U.S. officials cite challenges to capturing Joseph Kony
A file picture taken on November 12, 2006 of LRA leader Joseph Kony answering journalists' questions at Ri-Kwamba, in Southern Sudan.
April 24th, 2012
10:09 PM ET

U.S. officials cite challenges to capturing Joseph Kony

By Jamie Crawford

Capturing and bringing to justice the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, a group terrorizing a large portion of central Africa, will be a challenge, officials from the Obama administration told a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday.

Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on African affairs, officials on Tuesday said the task of stopping Joseph Kony is complicated by the region's vast and inhospitable terrain, along with the difficulty of coordinating the efforts of four partner nations' armies and gathering and sharing intelligence.

"Ending the LRA threat is not an easy mission," said Donald Yamamoto, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs. "The LRA operates in very small groups across vast territories, roughly the size of California and very heavily forested."

Since being pushed out of its previous stronghold in Northern Uganda in 2006, Kony and his lieutenants have been accused of continuing their abduction of children to serve as LRA soldiers in a campaign of rape, torture and murder across central Africa.

The LRA gained worldwide notoriety earlier this year when a video about the group went viral on the Internet.

On Monday, President Barack Obama announced that approximately 100 military advisers - mostly special forces - would continue their efforts in the region to assist in the hunt for Kony, after the National Security Counsel reviewed the mission, which began in October 2011.

The U.S. military is working, in a mostly advisory role, with forces from Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, with the collective goal of capturing Kony and taking down the LRA.

On Tuesday, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Amanda Dory told the Senate subcommittee that another challenge is managing expectations "on how quickly we'll succeed" in the operation, given all the variables.

U.S. military advisers in the region are assisting their partners to improve their effectiveness, the officials said.

The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012 authorizes $35 million to provide for enhanced support, supplies and services for partner militaries searching for Kony.

Small teams of U.S. advisers are working with the Ugandan military in known LRA areas of the Central African Republic and South Sudan to set up operations centers to allow for daily coordination, information sharing and tactical coordination, the senators were told.

U.S. teams are also working with the U.N. mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo to connect the intelligence gathered by the mission in order to increase cross-border analysis and regional coordination on LRA movements.

"We believe our support is helping the partner forces to improve their operations, but they continue to face significant challenges in terms of their capabilities to quickly pursue LRA groups across this vast region," Dory said.

Efforts to establish an "integrated military force that can coordinate and cooperate is going to be tough," Yamamoto added.

The officials on the panel also praised the African Union's recent naming of a special envoy focused on the LRA issue.

Earl Gast, a senior official with the U.S. Agency for International Development, told the subcommittee that LRA violence has displaced hundreds of thousands of people. The U.S. government, Gast said, is coordinating efforts to reduce vulnerability to the LRA through programs such as the distribution of radios to warn neighboring communities of current LRA movements.

The officials and senators seemed to agree that human intelligence about Kony's movements, along with defections from his ranks, will play a pivotal role in his eventual capture.

"The defectors are a key part of the information picture," Dory said.

Yamamoto praised legislation sponsored by Sens. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, and Chris Coons, D-Delaware, that would expand the authority of the State Department's War Crimes Rewards program.

Two survivors of Kony's terror also spoke, giving emotional testimony about LRA atrocities.

Jacob Acaye, an LRA abductee at age 12 who saw his brother killed by Kony's forces, told the committee he was using the education he has received since his escape from captivity to eventually become a human rights lawyer.

"I'm calling upon the world to come up and join the youth who are advocating for the end of this war," he said.

Jolly Okot, another former abductee who is now an official with a nongovernmental organization, said, "I think the coming together of everyone around the world and focusing on this one man and bringing him out will also in the future cause fear to other people who might think they should stand up and rise and terrorize people."

Kony is often "underrated" as a leader, according to a 2011 Jane's report on the group. Kony has claimed to be possessed by spirits who dictate the group's strategy. Jane's notes that the tactic has served him well, enabling him to speak to followers who have mixed beliefs. By his portrayal as a medium with supernatural abilities, his authority becomes harder to question within the ranks.

The Lord's Resistance Army is sophisticated and less like the ragtag group of fighters it is sometimes portrayed as, Jane's says. It has benefited from the military experience of former Ugandan military officers and years of combat in Sudan.

International aid convoys and nongovernmental organizations operating in the region have been threatened by the group, according to numerous reports.

Last year, the State Department said, "Since 2008 alone, the LRA has killed more than 2,400 people and abducted more than 3,400. The United Nations estimates that over 380,000 people are displaced across the region because of LRA activity."

Kony says he is a prophet sent from God to replace the Ugandan government with a democracy based on the Ten Commandments.

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  1. Saeedeh

    Why ? Cos , They cannot get any benefit from that . This country don't have "OIL" or other shit . so why they have to put effort to capture him ?!!

    April 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  2. USJournalist

    The United States should not be some rogue world police..we should not police the world at all. The US has far too many issues at home to deal with as it is.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • Jason Rivera

      I'm sorry I wasnt aware that people dying had no interest to you at all. Maybe you should actually look into it and then make a decision as to whether the U.S. should be involved or not. Kids dying whether it's in the United States or Uganda is an issue not just for the U.S. but every nation around the world

      April 27, 2012 at 8:51 am | Reply
      • anon

        It's not just that. It's utilitarianism. Why should the USA have to police and help everyone? We have to take a few breaks too. There are people who are dying here because they can't afford to pay for medical prodcedures. Life expectency is much biger here than there. It only makes sense to help the people who could live longer only if they had money.

        April 27, 2012 at 9:10 am |
  3. Alex

    Who cares about Kony!!!! Im pretty sure there are terriosts out there who are more dangerous

    April 26, 2012 at 10:05 am | Reply
    • dick

      who gives a fuck about this stupid fucking pourch monkey

      April 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
      • dick

        fuck all the niggers in the world go KKK

        April 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
      • Africa

        May God have mercy on your soul!!!!!

        April 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
      • Africa

        At least you know what you are,Which is a Dick

        April 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
      • Mr. RIght

        Fuck you racist BITCH. Thats why your a dick asshole. AND you dont get any girls FUCKIN VIRGIN.!

        April 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • 4444444k

      KONY kiddnaps kids and tells them to kill his parents. oh yeah kony rapes the kids to

      April 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  4. Isaac

    The United States wont catch Kony by the end of this year for one simple reason. Its an election year

    April 26, 2012 at 9:15 am | Reply
  5. dallas tx

    death to kony

    April 26, 2012 at 2:25 am | Reply
  6. dallas tx

    every one on this blog forgot about the children suffering not about politics and obama and all this other bs suport the kids

    April 26, 2012 at 2:14 am | Reply
  7. NoBama

    Why can't U.S. capture Kony? LOL. First of all, they don't have oil there, secondly, Obama is only interested in middle eastern countries like Libya, Iran and Syria. And it's up to Israel when to go on the war with Iran and Syria. It is what it is, Obama is a true slave to Israel. 🙂

    April 26, 2012 at 1:37 am | Reply
  8. Ben Komla

    Some are benefiting from the Chaos of Africa because when there a establised govement and policies are in place they they will not benefits.The corporations that sponsor the politicians are operating there if the US want to get Kony it will be a minutes. But are really benefiting but there is time for eveything.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:02 am | Reply
  9. blono

    I am sorry, but I could really give a rat's @ss about Kony. Why? I am trying to figure out how to play catch up with my bills to prevent from losing my house (from when my husband lost his job 2 years ago). Why can't we focus what is going on in this country? Why don't the people of Africa have it within themselves to stop this guy?

    April 26, 2012 at 12:39 am | Reply
    • dallas tx

      2 years tell hes axx to get up sell hes axx

      April 26, 2012 at 2:16 am | Reply
      • Randy

        Your post makes absolutely no sense. Anyway, on to my real post- I initially questioned the 'Kony movement' in the US as another Occupy debacle, vague and idealistic. However, it appears that the squeaky wheel has gotten the attention of the administration, and it also appears that people directly affected by Kony approve of and are appreciative the US support. That's all I ask to validate the effort.

        April 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  10. THeBaDdESTmOfO

    why does america have to get involved with everything :/

    April 26, 2012 at 12:32 am | Reply
    • because

      US is the most powerful country that could DO SOMETHING about it

      April 26, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
    • danielfhc

      Are you serious? Many countries blame the U.S. for many things, yet ask for help when things go bad. America is blamed for their greed, yet have you noticed that "few" make decisions for "all" of us? American citizens care a lot about humanity, and Kony violates humanity. He should be stopped, just like Saddam was. Terrorists don't belong in our world. <–That's why our country gets involved.

      April 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • Mr. RIght

      Why do you have such of a dumb ass name.?

      April 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  11. Michael Rae

    Yeah the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The only thing democratic is how the crocodiles eat you , the flies harras you , the bees swarm you, the sun scorches you, then after all that you have to compete with crocs for water then you have Kony tying to kill you after all the other creatures have there shot. Then you have the college boys wanting money to catch Kony and its the dry season now with temps over 100 daily. I guess what gets me is that folks are dying in the usa because of no food , lack of medical care then you have folks saying that america is the police of the world. At least with Kony you know his going to kill you no doubt. I dont watch reality shows but i would watch folks trying to catch Kony in the bush with the occasional croc eating somone. finally, how in the world is someone named Yamamoto the african liason from the state department?

    April 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
    • ,,,,,,,,,

      You truly are a load your inbred whore of a mother should have swallowed.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Reply
      • Mr. RIght

        ^HAHA^ too funny *LIKE*

        April 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • HappYafricans!!

      @ Micheal Rae... what an epic American Moron's view of DRC, I never cease to get amazed at just how far up their asses some Americans seem to have their heads... FYI! we are perfectly happy in our croc infested jungle, only running along (purely for the easy buck btw)with the deluded uninvited and smug yankees that think they know everything about what is good/best for us! oh, and for a little education for you (and all the rest of you yappers on about DRC/CAR "not being worth a shit")... the Albertine Graben has freshly dicovered vast oil deposits... the Chinese beat you to the negotiating table... what better way for the U.S to get a foot in the door than to drum up tales of a non-existent "war"...

      April 27, 2012 at 2:50 am | Reply
  12. Mark

    Same reason it took 9 years to get Osama. He's one man in a world with over 6 billion people. Contrary to the conspiracy nuts, the U.S. government isn't all powerful. Duh.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply
    • Anthony4576

      7 billion now.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  13. ,,,,,,,,,

    Well, well, well........Americans actually giving a shit about the black man.

    Everywhere but America, that is.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • white man

      maybe black men should start giving a shit about the black man for a change.. change.. hope and change.. oh never mind. for some change would probably make more sense.. or cents.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:07 am | Reply
  14. Hi there

    There are much bigger problems in the world then this Kony Business. How much do you want to bet this whole thing is a scam and the more we donate the more we make this crazy man who ran out in the middle of the street naked rich. I think there should be more focus on trying to help people in Syria. I am not saying Kony isn't important but what is the actual chance Kony is still alive?

    April 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      Kony has been dead since 2008, this is all a cover by the United States Goverment

      April 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  15. Karl

    I have a feeling that the even mentions of Kony from the Obama administration is purely a political move, the whole Kony 2012 campaign was simply a profit maker under the guise of a charitable organization and they simply needed an enemy to push that charitable cause. Course now it's got so much publicity that rallying against said enemy could be seen as a good marketing/political move when there are far worse and currently active threats out there.

    April 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Reply
    • Phil

      you know that Obama sent the troops to hunt down Kony before the Kony 2012 movement right?

      April 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Reply
      • johnP

        Phil: I too had seen that some time back. I wonder where that is at? I think they had instructions to find him but not to engage him in conflict.

        April 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  16. sohale

    right now Asad is the one who is murdering women ,men and children . and he should be brought to justice. instead they are dealing with him and giving him more time to kill more people.

    April 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  17. DoNutcahr

    Our Special Forces can find anyone, anywhere. This is political BS and someone other than us is benefiting from it. There's a cover up here. We have the tech, we have the people. IF he is even ALIVE, we could probably locate his dumb a55 much quicker than we are. And if we didn't have all kinds of RED TAPE our Spec Ops guys would have his head on a stick by sundown. – IMO

    April 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • Pert ner dinnertime

      I agree with your post. There seems to be a discrepancy between when a white man does genocide or harsh crimes and when a minority group does genocide. Could someone shed some light on why there is such a discrepancy??

      April 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  18. Steve

    What happened to "thou shalt not kill."

    April 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • Mudd

      Aren't you advocating the US should take out (i.e. kill) Kony?

      April 25, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • johnP

      Actually when you study this cammandment from the original Hebrew text you would see that it is "Thou shall not Murder". There is a diferrence between killing and murder. This guy Kony does not represent our Lord in any way. Perhaps there was a time he did but has gone bad. For the sake of the innocent people he is murdering – Kony needs to be stopped...even if that means to kill him.

      April 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  19. Steve

    There is no denying the Kony campaign is idealistic. However if you won’t lift a finger to do something unquestionably moral then what good are you to your fellow man? Kony is a murderous warlord who has caused great bodily harm to tens of thousands of your fellow human beings and is ranked public enemy #1 by the international criminal court. Presumably you can agree (even if not as to how) that this man's rampage should be stopped. Yes there are an infinite number of other worthy causes. But stoping a specific, known, child killer is an obtainable goal of which we could all be proud. If you will not devote your efforts to this campaign you luckily have that ability. But I truely hope you have devoted your time, energy and money to some cause other then putting down other peoples attempt to help their fellow man.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • Mudd

      600 people dying annually in Africa under Kony is not a good reason to start another war. Millions die from Famine in Africa annually. Provide them some food assistance instead of killing them.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
      • johnP

        But 600 people dying anually at Kony's hands is a good reason to send in a few mercinaries to stop him.

        April 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • whatuptroll

      Hey dude! If you are the chosen people with gods grace and powers at disposal, why do you need Americas help? Stop being a little b!tch and actually do some good in the world. Bye troll.

      April 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  20. Tom

    How about because it's not our place?

    April 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • d6975


      April 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  21. Joseph

    Israel needs to be the focus here.

    We are facing destruction from Iran, but you still stuff burgers in your fat American faces…


    Have you forgotten what happened to us in WW2???

    If you Americans withdraw support, I’m quite sure my nation will take you down with us. The Jews are sick of taking shittt.

    Read the bible, the Jews are Chosen. You owe us your support.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      Israel needs to clean up its own house! The USA needs to quit sponsoring state terrorism.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • lolz

      Not sure if trolling or really stupid @ Joseph

      April 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Reply
      • Mudd

        Blatant trolling

        April 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Hugh Jass

      "Read the bible, the Jews are Chosen. You owe us your support." Dude, that same book also says you have to all convert to Christianity. We support Israel, but when it has friends like you, who needs enemies?

      April 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
    • Daniel in Denver

      Geez, sorry. I was unaware of a footwear shortage in Iran. Of course, we should send some boots immediately on humanitarian grounds. Perhaps some flip-flops for the kiddies, too?

      April 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • ben

      Are you kidding me? YOU OWE US!!!!!!!!!!!! We saved you from the ovens of WW2 and now you perform the same nazi nonsense on the world. Israel is truly ungrateful and shirking its debts to the world for its existence.

      Remember: YOU OWE US you jackass!!!!

      April 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
      • dallas tx

        owe us u swear u were in ww2

        April 26, 2012 at 2:20 am |
    • Steve Bartlett

      Moron....Its book!!!! Fiction...nothing more

      April 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • Guitar

      We do not owe you sh%^ why don't you solve your own problems
      since you are the chosen one, you j$%% start everything

      April 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • Nick

      stuffing our fat faces joseph?take care of your own fucking problems in Israel all you do is cry about getting help why dont you just shutup and help yoursleves and all humans are the same your not the "chosen ones" you fuckin loser

      April 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      I have an idea! You go to Iran! Since I'm such a "fat" America then why do you request my help so much. Last time I checked we support your country so much that we give you billions of dollars and lots of equipment for you to defend yourself. Why don't you go fight a war. I'm sorry you can't defend yourself you selfish P.O.S. I've spent to much time already in a sandy, hot desert over there, I don't want to fight your war.

      April 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • johnP

      I am not sure about owing anything to you, but many of us here in America stand with you for the reason that you are God's chosen. In spite if what you are hearing on this thread.. Joseph; I do want to say something you shoud know. You don't need the U.S. to stand with you....You have the God of Abraham who will protect you....to the very end!

      April 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
    • Paige

      Calling Americans fat won't help you at all and also saying "Your nation will bring us down with you" won't help you either. There are bigger problems around the world and not saying Israel doesn't have problems either,but some problems are more important than others.

      April 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • Justanotherperson

      you're kidding me right? im sorry we're not compelled to help you guys with every problem you guys have. we've done more for you than you've done for us. Hold on! let's stop what we're doing to help a country that clearly cant do jack crap for themselves. you want us to put our service men in danger, do something for yourselves.

      April 25, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
    • Beliar

      Try asking nicely first, perhaps?

      April 26, 2012 at 5:30 am | Reply
  22. AlCourts


    April 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • DoNutcahr

      Wow. Keep things in context and take your false religion somewhere else.

      April 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  23. Gary P

    This looks a job for Predator Drooooooone!

    April 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • Nathan

      Can't use a drone unless you know where he is. Drones and signals surveillance are great tools, but they will never replace good old human intelligence. Without cultivating intelligence assets, we probably won't find this guy or his army in the densest jungle in the world for a long time.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • USJournalist

      I agree! They complain about vast, forrested terrirotoria about the size of California. If we had a person who just killed the president running around the woods of California, do you think we'd say, no thanks, it is much too difficult to attempt to find the man... but either way, we should not be the world police and let Africa go its natural course.

      April 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  24. ZOMG

    Hey KONY 2012 kids, did you know that there is another evil army that is indiscriminately killing children? Unlike Joseph Kony, this clandestine group still exists and is operating stronger than ever. They killed over 700 children in Pakistan and they are expanding their campaign to other countries. It's called CIA drone war and the person in charge of their organization has fooled the world into thinking that he is promoting peace. He fooled them so well that he was actually awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • michael

      indiscriminately? please.

      You compare that to campaigns of rape and forced child slavery/soldiering?

      April 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
      • ZOMG

        Bombing targets (like funerals) without regard to innocent women and children (and other civilians) that are in the blast radius doesn't count as indiscriminately targeting? Wasn't it CNN that had the article about the drone attack girl who was brought to the US by a international aid worker who adopted her and was trying to get her surgery because she was severely burned on most of her body? According to the Ugandan government, Joseph Kony is past tense. If we are going to pretend we care about that stuff, shouldn't we be concerned about what our own country is doing?

        April 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • Hugh Jass

      Turn in the al-Qaeda members and there won't be any shooting. Welcome to the real world, my friend. The drones are a tiny problem compared to an airstrike. Look at some pictures of 9-11 and you will see why there's a lack of sympathy for the country that hid bin Laden for years.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • USJournalist

      I'm going to have to agree with ZOMG on this one. They did target areas with known funerals in the kill zones. That was extremely indiscriminate.

      April 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  25. pat carr

    Uh....what is it our business anyway? Oh that's right America = "Global Cop".

    April 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
    • michael

      So, you are saying we should just let the world suffer at the hands of barbarians... and do nothing. It is true that the west messes things up sometimes, but isolationism is not preferable.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
      • paul

        If you'd like to police the world, may I suggest that you join the military and do so.

        April 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
      • Mudd

        By 'we' you mean them.. the US military. You'll be sitting at home playing with your iPod, surfing youtube and drinking a starbucks.

        April 25, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Real

      Yes since we all know how well interventions have worked previously in Haiti and Somalia

      April 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Reply
    • Hugh Jass

      Sending advisers is not an invasion. One or two of our guys with twenty of theirs is about how it goes.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  26. CW

    Shouldn't the capture of Kony be done by the Africans? It is not our business. It is theirs. Is this author pro-war? How else are we to suppose Kony will be captured? Kony 2012 is designed to take the focus off the US election and the dismal performance of Obama. It is not a stretch to note that most of the Kony war propagandists happen to be Obama sycophants as well.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • Hugh Jass

      We sent a few advisers, not an invasion force. A lot of hysterical chicks here today.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
      • Mudd

        If you bother reading the responses we have some idealists posting here who want the US military to invade Africa to apprehend Kony. The 'advisers' are what's currently happening.

        April 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  27. A

    This reason, and this reason alone is why the US is interested in Uganda.

    "Uganda's "oil rush" has attracted an estimated $3 billion in exploration investments since 2006, with companies channelling funds towards prospecting for more recoverable oil deposits as the country seeks to prolong the life span of its commercially viable deposits, currently estimated to last from 20-40 years."

    April 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
    • michael

      So true, that's why we've sent so many soldiers over there to exert America's evil control..... oh wait, there are only 100? And they are mostly advisors? Nice theory. Not everything is about oil.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
      • USofAholes

        Its about oil bud. China started buying up most of Africas oil, therefore the states need to get in there and bully. To make it seem legit, the states create another boogyman. Talk to some people from Uganda and they will tell you Kony hasnt been up to anything in years. Besides, this isnt US fight. US is not and should never be world police. But while youre not awake at all, remember, "Merica, F yeah."

        April 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
      • wrob

        So our interest in Kony is motivated *not* by compassion, but because what's keeping the US from acquiring Uganda's new oil riches is the LRA. Interesting theory... here's another one: you've bought into the "it's all America's fault" mentality so completely that to acknowledge a humanitarian motive would contradict the foundation of your politics.

        April 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
      • USJournalist

        You're talking with regular American citizens on here who cannot control our governments actions. Many of the Americans on here probably agree with you about our terrible foreign policy. However, the US only sent 100 troops as an "advisory" effort, not even to actually do anything about Kony. The US only sent the 100 troops to make the Kony campaign worth all the time, money, and effort. We don't care about the comparatively small amount of oil in Uganda when we have 10 times that in Alaska alone. Notice, I hadn't even brought up the middle east who supplies over 60% of our oil.

        April 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • USJournalist

        wrob's theory would be the same as attempting to take over an entire honey bee hive full of deadly african honeybees for a few drops of honey. It's totally not worth the US' time. 🙂 We simple don't care about Uganda oil at this point in time, especially if its crawling with wreckless child soldiers.

        April 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Hugh Jass

      We have an interest in their stability, but we obviously aren't trying to take them over.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  28. Reason

    Kony has no intentions of US citizens or interests in the US or in Africa. Comparing him to UBL (Osama Bin Ladin), Kony is involved in a civil war focused in central Africa and ONLY in Africa using conventional gorilla methods horrendous, but conventional. UBL started a gorilla war against the entire world specifically the US using non-conventional methods. Kony will never be a major target because he has not made the US a major target. The US has no friends, only interests, and this guy is not one of them.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      When did this "gorilla war" happen? I would have really liked to see that? The only gorillas I see are the docile ones at the zoo.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
      • IceCold

        @Matt, I think "Reason" is a little confused. The gorilla war occurred in the Congo. There was a movie about it called Congo.

        April 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Hugh Jass

      Once you've got gorillas trained to use guns, you have to teach them to reload, and that's where conventional gorilla warfare usually fails.

      April 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Reply
    • USJournalist

      Guerrilla* lol

      April 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  29. RogerHamm

    Uganda has discovered large amounts of oil. That is why Barack Hussein Obama decided to send troops.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • Coflyboy

      Ya, sure.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • D

      You make it so easy to spot Republicans.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  30. RogerHamm

    Kony is a CHRISTIAN terrorist. Ugandan Govt is also a Christian thug regime that wants to murder homosexuals. African Christians are a pretty blood thirsty backward lot. When Twits like Limbaugh said Obama sent troops to support muslims he was wrong. Uganda is OVER 85% CHRISTIAN.. KONY is a barbaric CHRISTIAN terrorist. Rightwing fools here cannot even locate Uganda or The Congo on a map.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • CW

      Speak for yourself. I doubt the average democrat in Harlem could place Uganda on a map unless it was labeled, so what is your point? Please justify your bellicose position. Who is the real terrorist? You or Kony?

      April 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • mabel roller

      The problem with Americans is that you feel like because you are self sufficient, so should the rest of the world. Africa is a rebuilding and surviving continent. They cannot afford to care for their own most of the time. That's why they need help from the US, nothing more. Aren't we all God's children after all?

      April 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Reply
      • Mudd

        You sound like a misguided missionary who invaded/destroyed cultures in order to spread their religion because they thought their religion was superior. Africa has been taking care of itself for centuries and will continue to do so without our assistance. Stop trying to Americanize foreign countries.

        April 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  31. Josh A.

    Not to long ago oil was discovered in Uganda,the boom there is a kony guy out of nowhere who is public enemy #1,I guess we have some pipe lines we want to start and patriotic Africans like him are against him.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  32. Emilio

    How about first capturing and bringing to justice our chicken-hawk neocon PNACers who led our nation into a disastrous and costly war for oil in Iraq? After we've taken care of our criminals, then and only then should we take the sword of justice to people like Kony.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • Coflyboy

      "After we've taken care of our criminals..." You mean like George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, etc?

      April 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  33. Mudd

    "Last year, the State Department said, Since 2008 alone, the LRA has killed more than 2,400 people" - So some people here want to start another war, in Africa for a group that has killed 600 people per year? Seriously?? 450 THOUSAND Americans die annually from heart disease (smoking and obesity). If you want to make a real and permanent difference helping the human race, concentrate on those issues.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • realist

      smoking and obesity is a personal problem for fat dipshits.

      April 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  34. Sylar75

    Ok we need to keep out of this. The US needs to stop policing the world. It will only make the world hate us more. Enough is enough.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  35. daboni7306

    So he's been going at it since the 80's, and now the US wants to get involved? After a youtube video? WTF? Couldn't be because we want to ramp up AFRICOM...nuh

    April 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  36. SlaveWorld

    I need a MIC check, a MIC check, you know?... a Military Industrial Complex check

    April 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • daboni7306

      lol, yeah your right, and people are buying into this crap. That's the sad part.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
      • Mudd

        Appears its mostly young idealists and hipsters who are easily influenced and have never seen combat. Nice to see 95% of the responders here aren't that clueless and naive.

        April 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  37. Degrin

    Uganda doesn't have any Oil. There....I said it. We don't care because we can't benefit from it in any way.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
    • Mudd

      The young idealists posting here don't understand that and none have seen the horrors or war. They see a flashy Youtube video with a catchy slogan and demand action... from OUR military. Will they go over and fight? Not if their iPod gets dirty.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
    • meemee

      Somalia 1992, there I said it. No one wants to intervene in a civil war in Africa for that reason and that civil wars should not be seen as opportunities for international interventions. We must get over the idea that we are supposed to be the international police force for the world. There is a point where people must be left to settle their own internal disputes with humanitarian aid at the most.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
      • Mudd

        I'd venture to guess the pro-war hipsters posting weren't born in 1992 and don't remember Somalia and the US soldiers that were killed, burned and dragged through the streets to cheering crowds.

        April 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • A

      Actually, there are oil interests in Uganda.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  38. TheGreenMan

    Why would the "US" or any other party want to "capture Kony", and by doing so, remove him from his correct social context ? Taking him to th USwould only provide jewish lawyers in the 'Human Rights Industry' with more opportunities for gouging fat legal fees and showboating.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
    • rstlne

      They don't really want to capture him; they actually want to kill him but cannot say that publicly.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  39. Logical1

    THey don't want to capture him because he's one of Holders people

    April 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  40. SlaveWorld

    Because he has no Oil ???

    April 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • A

      There are oil interests in Uganda. That is the only reason why we "care".

      April 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  41. KJ

    If you were sitting at a red light and across the intersection you saw someone pulling children out of a school bus at gunpoint would you do nothing? It's not you problem? It's not your child? Or it's not a bus from your town? Let's say you had all the physical ability in the world and resources to stop this, would you still sit there and just watch?

    The United States has all the ability in the world to wipe this man from the face of the earth and prevent him from doing more damage to innocent lives. God has blessed this nation, with blessing comes responsibility. Kick his Ass!!

    April 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • Mudd

      The men and women in the US military are not pawns that go and die for your ideals. There are despots all over the planet and it's not our duty to take them out. When one goes there are ten more in line to take his place. Spend your time and money helping the destitute in the US than spend every night on the street. THAT makes a difference, not your misguided idealism.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
      • KJ

        guess people are just different. Simply, someone needs help and I have the ability to help them I would.
        guess you wouldn't.

        April 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Paul

      Why is always the responsibility of the USA to spend our resources to "fix" everyone else's problems? Why is Kony, who hasn't been seen or heard of in over 5 years, now such a threat? Why isn't the dictator of Uganda, who is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths, not a target? When will this Government learn that meddling in the affairs of other countrys is what causes the USA to be so universally hated around the world? It has nothing to do with our wealth and freedom. It has EVERYTHING to do with our arrogance and bullying.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
      • KJ

        Yeah Paul, just put up a big wall around the country and the hell with the rest of the world.
        As long as my kids are safe screw the rest.

        April 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Josh A.

      You are an idiot,Google recent oil discovery in Uganda,never thought people was dumb to believe anything that newspapers in cohorts with their criminal government tells them,so suddenly a boogie out of nowhere is causing chaos in Uganda and America cares.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
      • KJ

        oh, so Kony is made up. Now I get it.
        Get real dude you get your fact the same place everyone else does.

        April 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • tokencode

      KJ I'm not sure you'd feel the same way if it was your son or daughter who was killed trying to track down Kony

      April 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  42. Just Sayin'

    While occasionally there are bad monsters in the world who need to be removed from existence, this is not the sole responsibility of the US. We are not the police of the world and the whole point of view that we should drips with arrogance.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • KJ

      it's not arrogance, it's fact and responsibility.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
      • Paul

        Why is it OUR responsibility? Why doesn't the African Union take care of its own problems?

        April 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
      • Emmeline

        To Paul – it's not solely our responsibility but we can certainly help. That is why we are there in an "advisory role."

        April 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  43. Mike

    Just what this country doesn't need, another chance to play world policeman. Look how long it took us to get bin Laden. Africa will just have to solve it's own problems.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
    • Ravi

      America and Europe stole human beings from Africa for more than 500 years. Europeans abducted contributing members of society and put them in chains. They replaced human beings ,an instrument of creation with guns an instrument of destruction. EUROPE AND AMERICA OWES AFRICA BIG ! ATONE FOR YOUR SINS AND DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO MAKE AMENDS.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
      • Historian

        You're not a historical revisionist, are you? Because it sounds like you're intentionally lying about what everyone knows: Africans SOLD Africans. There was virtually NONE of this 'stealing' Africans done by Europeons. It was purchasing. Not like that makes it better, but if you're going to start making false charges, someone needs to set you straight.

        April 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
      • Mudd

        Nice try but read a history book before posting misinformation.

        April 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  44. Fred

    It's funny, in a sad way, that all of these people crying about why the US isn't more involved in finding Kony (who by the way poses no threat to the US and for all intents and purposes is dead) are the same people whining when the US was looking for Osama (who posed a significant threat to national security).

    April 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  45. Julnor

    I think Sweden should capture him.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  46. Julnor

    I'm sorry, this is the USA's business how?

    April 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • Mudd

      I chuckle at the clowns in here that want to start another war in Africa but are unwilling to go over there and fight. They post from the safety and security of their homes in the US and expect other men and women to do the dirty work.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • Ravi

      slavery --> African destabilization.. Ohh you forgot this country was built on the backs of enslaved human beings form Africa? Ohh thats right that was a long time ago never mind Europeans did this for 500 years..

      April 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
      • Tyrone

        as sick as slavery is, most of those slaves were captured and sold to Europeans and Americans by Africans.

        April 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  47. A

    Sorry U.S government, but your little KONY2012 propaganda attempt failed after your manchurian candidate went nuts and masturbated in the streets on San Diego. Stop trying to make more money for the military-industrial complex, and let the Africans take care of their own problems.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • anon

      The US government had nothing to do with Kony 2012, that was courtesy of Invisible Children, an NGO, or Non Government Organization.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
      • A

        You're living with your head in the sand if you believe the government had no involvement. Just google something along the lines of 'Invisible Children and US government involvement'...you'll see.

        April 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
      • Josh A.

        lol,and who do you think these NGO,s work for,their real jobs is to spy,they are a bunch of CIA agents,remember what happened to some in Egypt not too long ago.

        April 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  48. Erin

    If it were us & we needed help, you know we would get it...whats the difference between us & them...we are both humans & both have the right to live without fear. We may have many nations, many countries, 7 continents, but we have one earth & we have to learn the most basic reasoning...share & do for others as you would want them to do for you.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • Mudd

      Are you posting from Africa? Have you volunteered for the militia to find kony? If not then, STHU.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
      • Erin

        No I am not in Africa, but I have volunteer myself & others for our community, outreach programs for kids, & help clean up parks, beaches & roadsides so people like you dont b!tch about the way it looks yet does nothign about it. You may not realize this, but there are poeple in this world that care about one another & take action when there is a need, they dont just sit at their computer ranting about those who care enough to do something. What have you done for your community lately? If you have to think then maybe you should be the one to have a reality check on what your existance means in this world. God bless!!!!

        April 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Shamus

      We do have a similar problem in the US, a tyrannical African national in charge that is ruining our country. Who is lined up to help?

      April 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
    • A

      Our involvement would be for no other reason than to make some already rich people more rich.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      They why aren't you campaigning for the arrest of the head of the Ugandan Government, who is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths, including women and children? Kony hasn't been seen or heard from in over 5 years.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  49. Mudd

    All these people who want the US to capture this clown are posting from the security of their homes sipping a latte. How about you all volunteer and then head to Africa to help since you feel that strongly about it. The US is NOT responsible for all the problems on the planet.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • Erin

      Not everyone who is asking for help to capture him is some rich fat cat sitting in a townhome...the nation's youth have stepped up by the thousands when too many kids today are glued to a box & TV. We have donated time, money & volunteered ourselves not only to this cause, but our community as well...if you knew anything about this movement you would know that its not just about capturing him, its about getting out in your community, volunteering, & getting the word out to others what they can do to not only help others overseas, but to help oursleves here in the US.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
      • Mudd

        How about you donate YOURSELF and go over there and fight? Why should other people die for your ideals? If you feel so strongly then volunteer for a militia in Africa, go there and fight. You'll see what war is like first hand.

        April 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
      • Erin

        I have for the USA, did my time, my tours, & came home to my family after fighting for what my country asked me to. & then I continued to serve my country by helping my community so my children & others can have a great place to grow up. Dont speak to me about fighting for what's right, & my country.

        April 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
      • Mudd

        There are millions of people that are hungry and spend every night on the street here in the US. When they are all taken care of then worry about the misfortunes in Africa.

        April 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • johnP

      The U.S. has always tried to be the "Big Brother" to nations and people who are having their basic human rights violated. That is why we ought to be there to help. Yes we have had our failures but we have done more to help bring justice for the weak in a world where often times there is none. That is why we should be there to help, and I would hope that many other nations would come to their rescue as well.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
      • Paul

        The US Government has only been big brother when there was some strateigic value, such as OIL. Notice that the only "dictators" we weem to want to overthrow are in oil or mineral rich areas? Notice how those leaders are all our friends as long as the oil flows and they bow down to our demands or fight against our enemies of the moment? Start thinking for yourself and quit parroting the MSM spew.

        April 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
      • USofAholes

        Why arent we in Syria?

        April 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  50. Charlie

    Better question. Why are we even trying. First Slobadan, then Saddam, then Bin Laden, then Ghadafi. When will the madness stop? This is not for the U.S. to get involved in.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  51. Chuck D

    Kony is a CIA agent who left Africa a decade ago. The Kony campaign was funded by the banking families behind the Federal Reserve. They want to use it as an excuse to take over certain countries in Africa. It's a big scam. I hope you didn't buy the tshirt!

    April 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      LMAO where do you people get this crap?

      April 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  52. technicaldiver

    There seems to be no mention of the UN attempt to capture one of Kony's lieutenants in 2006. Guatemalan special forces were sent in deep into the jungle and it was a disaster, with 8 SF soldiers killed. Granted US or UK special forces are better trained but anyone who thinks just sending elite units into the jungle will do the trick are naieve. Its huge, harsh, territory with an enemy who is well entrenched with a lot of followers.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  53. Sydney

    You ask why it's the US responsibility? The US has the resources and the training. The US is one of the most powerful nations in the world and should set an example for the rest of the world to follow. Someone has to take charge and be the leader of the world to stop these kind of crimes. This man is number one on the list of wanted men in the world! What you should be asking is why hasn't anything been done sooner? Kony has been left alone for too many years and it's time to stop him.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
    • Daniel Boone V

      If you think this is such a great idea, Sid, why don't you get off your lazy lib/rad butt and go over there and join the militia looking for this guy. PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS! No? Typical bogus warmongering phony–always ready to put SOMEONE ELSE'S life on the line to serve your bogus ideas.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • Mudd

      ROFL! Then get out from behind your computer screen and go help. Airline tickets to Africa aren't too expensive. However, people like you expect others to do the dirty work while you 'care' from the comfort of your home.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • Pavel

      Yeah, right. When something, somewhere goes bad, then it is always the US who must make things right. The rest of the time, we are just hated, arrogant, fat, primitive, uncivilized, gum-chewing american cowboys and imerialists. I just can't wait until the American people finally elect a government that will mind our own business and leave all those ingrates the world over to fend for themselves.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
      • Paul

        Dr Ron Paul!

        April 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Kana

      Yes the US has one of the most advanced and powerful militaries's on earth. I don't have a problem with the US leading the capture of Kony, But only if those countries that want our help put up the funds first to cover our expenses.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • Shamus

      I'll buy your plane ticket, go get 'em.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      So, some person that leads a group of less than 1000 and hasn't been seen or heard from in over 5 years is more of a threat than the Government of Uganda who is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands including women and children? You need to get off the meds.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  54. Steve

    Because every time we stick our nose in somebody else's business we make millions of more enemies who now want to fight us.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  55. Mudd

    How about this: We let Africa take care of its own problems

    April 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • Daniel Boone V

      Could not agree more.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • Paul


      April 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  56. sparky

    Why? because the repukes will whine and cry because it's the right thing to do

    April 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  57. davey

    stay out of it!

    April 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  58. Redwytnblak

    Soo...we spent 11 years looking for Osama Bin Laden who represented a threat to the US peace and security. Does anybody really expect the US to spend time looking for this joker when he poses || <– that much threat to US peace and security? Because some guy made a documentary? Sure buddy. Keep dreaming.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  59. SDG

    35 million?! Send 6 elite forces on a 6 month tour and they'll be done in two. The 34 million saved can then go to me.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
    • KJ


      April 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  60. MK

    To all those who say that it's not our problem...

    It's only our problem if it's YOUR kid? Are those African children any less human than yours? Heaven forbid you would have to sacrifice a tiny bit of your comfortable life to save someone elses.

    This sentiment reminds me of a letter written back when the earthquakes happened in Haiti from a woman who had lost her job a few months back. She was furious that we had been sending money to Haiti when there was a possibility that her family may lose their house. She also mentioned that her cable TV was about to be shut off. To complain that some of our comforts would be threatened if we reached out to help other HUMANS is incredible. Does a border or a nationality or skin color make any of us less human?

    April 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • Redwytnblak

      I agree with what you're saying but you have to see where the US is coming from here. The US spent 11 years looking for Osama Bin Laden who represented a threat to the US peace and security. Does anybody really expect the US to spend time looking for this joker when he poses || <– that much threat to US peace and security? Because some guy made a documentary? I don't see the US making that it's priority right now.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • Timmy

      I completely agree with you! Where you live, shouldn't determine whether you should live!

      April 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      So, where does it all end? Why isn't the African Union taking care of this? The USA cannot solve all the world's ills. Its time the rest of the world start being responsible for their own actions.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  61. Brutus1234

    stan, I think you may have come up with one of the best concepts I've seen to date.

    1st of all I don't think the US should be the world policeman. If we're offering up 100 special forces troops on a consulting basis, then it's reasonable. We're a rich country and we have people with training and knowledge so why not offer this.

    But stan's idea of offering this guy up as a human trophy is perfect. Just the other day, I saw a photo of one of Trump's sons killing an elephant. So imagine the thrill of hunting down a human for one of these guys. Issue a bounty if you want, but issue a guarantee of freedom from prosecution and I have no doubt some of these billionaires would show up with a small commando army for the thrill of the hunt.

    Why spend tax money when you can turn this into sport? We could turn it into a TV show. Survivor Africa – Running Man Style. Now that's some reality televion I would watch!

    April 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
    • FragmentFour

      "Kony says he is a prophet sent from God to replace the Ugandan government with a democracy based on the Ten Commandments."

      Actually, that's incredibly tempting – the manhunt thing. Not feasible, unfortunately, but tempting. Has anybody consulted Pat Robertson or Jim Hege about Kony? Our religious kooks might have a key as to how to catch this religious kook – and nobody important would need to get hurt in the crossfire.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  62. steve

    Why isn't this a UN mission? Why does the US always have to step in and do what is needed?

    April 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      Because the UN controls the US Government! Obama said he gets his authority from the UN.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  63. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Kony will be captured or killed, all in due time. Once we find out whose embedded with him, they will all be taken out.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  64. flip down uptown

    Why does the US have to capture Kony? There are over 189 countries in the world, the US does NOT have to be the one to do all the dang work. Get off of your butts world and kick in some resources.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  65. John Smith

    Seriously, CNN? Then I ask you, why can't Uganda capture Al-Zawahiri?

    April 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  66. zaglossus

    And why is this the USA's job??

    April 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  67. Andrew

    Funny, the only reason we captured and killed Bin Laden is because we've been watching that SoAB for bout 7 years now. Obammy decided to pull a 'heroic' move and kill that sucker. We had years of intelligence on Bin Laden, but right now we have nothing.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • Andrew

      Funny, the only reason we captured and killed Bin Laden is because we've been watching that SoAB for bout 7 years now. Obammy decided to pull a 'heroic' move and kill that sucker. We had years of intelligence on Bin Laden, but right now we have nothing on Koney.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  68. lolz


    April 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  69. jesor

    The reason we're doing this is because China is making a big play in Africa in order to corner the market on rare earth minerals, oil, gold, diamonds, and other natural resources. This is our way of courting favor with the local governments and securing those resources for our companies and breaking the newly forming Chinese monopoly on critical resources.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • julio enrique cisneros banuelos lopez

      You are spot on...China has basically been stealing the natural resources from Africa over the past few years in exchange for a few roads and hospitals being built. China gets the resources, the Chinese people get well paying jobs, and a huge market place for corporations...The Africans are getting screwed. This is the US way of stepping in and making their military presence known.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  70. Bruce Griffin

    A group of OWS clowns posted about 50 of the "KONY 2012" posters on our beautiful riverfront. I then proceeded to spend a wasted hour ripping these posters down....thus beautifying our riverfront once again. I filmed this, and then reported this defacing of public property to the police. They even littered a couple of monuments with these trash posters.
    If I catch these clowns trashing our riverfront again...I'll take appropriate action!
    Kony is an African problem...best left to Aficans to solve.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
    • Citizen Ruth

      You've got to be kidding me?!? You are pathetic. "Kony is an African problem." I'm sure you would have said "Hitler is a European problem? A Jewish problem?" It's a HUMAN RIGHTS atrocity. As are you, I'm guessing.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
      • Mudd

        Really? Kony = Hitler in your mind. ROFL! Why don't you volunteer to go over and help hunt him down since you seem to want that so badly? Yeah, I didn't think so.

        April 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • Chosin Medic

        tell ya what when u put on a uniform and know what it feels like to be in a place you have no business being..than shut your mouth..It most definately is an African problem WE ARE NOT WORLD POLICE....if you have such a problem with the mistreatment of people you dont know and their well being i would kindly ask you to sell all of your possesions and donate all money to the homeless....what? not gonna do it???? didnt think so...we have our own problems here ...DEAL WITH THEM FIRST

        April 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • TAra

      Your beautiful waterfront...which you can enjoy without fear of running into LRA combatents who will kidnap you or kill you. Your monuments, which you can visit without fear of reprisal. Your police, whom you can go to with a complaint as insignificant as a few posters, without fear. "Appropriate actions"...which are granted to you simply because you live in the states. How very lucky you are sir, that your greatest concern is posters. How much more horrific your life would be if you had to worry about "African problems" like having your children kidnapped to become child soldiers...your wife raped...your female children raped...your relatives mutilated....

      Congratulations on being born in North America, because that's the only reason you have the privileges you seem to take for granted. Shame on you.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
      • Mudd

        Where do you live? Why aren't you in Africa fighting for your ideals?

        April 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
      • Paul

        So, I guess that means you support the Ugandan Government instead? The same one that is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people including women and children? Child soldiers are not a new phenomenon. This has been going on for decades, but somehow only now is a problem? Maybe you support the US Government who is responsible for nearly 100,000 Iraqi deaths? Maybe you support the UN troops who are known for killing and raping wherever they go?

        April 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  71. PoBoy

    The US can' capture Kony, because it's not our job, nor is it a priority. He is Africa's Bin Laden not ours so they need to focus their efforts and resources on him if he means that much to them.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  72. alpg49

    Here's a new idea: All the big philanthropists put a fund together, and put a couple billion into a private army. They go, do the job, then the finance people pull the plug. The problem with some of these things is, no one will pull the plug when one side gets a big advantage.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • USofAholes

      Already been done. That army is called The United Nations. Owned by Rockafellers and Rothschilds.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  73. fbjoker

    because we didn't get enough "likes" on FB...

    April 25, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
  74. NODAT1

    they are looking in the wrong country Kony is in the US running a innercity convenience store

    April 25, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • PoBoy

      Now that's funny, I don't care who you are!

      April 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • markishere

      I saw him selling Goochi brand sunglasses on the sidewalk in Queens NY.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  75. Scrape

    Because it's propaganda BS, everyone knows that.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
    • AmericanSam

      Osama, terrorist. Must be brought to justice.

      Kony, capturing children to make them fight in his army. Propaganda.


      April 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
      • Paul

        Most likely since he hasn't been seen or heard from in over 5 years! Chasing a ghost more likely.

        April 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  76. DiCe

    Why would we want to capture Kony?
    Then what child army is going to help make our iphones?

    April 25, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
  77. crabman

    we need to clean our own house never mind some one elses

    April 25, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
  78. chip

    Dear CNN, NEWSFLASH: The LRA is hardly even active any more. Stop the propaganda.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • dll60

      chip, you are clueless. I have seen first hand his devilish work.

      April 25, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • steve

      Yeah, they hardly kill, mame, rape, disfigure and torture anyone anymore. So stop complaining and go back to sleep....

      April 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
      • Paul

        You are describing the Ugandan Government on a MUCH larger scale!

        April 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  79. Mike

    Surprised the WH didn't come back with "Well at least we got Bin Laden."

    April 25, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • steve

      yeah, cause they brag so much about thier accomplishments..

      April 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  80. justin opinion

    The U.S. can't capture Kony because he has no oil.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • J.C.


      April 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  81. The Other Lebowski

    Drone attack.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
  82. Joe Schmoe

    It's not the job of the USA to capture Kony. We are not the world's policeman.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • DPatriot

      Exactly , not our problem

      April 25, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • AmericanSam

      Maybe so, but I don't think the answer is quite that simple. I mean, we helped the Jews being massacred during the Holocaust. I suppose we could've said, "Not our problem," then, too. But you're right, we need to pick our battles. I just don't think it's as easy as the "Not our problem," remark would suggest it is. There are children's lives at stake, after all.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
      • Fred

        AmericanSam, the US nor the other allies had much knowledge of the concentration camps until the final months of WWII. It wasn't until the first camps were found in Germany and Poland that anyone really knew they existed beyond the Riech.

        April 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  83. oldbear60

    Why should we get Kony? He is a problem for Africians and his own country, not US. Quit trying to run the world and straighten the US out first.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:17 am | Reply
    • steve

      Because he's a horrible killer and torturer of innocense. It's what we do thank God.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
      • Mudd

        Then, why aren't you over there trying to locate him? Yeah, it's somebody else's job, huh. If you feel that strongly then volunteer and head to Africa.

        April 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
      • Paul

        So is the Ugandan Government. I suppose we should go after them as well? So is Israel.

        April 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • CW

        So was Saddam Hussein. How convenient to only be pro-war, aka pro-human rights, when your guy is in office.

        April 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  84. Paulina Bejar

    mmmm I would love to know what anonymous thinks about this article...

    Obama needs votes... to get votes he needs to make people happy....people is demaning to capture Kony... Obama does it and people votes for him 🙂

    is Kony really alive? any recent video of him? is he going to be "killed" as Osama Bin Laden, no proof of it because they will throw the body in to the sea?

    April 25, 2012 at 11:17 am | Reply
    • Casey

      dafuq did I just read?

      April 25, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
      • Paulina Bejar

        Whenever I get more time I'll explain it to you with apples.. I have to keep working...!

        April 25, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Jon

      What in the world are you smoking, or are you just ignorant and cant put two words together that make any sens?

      April 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
      • Paul

        And you can't spell SENSE! So what?

        April 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • Paulina Bejar


        I didn't know I have to check my grammar or ideas before to share my thoughts... if you don't understand my message ignore it and keep reading.. this is so out of the main subject... hahaha

        Get a dollar and buy a new & better life.. 🙂 keep the change.

        Thanks Paul 🙂

        April 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • FragmentFour

      is Kony really alive? any recent video of him? is he going to be "killed" as Osama Bin Laden, no proof of it because they will throw the body in to the sea?"

      I really, REALLY, hope so.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • Mudd

      Nobody but a small fringe group is demanding to capture this clown.

      April 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
      • Paulina Bejar

        You are right. I honestly don't believe anything about this guy.

        I believe Obama is taking advantage of this to obtain votes. You know, KONY is soooo famous, how many people will vote for Obama if he "kills" Kony?

        I haven't found any evidence that kony is still alive. Maybe Obama will do the same he did with Osama. Act like he was captured and killed...but no proof of that remember? Obama gained sympathy with that.

        April 25, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  85. Joe

    Careful CNN... More articles like this and you might end up naked and jackin' it in San Diego.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • Paulina Bejar

      why? Explanation please

      April 25, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
      • chip

        Because one of the "Invisible children" founders that put out the Kony 2012 video got high, wasted, whatever, and was running around naked in SD.

        April 25, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Ross

      I was going to post a comment until I saw your and realized you had already won....LOL

      April 25, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • Ryan

      Lol, great Southpark bit.

      April 25, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
      • Paulina Bejar

        hahaha.. I wonder with which money he paid the alcohol ? Donated money?

        April 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  86. Ike

    No matter what people may fantasize, the resources of the U.S. are limited; large, but limited. We have a war in Afghanistan, various other bits of foolish intervention – that means poking our national nose into other people's business – hugh economic and social problems here in our own country. We should not be chasing after someone or some group anywhere because that person or group is bothering some third party. As a nation, we have enough to do already. Anyone who is hot to "get Kony" needs to saddle up and go over there and start chasing him and his group. You'll find it's not like you children chat about on the social media; it's the real world, when you start doing something like you are all demanding that the U.S. do.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
  87. Marc L from NY

    Kony get's captured, and then what? Let's be realistic. There is a long line behind him of people who want to do exactly what he does, including the governments of those countries. That is not to say he isn't a bad person that shouldn't be brought to justice. He definitely is. But enough of this phony outrage over what he has done, as if we get rid of him and all is well in the region. There is a much, much bigger machine in place and Kony is just one cog in it.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
  88. Brendon

    Because posting stuff like "Kony 2012" isn't going to help. The only people who think that helps must not know anything about this.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
    • Pete

      True, but its better than nothing. Better than typical shallow observations and first world problems people usually use social media to complain about.

      April 25, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
      • Fred

        How is that? Just because you acknowledge a problem doesn't mean you are better for it. You actually have to do something!

        April 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • CW

      Slacktivism at its finest tailor made for the Facebook generation....

      April 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  89. educatedguess

    look into on whose payroll kony has been and who's been supplying arms to his band of thugs. simple really. it's all public information.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
  90. Richard Cheese

    Just find a little Bushman and give him a Coke bottle. If the notorious Sam Boga and his gang can be taken out, so can Kony.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
    • Beezmo

      I love you

      April 26, 2012 at 7:05 am | Reply
  91. drjj


    April 25, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
    • mistamista

      Because it's what we do. It's less "police" and more hangman to be more accurate.

      April 25, 2012 at 11:15 am | Reply
    • justin opinion

      Because Exxon-Mobil, G.E., and Haliburton say so.

      April 25, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
  92. Ohsambamba

    Because he's using Osama's credit cards.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
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    because we DON'T CARE!!!

    April 25, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
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    What a dream job, going on safari to hunt man. This is like ram hunting in the Rockies: Any old sheep won’t do, I want that trophy sheep, like Predator hunting Arnold Schwarzenegger. Just watch out for flesh-eating ebola virus and AIDS! And pay your hookers, 10th Group dudes, or you’ll screw up everyone’s good time like 7th Group in Cartagena.

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    April 25, 2012 at 9:40 am | Reply
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