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WASHINGTON — President Obama is sending more troops and military aircraft to Uganda as part of a long-running effort to hunt down Joseph Kony, the fugitive rebel commander who is believed to have been hiding in the jungles of central Africa for years, a Defense Department official said on Sunday.
The president is sending several CV-22 Osprey aircraft, along with 150 Air Force Special Operations forces and other airmen, to join the American troops already in the region to help the Ugandan government find Mr. Kony.
American forces will continue to advise and assist their counterparts in the African Union’s military task force tracking Mr. Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army across Uganda, Central African Republic, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Americans are forbidden to fight the L.R.A. themselves except in self-defense.
It appears, though, that Invisible Children's support is only fighting fire with fire: They monetarily support soldiers and the Ugandan government in their attempts to defeat the LRA. Kony hasn't even been in Uganda for about six years.
Bloggers and other Internet users have done some investigative work, and revealed that Charity Navigator gave Invisible Children a two out of four stars rating in accountability because the group refuses to have its finances audited by a committee.
A troubling aspect of this campaign is the underlying hint of colonialism that many critics are calling attention to. As Americans, we feel some responsibility in solving this problem that doesn't occur within our borders. Are we feeling remorseful for the economic inequity that we solidified for Africa? President Obama sent 100 soldiers to central Africa, so this isn't a conflict totally removed from American spectrum.
They need staging posts..and friends in the barrio.
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
funny how they finally raced to find KONY
Oops.. it couldn't be about helping folks .. could it? /sarcasm
I'm sure the military will find Kony, the same way they found Saddams WMDs.
My spidey sense is tingling for all the wrong reasons. Sure Kony is a monster but so was Idi Amin, now it's all about the justice and has nothing to do with Africas untapped resources or Chinas expansion into the region.
reply to post by bally001
(I think you hit on it best right there. He can stand up and say it, one way or another, and it can be the same thing he'll say next week, because he'll have said something similar in another situation last week.
I.E... He can stand on principle for once, where we'll know because it's a consistent thing that becomes downright predictable. Predictability is something Americans and, the larger problem, the world at large have not had. Even the few before Obama were predictable and had principles. All the wrong ones by as many as ever approved of them, but predictability and consistency are things I've come to see are critical at the level of nations.
You asked..and that's what I'd honestly say he could do or could have done up to now. Just say what he means....and mean what he says. A small thing...but so important when we simply never see it.
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
US president needs to stand up and publically state any of the reasons 'looking' into the camera. Then we will know the answer and some will nod yes either way. The statement/answer will not satisfy all but will be the line in the dirt where then a decision made from a leader can be critically debated.
they should go and make kony burger out of him and the rest.