Obama sending troops to central Africa to aid fight against rebels
President Obama says the Lord's Resistance Army "has murdered, raped, and kidnapped" thousands of people.
October 14th, 2011
01:45 PM ET

Obama sending troops to central Africa to aid fight against rebels

President Obama has deployed troops to central Africa to aid in the fight against the Lord's Resistance Army.  In a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Obama says 12 troops with "appropriate combat equipment" were deployed on October 12 and approximately 100 in total will be deployed including a second combat team and headquarters, communications and logistics personnel.  The forces will provide information and advise and assist "select partner nation forces," Obama explains.  The troops will not fight except in self-defense.  The full letter is after the jump.

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.
Sincerely,
BARACK OBAMA
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Filed under: African Union • Military
soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. Melissa

    How stupid can this idea be. I mean really. So troops come back and it spreads like wild fire here.. wow. Genius. Way to go

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  4. Hippie Viewer

    I agree with those who say that this is wrong. Obama my say he cares about loss of the military troops to the families and send them home but it seems that this is an act to persuade the people that he is not doing as bad of a job as he really is. Obama does not have to deal with the loss that fallows every time he decides to send the troops to some hazardous place to fight battles that he could care less than to try to settle some other way. Each person he sends out has a chance to be lost to the world, to families who love them. Obama doesn't care; it's not like they are related to him so why should it? The compassionate people of the world care that's who. I believe in helping the people, not fighting them. Save the people in trouble, don't kill those who cause it. This is a world belonging to everyone, no one can take land or own another. If one chose to destroy one place, they destroy the world to all of us, for all of us it is gone. We all have to work together to make the world a better place and if Obama, the speaker of the people of the United States of America chooses not to act right, he ruins the world for us all and he proves he is not the speaker of the people, but only of his own selfish thoughts. By the way, I am a thirteen year old girl.

    January 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  5. Carl

    100 troops are better than nothing, but it is almost an insult to the American people as well as African that Obama didn't send in as many troops as needed to end the threat A.S.A.P Our country is willing to send thousands of troops to secure oil, but not to secure the future of families being murdered for nothing more than power. Obama needs to get his priorities straight. The families of Africa should be thanking the three men dedicated to bringing national attention to the issue not OBAMA.

    November 9, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Reply
    • Raegen!!

      im writing a report in school about sending troops overseas. i think we should try to stop wars but at the same time other countries deserve it. whats you opinion? plus my brother is one of the people being sent over to africa.

      January 19, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  6. ivor gilkes

    It is true powerful nations like the US and other Western superpowers don't care about the people of Africa but something needs to be done about the genocide, raping, and use of children as soldiers and slaves. I feel President Obama's move is a good action and well needed. It is shameful that NATO did not jump on the band wagon like how they did for Libiya but I guess since the Congo does not possess oil it does not benefit them much.

    October 25, 2011 at 10:29 am | Reply
  7. kharn121

    Obama has NEVER put forth a "jobs" bill, he put forth work bills. Everything he puts forth is tax and spend for a year then let the states keep those "jobs" going. How does that help? How does taxing corporations help create jobs? How does taking a companies money convince them to give people a raise or hire more people? These are liberal policies that have never worked and never will. And we should not be Sending troops to Uganda, that's what the UN is SUPPOSED to do. Being the worlds police force is THE JOB OF THE UNITED NATIONS. This is a campaign ploy is all.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  8. Karen Dabney coleman

    Thank u president Obama for thinking of the mother land and sending troops to a place that wants help the people of the Congo have been in trouble for many years good looking out . God bless u and America.

    October 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      You are so blind. :( They care nothing about the people of Africa. They care only about their natural resources.

      October 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Reply
      • Sasmart Suidafrika

        True statement. Zimbabwe could not offer much, and was left to wrack and ruin. Interesting development now in South Africa, a country rich in minerals. All major key players are involved in trying to gain power in her. What will happen to the South Africans? Keep an eye out, interesting show coming up!

        October 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • nvrpc

      FU. It's your job to take care of yourself, not our job to save your sorry asses. If you have no balls to fight for your right, then you can just all die and become bizzard bate as far as I'm concerned.

      October 21, 2011 at 8:32 am | Reply
  9. nvrpc

    Here's the ONLY way to take care of AH's like this world wide so lets get one think straught.
    First of all let’s make this very clear. I could care less about the United Nations, One World Order or Executive Order 12333 which prohibits the act of state-sponsored killing, nor would I comply to this Executive Order if I were in command; and neither would any real leader of a country.

    By now it should be apparent to the American people that terminating the leader of a foreign country with extreme prejudice is the most efficient and effective means of resolving a conflict that's obviously affecting the world economy, peoples lives and futures. I think after reading and understanding what I’m about to propose you'll understand how my way would resolve 99.9% of all the problems, 100% of the time. As a matter of a fact after doing what I propose we'd probably have no problems at all.

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    As you well know humans are creatures of habit and with today’s technology and high tech equipment we should know on an hour to hour basis the exact physical location within a few feet of every _"problem child" _ we have in this world. If not, we are seriously lacking in the intelligence department.

    Assuming we know a lot more than is disclosed to the public here’s how I would have resolved Lydia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Venezuela and every problem child drug lord and cartel ring leader we currently have no matter what region of the world they inhabit without notice.

    In the case of Lybia I'd have targeted the very same sites our allies did, however, that would have only taken place after I positively located Muammar Gaddafi at the dinner table with his family, friends, politicians and followers, enjoying themselves; telling stories about their daily defeats. At that time I would have delivered a series of two-thousand pound GPS guided cruise missiles into the middle of his main course assuring everyone present was vaporize, inevitably cutting off the head of the snake, leaving a message to whoever chose to take his place.

    My most desired and less intrusive tactic to assure the problem children of this world understood their place in life would be a graphic exposés in the art gallery at Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. Here, viewable by webcam would be the heads of my opposition submerged in formaldehyde each having a professionally engraved brass plaque proudly displaying their detailed identification. Next to the vials already occupied would be a few empty ones awaiting occupancy of my next rival problem child.

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    Agenda: Awaiting next problem child to appear.

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    October 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Reply
    • Adrian

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      October 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  10. Thomas Stump

    Do not underestimate our paternal influence. Afghanistan is a thriving democracy, Haiti a vacation paradise. The people of Eygypt gather peafully and in love. I see another "win" for the Obama team and USA!

    October 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Reply
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      October 15, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  11. Thomas Stump

    Should we or should we not. The point is moot. We have no money. Worse then that we owe fifteen trillion.

    October 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Reply
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  12. Jonie

    OMG...Our nation actually consist of such cold hearted un-caring people as this, I guess it has to be your mother, sister , brother or child who is raped, murdered or mutilated? Goes to show...there's a lot of hateful evil people in this country as well as the world...humanity, humanity is it lost?

    October 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Reply
    • Alienjon

      That is what you said about Iraq?

      March 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  13. johnturmel

    In the Central African Republic... 12 troops with "appropriate combat equipment" were deployed on October 12 and approximately 100 in total will be deployed... to advise and assist "select partner nation forces," Obama explains. The troops will not fight except in self-defense. "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..."
    Jct: So Barack Obomber's warring on Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya isn't enough, now he's sticking the yankee nose into Central Africa. Time to call the bookies and lay bets there'll be new US deaths in a new arena of war. I'd bet they won't give you odds, you'll have to give them odds.

    October 15, 2011 at 5:47 am | Reply
    • johnturmel

      Jct: And as for the LRA murdering, raping, kidnapping, if it weren't the same script of the lies so freshly exposed in the Libya War of Aggression, we might believe you had the civilians' welfare at heart. Har har har har har har har har har.

      October 15, 2011 at 5:50 am | Reply
      • Adrian

        Yeah we will be going there to try and match the killing of man women and children o and we will rape too. As it happened in Vietnam, Iraq and many other nations we have involved with militarily.

        October 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
    • Jimmy

      Oh,man..12 men are one or two special forces teams.Alltogether there'll be 2 special forces platoons dispatched.That's not sending troops,that is something happening all over the world on a daily basis,the difference being most of it is classified so u just don'tknow about it.Ppl are such sheep I am almost opposed to democraty.It is obviously the rule of stupid mediocre minds.Thankfully it's just for the show,cause in reality it doesn't exist in empires such as United States.You obviously do not understand that if we are to remain a superpower we need 2 b looking at the world stage,instead of just our back yard.And Obama is doing so appropriately,as it should b done,with small teams of tier 1 SOFs & modern tech,instead of sending hundreds of thousands of enlisted men who don't have 1/10 of training,or combat experience of these men and directly commiting to open,huge wars like Bush used to do.
      Understand,w/out our influence in the world,there are no jobs,money and lifestyle you all are used to at home.

      December 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Reply
      • Play to win

        Alright buddy, listen up because you clearly are the definition of ignorance and this is to be a message to be given to your kind in general.
        -Okay so you believe that Democracy is under the rule of "stupid, mediocre minds", enlighten me oh great one, fill me with you knowledge on the political intricacies that you clearly know nothing of. What do you propose we implement instead of our current system? Who do YOU believe should lead us as a nation? Because you are most certainly, the personification of intelligence (as so evident by your wonderful spelling and refusal to write out "two" genius I must say). But all comments aside to honestly and whole heatedly believe that the ONLY way to maintain our superpower status is to military influence other nations across the globe, is absolutely abusrd, do you not know how International economics work? These so called jobs you say are supported by the influence upon other nations, don't exist, based on YOUR OWN logic, we are in these nations to gain political control over them, take that a tiny bit farther and you may realize that the so called jobs you mention, are being outsourced to these areas for cheaper. My lifestyle is also not at stake here to be honest. Just because a detachment of Special Forces Operators is deployed(in an advisory role), doesn't necessarily mean that my very freedoms and lifestyle are directly at stake. And finally money, seriously you think that sending troops across the world is how we acquire national wealth? How the hell are we 15trillion in debt then?

        March 8, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
      • Alienjon

        He is sending 100,s which based on his last probably means 1000 along with all the air support

        March 20, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
  14. raquelcote

    President Obama announced to send U.S. troops to central Africa http://bit.ly/oLDKuN

    October 15, 2011 at 4:40 am | Reply
  15. plainreviews

    Why is Obama doing this? Aren't the US broke enough and now they are getting involved in stuff in Africa. South Africa is a pretty nice place to live, it's up north where Africa is so bad. If you don't know how it go so bad up in Africa, this article gives a great explanation on it.

    http://explainlikeakid.blogspot.com/2011/09/what-is-wrong-with-africa.html

    October 14, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Reply
    • marga

      All roads lead to Rome. Not everybody can be distracted and loses focus Obama. People who go to war because they were ordered to, ask to be killed. No need to cry any more tears over them because they didn't value the life's of their own people. Obama and his army is Hitler and the Nazi's reborn being financed by those same people who financed Hitler and the Nazi's and our tax dollar's. This is madness.

      October 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  16. morris wise

    Once the American public gets a more graphic description of the Rape,Robbery, and Rebellion that is taking place in the darkest corners of Africa, they will accept the deployment of thousands of American troops to end the savagery.

    October 14, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Reply
    • Citizen Twain

      That is the reason they give us but the real reason is to protect the Chinese while they steal all the minerals and resources.

      October 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Reply
    • nvrpc

      NFW, I could give a shit what happens over there but I do have adman good cure. Give me the power to cal the shots.

      First of all let’s make this very clear. I could care less about the United Nations, One World Order or Executive Order 12333 which prohibits the act of state-sponsored killing, nor would I comply to this Executive Order if I were in command; and neither would any real leader of a country.

      By now it should be apparent to the American people that terminating the leader of a foreign country with extreme prejudice is the most efficient and effective means of resolving a conflict that's obviously affecting the world economy, peoples lives and futures. I think after reading and understanding what I’m about to propose you'll understand how my way would resolve 99.9% of all the problems, 100% of the time. As a matter of a fact after doing what I propose we'd probably have no problems at all.

      Here’s where American’s have gone wrong in every conflict since Vietnam, of which I’m a veteran of.

      As you well know humans are creatures of habit and with today’s technology and high tech equipment we should know on an hour to hour basis the exact physical location within a few feet of every _"problem child" _ we have in this world. If not, we are seriously lacking in the intelligence department.

      Assuming we know a lot more than is disclosed to the public here’s how I would have resolved Lydia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Venezuela and every problem child drug lord and cartel ring leader we currently have no matter what region of the world they inhabit without notice.

      In the case of Lybia I'd have targeted the very same sites our allies did, however, that would have only taken place after I positively located Muammar Gaddafi at the dinner table with his family, friends, politicians and followers, enjoying themselves; telling stories about their daily defeats. At that time I would have delivered a series of two-thousand pound GPS guided cruise missiles into the middle of his main course assuring everyone present was vaporize, inevitably cutting off the head of the snake, leaving a message to whoever chose to take his place.

      My most desired and less intrusive tactic to assure the problem children of this world understood their place in life would be a graphic exposés in the art gallery at Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. Here, viewable by webcam would be the heads of my opposition submerged in formaldehyde each having a professionally engraved brass plaque proudly displaying their detailed identification. Next to the vials already occupied would be a few empty ones awaiting occupancy of my next rival problem child.

      To date my collection would consist of heads from Vietnam, Lydia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Venezuela, South America, Columbia and all the drug lords who resided in the United States.

      Outcome: Problem resolved.

      Agenda: Awaiting next problem child to appear.

      Executive Order 12333

      October 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Reply
      • Adrian

        WTF ru smoking

        October 21, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  17. Kinnison

    U.S. troops to Uganda, the Central African Republic and Southern Sudan? Oh, there's good news... President Obama already has us militarily involved in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and Sudan and now we are adding nations in SubSaharan Aftica? I thought that the Democrats objected to the U.S. military being "the world's policeman"? Meanwhile, back in Washington, the Obama Administration is taking an axe to military spending, cutting combat units in the Army and the Marines, wings of fighters and bombers from the Air Force and ships from the Navy. Obviously no one in the Administration can do math, and the ugly truth is that what will happen in Africa is "mission creep", as it did in Libya, and that will result in more dead American service members. Fortunately for the Obama Administration none of them has ever served in uniform, and none of their children are currently serving either, so they won't have to take it personally.

    October 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • Doreen

      This is not just policing the bad men of the world, this is an act of war by Obama without congressional approval and is a violation of the Constitution, and an impeachable act. (God forbid our servicemen and women get wounded or killed there) Another boundary not observed by Obama. He must be impeached or voted out!

      October 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Reply
      • Bob

        No he was smart enough to get those clowns in Congress to write an act authorizing the "invasion". The Dems did it in 1995 when Iraq was being targeted. He also got an aid for bombing runs with Pakistan. So how much do you think a Marine or soldier's life is worth- one or two drone bombing runs? In addition, as if we needed more, Congress set aside $10 million for these 100 men to go to Uganda. So we know he puts a value of $100,000 per man for the whole mission. Not bad considering the State Department will end up getting most of it. You gotta love Congressional math and how they spend it.

        October 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  18. Carl Loeber

    I don't know how many of the people complaining here have ever been in the military ..how many have every been outside the Western nations .. but ..

    I am fully in support of the president sending the military to help defend innocent people that no other nations can or will help .. I wanted him to send cruise missiles in the dictators palace in Damascus when he started shooting protesters .. I still want him to send them .. Thank You Mr. President .. now bomb the Syrian dictators please .. now ..

    October 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Reply
    • bayrat

      He can't. Syria is an enemy of Israel, so he has a soft spot in his heart for the syrian govt. Libya had no beef with Israel so they were attacked. Egypt was fine with Israel for the past decade, so they had to go as well. Iran, hates Israel, so we leave them alone even when they attack our troops, capture our citizens, or plot assassinations on our soil.

      October 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Reply
      • scott l

        What confused nonsense. Libya has oil- ever heard of it? Syria has very little. Qaddafi hated Israel but being thousands of miles away, didn't have any Libyan territory occupied by Israel (like the Golan Hts) so no reason to push a conflict he wouldn't profit from. Obama has talked a little about Israel's suicidal settlement policy in the West Bank but hasn't cut one cent from the Billions of dollars we give to Israel- more than any other country.
        Back to the current topic: South Sudan which is next to Uganda has lots of oil and being newly independent is ready for U.S. corporations to move in if its safe. BOTH parties will always take action to secure oil resources.

        October 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
      • j r

        You got it ass-backwards. Israel tells the US what and what not to do.

        October 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • Kinnison

      Look at a map of Africa Carl. Got it? How do you propose we send supplies and munitions to our troops in Central Africa? We don't have the air cargo assets to do so, even if we had the overflight permissions, and there are no seacoasts! And how do we rush reinforcements in to bail our guys out if they get into trouble? (Remember Mogadishu?) Practicality again raises its ugly head. This is the "Tinkerbelle" theory of Obama's military foreign policy... If we all close our eyes, clap our hands and think good thoughts Tinkerbelle won't die...

      October 14, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • Adrian

      I really wish either the Russians to get involved or the Chinese to put a stop at this fucking country out of control waging wars all over the world. Lets see what the usa will do then ....Cowards

      October 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  19. bayrat

    Another African expense. His wife spent $400,000.00 of our tax dollars on her safari, and now this debacle. BLACKHAWK DOWN Part 2!

    October 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Reply
    • Oh Please

      Those 100 troops are paying for that dress in military advice. Maybe we should 'sell' our military services to the world instead of just jumping in at a moments notice. Ohhhhhh wait... Thats right, thats what we do. ;)

      October 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • ted

      Not Black Hawk Down, more like Tears of the Sun, I can support this one.

      October 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  20. western BS!

    who has been funding and arming this rebel group over the last 2 decades? why do u want to take them out now? have they suddenly turned their backs against their masters (the western powers)? Keep on policing the world, and they'll always come back at you. After all, some people stand to profit from the wars!

    October 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Reply
    • Oh Please

      Russia. Not the US. Hmmmm.... Someone needs to do their research a touch better.

      October 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Reply
      • western BS!

        doesn't matter! today they're friends, tomorrow they're enemies. It's just a game. Ghadaffi was not a tyrant and murderer when he gave them money. Today he's the most wanted man on earth. LOL!
        Tomorrow the mission in Central Africa will take a different turn and all the big players will be init. It will upgrade from an intelligence to a combat mission.
        Today arms are missing in Libya and everyone's scared it may fall into the hands of "terrorists". I wonder who terrorists really are?

        October 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • scott l

      There's lots of oil for U.S. corporations ready for the taking in nearby and newly independent South Sudan, 'nuff said.

      October 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  21. Bob

    Obama and Reid had better add a few more percentage points to the tax on the job bill. This one's going to cost a few billion or so. May the Wall Street occupiers should move so to Capitol Hill and occupy the public buildings down there – like the White House and the Rayburn Building. Reid has always wanted a sleepover in the Senate, maybe it's time he met his public that he's been screwing for so long.

    October 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  22. Stop

    Barry has sanctiomed CHILD SOLDIERS in the Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Central Africa. What kind of human does that? Google it. It's all there. In the meantime we vote politician enablers like these into the White House. IMPEACH.

    October 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Reply
    • scott l

      You win the days award for most confused and backwards comment. I would say more but judging from your comment you obviously cant read more than a couple sentences in one sitting.

      October 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Reply
      • Oh Please

        I agree. This one is just a GOP troll.

        October 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Auth

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      April 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  23. Stop

    "Only in self defense" troops will engage. What a pathetic joke Barry has become. This. Is. Not Our. Concern. Another war, another life, another tax dollar. Let these Africans figure it out however tragic the past. IMPEACH.

    October 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • scott l

      There's lots of oil just over the border in South Sudan, this will make it safer for U.S. corporations to move in and drill it for you. Do you support it now?

      October 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Reply
    • Oh Please

      So Iraq was necessary? Afghanistan was necessary? Neither of those countries were any of our concern. Barack didn't start those wars, but he sure as heck finished them 'the right way'. Uganda and Darfur is the 21st century Nazi Germany. Was it necessary to enter WW2? Yes. Funny that its taken the US 2 decades to figure out that ending the genocide in Africa is necessary.

      October 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  24. Courtney

    "Some news outlets are miscommunicating today's White House announcement. The U.S. is NOT sending combat troops to central Africa. We are sending military advisers to assist the intel-gathering and strategic planning of regional militaries that are working to protect civilians and apprehend senior LRA commanders."

    Myself and thousands of others have supported efforts to end this war for many years. This is an absolutely amazing step toward finally obtaining lasting peace.

    The LRA has committed atrocities to innocent civilians. This is who the LRA is: http://www­.invisible­children.c­om/videos/­28628155.

    Please go to lracrisist­racker.com to see what has been happening for over 25 years.

    October 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Reply
    • scott l

      I'm not sorry that the Christian terrorist LRA is (hopefully) going to be finally destroyed but dont kid yourself: this is mainly happening because of the oil resources in nearby South Sudan. Maybe when the right-wingers hear about the oil, they'll support it.

      October 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
      • Courtney

        I totally appreciate what you're saying, and I completely understand that there are other issues that are plaguing this area of the world. But the bill that this coincides with is bipartisan, and was passed through the efforts of hundreds of thousands of US citizens.
        This war is unrelated to any oil conflict; Joseph Kony started as a religious leader trying to overthrow the government of Uganda back in the late 80's/early 90's. Since then, he has lost all support of the citizens, has abducted, killed and displaced thousands in Northern Uganda, and has began to shifting the location of this war of madness to surrounding countries like South Sudan, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. His only motive is survival at this point; he uses brutal attacks and desensitization to fuel this war, and after 25 years, it has to stop.
        Please take a look at http://www.lracrisistracker.com, if nothing more than to see a different perspective. I really appreciate the fact that people are even aware of this issue!

        October 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • Elaine

      "Military advisers" is how it began in Vietnam, too.
      If this butchery has been going on for 25 years, why now? Why us? What's the UN for?
      Could it be that, having failed to drum up any enthusiasm for a war with Iran, the administration is now "waving the bloody shirt" to distract the peasants until November 2012?

      October 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  25. Laura

    I have supported efforts to end this war for many years. Please take time to learn about this conflict and see what good can be done from this step made by the US.

    The LRA has committed atrocities to innocent civilians. This is who the LRA is: http://www­.invisible­children.c­om/videos/­28628155.

    Please go to lracrisist­racker.com to see what has been happening for over 25 years.

    October 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • scott l

      I'm not sorry that the LRA is (hopefully) going to be finally annihilated but dont kid yourself: this is mainly being done because of the oil resources in nearby South Sudan. Maybe when the right-wing whackos learn about the oil, they'll get behind it.

      October 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  26. Odumba

    Impeach Obama!!!!!!!!!!

    October 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • Facts Are

      The only one who had to resign was Nixon, and he was a REPUBLICAN! So, how does that grab you already!!

      October 16, 2011 at 11:35 am | Reply
  27. j r

    Can we now rename the US Wars-R-Us, Inc?

    October 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • robertsgt40

      Yep. Just what the doctor ordered..another war to make the world love us just a little bit more. We will rule the rest of the planet...until the checks stop clearing

      October 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • whatsisface

      With hysterical knee-jerk responses like I'm seeing in these posts, no wonder our politics is so full of crap. I used to blame it on our politicians, but now I realize that it is the fault of our citizenry who can't pause for a moment to THINK.

      I'm not in favor of more wars – I'm one of those who was tried to spread the truth about the Iraq war before it happened. I sympathize with your knee-jerk response to what sounds like news of another war – but, having read what you're arguing about, I know it's sorely misplaced, and you would too if you could take a little time.

      October 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
      • j r

        OK, if you don't like that name how about Death&Destruction-R-Us, Inc? Pretty obvious that the US economy is based on war and that the government is owned by war profiteers and bankers who love war since they profit so much from it.

        October 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  28. Robert

    The constitution is officially dead. It doesn't matter how moral the cause. We don't live under a king, or do we?

    October 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • j.cruel

      This actually falls squarely into his Presidential prerogative according to the constitution. Please read it.

      October 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Reply
      • Stephon Smith

        No, it doesn't at all. The president can through the War Powers Act engage in war for self defensive purposes if the national security of the United States is immediately and directly jeopardized, but sending troops over to a different country that has not threatened the US in any way is an unjustifiable act of war and totally out of the constitutional authority of the executive branch, no question about it.

        YOU read the Constitution, and don't be so arrogant as to correct people with mis/disinformation.

        October 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • Emily

      Actually, the troops are being sent there because of a bill that was passed through Congress... not the president's whim...

      October 25, 2011 at 1:20 am | Reply
      • Rahman

        Terefe Fikru Posted on It is a great pleasure to rpaugde my self so that i'll make a significant contribution to my home country on my return. i do have bachelor's degree in chemistry . Thanks for considering my application !!!

        April 7, 2012 at 1:08 am |
  29. Odumba

    Hey, didn't Saddam Hussein commit mass rapes, mass mutilations, recruit child soldiers, genocide, etc.?

    You gotta love liberal hypocrisy!!!

    October 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Reply
    • Jay

      Hypocrisy?? I think you might want to take a closer look at what action is really taking place here. NOTHING like what the U.S. did in Iraq. Be honest...did you even read the letter?

      October 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Reply
    • scott l

      Yeah, what about your hypocrisy. The U.S. government whether under Republican or Democrat always moves to secure oil resources for U.S. corporations. There's lots of oil in nearby South Sudan that's why this is happening. Wake up and stop being a stooge for one party.

      October 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  30. Odumba

    "President Obama has the constitutional authority to deploy troops to "AID AND ASSIST AND NOT ENGAGE" "

    Show me where in the Constitution it says this. And if they are fired upon?

    October 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • robertsgt40

      It say we can do anything we want. It's right there in the fine print that says we can bomb the snot out of Libya or anyone else that doesn't toe the line

      October 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  31. Odumba

    Barry can't put troops on the US border but he can send them to Uganda.

    Impeach Barry, NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • James

      Who the heck is Barry and what are you impeaching him for?

      October 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  32. Stop

    Enough. This is not an issue for the US. Stop wasting American lives while policing the world. It is not a treat unless there is a clear indication that this government constitutes a clear and present danger to the security of allies. Impeach Obama. Now.

    October 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  33. Odumba

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  34. Art

    I think this is a great move. I have studied International Criminal Law and what this Kony has done in Africa is beyond reprehensible. Although there is the whole being a "global police" argument this really is a humanitarian effort to bring some stability and to stop the atrocities being committed there.

    Keep in mind we are only sending 100 troops so its not that much. Anyone who is arguing otherwise should do some research on the subject.

    October 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Reply
    • Odumba

      Art – then grab yourself a gun and head over there. This is not the purpose of the US military and Barry does not have the authority to send troops to war without the approval of Congress.

      October 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply
      • Erin

        Not only did he get Congress approval.. he was mandated by Congress to take action. get informed! the bill passed unanimously

        October 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
      • Art

        This isnt war. President Obama has the constitutional authority to deploy troops to "AID AND ASSIST AND NOT ENGAGE" there is a big difference if he sent them to actively engage the LRA.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
      • Odumba

        Huh?

        The US Congress declared war on the LRA? When?

        October 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
      • Odumba

        "This isnt war."

        Then why send combat troops? Why didn't you and Erin go? Will they not be using real bullets?

        October 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
      • Erin

        your ignorance on this issue is mind-blowing. LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act. it isn't a declaration of war.. and Obama isn't carrying out a war. He didn't send "Combat troops" he sent TEN advisors.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
      • Odumba

        Erin – that legislation does not authorize the use of force against the LRA, and these are COMBAT troops. This is a war zone. This is war.

        Impeach Barry!

        October 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • Art

      Odumba if you studied the law or did some research on the subject you would know that what the President is doing is within the powers granted by the constitution and therefore constitutional.

      Since you do not know the LAW, I am done arguing with you.

      October 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
      • Odumba

        Art – show me where in the Constitution that Barry is granted the power to do this.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
      • Art

        Odumba it took me 3 years of law school and 4 months of the bar exam to learn the constitution. I will not waste my time teaching you. Sorry

        October 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
      • Odumba

        Then you should be able to quickly and easily point out where in the Constitution Barry is granted the power to do this.

        Your silence speaks volumes.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
      • Art

        As the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, President Obama has the power to send troops to battle without an official war declaration. That is an IMPLIED POWER of the constitution that has been defined by the US Supreme Court therefore your VISUAL READING of the constitution will not provide such a power. My argument is supported by not only the Constitution but also by the interpretation of the US Supreme Court. YOUR STUPIDITY SPEAKS VOLUMES.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
      • James

        Also why do you call him Barry? You sound like a ignoramus when you refer to the president in such a vague term. Its like if I just started calling you Jerry? I fail to see the point. . .

        October 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  35. Natalie Blanton

    Please educate yourselves:

    EVERYONE.

    Obama has deployed troops to central Africa.
    The Lord's Resistance Army is a WORLDWIDE trend on twitter.
    Attention is being paid.

    FINALLY HUMANITY MATTERS.

    not resources. not money. HUMAN LIVES.

    Thank you to the endless letters to congress, thousands of supporters, and a growing wake of empathy in our nation.

    INVISIBLE CHILDREN

    http://www.invisiblechildren.com

    Who are the LRA? Watch: http://vimeo.com/28628155

    October 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • Odumba

      Letters?

      Why didn't you all arm yourselves and head over there?

      October 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply
      • Erin

        We are over there. http://www.lracrisistracker.com . There are American citizens over there helping communities. No need to "arm ourselves"... because we aren't fighting!

        October 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
      • Odumba

        Erin – that's the problem, you aren't fighting.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • scott l

      I'm not sorry that the LRA is (hopefully) going to be finally annihilated but dont kid yourself: this is largely being done because of the oil resources in nearby South Sudan.

      October 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  36. James C.

    Well, at least people no longer have the "This war is secretly about the oil!" excuse allow genocides to happen. Uganda and Sudan certainly are not about any oil.

    October 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  37. Odumba

    Barry is a tyrant – he thinks he can ignore the Constitution, ignore the law, and start wars without congressional approval.

    He needs to be impeached.

    October 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Reply
    • Erin

      he isn't starting a war... the war started 20+ years ago

      October 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Reply
      • Odumba

        He IS starting it as far as we are concerned.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
      • Stephon Smith

        Your quip sounds clever, but entering a war that already exists is still engaging in warfare. Remember WWII?

        US Military advisers on the ground is an act of war, no questions about it. Perhaps you're so overjoyed by the promise that these poor, innocent women and children will cease being tortured and slaughtered that you overlook the basic constitutional premise of the act. In other words, your excitement has caused you to focus only the end and disregard the means to that end, which in this case represents another devastating blow to the legal and moral fabric of the US.

        October 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
      • serge

        you dont think properly do you? since when USA is interested to help africa.
        where there is USA there is trouble. and the only reason USA going there is because
        1. this year november there will be election in congo so obama want to protected is puppet congolese president if he loses.
        2 rich rising oil country of sudan. and congo.

        so dont be fool but accept that obama has american interest in sending troops in central africa not of african. we know that. one day just one day, USA will fall hard as roman civilisation, Russia. and honestly i cant wait for that to happen

        October 15, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • James C.

      None of the fights America has supported under Obama were started by America. And there is nothing in our Constitution that says we can't use our military to fight a just war against genocidal maniacs. Remember WWII.

      October 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Reply
      • Odumba

        The Constitution requires that Congress declares war. If Barry thinks this war is in the national interest, let him go to Congress and get their approval.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
      • James

        Odumba, did you know we have not actually officially declared war for any conflict since WWII. So if you think Obama should be impeached for not going to congress, and you are consistent in your views, everyone of the following listed presidents should be impeached according to your views. Everyone of the following presidents used the military to solve conflicts, without having a formal declaration of war: G.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and really you might be able to include just about every president since maybe Harry Truman. The point is your view is not practical, and if you had such a problem with this where have you been the last 60-ought years?

        October 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
      • Odumba

        James – two wrongs do not make a right. The Constitution demands the president get the approval of Congress before going to war.

        How has ignoring the Constitution worked out?

        October 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
      • James

        It depends on what situation you are talking about. I am fairly certain that on the most part is has worked out quite alright seeing as we are still a pretty stable nation and arguably the most powerful nation on the planet. I mean the constitution never called for a Federal Reserve and although I don't necessarily like the Federal Reserve I think the alternative of having a Nations currency tied to useless gold bars locked up in a vault is kind of silly. Or for example I think that it is good that there are some gun regulations despite the fact that the second amendment guarantees the right to bear arms. I mean imagine if any joe blow could walk into a store and buy sub machine guns, grenades, etc. I do also think the government has overstepped its bounds in some areas like warrant less wiretapping and other 4th amendment and Habeas Corpus issues, such as the way prisoners in Gitmo are handled. But I doubt you would agree with me on that.

        October 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
      • Ultros667

        Your analogy of WW2 is wrong. The United States was not involved in any military actions until Pearl Harbor and it was Japan and Germany that declared war on the United States!

        October 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
      • Stephon Smith

        Pearl Harbor=provocation=reason to enter war.

        "The US didn't start this war" is an obscene remark to use a justification for getting involved militarily. You people truly make me sick.

        October 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
      • James

        Really the United States was not involved militarily in WWII until the declaration of war. Haha, do you not remember we sent the English countless aircore members and the fact we gave them ammunition and tanks years before we entered the war.

        October 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
      • Look WhosTalking

        Odumba, you sure picked a good pseudonym for yourself fella you must have been looking in the mirror! It makes the one you think you're talking about sound Far SMARTER than you'll ever be! NOW!

        October 16, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Erin

      Congress already signed the bill that calls for the actions Obama is taking... the bill passed UNANIMOUSLY.

      October 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply
      • Odumba

        The legislation passed by Congress does NOT authorize the use of force against the LRA.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
      • barb

        just becuase stupid congress agrees to it does not make it right

        October 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
      • whatsisface

        Odumba: Note the troops (100 of them) are NOT going there to wage war. If you cannot study up on constitutional issues before making constitutional claims, you could at least read the letter you are complaining about?

        Barb: Nobody argued Congress's assent made it right – the issue is, it makes it constitutional.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • Youre Dumb

      Odumba, you sure picked a good pseudonym for yourself fella you must have been looking in the mirror! It makes the one you think you're talking about sound Far SMARTER than you'll ever be! NOW!

      October 16, 2011 at 10:49 am | Reply
    • Watch It

      Watch it, mister! You are seriously bordering on Sedition!

      October 16, 2011 at 11:40 am | Reply
  38. PM

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/5129350.stm

    October 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  39. Erin

    People are commenting on this and have absolutely zero information about the issue. People are ignorant and mad... not a good combination. Joseph Kony is the NUMBER ONE (#1) MAN WANTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. He is carrying out genocide. Does the Holocaust ring a bell? How about Rwanda or the Kurds? Where were all of you complainers when Congress UNANIMOUSLY passed the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act in 2009? OBAMA is keeping his promises highlighted in the bill. We are one step closer to bringing justice to a man that is responsible for currently the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. This isn't Vietnam or Iraq. Get informed. http://www.theresolve.org . I understand Americans are sick of the U.S. being in other people's business and "policing the world", but it doesn't mean we should disregard our obligation to help people obtain their basic human rights. Until the U.S. is experiencing genocide, until your children are being kidnapped in the middle of the night and used in a rebel army, I'm pretty sure the U.S. will make do without 100 of their military ADVISORS.

    October 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • barb

      yes we should help others but our country is not being helped out at all. From what you are saying we should only help others not ourselvs unless we were all dying? we have gang members killing innocent people and high crime due to the economy.. Our money needs to be spent on that.

      October 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Reply
      • Erin

        barb i like your passion for helping the U.S. I hope those passions translate into community service and helping people in need in your area. Lucky for you, you will be able to do that without a Rebel leader terrorizing your efforts. Comparing a genocide to gang activity is borderline laughable. I'm not saying that isn't an important issue on our homefront (because it is), but the comparison is a bit ridiculous. Of course we should always be concerned with helping "our own", but using that as justification to turn a blind eye to the worst humanitarian crisis inthe world? That's rather obnoxious. This campaign started as a grassroots effort. Concerned American citizens meeting with their members of Congress trying to rally Washington about the issue. After years of that, a bill was signed into law and Washington is offering this region of the world diplomatic and military aid. If you're so appauld by it, I suggest you meet with your local member of Congress about your concerns with gang activity or whatever else is on your mind.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
      • Odumba

        Erin – If you feel that strongly about it, start your own militia and head over there. I don't want to see any of my friends and neighbors put into harm's way for this reason.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • Odumba

      Then let the International Criminal Court send their police in to arrest him. The last I checked, the International Criminal Court appears nowhere in the US Constitution.

      October 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
      • James

        Odumba you do realize that Vietnam, Korea, Gulf War 1, Gulf War 2, Grenada, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and the secret war waged by Nixon in Laos and Cambodia were never approved by a formal declaration of war. I suppose then that you believe that nearly every president since Truman should be impeached?

        October 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
      • Odumba

        James – two wrongs do not make a right.

        The Constitution demands the president get the approval of Congress. If you think this is a worthy reason to go to war, take your arguments to Congress as the Constitution demands so we the people can debate whether we should commit our blood and treasure.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
      • James

        Futhermore many things don't appear in the United States constitution. Did automatic sub-machine guns exist during the constitutional convention in the late 1700's? Did ICBMs exist during those times? Of course not! You must put the constitution into perspective. Ruling simply within the confines of a document written hundreds of years ago is just ridiculous. Things have changed. According to the constitution there is no call for a standing army during peace time. I suppose you would then agree that a standing army like the one we have in unconstitutional?

        There are so many reason why governing simply by a document written hundreds of years ago is madness. There are some broad concepts I think most americans believe in. Also the specific rights outlined in the first ten Amendments to the Constitution (the Bill of Rights) are important. But to hard-line limit what your government can do according to the constitution is like trying to design a new car according to the schematics of the first model T. According to such a philosophy we shouldn't of spent money to go to the moon, despite it being one of the greatest achievements of mankind. Wait let me guess, you think the moon-landing was a hoax. . .

        October 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
      • James

        You know what also doesn't appear in the US constitution, the highway system! Get off the roads man and stop violating the constitution!

        October 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
      • James

        Yeah of course you cannot respond to the above because you are limited to GOP talking points. Way to dodge.

        October 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
      • OdumbaPosts AboutHimself

        Odumba, you sure picked a good pseudonym for yourself fella you must have been looking in the mirror! It makes the one you think you're talking about sound Far SMARTER than you'll ever be!

        October 16, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • Evelyn

      It's the "only in self defense" directive to our troops that bothers me. I agree that this horrendous genocide needs to be stopped but our troops shouldn't have to wait for "self defense". It will turn into another long, drawn out and endless situation. I have up close and personal experience with our wounded warriors – and please God – let them be on the offensive not the defensive.

      October 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
      • Odumba

        There are similar situations occurring all over the world. If we go here, we have to go everywhere. I am not willing to lose my family and friends for this.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
      • James

        And that is the difference right there! Odumba believes his fate is not tied to society and he is independent. He achieved everything on his own without having to depend on society. Right? Therefore, why should Odumba ever have to do anything for society?

        October 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • Bob

      Obviously you're not in the US or you wouldn't have printed that last line about America can do without 100 advisors. Are you trying ro say that if 100 men and/or women die, their loss would be acceptable? Are you trying to say that the US should be the only nation to send in advisors? The International Court if part of the UN and as such you would expect 100 plus nations to send in advisors, troops, etc. Why should we play beat cop to the world. How much aid has America gotten from the UN – none. Why should America have to pay to track down some clown? If the people of Uganda want him out, then let them do it. Our family has already paid the price playing beat cop and there are a few thousand more families that have. If you're so adamant about it -then you go. I have one son in Afghanistan and one in Arlington. Obama is a complete fool to think that 100 troops will be able to make a dent but then he has no love for America or its sons and daughters.

      October 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  40. John Amadi

    People need to realize that Obama is trying to pass a Jobs Act against a republican controlled House. Is he not doing a lot for the country? Is he not fighting for the middle-class? Yes I believe there is much more he can do, but honestly people need to realize that he is working extremely hard for the nation. Realize the man has enuff jobs bills pending in the house, but the house will not pass it. You can't fix up the economy in 4 years – reality check! And plus this is not a war its a humanitarian effort. If he didn't try to intervene people will start criticizing just as people were criticizing him before he went into Libya.

    October 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • barb

      working hard, really? do I live in a different country then you do. He has been our president for almost 4 years and NOTHING has improved.

      October 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Reply
      • James

        But I thought if you don't have a job its your own fault not the governments. Furthermore, I got a significant tax break from Obama. Shouldn't that count for something you conservatives like tax breaks right?

        October 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
      • Sunil

        I hear you, Barbara. We don't have to fill out forms in IL (as you well know), but our guys are hitting the coumlpsory attendance age limit next year, and it's a bit of a shock.I don't know how to think of myself as anything but a homeschooler either. But we'll be moving on, busy with great 'stuff', enjoying all that lifelong real learnin'.

        October 12, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
    • Odumba

      If it's not a war, then why send combat troops?

      Sorry, but nice try.

      October 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
      • James

        Yes because conservatives no nothing of spending money on anything except war.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
      • whatsisface

        SO they can defend themselves if need be, as you would learn if you read the letter you're complaining about. I'm sure if they were sent over there unable to defend themselves, that's what you'd be howling about.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Reality Hurts

      Barb, let's face it, to you the only thing that would "improve" is going back to the failed policies of past Republicans. That figures with your limited mentality, however. The country is too smart to do that this time around. President Obama will be reelected easily in 2012! Get over it already!

      October 16, 2011 at 11:00 am | Reply
  41. SmithDK

    I thought we weren't going to be the world's police anymore? I thought there should be regional solutions to regional problems?
    I know one thing: this won't end well. It'll either be another Vietnam (modeled after that south Asian country) or another Guns for Hostages debacle (based on Reagan's incursion into Central America). Both of those turned out swimmingly for the US.

    October 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • JumpedTheFence

      We don't want to act as the world's police, but as decent human beings, we should not sit and watch thousands of human beings get massacred when we very well could prevent it.

      October 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Reply
      • Odumba

        Then grab yourself a gun and head over there.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
      • James

        Odumba you sir are simply a set of talking points conjured up in the head of a political charlatan!

        October 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
      • Shawon

        Avendolo gi giocato srapevo in un progetto totalmente nuovo SPOILER GIGANTE ma sono cos fessi da mettere tra gli screen la boss battle finale?

        April 4, 2012 at 1:57 am |
    • NoGuts ForYou

      Odumba, you say head over there? Listen, those are the Real People with GUTS who go over there to defend those who cannot defend themselves and are in harm's way. What's your excuse you poor fool?!

      October 16, 2011 at 11:14 am | Reply
      • Auth

        67fBy :Typical Seattle Recession Type DataEven in the 80s recession the seerlls were reluctant to deal, until they had to. Buyers today don't even have to deal with private seerlls. Every day, more bank-owned houses come on the market and they're priced well below those being sold by bag holders. People will say the REO's are beat up and need repairs, but I'm seeing a lot that don't need much accept for maybe a couple of appliances. Comparing their list prices to some of the others, I would gladly buy a new fridge and washer-dryer set.

        October 12, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
  42. Dave Kendall

    This is awesome news!!! Thanks to organizations like Invisible Children to giving voices to those who have struggled against the LRA for so long!

    October 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  43. Gray Blige

    Joseph Kony is the anti-christ, one of the most despicable, murderous men on the planet. He has killed and maimed thousands of people, mostly children who he's used as fighters, porters and sex slaves. Frankly, I think the US has taken too long to bring down this butcher. He has no political agenda; he does this for power and greed. Give it up, folks. If we use US combat troops overseas, well, this is the right mission.

    October 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Reply
    • Neocon

      Thank you! This is definitely a "just" mission to deal with this despicable man once and for all.

      October 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • icreepin

      You have just described every drug dealer and gang member in the USA. Fact is the LRA is a small group of people who only attack remote locations. If the central African governments really wanted to get rid of them I am sure they would and could. Fact that we are once again doing what OBAMA has said we should not do just makes his promises even more meaningless.

      October 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • Odumba

      No, since there is no national interest here, this is the WRONG mission.

      But if you think it justified, take your arguments to Congress as the Constitution demands.

      Barry is not a dictator.

      October 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Reply
      • James

        Really unless you are like 12 and just realized this, there is no reason that sending troops into combat zones should be really grinding your gears now. This has been done many times in the last century. If you think Obama should be impeached go to congress and convince them to do it. I mean your telling everyone to go to congress and talk to them about sending troops, or go fight the war yourself. Well how about you go to congress and get them to impeach Obama, and if they can't help you go try to give him a citizens arrest. I don't want to waste my tax dollars just because you want to investigate Obama.

        That was sarcasm, and if you found it frustrating to read that, it is because I was reverting the same mindset you have. Hopefully you can tell it is a rather absurd and false way to address such problems.

        October 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  44. Josh

    I am ready to pay $10 per gallon for gas now.

    October 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • barb

      I am sure by tomorrow that is what you will be paying

      October 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Reply
      • whatsisface

        We don't get gas from the Congo, Barb.

        October 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  45. Jason

    We have got to change the warmongering direction this country has gone in. Obama ran on ending the war...he's not only continued it but he's gone into Libya and now Africa. Where does it end? If we can invade any country that does wrong, we'll be invading everyone!

    We are BROKE...our people are suffering. And he sends troops to Africa? WTF? Wake up, America! Vote for real change in 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jwd-ZP2J8w

    October 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply
    • James

      Yes and when and if Ron Paul is elected I hope you enjoy your privatized education system, your privatized road system, and your privatized mail system. I can just imagine now $500 to send a child to school, $100 to ride on local roads, and $5 for every letter you mail. While Ron Paul may be right on Iraq and Afghanistan its for the wrong reasons.

      October 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Reply
      • Zac

        Except you forget to mention the fact that privatization encourages competition and competition produces lower costs. We can't look to government to provide everything for us. We haven't really let the Market take hold of our economy in a long while and it's about time we started.

        March 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  46. Neocon

    How are people comparing this to a war? The LRA is barely a few hundred rebels, who care causing problems in Central Africa. They bring violence to isolated villages, where the military of these Central African nations cannot protect.

    October 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • James

      Ah your comment has the certain sense of heartlessness that really compliments your name being Neocon.

      October 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  47. travislg

    I'm pretty sure this is not a war, but a humanitarian effort.

    October 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Reply
    • barb

      but shouldnt those types of efforts be used on our own people

      October 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Reply
      • Courtney

        There is no doubt that a number of people in the US are having a hard time, but lets compare that to the entire population of Uganda and the thousands of people that have already been murdered by the LRA. This has been a silent genocide for over 20 years and its about time it stops.

        October 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
      • barb

        wow " a number of people" I understand helping others but aren't you supposed to help your own contry too. There is more than just " a number of peole" struggling in the US.

        October 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
      • Odumba

        Courtney – then grab yourself a gun and head over there. I don't want to see my family and friends killed for this.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
      • Courtney

        Sorry for being so vague. Allow me to clarify, 1 in 6 Americans are living in poverty. 1 in 2 Ugandans are living in poverty. In the past 18 months, the LRA has abducted 697 children and forced them to murder their families. Last I checked, there weren't any groups doing this in America. Open your eyes. There are hundreds if not thousands of programs helping the people of the United States. Let the people of Uganda and the surrounding areas have this one program.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
      • Odumba

        Courtney – that's not a program, that's misuse of the US military.

        Like I said, if you feel so strongly about it, grab yourself a gun and head over there.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
      • Courtney

        Please, if you don't know what you are talking about, stop talking. I HAVE been there. I HAVE seen the destruction. I HAVE experienced this. The thing about the LRA is that they have a never ending supply of troops. When hundreds die, they simply go to a nearby village and abduct more soldiers...Its pretty hard to win a war like that with a gun. Obama didn't send troops to fight. Why don't you read the article that you are commenting on? It clearly states that these ADVISERS "will not engage LRA forces" thats pretty blatant if you ask me.

        October 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
      • barb

        so he will send people to help them, and dont get me wrong I do feel sorry for them but what about all the people in his home town that are dying due to gangs. How come nothing is done there. They could use the national guard to protect all the innocent people shot each and every day

        October 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
      • whatsisface

        Barb, unfortunately the republicans voted down the bill to pay for more cops.

        October 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
      • YouEspouse TrashTalk

        Odumba, if you had enough sense you'd shut up already, the problem is You Don't!

        October 16, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  48. RAJI HAFEEZ

    why is He(mr president) so intrested in interferin in other peopls issues,when his people are dieing at home.

    October 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • barb

      becuase he doesnt care enough about his own country to help

      October 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Reply
      • Juan

        Carol, you're doing the most important job on earth.Yep, Susan, it is sotnmhieg of a shock. But I don't think day-to-day life will change much because we'll still be teaching him.Thanks, Margaret .just have to look at things a little differently, I guess

        October 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
  49. Ben Thompson

    Obama's Viet Nam....(until he finds a way to blame George Bush)....

    October 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  50. Diane

    Obama sneaks in new war while anti-war crowd is busy occupying wall street...

    October 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  51. huffanpuff

    Ahhh didn't Mechelle just take a trip to Africa to do some business over there and I'm betting it wasn't for the U.S..Obama here is just covering his next place of home when he's out.made up some U.S. money deals and now just sending in a few of his troops to clean up the mess showing his might to the Africa leaders as who is in charge in Africa. let U.S. kill a few

    October 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  52. TheLastBrainLeft

    I believe Eisenhower did the same thing 55 years ago, in a country called South Vietnam. How'd that work out?

    Liberal excuses for Obama starting another war in three, two ......

    October 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • Rudi

      POTUS does not know our military history.

      October 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  53. Diane

    WTF??

    October 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  54. Neocon

    Read about the LRA and the atrocities this group has committed and you will find out that this is the right decision by the president.

    October 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • Diane

      Lots of atrocities in Syria as well, yet....

      October 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Reply
      • Neocon

        But are those atrocities being committed in a region, where a good amount of the world's mineral resources for electronics is located? The DRC is such a place, where our demand for the precious mineral coltan s found primarily.

        October 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  55. barb

    yes I feel bad for the people of africa, but when is he ( Obama) going to help the people of our country?

    October 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Reply
    • mama judy

      I thought we were broke....what happened to what the people want JOBS! here not over seas......

      October 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Reply
    • The Answer

      Barb, President Obama will start helping the people of this country just as soon as the Do-Nothing, Obstructionist Republicans stand out of his way and actually SUPPORT him in his efforts to help the country move forward as he has been trying to do instead of thwarting his efforts so he does not get any credit, which COSTS Americans each time Republicans do that as they have been doing all along since he became President! So, if you have a problem, go talk to the Republicans already. Let's see if you do!

      October 16, 2011 at 11:25 am | Reply
  56. John Smith

    Absolutely not!

    October 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Reply

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