Uganda, You Dummy….

Here we go again, sticking our nose where it doesn’t belong, risking the lives of America’s finest young men and women to satisfy a politician’s ego.  And doing so with no opportunity to “win.”  Sending a 100 Special Forces troops into Uganda is a fools errand.  A division, if you’re going to risk one young American’s life.  A carrier off the African coast for helicopter and ground support, and a dozen drones to cover the whole country without sending boots on the ground.  But, no, it’s easy to sit in the oval office and play real life computer games.  Is this what Teddy Roosevelt would have done?  No, in fact, Teddy would have said let the ignorant kill each other.  No matter who prevails, democracy will not, and it will cost us lots of money for another diplomatic lesson.  We’d be better served with troops on our own borders.

This is the camels nose under the tent all over again.  It’s Nixon and Vietnam, and politicians trying to look macho while five floors below the White House looking at monitors sipping lattes.


The Pentagon announced today that American Forces Commander-In-Chief Barack Obama has “authorized the deployment to central Africa of 100 combat-equipped U.S. forces whose mission is to help regional forces fight the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army and its leader, Joseph Kony.”

Congress was notified about the military move in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and President Pro Tempore, Daniel Inouye, as required by the War Powers Resolution of 1973, a federal law which limits the President’s power to commit the United States to armed conflict without congressional consent.

The letter from the President states that “On Oct. 12 the initial the initial team of U.S. combat-equipped military personnel deployed to Uganda. A total of 100 service members and civilians will deploy to the region over the next month, including a second combat-equipped team and headquarters, communications and logistics personnel.”


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