Peacekeeping mission steps up in CAR
December 9th, 2013
01:24 PM ET

U.S. military aircraft to aid Central African Republic mission

By CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr

American military aircraft will fly African and European peacekeepers to the Central African Republic, which is in the midst of a bloody internal conflict between various proclaimed Christian and Muslim militias and other rebel factions.

The decision announced the Pentagon was followed by a statement from President Barack Obama, who called on the country's citizens to reject violence and urged the transitional government to join "respected leaders" in Muslim and Christian communities in calling for "calm and peace."

 "Individuals who are engaging in violence must be held accountable in accordance with the law. Meanwhile, as forces from other African countries and France work to restore security, the United States will support their efforts to protect civilians," Obama said.

 Pentagon spokesman Carl Woog said "the United States is joining the international community" in aiding the peackeeping effort "because of our belief that immediate action is required to avert a humanitarian and human rights catastrophe."

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel responded after talking with his French counterpart, Yves Le Drian, on Sunday from Afghanistan, Woog said, adding that France asked for "limited assistance."

The request for near term help involves U.S. air support to enable the prompt deployment of African forces "to prevent the further spread of sectarian violence," Woog said.

Violence has raged in the former French colony east of Cameroon since a coalition of rebels deposed President Francois Bozize in March. It was the latest in a series of coups since the nation gained independence. Bozize fled the country after his ouster.

Left uncontrolled, militia groups are uniting along religious lines. Christian vigilante groups have formed to battle Seleka, the predominantly Muslim coalition behind the President's removal.

More than 400,000 people - nearly 10% of the population - have been internally displaced, according to the United Nations.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution last week authorizing military intervention by an African Union-led force backed by French troops to protect civilians, restore humanitarian access and stabilize the country.

As part of the effort, the United States will fly troops from Burundi to the Central African Republic capital of Bangui.

The Pentagon will provide security for its planes, but there is no indication about the number of troops involved. The operation is expected to be relatively small.

Violence on the ground, which has included machetes, knives, rifles and grenades, will be a "big factor" in any U.S. operation, a U.S. official told CNN.

"It's a concern," the official said.

French President Francois Hollande said in Paris over the weekend that the goal is to hold elections once security is restored.

Those displaced include people hiding in the bush without shelter, food, or drinking water, Doctors Without Borders has said.

In a statement on Monday, the international medical organization called for all parties to let the wounded and sick "safely obtain medical care," and for "an end to violence and threats against patients, civilians, and medical staff" nationwide.

soundoff (336 Responses)
  1. Roberto

    Obama just seeing where else he can spend our money.

    December 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  2. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

    Death and Life are for God to decide not Man

    December 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Reply
    • smdahl

      How dare you imply our gov't is not god!

      December 9, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  3. George patton

    It looks like the right-wing thugs in Washington are at it again, dragging us into more of their useless and unnecessary wars as always!!! What stupidity.

    December 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • Bob from Accounting

      Stupid is a label I would apply to someone who forgets the party affiliation of the Commander in Chief, whom was set on starting World War III in Syria.

      December 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • 1CDO_RLI

      Liberal Audacity, and typical cant ownership for actions. Or lying is ok.

      December 9, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Reply
      • gud ting

        gud ting wii republikins kin bii hom skoold lyk wii r dun sowt. ger republikins!!!!!!

        December 9, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • Kevin

      Heard President Obama referred to as many things, but never a right wing thug. Guess you do not know President Obama decides this type of thing. Perhaps you should brush up on Government 101.

      December 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • Brittany

      1. We're not sending troops or any american citizens anywhere. IF you read the article clearly it states that they will be using our resources (planes and crew) to send EUROPEAN AND AFRICAN peace keepers on the ground. Nothing about american troops.

      2. You say that its useless but how many times have history shown that there needs to be intervention. There does need to human rights standard that all people should be considerate of. If you knew anything about CAR or African history, you'd known that what the CAR is going through is very similar to Darfur and Rwanda and it could easily turn into that. So while you say that its useless, you also say differently when you see the pictures of starving children and millions of dead innocent bodies. Make up your mind.

      December 9, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Reply
      • Michael

        Who do you think flies those planes? Guards them at these remote locations?

        December 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
      • Brittany

        @Michael They'll have a plane full of armed peacekeepers. In addition the pilots/load masters have guns when they land in war zones. They'll probably be there less than a few hours and they'll probably land at a commercial airport, not some dirt landing strip in the middle of a battle field.

        December 9, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
    • doug

      Obama is a right wing thug???

      December 9, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  4. Peace On Earth

    That probably on the only way to get the French military to take action. This way they cannot run away.

    December 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  5. Maybe

    Maybe they should take a load of those "Ted Cruz Coloring Books" over to the CAR. They'd laugh themselves silly.

    December 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  6. Gator

    I thought the military's mission was to defend the United States.

    December 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Evidently Gator, not anymore. Today, it appears that anywhere a conflict breaks out, the right-wing thugs in Washington worm their way in at the cost of the U.S. taxpayer. This is why we cannot balance the national budget. This ignominy sorely needs to stop!!!

      December 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Reply
      • The Don

        Nutjob patton........the CIC is a democrat left wing lunatic. Get educated before you post.

        December 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
      • Trevor

        Too late, "right wing thugs" is attached to practically everyone of his moronic posts...

        December 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
    • TheStinker

      Where the X did you get that crazy idea?

      December 9, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Reply
    • MickeyOregon

      It is, but perhaps there are natural resources there that China needs.

      December 9, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  7. Brian Smith

    Now then, is there anywhere else on Earth that we can go to kill people? Are we killing as many people as we possibly can now?

    December 9, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      It appears to be the case, Brian. It seems that Barack Obama and his right-wing henchmen in Congress can't possibly get enough blood on their hands. No wonder people call ours a sick society!!!

      December 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  8. Richard

    Get out the mosquito repellent and leach straps boys...yer going to da yungle .

    December 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  9. DC

    Obama should get another Nobel Peace Prize every time he deploys Americans troops to another country – just for kicks and giggles, ya know

    December 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  10. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

    Read the Bible the real truth is in there Open your Eyes and listen to your heart people and America will survive

    December 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • Someguysarerude

      Drop Dead.

      December 9, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  11. abbydelabbey

    Of course, we have plenty of money and resources ... Never mind our infrastructure is falling to pieces - let's keep spending money on military missions - the contractors and military industrial complex will be so happy ...

    December 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  12. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    U.S. military gets NEW Mission....
    Just like NASA ???
    Allahu Arkbar !!!

    Ahhhhhh.... YES
    Fundamental Transformation

    December 9, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  13. TheThinker

    I am profoundly against using our military resources for another nation's civil war.

    We just got done sending DOD workers home on furlough because we couldn't pay them, and now the Administration wants to allocate resources to NoWheresVille, Africa. Sorry, but this idea is pure face-palm.

    Now let me spend a sentence or two on the absolute intellectual hypocricy of the Left: every time a Republican President used military force the Left would scream bloody murder. We stabilized Lebanon, the Left screamed. We liberated Kuwait, a country Iraq invaded for its oil, the Left threw a fit. We bombed Khadaffi and liberated Grenada, and the Left complained inceasantly.
    ... But let a Democrat be President, and not only is the Left silent about Guantanimo, Afghanistan, and drone strikes, but they're going to use American Assets in AFRICA??? The mind profoundly boggles at the stupidity of the act, and the painfully obvious fact that the American Left is a mindless noisemaker.

    December 9, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Reply
    • nostopnever

      Have you forgotten the Korean War? What would have happened if the U.S. had not intervened in their civil war?

      December 9, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Reply
      • TheThinker

        Sorry, but that's apples/thePlanetJupiter.
        Korea was divided by postwar agreement. American forces were present to enforce the peace.
        Troops came from the Soviet sector supplied with more Soviet tanks than America could deal with. A lot more. I can't see that as a civil war at all. It was a stand-up military conflict... really a test conflict between the Soviets and America.

        JFK walked us right into Vietnam's civil war though.

        December 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
      • Someguysarerude

        We might not have Kias?

        December 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm |
      • : D

        40,000 Americans wouldn't have died for nothing.

        December 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm |
    • TheStinker

      Uh, JFK was long gone when Viet Nam was 'escalated'.

      "The war took on a new dimension when on February 7, 1965, United States airplanes began bombing North Vietnamese military targets in retaliation for a terrorist guerrilla raid against the American Camp Holloway air base at Pleiku. On February 18, airplanes manned solely by United States personnel began making direct attacks on the Vietcong in South Vietnam. Previously, South Vietnamese had participated in such missions.

      United States Assumes Major Role

      The war entered another phase in March, 1965, when units of Marines became the first United States combat troops in South Vietnam. They participated in search-and-destroy expeditions against the Vietcong near Da Nang. In April the first North Vietnamese regular units entered South Vietnam.

      United States involvement in the war vastly increased in July, 1965, when President Johnson raised American strength in Vietnam to 125,000 men. While many of these soldiers had a defensive role in guarding the extensive United States military installations, others joined ARVN forces in seeking out the Vietcong.

      Fierce battles took place in late 1965, particularly along the coast near United States bases at Chu Lai and Da Nang and in the central highlands at An Khe and in the Ia Drang Valley. By the end of 1965, there were 181,000 American troops in South Vietnam. Troops were also sent by South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand

      December 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Reply
      • Do you really expect facts

        From t-tards?

        December 9, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
  14. Lewis

    As long as it somehow helps. Too many people are wrapped up in being isolationist, but forget that we are still a major superpower. If we have so much power we have a responsibility to do our best to keep the world order. I was born in a time where we were all over the world, at least trying to save lives. And for the majority of my life we have been at war, this is nothing new to me. My grandfather was a marine, my dad was in the navy, and soon I will be joining the marines. If I have to go overseas to save someone's sorry ass, so be it.

    December 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Reply
    • bdby

      Best of luck to you!
      Just a piece of advice when you get to boot camp. Look upon it as the best time in your life and not something you have to tolerate. You will actually find it much more "enjoyable". Being a former Marine capt in the 70's I showed up in shape and that made it easy for me (you) to endure what you will be put through. Last thing, what ever the drill instructor shouts at you just do it but most important of all don't take anything he says personally.

      Best of luck.

      December 9, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Reply
    • TheThinker

      Sorry, but look around. China is the superpower.

      America still has one good war left in us, but we have no long term strategy. Our children are smart, but they all want to major in business (which does not help our industry), and even the engineering students are just designing nick-nacks and smart phone apps.

      December 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Reply
    • fooltroll

      So go help people. Dont send others to help people, do it yourself you have so much resources and power.

      December 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  15. Bill O'riley

    Who likes democrats.... there a bunch of idiots.

    December 9, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Reply
    • Whacked

      They're

      December 9, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Reply
      • Brittany

        ^ hahahha thank you.

        December 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
    • RC

      who like politicians, they're all crooks

      December 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  16. Justice

    You people are idiots. These wars arent about religion. It's about resources, about power, arrogance, greed, politics, money, and sometimes true injustice. The division of factions along religious lines happens because it is an easy sell to people, versus lets kill them so I can be more rich. Religion disappearing WILL NOT end wars, ANY war. There will always be people who dont like other people, or perceive others to be a threat. There will always be people looking for power grabs. It's human nature. Just like troops of chimps have war with each other. People who think its religion's fault are more naive than people who dont question their religion.

    December 9, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • RC

      I agree to some extent, however, to some extent it is religious....the same strategy we used during the cold war to try and stop communism is the same strategy thats going on here. Yes it is about resources, though, us westerners would be much happier with a judeo christian controlled country as opposed to an islamic one, mainly because they would make better business partners with the west, in turn giving us a better chance at exploiting such resources....its not pretty.....mind you, more people have been killed in the name of god than anything else....

      December 9, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Reply
    • TheThinker

      I wouldn't start out by calling people names, but yes, the masses don't appreciate that it's politicians using the name of religion to further their agenda.

      December 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  17. George patton

    I think U.S. military should aid Central African nations by eliminating al shabab like terrorist groups, bomb their hideouts.

    December 9, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Thank you, Phunnie boy. Spoken like a true, dimwitted, blood thirsty Tea Partier!!!

      December 9, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  18. Fish

    It started with or before Molly Pitcher, the American soldier our greatest ambassadors feeding the starving bringing freedom to all!!! Now I am not a butt kisser but am proud of them all the few, the proud, the unappreciated but the best damn sight in the world for to oppressed!!! Thank God for the American Soldiers everywhere!!!

    December 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  19. J-Man

    I think most US Citizens have no interest in being the world police. You can thank Obama for getting this country involved in several conflicts since taking office. Seems like he is working overtime to upset every single American.

    December 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • Lewis

      And so apparently the 8 years before Obama are forgotten.

      December 9, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  20. hagel is a traitor

    hagel is a traitor

    December 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • J-Man

      I don't know enough about him to either confirm or deny that although I suspect he isn't a "traitor". This action was not his to accept or deny. This went through Obama. So if you are blaming sombody, blame the correct person. The Secretary of Defense works at the pleasure of the President of the United States. Hagel is simply the tool Obama uses to implement his bad policy.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Reply
      • CTYank

        Pretty facile judgement, eh? Would you really rather be seeing the imprint of Rove, Cheney and W? Really? Sometimes you have to gather information, THEN draw conclusions. You've a lot to do to cover the first part.

        December 9, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
  21. Atrypa

    Good investment. Much cheaper to help stabilize a region than to spend billions in future trying to weed out terrorists, etc.

    December 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  22. Chuck

    Why does this not shock me at all

    December 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • Bill O'riley

      lol cause your not an idiot.

      December 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Reply
      • That would be

        you're

        December 9, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
  23. The Man

    Nothing has fundamentally changed in Africa for over 150 years - except European/American intervention. Whether harvesting slaves or colonizing, the "civilized" world can't leave it alone.

    They had their version of a stable tribal civilization long before the Europeans showed up. Stop the food, weapons, etc - let nature repair the damage. It won't be pretty, but it always works.

    December 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  24. The Man

    USA – The World Police - AGAIN !

    December 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • You mean

      You mean still. :)

      December 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Reply
    • Ricksta

      You get a feeling if the USA would just butt out.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Reply
      • Phil in KC

        They would hack each other to death with machetes – after they raped, pillaged and plundered.

        December 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
    • Schmedley

      eh, at least it's the Frenchies with the boots on the ground. We're just flying transport and CAP.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply
      • CTYank

        "Frenchies"? How cute! Why don't you try that on some Legionnaires? Pack some spare undies.

        December 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
      • : D

        Better Frenchies than Yanks and Limeys.

        December 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
  25. Stephen

    Feed the enemy. House the enemy. Care for the enemy. Take treasure from enemy. Kill the enemy.

    Step One: Check

    December 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  26. told you so

    "No, my way is the only right way, everybody has to do things my way!"

    Sums up every religion ever along with every garbage political sentiment also. The world will be waaaaaaay better off the second people learn to MIND THEIR OWN DAMN BUSINESS.

    December 9, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  27. Truth

    We have learned nothing from history.

    December 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  28. rad666

    Have to keep America's war machine active to justify bases overseas.

    December 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  29. Tired of it

    As long as there is no luggage, they should have booked with Delta or Southwest.

    December 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  30. US Puppet State

    How come they don't send the military to quell the violence in Detroit?

    December 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Reply
    • Ralph_in_FL

      They tried sending the National Guard once. It did not turn out well.

      December 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  31. readbetweenthelines

    Reading comments from Americans make you realize how lucky they are,to have nukes,without them the bunch of d/a's wouldn't be around long. Most of the comments on American chat boards sound like they're coming from little kids or well below average I.Q.'s

    December 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Reply
    • billy

      People in general are stupid, regardless of nationality. If you didn't file suit you would know that. I am upset with the mindless numb skulls of the U.S. just as much as you are, and I have shed tears and blood for this country. Military analysts have proven that the U.S cannot be conquered even if the entire military might of the world joined forces due to geographical placement, early warning systems, national pride, natural resources and the lack of any military being able to create or hold a beach head logistically. Also to point out, the U.S policy on nukes is "No first use" nor has the U.S. ever threatened to use nukes as a first response. So to recap, everything you just spouted out is baseless, ignorant nonsense used to relay your hatred for the U.S..... and you speak of IQ?

      December 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • bigdoggie

      As an American, I could not agree with you more! The rest of the civilized world must look at a lot of Americans as if they never grew out of grade-school playground fighting and insults!

      December 9, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • nightwriter

      I'm American, and the vast majority of the Americans I know are intelligent, thoughtful, and kind. The loudest, rudest Americans are the ones who attract the most attention around the world, but we're not all like that. I think these boards tend to attract people who enjoy being belligerent.

      December 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  32. Bill

    Why does my country continue to get involved in the affairs of other countries from a military perspective that cost a lot of money, We could use that money for social programs in our own country taking care of those in poverty and without medical assistance. Our social security funds end up in the pockets of foreignors via the magic wand. Our government owes more than four trillion back to social security and government pensions that it stold from to support foreign wars and conflicts. We should all oppose this action and contact our representatives in DC to stop funding such programs even if the UN sanctions it. If any country is a threat to us right now it is the drug and weapons cartells in Mexico and the US.

    December 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Reply
    • chuckleberry1974

      France is likely footing the bill for the fuel for our planes, as this is a pretty common practice among allies. Further, many of the pilots involved will likely be Reserve pilots getting in their mandatory flying hours. Seriously, this won't cost us much if anything, and doesn't mean we are involving ourselves in others' business. We're helping an ally with some logistics, nothing more.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Reply
      • Brittany

        Agreed. My boyfriend is a reservist C17 pilot and I bet the only expense will be to actually pay the crew. People need to stop seeing the headlines and assuming the worst. They also need to realize that allies do help each other out and we owe a lot to countries that have (such as many european countries) lost their troops (as well as spending billions/millions of their own dollars) in the wars that we've started; the same wars that many people slandering on this wall supported over 10 years ago.

        December 9, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
    • USVet13

      We are just flying troop transports for them. We have lots, they probably don't. Not that big of a deal. Allies ask for help, we help. That is what Allies do. I am quite sure we are getting something out of this. As you point out, nothing is free, and neither is US help in instances like this.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  33. Bill Gannon

    Is anyone else getting tired of young American men and women dying in third world crap holes around the globe or is it just me.

    December 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Reply
    • James Nicolls

      Bill – it isn't just you! Didn't it used to be that a big deal was made when our armed forces went into harm's way? Now it seems like they are really the world's policemen responding to every call, and sometimes even when not called. Ridiculous!

      December 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Reply
      • chuckleberry1974

        They're providing logistical support via the US of American planes as a favor to France who is helping out one of its former colonies.

        December 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
      • USVet13

        It is really only perception that has changed. The US has helped our allies many times over the last 75 years. It only SEEMS like its happening all the time because it's all over internet news.

        December 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
  34. Donald Harper

    Just another deflection from Obamacare. Let Obama put boots on the ground and that will be the nail in his coffin to throw the bum out. We have no business getting involved!!!!

    December 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Reply
    • Drew

      hey…. shut up.

      December 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • TAK

      Says the guy that was first in line to support all of Bush's military misadventures...

      December 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Reply
    • Brittany

      This can't be real...

      December 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  35. Iceman

    Providing transportation should not be a problem. Best to clip these things while they are small.

    December 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Reply
    • mcwreiole

      How does the President send troops ANYWHERE in the world without the explicit permission from Congress?

      December 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Reply
      • TAK

        Um, by being Commander in Chief. It's kind of in the job description.

        December 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
      • Iceman

        Before a war, he is supposed to run it by Congress. This is not only for us. It is simply providing transportation. No big deal.

        December 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
      • chuckleberry1974

        You should take your bias glasses off and really read the article.

        December 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
      • chuckleberry1974

        BTW, that was for the OP

        December 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
      • RC

        war powers act of 1971 or 1970 something is when the POTUS was given the ability to send troops anywhere he wanted for maximum of 100 days without congressional approval – hence the first Gulf War in the 90's also known as the 100 day war

        December 9, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
  36. JD

    ...and how are we (as taxpayers) affording to do this??? I see the U.N. approved intervention, so why don't 'they' pick up the support effort.

    December 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Reply
    • chuckleberry1974

      France will be paying for it. Very common practice among allies. We will bill them for the fuel and other expenses. I've seen this done, it frequently happens.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  37. Random

    Well done Hagel.

    December 9, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  38. Jill Blue

    Why can't we mind our own business?

    December 9, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • Barry G.

      This is business–big business; and, there are enormous natural resources and economic and trade opportunities in Africa. Notice how China is wasting no time getting involved there.

      December 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Reply
      • GetAClue

        I could agree more. They are using the ole Sectarian violence and christians are getting attacked to validate the reasons. THis is strictly about diamonds and other resources........ nothing more. don't believe the lies the military is feeding the media.

        December 9, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
  39. anthony

    The very first picture and caption don't match. They are standing there, not running screaming.

    December 9, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  40. KBW

    We, the people, need to be asked before spending a dime on any more confrontations. Our leaders forgot where they came from.

    December 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • CTYank

      You are only ONE of the people. Have you consulted the rest, or maybe been wasting time listening to Sarah?

      December 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  41. mayhem4u

    Better idea, how about Nick Fury and SHIELD sending Thor, the thunder god, to Central Africa to end the conflict!! The mighty Thor and his hammer, Mjilnor, will soon put an end all confrontation!! Surely Loki put the Muslim Islamists up to this! The hammer of Thor will soon set things right!!

    For Asgard!!

    December 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Reply
    • correction

      Mjolnir

      December 9, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  42. jim

    I didn't read anything that said America was absorbing the cost. You know what they say about assumptions!

    December 9, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • nitrox3058

      True, but every other country understand that they are broke. Not so with our leadership.

      December 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  43. mayhem4u

    We do not need to be providing transportation for France and other countries to send troops to Central Africa!! If they wish to send troops, they can provide their own transport.

    It's just another case of peace loving Muslims killing peace loving Christians. It's another countries' day to be the worlds policeman!! Sorry we're on our coffee break!! We might as well be hated and called racists for refusing to become involved!! It's cheaper that way and we lose NO troops or planes :-P!

    December 9, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • zebra victor

      peace loving Christians instigated and carried through to the end the two costliest (in terms of lives and material) wars fought in the history of man. hint: world wars I and II.

      December 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Reply
      • readbetweenthelines

        D/A

        December 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
      • chuckleberry1974

        Not to mention the Crusades.... and every other Christian war of the last 2000 years

        December 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
  44. amit mishra

    Wow!absolutely amazing and pretty interesting and important issue regarding to central Africa,united states send urgent help to this region to provide military aid to central African region.

    My amazing honey Margaret Brennan CBS news just break the story defense secretary of united states Mr hegal said to give order to send military aid to central African region its urgent action needed on this issue,Margaret with mr hegal to trip of 4 countries,mid-east,

    Margaret mentioned from long time,African region survive form human right and humanitarian,and instability politician condition in this region,we see many heartbreaking story like raped women,killed people and children.

    Margaret also mentioned people survive from poverty,bad economical condition,lack of law security means more crimes and violence mostly due to poverty,people have not enough food,no job to earn money,so robbery,kill people,violence is invited people to do crime,so small groups who have knife,guns killed people.so united states big goal to handle this problem,provide security and make stable this region to secure people.

    December 9, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • Tom E. Ellis

      Hey amit, you moron! It's the United States, and africa!!!!! If muslims are dying, why wouldn't it be considered a good thing!! God Is Great!!!!!!!

      December 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  45. mayhem4u

    We should stay the hell out of this!! If France and other countries want to send troops to Central Africa, well, they can just ferry them there on their own airplanes!!! No matter what we do, the Africans will still hate use and call us racists, so let's be called racist for refusing to become involved!!

    We'll play in the next episode of peace loving Muslims killing peace loving Christians. How's that?? It's someone else's turn be the worlds policeman. We're on our coffee break!!

    December 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Reply
    • Rocky

      You are absolutely correct. We should sit this conflict out, and not waste any money on it either. Let the European countries including France, Belgium, England, Germany, Italy and any other country that had former colonies in Africa that were formed based on European politics take care of this conflict.

      December 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  46. karl from az

    Let's see, we've got money to fly useless 'peacekeepers' around but not for our own troops, right?

    December 9, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • Rocky

      That, as well as no money to repair our infrastructure, provide decent education at affordable prices, provide extended unemployment benefits, provide mental health care for many, etc., etc. This is absolutely pi ssing away money that we are borrowing to stay afloat at home.

      December 9, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
      • KevinP

        If Americans weren't so obsessed with having as much as they can for as cheap as possible we could virtually eliminate the need for unemployment benefits at all.
        – Stop making things in China
        – Start making them here
        – Sure, they'll cost more, but you'll make more in manufacturing than you do in fast food.
        – More jobs, fewer imports, less unemployment, no trade deficit.

        December 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
    • CTYank

      What is "useless" about peacekeepers? In the view of a sane person, of course.

      December 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  47. OnTheRoad

    We will continue to try our hand at "Nation Building" until we get it right or until we have no more young people to give their blood for the cause!

    December 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  48. Pat

    The cost of this should come right out of Obama's pocket.

    December 9, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • TomVIO

      First of all, it wasn't Obama who ordered this urgent mission and secondly, USA is not involving in this, we are just providing the transport, helping France because they asked for it.

      December 9, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  49. amit mishra

    pretty interesting issue,instability is most important factor,

    December 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  50. bob

    when you have to send US troops into another war to deflect away from obamacare, wow. .....wait thats it. ACORN hasnt signed up these CAR people yet. what cha' wanna bet there will be an ACORN rep on the flight?

    December 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • ken

      Chineses Love this kind of comments .
      they are everywher in africa because they know that Africa is the Future.
      Rendez-vous in 10-15years

      December 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Reply
      • bob

        i'll give you that. its true. there definitely is a front building in africa.
        but to the Chinese i say, welcome my my incessant hell. go get ya some. let them deal with the relentless `racism` comments. they'll hear that `the Chinese settled Africa and pushed out the blacks` for the next 300 years.

        geez that's tired.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • CanadianPOV

      If you read the article, no American troops are going. The rest of you comment is just as well informed.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Reply
      • bob

        oh. the article told you that??? humm... interesting. well did the article tell you who was flying, maintaining and securing those aircraft? did the article tell you who was handling the logistics of the americans?

        December 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • chuckleberry1974

      You right-wingers are a trip. It's almost as if you guys get a monthly newsletter with the required talking points, then go all over the internet and repeat it.
      Don't be ridiculous about this, Bob. A) We are not sending troops. B) France will be paying the tab. C) Hagel is a Republican who is doing a favor for an ally who is helping out its former colony. D) You're making a mountain out of a molehill so you could squeeze in another Obamacare comment.
      Try telling the truth: you don't read well, and don't understand what is going on.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  51. rad666

    Vietnam is coming to mind.

    December 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • Tory

      Yeah... The French will get us involved and later call us imperialist and arrogant.

      December 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  52. Deborah

    I pray we don't see US boots on the ground. Obama won't last in office if that happens. People will be calling for his impeachment from the highest rafters.

    December 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • JC

      We already have U.S. special forces on the ground in around half of Africa's countries (search for The Nation article "The US Military's Pivot to Africa" for more details).

      December 9, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • TAK

      Really? Who'll be calling for Obama's impeachment for putting boots on the ground? The same people that were waving the flag and chanting USA! when Bush put boots on the ground in Iraq? The word of the day is "hypocrisy" boys and girls.

      December 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Reply
      • chuckleberry1974

        Love it!

        December 9, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
      • Brittany

        Preach!

        December 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
  53. HUH?

    Give the incompetent liar another Peace prize!

    December 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • boing

      LOL!!! Peace Keepers... WAR is PEACE!

      December 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • chuckleberry1974

      But Bush didn't win a Nobel Peace Prize...

      December 10, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  54. John Rosen

    When are these politicians going to start paying attention to problems in this country instead of getting involved where we do not belong. Let all these wackos kill each. Should they directly threaten us, drop the bomb and end their misery.

    December 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  55. OHTHATSFUNNY

    I like picture 3's caption the French want to show both sides they mean business...... until the bullets start flying... they were useless in Afghanistan they'll be useless in Africa. and yes I dealt with the French in Afghanistan among many other nations.

    December 9, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Reply
    • Jimmy

      Then why would you have a tantrum when they didn't come for help in Irak?
      Try to be consistent at least.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  56. bob

    i'm getting a kick out of the hypocrisy of the lib comments. if a republican were in the white house, all of this NSA spying on US citizens would be blasted. there would be marches, lawsuits, protests, etc. Moving on to this thread.... sending troops to another `war` would be front and center as another example of `american war mongering`. but since Dear Leader is at the helm, its all good.....

    December 9, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Reply
    • chuckleberry1974

      Bob, to my knowledge, the Republican President did start wars...and this President is ending them. You seem confused about this event in Africa and what our role is.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Reply
    • CTYank

      Bob, seems you were napping during W's internal spying episodes. You wouldn't be totally hypocritical, now would you?

      December 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  57. Tim Good

    Yet ANOTHER waste of U.S. taxpayer dollars (at least for the ones that pay their taxes, not the growing amount of parasites). Wake the f*** up America.

    December 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • GreyBeard

      Spoken like a true isolationist.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Reply
      • Tim Good

        GreyBeard - spoken like a true mentally ill liberal. If you feel so strongly about America’s continued “save-the-world-at-the-expense-of-the-taxpayer” efforts, you're welcome to write a large personal check to the U.S. Treasury. (But we both know you won’t.)

        December 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • Paul

      You do realize, of course, that EVERY ONE OF THOSE PILOTS have to get a certain amount of ACTUAL flight time, to avoid LOSING THEIR LICENSES!!! Military members are subject to some of the same, and some even stricter regulations on flight times, and types of flights (night/instrument only/etc).
      Practice flights do not always count towards federal aviation requirements to maintain a pilots credentials. Since they have to be flying anyways, and we have the pilots and the equipment to fly them there, then why the hell not.

      Any sane rational person KNOWS we are not footing the bill for this. No, we are not getting a profit to do it either, but in the long run, it works out for everyone.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Reply
      • bob

        Um?? what?? the parts of that which where coherent were incorrect.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
      • bob

        or simply stupid

        December 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
      • Paul

        Really bob,

        Care to correct my so-called inaccuracies?

        Oh, right, you can't.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
      • bob

        you are seriously saying that this is good because our pilots need flight time????? that the stick time there is better than elsewhere?????? oh and then to indignantly state that we are not paying for this?????? you are a fool and you'll get no more of my time.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
      • chuckleberry1974

        Bob, Paul is correct on this. You should change your name to "uninformed Boob"

        December 9, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
    • Matt

      USA = Too big to fail.

      so we'll borrow more money with no intent on paying it back to save another cuontry that doesnt want us there. Time for the UN to pay for our services or we dont go anymore.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Reply
    • Random

      isolationism doesnt work when someone actively tries to kill you / control you. If all we had to do to make gihadist disappear was mind our own business Id be all for it.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • minstorms1

      I agree with the parasites but I guess you are not referring to the real problem:

      For the rich:
      Give them tax breaks
      Give them bonuses even if the bankrupt a company or move jobs overseas
      Give them stock options
      Give them perks, goodies and privilege

      For the poor
      Take away their food stamps

      December 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  58. SCPO USNRET

    I just read yesterday the the DOD is comtemplating reducing military retirements, charge copays for retirees, and are closing commissaries. Now folks who did not participate in the military cannot understand what this means, but to me and other active duty and military retirees it means a lot. The point is, if Obama can spend money flying other countries's troops around, he sure as hell can leave jour retirement the way it is. I wish he would go there and stay there.

    December 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • jpek

      I understand your frustration and respect your service. I will say what you are encountering (increase in medical expenses, elimination of pensions, rising food costs) is no different than what we are all experiencing. Folks who work for the government are just 10-20 years behind the rest of the nation. We are all enduring worsening benefits and higher expenses....well except the super wealthy...

      December 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • Welfare Warrior

      Jesus christ thousands of people are being butchered for their religious convictions and you're complaining that the United States has decided to take a minimal role in the loss of human life because future military retirees won't enjoy the same benefits you do?

      December 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • Robert Constant

      One word explains it: SEQUESTER. If you talk to your Tea Party Friends you will find out that your SOCIALIST PENSIONS are bleeding the country white.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • dondiego

      Congress allocates the funds for military retirees' benefits, not the President.

      December 9, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  59. t2vodka

    Hope the French and African troops can resolve this issue. I don't mind the USA flying them in, I just hope we don't send any ground troops or participate in killing.

    December 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  60. Frank

    They are flying armed soldiers into battle with "ISLAM" Thats the bottom line. Ya know. The war Obama says we will never be in. We have been at war with ISLAM since ISLAM'S inception! The only way the war will ever end is to shut down ISLAM from all nations. Ban it!

    And Yes, We are at war with ISLAM!

    December 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • Noel Farkingweigh

      Agreed! As long as we also go to war against Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Wiccans and every other religion in the process. Kill em all, let God sort em... wait, there is no god, that's THE POINT! Maybe another 1000 years humanity will grow out of these fables and myths. :P

      December 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • Robert Constant

      You must be a Christian Fundamentalist. If you are not you should consider joining.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  61. AC360

    Why in the heck r we helping the africans again... they hate us.

    December 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • ken

      Because if we don't Chinese will.
      and Rendez-vous in 20 years

      December 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • Robert Constant

      No NO. It is the Eskimos that hate us. Don't you read your Bible!

      December 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • Joseph

      Yes we Africans hate you because of all the insensitive and derogatory comments you guys make about our continent on daily basis. we read your comments on african stories and know the kind of people we are dealing with. Chinese are better, atleast they talk less

      December 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Reply
      • AC360

        Democrats suck!!!!!

        December 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
      • Bill O'riley

        exuse me joseph no one was talking to you!

        December 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
  62. watergirl

    Why now? Why not when Congo and Uganda needed us? The human travesty there was unrivaled anywhere.

    December 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  63. FM

    was this linked to drudge or something? So many angry crazy people...

    December 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • Robert Constant

      They can't help it. They are Tea Party Republicans. That is what happens to you when you eat the things you run over in the road and are the product of an extremely inbred gene pool.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  64. Bill Davis

    Sounds like another religious war, Lat time Obama voted present,

    This time he just needs a distraction.

    December 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • Brittany

      I have no idea what you were attempting to say...

      December 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  65. whizzercommando

    gotdayum it...Obozo has to coddle the neegroes yet again!!!

    December 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • Robert Constant

      Here is another prime example of a brain dead Tea Party racist. These people can count to 21 ( at least the men) once a year when they take a shower. They worship money and Rush Limbaugh and everybody they know is a relative in an extremely limited gene pool. You see the Republican Southern Strategy at work. Pathetic!

      December 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Reply
      • cajr

        Obama should be killing the muslim freaks but he wants to help them

        December 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
  66. donan54

    Well of course Oshama's gotta protect his muslim buddies! This will get swept under the carpet while the American idiots try to figure out what Michelle's wearing to Mandela's funeral!

    December 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  67. Mary Kaye

    Why don't they use their own equipment?

    December 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • GreyBeard

      Because we spend 10x more money on our military than every other country combined. That's why we have the equipment to do everything in the world and other countries don't. Yet, if we stop spending on the military then people will complain because we're not safe (in their eyes I guess).

      December 9, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  68. pkfops01

    Africa is where the US will fight the Chinese.

    Research Chinese involvement and interests in African countries.

    It's all about the mineral / metals trade.

    December 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  69. KEVIN

    Actually this will be successful in stopping the violence in short order. But the peace usually doesn't last too long

    December 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  70. Sharky66

    LOL Swell, Vietnam rehash YET AGAIN.

    So more money being spent and wasted. Wonder what taxes will pop up next for this. Doubt this will be some sort of aid and "peacekeeping" effort.

    I thought Obama was tired of wars and lambasted Bush for the extended war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now he is gunning for central Africa. What a guy. Flubbed up in Libya taking out Qaddafi. Messed up in Egypt supporting Morsi.

    Bravo Obama you surely have no idea what you are doing.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • MagicB

      Please.. We spend more on training exercises then our involvement in this little kerfuffle. Remember one of Clintons' biggest regrets was not preventing genocide in Rwanda.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Reply
      • Sharky66

        Please have a good hard long look at our national debt that is going up exponentially NOT down. Then explain to me how the plethora of money we supposedly have laying around to deal with this, when quite frankly this will not be some quick peacekeeping mission. I will bet you anything things will get worse and we will be dragged in.

        Yeah Rwanda was bad, but what are we supposed to do, go and police the world and tell tribes what not to do and discipline them. We are not the world police period. People die every single day. We cannot even get Chicago, a city in our own country to stop with the mass murder and violence what the heck makes you think we can get religious factions in Africa to stop?

        Africa is having serious problems. Somalia is gone that will never be repaired. Nigeria is suffering. Sudan is suffering. Central Africa suffering. Egypt is still messed up. Libya is messed up. Kenya is having to deal with Somalia. The top half of Africa is being taking over by Muslims, the bottom half still Christian or not as taken over by Muslims. What the heck do you really think we can even do?

        The US learned to fight England in the Revolutionary War so we could be independent. Yes the French helped us, but we fought to win and we did. Africa is made up of 54 countries, there are possibly up to 3,000 maybe more tribes in Africa, how are they all supposed to supposedly get along, not including the religious factions as well, given Muslims and Christians will never get along.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
  71. nonyabidnes2

    We have no business being involved in another dispute. Haven't we learned our lesson yet? I imagine a world without war...

    December 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • Sharky66

      That will only happen when humans are extinct.

      December 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  72. Cuellon

    Why don't we send our troops into Detroit and New Orleans instead?

    December 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • Sharky66

      How about Chicago, murder capital of the US.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  73. DW

    Mandela isn't even dead for 2 days and we begin a new invasion

    December 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  74. John G

    Christians v Muslims yet again. When will the world get out of the 17th century and ditch this kind of crap. In another hundred years, God willing, there won't be any such thing as religion anyway. Yes, Sheldon Cooper, that was sarcasm.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  75. DW

    Its a great thing that we have extra money around for these kinds of things!

    December 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  76. OMG

    African Conflict? – I guess Obama is catering to the needy....

    December 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  77. d

    ..its simple..the French are recolonizing and need support...when they 'quell' the so called 'rebels' then they can gorge themselves on CAR's resources minerals etc...its another French colony endorsed by the US...Thanks again guys

    December 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  78. coffeecoolers

    Regarding Posts on forum...The Ignorance of the American public – laughable

    December 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  79. MariAnn

    Why is it that the US believes it is so damned important that "we" help out other countries fly in troops? Isn't this another waste of taxpayer money? We spend billions upon billions helping others when we should be helping those in the US that truly need help. Keep our troops and our tax dollars at home where they are needed the most. We don't need to be "Big Brother" to everyone!

    December 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • Wow

      It's practice for when they need to come home to enforce our own governments wishes.

      December 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Reply
    • Steve Correira

      Agreed!! These contries should be flipping the bill for this service.

      December 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • Anon

      Blah Blah Blah./... stop thinking about yourself for a change. There are people in the C.A.R. that need help. Get off your high horse.

      December 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Reply
      • shutup

        SCREW AFRICA. Tell Europe and the rest of the world to get off its high horse and do something for a change!!!!

        December 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
      • dondiego

        @shutup: Re-read the article. It's the French that are sending in the ground troops and doing the heavy lifting.

        December 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
  80. GH

    Interesting. Reading these comments, I don't recall having read or heard this same vitriol when Bush announced we were invading Iraq following 9/11. And why aren't there here the usually predictable indignant comments from American Christians protesting attacks upon their own religious kind? Probably because this issue involves Africans (blacks) and Muslims, neither of whom are very well tolerated in the U.S. these days.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • OMG

      Get a life – Bush?

      December 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • lesliee

      The ignorant, racist and hateful are too afraid to respond to your logic and perceptiveness.

      December 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Reply
      • Sharky66

        No, the racist is sending troops to Central Africa.

        Hateful? LOL I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO sure you supported Bush and Iraq now didn't you.

        No one is afraid to answer.

        You want a bloody answer here it is. WE DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY!!!!!!! This is a religious battle going on that has NOTHING to do with the US period. But I guess you would like a repeat of Vietnam and the 1994 Rwanda now wouldn't you. We did such a bloody bang up job there now didn't we.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
      • bob

        racists. ha. resorting to name calling. but its ironic the name that you chose to throw. coming from a lib that is infested with rampant racism. an administration that is supported by a black church that swept aside their very religion to vote black because its black. truly funny.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • Cuellon

      One of the dumbest comments of the year. I hope you at least make some kind of a top 10 list!

      December 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • Fed up Vet

      Really? We have a black president and regardless of how people feel about the job he is doing the American people put him there, twice. Against their own kind? Your hate and ignorance is truly something to behold. You talk about prejudice and yet you highlight yours. Nothing but regurgitated hate propaganda.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Reply
      • SCPO USNRET

        No....the people who put Obama back in office were the 41 percent who get freebies from Obama and the Democrats. Note the MAJORITY of the voters did not put him there. Oh, those that voted 8 times also added to his votes. Remember, he is half white, so don't start the racist crap, or I might also.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
      • bob

        "the people put him there"?? really??? well lets see, take out the racist blacks that vote black because its black, take out the criminals that voted multiple times, take out the dead uncles/cats/dogs that voted..... take out the vote buying (giving taxpayer $$ to illegals, obama phones, etc) that leaves?.....

        you idiots successfully carried out the biggest coup in history. the funny thing is that you are stuck with the crappy outcome as much as the rest of us.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
      • Jed Clampett

        SCPO USNRET...... "don't start the racist crap or I might have to also." You're racist stripes are already on, bright and center.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • Sharky66

      It is fantastically AMAZING how you think you outright remember completely what was said on this forum in 2003 10 years ago. Gosh darn that is SOOOO impressive of you with that kind of memory.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Reply
      • Fed up Vet

        To SCPO USNRET, I am not an Obama supporter. My point is America is not a racist country. Racism will always exist and the fact that we have a half breed in your words goes to show we have come a long way since he is not a white christian american. The ills you speak of are true but we are just as responsible as a people. We elect the same old people into office after they have time and again shown they don't have the people's interests. My point Senior is just that, America is not a state sponsored prejudice nation. Everything else is that, everything else.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
  81. Huh?

    The French can't fly their own troops in?

    December 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Reply
    • Wow

      muwahahaaaaa....the French...really?...oh...that's priceless.

      December 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • Mike in NYC

      The French airforce is only good for flying its troops OUT during a retreat.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  82. dajowi

    Sounds like Obama is starting his own little war in Africa. Maybe there will be some way he can blame this on Bush and not take responsibility. More tax dollars wasted.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Reply
    • Keith

      It's a DARKIE thing. White folk don't understand....

      December 9, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Reply
      • John

        I've always said it: The worst of the worst post in these comment sections. You are living proof of that. And dajowi is the other type: the most ignorant of the ignorant.

        December 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
      • bill depp

        Spoken like a true racist. When's your next tea Party rally?

        December 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
      • Rob Allen

        No, it's a HUMAN thing, something you apparently know nothing about.

        December 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
      • sickos

        feel so sorry for you. How do you carry on in life everyday with so much hate? you must be one miserable soul!

        December 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • bill depp

      Spoken like a typical dumb Teabagger. Humanitarian means just that. This isn't a war caused by lies like Iraq. Didn't hear the Cons complaining about Tax payers dollars then did we? It is amazing how much hypocrisy we see from the Right.

      December 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Reply
      • OMG

        You are an Obama-bagger.....

        December 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
      • sickos

        I always wondered were all the tea bagger obama hating racists pigs went to after he beat their behinds last november. I finally found them, they're hiding behind their computer screans after that trouncing. No more tea party rallies..hahaha. The man whipped your a$$ and all you can do is now have your little tea bagger ralies on message boards. Got news for you all..be prepared for another a$$ whipping in 2016...its coming baby.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
      • Sharky66

        LMAO Yeah ya know Kennedy sent people to Vietnam for "humanitarian needs" and look what happened there. BRAVO.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
      • Sharky66

        @sickos–

        Your Dictator is a real gem of a guy.

        So what,. he lied his behind off to win the election. Post election his numbers are taking an extreme nosedive. LOL. Too many people drank the kool-aid.

        Bahahaha the ONLY thing you people can even scream is racist when you have ZERO argument. Look at you, going back to the elections to try and make an excuse and bang them awesome rejoice the Dictator drums. If you are white I am betting you suffer from some extreme white guilt.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Rob Allen

      Starting? Do a little research, more than a million people have already been killed in this war. Talk to some people from the area and they will tell you some shocking truths about their families being slaughtered and of the corruption and exploitation of the natural resources there by neighboring countries and big business interests. Truly tragic situation that needs the world's attention.

      December 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • watergirl

      Always laughable rhetoric from the right when they forget that Bush spent 3 years just denying that the economy was taking a nose dive.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Reply
      • Sharky66

        Hilarious from the left that Obamacare you can keep your doctor and your healthplan and it will not cost more.

        LOL.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
  83. bob

    to borrow from the bush/cheney bashers....
    what is the endgame to obama's latest war? why are we doing this? how long will we be there? how does this affect me? where is the evidence? its obvious that we only want their dirt (oil). Obama doesnt care about the working class! its the blue collar aircraft crewchiefs that will suffer not the elite Washington crowd. where is the coalition? the UN vote? "if you like your Central African Republic, you can keep your Central African Republic"

    December 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Reply
    • bill depp

      Poor Bob, he seems a bit delusional. The UN voted for this, why don't you read the resolution as your ignorance is showing. We do not want another Rwanda do we?

      December 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Reply
      • Rob Allen

        More innocent people have already been killed in the CAR than in Rwanda and the situation is getting more dire.

        December 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
      • bob

        read the resolution. it authorizes FRENCH and AFRICAN forces to take action. your boy interjected himself (er' uh' the USA) again.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
      • Sharky66

        So people dying under Saddam is good, people dying in C.A.R. is bad. WOW amazing

        December 9, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
      • bob

        sharky, its ALL bad. der'. whats amazing is that `its ok` when the libs act on it. but when republicans did the same thing, "oh holly hell! war mongering republicans"

        December 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
  84. Jenn

    Why the heck can't they foot their own bill? Let their own taxpayers send in their own "peacekeepers" and let the U.S. fly in its own. All the U.S. is good for in Africa is for continuing financial aid. For a country that is in constant chaos and turmoil, this is one place the U.S. can really satisfy the hippies out there who want us to stay out of other countries by staying out of this hotbed of mess.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  85. Jeremy C.

    Those that are not willing to help others, do not deserve help themselves.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Reply
    • SCPO USNRET

      I'm sorry, but who has ever HELPED the U.S.?

      December 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Reply
      • Muzak

        The French did, in the American Revolutionary War.
        To start...

        December 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
      • Huh?

        Google the Iraq Invasion for a list of 50 odd counties that contributed. Plus we also have a dozen or so allies helping in Afghanistan. Also, last I heard we had a combined fleet operations with the Canadians, Indians, UK< netherlands, Australians. etc. combating piracy off the Horn of Africa.

        December 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
  86. seoras

    When American pilots are killed by one of the factions there, what will our response be? I doubt it will be Nothing.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  87. Jerry Okamura

    Do these countries have no military cargo aircraft?

    December 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Reply
    • bill depp

      We are a permanent member of the UN, would you rather have troops on the ground or another Rwanda on our hands?

      December 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Reply
      • Sharky66

        How about Vietnam. Is that better?

        December 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
  88. t

    WHAT A WASTE

    December 9, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  89. Jason

    These are the cons of being the world power and being the lone sherrif of the world.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
    • RT Colorado

      This isn't a consequence of being the lone superpower/sheriff. It's about helping out the French and the UN. Why we would help the UN is beyond me, but the French have helped us out in Afghanistan (and other places) and they've been pretty good allies of late. The French have done most of the "heavy lifting" in Africa and if we can help them out, it's no skin off our noses. I would not support a move to put additional ground forces into Africa, but in support of our alliances with our NATO partners, a little air lift support isn't too much to ask. If the Department of State can afford million dollar artwork, we should be able to afford to help the French out, Right?

      December 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  90. Libdumb

    Who is paying for this? Oh yea the supreme racist says all those that are working and trying to support their families will pay and pay more. Hope they put him on a plane.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  91. Boo

    Great....now we can start to worry about head case terrorism from these places. When is this country going to learn and STOP INTEFERING around the world?

    December 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • USvet13

      Hi there! We were asked to help by fellow UN African peacekeepers. We are not INTERFEARING AROUND THE WORLD.

      December 9, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
      • WhyCanYouNotThink?

        We were asked to interfere, we could have said no. They could always ask North Korea for help. Or China. Heck, China is on the UN Security Council.

        December 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
    • Bill Smells

      Yeah, let's stick to what we know, screwing up everyone's healthcare instead!

      December 9, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  92. Skylar123

    We are involved in this because there can potentially be genocide.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • Rob Allen

      Potentially? It as already far beyond that. Truly tragic.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • Sharky66

      Or a Vietnam repeat.

      But hey if you think we can solve, what 54 other countries cannot, meaning African countries, and can solve the problems between religious factions, AND 3,000 plus or minus tribes in Africa that will probably have disputes then wow you are amazing.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  93. Guest

    I thought the liar in chief was supposed to be bringing our troops home.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • USvet13

      Read article...... The only thing we are loaning are Aircraft and pilots. Both of which are coming back.

      December 9, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Reply
      • Sharky66

        Are you sure they are coming back? That was supposedly something we all thought regarding the Consulate in Benghazi too.

        By the way did you know in 2011 Obama sent troops, 100, to Uganda, what happened to them?

        December 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
  94. Bo

    When is Obama going to start caring about America as much as he does his buddies in the Congo?

    December 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • lesliee

      Well. That's undisguisedly racist. Good to know where you stand.

      December 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Reply
      • Sharky66

        Oh there is it, the ONLY argument you can come up with. ANYONE speaking negatively about the wonderful Dictator MUST be racist.

        So I bet you hated Bush, if so you are racist.

        Oh your white guilt is priceless.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • curtis

      Bo

      When is Obama going to start caring about America as much as he does his buddies in the Congo? BO, according to your statement, the Health Reform Law was about giving the people of the Congo Health Insurance because the President does not are about the American People.

      December 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  95. dalene44

    Why? Why are we risking more lives and blowing more tax money? Who are we arming and "helping" now?

    December 9, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Reply
    • Bill Smells

      I said the same thing about ObamaCare!

      December 9, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • kiwisepp

      France and AU, you just need to read this short article

      December 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  96. wheels

    when the world calls send it voicemail...everyone acts like they hate us anyway...lets say F you world. solve your own damn problems

    December 9, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  97. Joe

    Waste of our tax dollars.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      France has no more military air transport?

      December 9, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Reply
      • LZ

        we have the aircraft sitting nearby, and the French asked for our help in moving troops (mostly Burundian troops).Why not help?

        December 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
  98. J-Man

    Why are the US Taxpayers footing this bill? Why can't the French fly in thier own troops? The US has been looked at for far too long as the world piggy bank. It is long past time to start to think in the best interest of the US taxpayer. I think 90% of all aid should be stopped at least until a time that we pay off the national debt and have "extra" money.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Reply
    • USvet13

      Everyone here does know that we are part of the UN right? Unlike a lot of our useless UN "allies" we have the capability for mass troop transport. So what. I am quite sure we are getting concessions out of this. We do very little for "free". There is always a time in the future when we can ask France for a "favor" in return.

      December 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • Brian

      Focusing on the negative?? What about the vast majority of Sub-Saharan African's who look at America, and see the epitome of hope?? I encourage you to travel there, and discover for yourself.. Unfortunately the concept of being poor, has a whole new picture, when you have seen it with your own eyes!!

      December 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      I think if the US stops offering to fill the role of World Police, then people will stop looking to us to do it.

      Remember, we spend more on our military than the next 3 or 4 countries combined. If YOU tell your congressman to stop spending money on the military, then maybe the US will stop using the military they have.

      December 9, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  99. Dave

    A waste of money and putting American lives in jeopardy for no good reason. Africa always has been in chaos and always will be.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Reply
    • J-Man

      Agreed. No reason for the US taxpayer to put good money for bad.

      December 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Just a thought

      This is a way for the US to monitor Henry Kissenger's goal set in the 70"s for controlling world population growth. Starting in Sub-Saharra Africa?

      December 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • JlL Taylor

      The US. should have never involved itself in the middle east or Europe because the people have always been
      in some kind of conflict with one another. They are so uncivilized when considering matters of war and peace.
      May God help them all.

      December 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Reply
      • Jimmy

        And you are sooooo civilized...
        May god forgive you.

        December 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
  100. Random

    The only way this can be effective is to respond to the 'uprisings' (read gihad) as a world community. The responses need to be precise and fast. Once it gets 'bad enough' to justify the intervention it is too late. It has to be stomped out before it starts. It is a game of hot potato , a country has turmoil, and they push till they take control or till an appropriate response is issued and they send fighters elsewhere as soon as who ever responds deploys. Effectively we need a collaborative SWAT / anti terrorist team. A fast response team made of all free nations. Then designate a legal route to protest that does not lead to power exchanges to gihadist and crush anything , anywhere that falls outside those guidelines. This is what it will take.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • Huh?

      The Justice League!

      December 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • Recidivist

      The Feast of Stephen.

      December 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Reply
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