political cover for other actions, then it should be seen as a side benefit and not the primary rationale for action.

ted c on October 14, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Think this will make the evening news…?

d1carter on October 14, 2011 at 5:24 PM

the folks at OWS will go wild when they hear this. right?

right?

hello?

DrW on October 14, 2011 at 5:18 PM

I have to walk through area next to the Los Angeles City Hall in about one hour, City Hall is where Occupy LA is occuring. I’ll see if their any signs.

Oil Can on October 14, 2011 at 5:24 PM

These people have been waging war, enslaving and eating each other for ages the only difference now is free food aid, guns and photography courtesy of the west.

Heck this sounds like the middle east but sans the oil, cannibalism and voodoo.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/child-soldiers-sex-slaves-and-cannibalism-at-gunpoint-the-horrors-of-ugandas-north-544730.html

esnap on October 14, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Actually The Lord’s Army is not Christian although at one time it credited its founder as being a Post Jesus prophet. It has very little theology and is primarily a warlord led organization of mercenaries and brigands. In recent years it has claimed that it is Islamic and is on the side of the Islamic Sudanese government. It is most known for the rape and slaughter of entire villages, whereupon it forces young boys into slave labor then trains them as soldiers. The Christian label comes from liberal pundits desperately trying to find some moral equivalency with the depravity of Islam.

pat on October 14, 2011 at 5:25 PM

this is part of the SF mission: Foreign Internal Defense. They train, gather intel, equip and act as force multipliers.

I have no issue with it.

ted c on October 14, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Likewise I have no real problem with it.

Now the blatant hypocrisy and the circumventing the law on the books. . . that I have a problem with.

And the Nobel Prize, at this rate he should hand it over to Bush and say he’s sorry.

Jason Coleman on October 14, 2011 at 5:27 PM

They sound like a cross between the Branch Davidians and the Khmer Rouge, with a special fondness for killing families and then impressing the surviving children into service as soldiers

Not sure I get the Branch Davidian reference. You do realise they were incinerated at the hands of our Gov.

AlexJ on October 14, 2011 at 5:27 PM

OK, folks; this area IS my specialty; been dealing with Uganda and the aftermath of the LRA for several years now. VERY little chance of a Blackhawk down scenario here; short form reason is the people will be on our side for this one. Kony and his crew are detested pretty universally, and they are NOT very competent. Problem is, the troops chasing him are even less competent. Possibly deliberately so; if they catch Kony the Ugandan army might not have enough to do (and a bored army in that neck of the woods, generally starts thinking about running the country).
Kony has killed 200K in the last 20 years, many with incredible barbarism; occasionally practices cannibalism; always kidnaps and brainwashes children to become child soldiers and sex slaves. His force is not more than 300, mostly child soldiers. Here scurries between the borders to make it harder to catch him, so he’s continually disrupt 4 nations. Not more people more in need of killing than this man. ANd if we can help cordinate the tracking and killing this guy, The operation will more than pay for itself in the first year in terms of reduced need to refugee support. Most of Northern Uganda could move out of refugee camps we are pay a fair amount of the freight for.
This, IMHO, is one of those very rare circumstances where taking out one man would end a decades -long humanitarian nightmare. Given the opportunity, I would gladly lay down my own life to take Kony out.

michaelo on October 14, 2011 at 5:30 PM

A whole helluva lot easier than doing something about Syria,..or Iran. Humanitarian accolades with no risk. No U.S. casualties is the trick, though, Scooter. It’s a very fine line to walk. And, you certainly wouldn’t lie to us, even if there were U.S, casualties, would you?

a capella on October 14, 2011 at 5:30 PM

ted c on October 14, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Agreed. Timing ?
Why have they waited so long ??
Is he working for the ‘Oppressed Amercans’ vote ??
Sheesh, I hate feeling so cynical nowadays.
Sigh.

pambi on October 14, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Shrink – Obama suffers from “father hunger”.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Its inappropriate to think that the POTUS would be targeting any group as AP referenced.

ted c on October 14, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Its inappropriate to give this POTUS the benefit of the doubt in any situation at this point, having demonstrated that his intentions are far from honorable in virtually everything he sets his hand to.

Midas on October 14, 2011 at 5:32 PM

I think the rationale is much simpler, he just needs distractions, it’s an election year.

Tim Zank on October 14, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Not sure I get the Branch Davidian reference.

Their leader is a messianic nutjob.

hillbillyjim on October 14, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Sheesh, I hate feeling so cynical nowadays.
Sigh.

pambi on October 14, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Cynical??? If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the past 3 years it is that President PantLoad doesn’t do so much as brush his teeth with out first thinking:

“How is this gonna get me re-elected”….

The man is psychotic….

BigWyo on October 14, 2011 at 5:38 PM

canopfor on October 14, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I have a really bad feeling that Obowma has lost it…

Seven Percent Solution on October 14, 2011 at 5:39 PM

100 drones ought to do the trick.

Kissmygrits on October 14, 2011 at 5:45 PM

The left doesn’t care who he bombs. That’s the shining lesson of the disintegration of the anti-war movement over the past three years. As long as O remains a Democrat, it’s bombs away.

Allahpundit on October 14, 2011 at 5:15 PM

It cuts both ways, I think (which is why I deeply distrust both parties). As long as Bush remained president (at least until the 2008 campaign started in full swing), the right did not care about the deficits (prescription insurance anyone?) – I saw no protests from conservatives on the streets chastising him for being fiscally irresponsible. It cuts into the credibility of both sides, and the weak defense offered is that it is a measure of degree (Bush started more wars and did more nation building, while Obama spends much more money).

peter_griffin on October 14, 2011 at 5:45 PM

#occupyafrica

MeatHeadinCA on October 14, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Don’t give them any ideas!!!!!!

JohnGalt23 on October 14, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Their leader is a messianic nutjob.

hillbillyjim on October 14, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Some say they same of Obama yet, Allah didn’t use him as the reference

AlexJ on October 14, 2011 at 5:55 PM

The left doesn’t care who he bombs. That’s the shining lesson of the disintegration of the anti-war movement over the past three years. As long as O remains a Democrat, it’s bombs away.

Allahpundit on October 14, 2011 at 5:15 PM

That is a politically reckless game that he plays, that will blow up in his face.

The only question is, will it be sooner rather than later?

JohnGalt23 on October 14, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Maybe we could get Africa to send us some armed troops to secure our borders!

ctmom on October 14, 2011 at 5:56 PM

It’s like he says to himself, “What is the worst thing all past presidents have done and can I repeat them all?”

NotCoach on October 14, 2011 at 6:07 PM

I guess Obama missed that movie about

“Bill Clinton’s excellent adventure in Samalia!”

Freddy on October 14, 2011 at 6:09 PM

They have charged the group with seizing children to bolster its ranks of soldiers and sometimes forcing them to become sex slaves.

They’ve been charged with being Democrats?

predator on October 14, 2011 at 6:28 PM

peter_griffin on October 14, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Are you new to politics or did you just stay away from the internet while Bush was President? I heard plenty of complaints about Bush and his spending (porkbusters comes to mind). I remember the organized ‘Contact Congress’ call-ins on both Medicare part D and earmarks. What we did not do when Bush was President was call for military budget cut while fighting 2 wars. I am pretty sure that is still a majority conservative postition.

We do not tend to do street protests (we have jobs). Obama raised the ire of the Tea Party folks (not all conservative btw) after he took the Bush deficit spending and doubled it. All so he could throw money at his union allies. By the end of his third year Obama will have put us further in the fiscal hole than Bush did in 8.

To sum your comment up ‘False equivalence FTW Alex’.

Dawnsblood on October 14, 2011 at 6:30 PM

If Idi Amin Dada were still alive and still living in Saudi Arabia, he’d be sitting on his mountain of skulls and gold bullion laughing his arse off.

WAG-the-DOG WAG-the-DOG WAG-the-DOG WAG-the-DOG WAG-the-DOG
WAG-the-DOG WAG-the-DOG WAG-the-DOG WAG-the-DOG WAG-the-DOG
WAG-the-DOG WAG-the-DOG WAG-the-DOG WAG-the-DOG WAG-the-DOG
WAG-the-DOG WAG-the-DOG WAG-the-DOG WAG-the-DOG WAG-the-DOG

FlatFoot on October 14, 2011 at 6:31 PM

No doubt it’s for “days, not weeks”. Just like Libya.

obladioblada on October 14, 2011 at 6:32 PM

The left doesn’t care who he bombs. That’s the shining lesson of the disintegration of the anti-war movement over the past three years. As long as O remains a Democrat, it’s bombs away.

Allahpundit on October 14, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Allahpundit:And that is the truth of it,and,I like the Global
Security linky!:)

canopfor on October 14, 2011 at 6:39 PM

canopfor on October 14, 2011 at 5:09 PM
I have a really bad feeling that Obowma has lost it…

Seven Percent Solution on October 14, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Seven Percent Solution:I agree,and so far,has “CowBoyed Up”,
more than Bush,unreal,surreal!:)

canopfor on October 14, 2011 at 6:41 PM

The troops are Special Forces, not Combat Troops. The Pentagon’s assessment is obviously that this is a humanitarian mission which can be carried out without serious risk to our troops. I wouldn’t be jumping up and down if a Republican president did this and I’m not now.

Basilsbest on October 14, 2011 at 6:41 PM

He doesn’t want to be compared to Clinton, who ignored the Rwanda massacres. No, he wants to show he CARES about sub-saharan Africa.

NNtrancer on October 14, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Oh, what the heck….it’s only money…..

KMC1 on October 14, 2011 at 6:44 PM

I’m sure someone has already said this but what has happened between the passage of this bill and this decision?

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2011 at 6:44 PM

I guess I haven’t kept up on the doings in Africa. I didn’t know the Muslim Brotherhood even had a presence there, much less that they were ready for Obama to endanger the lives of U.S. troops to help them gain power.

ROCnPhilly on October 14, 2011 at 6:50 PM

BigWyo on October 14, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Yeah, that is certainly the cause !
And I hate it. !

pambi on October 14, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I’m going to agree with kissmygrits, this sounds like a chance to use the drones. Nothing to do but sit and watch.

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2011 at 6:53 PM

The troops are Special Forces, not Combat Troops. The Pentagon’s assessment is obviously that this is a humanitarian mission which can be carried out without serious risk to our troops. I wouldn’t be jumping up and down if a Republican president did this and I’m not now.

Basilsbest on October 14, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Special Forces soldiers are indeed “combat troops” . . . their missions may be somewhat different than a standard infantry unit but they’re nevertheless combat soldiers.

rplat on October 14, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Hell to pay for sure.

What the hell is this idjit’s game plan? Deliver an unfixable government into Republican laps? The RNC failing to target the senate for takeover in ’10 is the biggest dropped football in the last 20 years.

Bishop, I’ve got those 10k 5.56 toothpicks for ya if the room is still available in that bunker.

Limerick on October 14, 2011 at 7:20 PM

NO BLOOD FOR OIL!…um, wait a minute, that’s not right. What is it again that Uganda has that’s vital to our national interest?

ncborn on October 14, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Uganda has nearly the world supply of “Tantalum” without which the entire electronics industry would not be.

You do not send in 100 troops. It just dose not happen. how is he going to feed them and resupply them? Buy UPS or FEDX? Either he lies or these men can kiss there butts good by because they will all be dead by Christmas.

jpcpt03 on October 14, 2011 at 7:24 PM

So getting Osama and the two a couple weeks ago has not kept his bump up in the polls? I guess he has to try and get another notch in his belt.

sandee on October 14, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Are any other countries sending troops to Africa or is this a unilateral military action that hasn’t passed the global test?

Mark1971 on October 14, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Are you telling me that a force of 300 mostly child soldiers has caused most of Northern Uganda to live in refugee camps? I think there’s something wrong with your story.

blink on October 14, 2011 at 5:44 PM

I had the same thought.

DarkCurrent on October 14, 2011 at 7:40 PM

If this needs doing, let’s not do it with half-measures. That hasn’t worked out so well in the past.

hillbillyjim on October 14, 2011 at 4:58 PM

The thing is, this kind of thing is what worked quite well in the beginning of the Vietnam war, at least according to the US personnel out in the field.

Count to 10 on October 14, 2011 at 7:50 PM

You do not send in 100 troops. It just dose not happen. how is he going to feed them and resupply them? Buy UPS or FEDX? Either he lies or these men can kiss there butts good by because they will all be dead by Christmas.

jpcpt03 on October 14, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Um, dude? These people are trainers. They are probably going to be supported by the local troops they will train.

Count to 10 on October 14, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Good news: Obama sending 100 U.S. combat troops to Uganda for some reason

Lol. Superior world power sides with African tribe in Uganda. What could go wrong?

petefrt on October 14, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Are you telling me that a force of 300 mostly child soldiers has caused most of Northern Uganda to live in refugee camps? I think there’s something wrong with your story.

blink on October 14, 2011 at 5:44 PM

The force was several thousand at one point, and it is easier to keep people on the run than start them running.

Count to 10 on October 14, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Solyndra awarded $5B No-Bid contract to provide logistical support

BobMbx on October 14, 2011 at 8:11 PM

The thing is, this kind of thing is what worked quite well in the beginning of the Vietnam war, at least according to the US personnel out in the field.

Count to 10 on October 14, 2011 at 7:50 PM

It didn’t work for shit in Mogadishu.

hillbillyjim on October 14, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Well, sending U.S. troops to Uganda would be a way to get them out of the U.S., when you think about it.

Lourdes on October 14, 2011 at 8:23 PM

The troops are Special Forces, not Combat Troops. The Pentagon’s assessment is obviously that this is a humanitarian mission which can be carried out without serious risk to our troops. I wouldn’t be jumping up and down if a Republican president did this and I’m not now.

Basilsbest on October 14, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Special Forces soldiers are indeed “combat troops” . . . their missions may be somewhat different than a standard infantry unit but they’re nevertheless combat soldiers.

rplat on October 14, 2011 at 7:06 PM

And, further (@ Basilsbest), they’re not going there (or anywhere) to instruct others in humanitarianism.

Lourdes on October 14, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Barry, you evil genius! A compelling National Interest requires the United States of America to send in military troops to kill “300 mostly children” soldiers.

That teach that sh!t in Harvard, right?

BigAlSouth on October 14, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Anyone else thing Obamy is gonna Wag the EFF out of the Dog sometime within the next year?

catmman on October 14, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Actually, I’m starting to think he’s insane. And I really mean that.

Rational Thought on October 14, 2011 at 5:11 PM

DITTO @ Rational Thought.

Lourdes on October 14, 2011 at 8:30 PM

This is so friggin’ stupid it’s unbelieveable.

AZCoyote on October 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Shrink – Obama suffers from “father hunger”.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 5:31 PM

From what little that I read at the link, I fear that this book is a shallow pop-psychology (no pun intended!) analysis. Where does the author delve into the surrogate father/Commie Frank Marshall Davis?

As far as this mission is concerned, I trust Sen. Inhofe’s approval based on his visits to the area and the man’s essential integrity. What I wonder is why the decision was made at this moment and in the manner that it was done.

onlineanalyst on October 14, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Has anyone else seen Machine Gun Preacher? It’s a film about this group and an American pastor who fights them and protects the children. It’s actually a pretty decent film.

Disturb the Universe on October 14, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Liberia, at least, was a country we in the US created. And it’s on a coast, so supply lines are easy. Uganda is neither.

rbj on October 14, 2011 at 9:14 PM

I vote for “It’s nothing but an attempt to distract us from Solyndra and F&F.”

n0doz on October 14, 2011 at 9:19 PM

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