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Obama orders ground troops to Uganda. Latest new US war.


Obama sends combat troops into Uganda to support government troops fighting a regional separatist movement.

Obama claims that US troops will only “advise.” However, the Ugandan government troops are known for being grossly incompetent. It is far more likely that US troops will take a leading combat role.

Obama cited the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009 as his authorization from Congress to send ground troops into Uganda. The resolution was passed by congress at the end of the 09-10 session by a voice vote, while the regular rules were suspended. It calls for using US taxpayer dollars for humanitarian aid and war crimes prosecution in Uganada. It contains nothing about sending US combat troops to Uganda.

From CNN…

President Barack Obama is sending about 100 U.S. troops to Africa to help hunt down the leaders of the notoriously violent Lord’s Resistance Army in and around Uganda.

“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,” Obama said in letter sent Friday to House Speaker John Boehner and Daniel Inouye, the president pro tempore of the Senate. Kony is the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army.

U.S. military personnel advising regional forces working to target Kony and other senior leaders will not engage Kony’s forces “unless necessary for self-defense,” Obama said.

“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.”

Obama noted that the group “has murdered, raped, and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women and children in central Africa” and “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.”

For more background information on the conflict in Uganda, click here.