While US involvement in Uganda and the adjoining African states may be warranted for moral reasons, yet the question on president’s nonsense that this sudden military action is for US security needs to be answered in logical terms. We also want to know why this military action has been announced so quietly on a late Friday afternoon with no discussion when there was no escalating crisis. No question that there is great need in Uganda, but the warring attacks, non-stop bloodshed, and horrific death and suffering in the country have been going on for two decades. Why is the president sending US troops there now? Why did he not prepare American citizens for our military’s sudden involvement? The previous US military actions that were meant to be humanitarian efforts didn’t end as planned, like in Somalia. In Uganda “these are petty, small tribal wars, huge casualties” and that for a “world super-power” to become involved and not be aware of what it can lead to can be a serious mistake.
OBAMA QUIETLY SENDING 100 COMBAT TROOPS TO UGANDA TO HUNT REBELS
Note for WoP readers: Steve Gaylord is an American friend of mine. Steve regularly sends me jokes, tidbits and many a time such pieces that make you think again and again.
The following letter sent by president Obama to the US Congress is one such piece forwarded to me by Steve and which surprisingly has missed the attention of the media.
After having received an e-copy of Obama’s letter to the Congress president, I surfed on the internet to find out what this Lord’s Resistance Army is all about. A look into the Wikipedia described the LRA as a small tribal style army, [of a strength not more than 500-1000 in number] who consider themselves as the chosen people of God to bring peace in the region. Contrary to what president Obama describes the LRA fighters; the LRA itself describes as follows:
“Lord’s Resistance Army is just the name of the movement, because we are fighting in the name of God. God is the one helping us in the bush. That’s why we created this name, Lord’s Resistance Army. And people always ask us, are we fighting for the [biblical] Ten Commandments of God. That is true – because the Ten Commandments of God is the constitution that God has given to the people of the world. All people. If you go to the constitution, nobody will accept people who steal, nobody could accept to go and take somebody’s wife, nobody could accept to innocently kill, or whatever. The Ten Commandments carries all this.
In a speech delivered by James Alfred Obita, former Secretary For External Affairs And Mobilisation, and Leader of Delegation of the Lord’s Resistance Army, adamantly denied that the LRA was “just an Acholi thing” and stated that claims made by the media and Museveni administration asserting that the LRA is a “group of Christian fundamentalists with bizarre beliefs whose aim is to topple the Museveni regime and replace it with governance based on the Bible’s ten commandments” were false.
In the same speech, Obita also stated that the LRA’s objectives are:
- To remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people.
- To fight for the immediate restoration of competitive multi-party democracy in Uganda.
- To see an end to gross violation of human rights and dignity of Ugandans.
- To ensure the restoration of peace and security in Uganda.
- To ensure unity, sovereignty and economic prosperity beneficial to all Ugandans
- To bring to an end to the repressive policy of deliberate marginalization of groups of people who may not agree with the LRA ideology.
Now am unable to understand what is right and what’s wrong. But to send 100 US troops to fight a force which is more of a tribal type with all the modern gadgetry of war, is not understandable to me at all. Until and unless the Pentagon has a hidden agenda which could deign Africa in total subjugation of US super power.
With Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi gone, there seems to be nobody now who could come in the way of US hegemony over all continents including a poverty ridden [but mineral rich] Africa. And hence this dispatch of 100 US troops to the Central African Republic.
Could this move turn into another Vietnam, is a question the answer to which is hidden in the womb of time. But one thing seems quite apparent and that is “ that we are going to have more wars escalating or being escalated by the US Democratic War President [as Eric Margolis, one of America’s top columnists termed him in his op-ed many months before his election as president of the United States of America]. [Nayyar]
SENDING US TROOPS TO AFRICA, KRAUTHAMMER WANTS TO KNOW WHY NOW?
Map of Uganda – Pres. Obama is sending 100 US troops there to hunt rebels
Krauthammer quote: “There’s a requirement here for intellectual honesty.”
During a panel discussion last week on Fox News, Pulitzer Prize–winning syndicated columnist and political columnist Charles Krauthammer critiqued and criticized Obama’s decision to deploy US troops to Uganda to hunt rebels in the Lord’s Resistance Army. Krauthammer, who said our involvement may be warranted for moral reasons, questioned the president’s nonsense that this sudden military action is for US security. He also wanted to know why this military action was announced quietly on a late Friday afternoon with no discussion when there was no escalating crisis.
No question that there is great need in Uganda, but the warring attacks, non-stop bloodshed, and horrific death and suffering in the country have been going on for two decades. Why is the president sending US troops there now? Why did he not prepare American citizens for our military’s sudden involvement?
Krauthammer pointed out that previous US military actions that were meant to be humanitarian efforts didn’t end as planned, like in Somalia. He said that in Uganda “these are petty, small tribal wars, huge casualties” and that for a “world super-power” to become involved and not be aware of what it can lead to can be a serious mistake.
Just how many wars are we now in? I’ve lost count. For a newly elected Commander in Chief who received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for having done absolutely nothing but speaking a good game about ending US involvement in other countries’ wars, Obama seems to be everything and more that anti-military liberals lambasted and hated about George W. Bush.
AND NOW THE TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT, TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE
October 14, 2011
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
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. Since 2008, the United States has supported regional military efforts to pursue the LRA and protect local communities.
Even with some limited U.S. assistance, however, regional military efforts have thus far been unsuccessful in removing LRA leader Joseph Kony or his top commanders from the battlefield. In the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009, Public Law 111-172, enacted May 24, 2010, the Congress also expressed support for increased, comprehensive U.S. efforts to help mitigate and eliminate the threat posed by the LRA to civilians and regional stability.
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. I have directed this deployment, which is in the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive. I am making this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148). I appreciate the support of the Congress in this action.
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