We have troops in Uganda?!?!

I had an email conversation this morning with a friend in which it was revealed to me we have U.S. troops in Uganda.  Here is how the conversation went:

HWSNBN (He who shall not be named.):

There are some interesting stats in this about the Democratic news media.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/11/11/scandal-no-one-is-talking-about/

ME:

We have troops in Uganda?!?  I have not heard that. The rest is fodder for Ann Coulter’s next book.  We are being dulled, lulled, and numbed into expecting lies to be the norm. Just more crowd control. We have no self of course.

Sent from John’s i-PAD!!

ME AGAIN:

I mention Ann Coulter because her books are filled with stats like “318 stories against Republicans and 12 against Democrats” on some issue or another.

Ahhh, troops in Uganda. Google is my friend. Noteworthy article:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/10/obama-sends-100-us-troops-to-uganda-to-combat-lords-resistance-army/

Just a few ‘advisors’. Sort of like how that little Vietnam thing started out, free-range style. “The forces will deploy beginning with a small group and grow over the next  month to 100. They will ultimately go to Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the permission of those countries.”

“The president made this announcement in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Friday afternoon, saying that “deploying these U.S. Armed Forces furthers U.S. national security interests and foreign policy and will be a significant contribution toward counter-LRA efforts in central Africa.”

He said that “although the U.S. forces are combat-equipped, they will only be providing information, advice, and assistance to partner nation forces, and they will not themselves engage LRA forces unless necessary for self-defense.””

Vietnam-style.

“A senior Defense official says the 100 military personnel will be mostly Special Operations Forces and that they “will be traveling  out to field locations in the areas affected by the LRA where they can interact with and advise those forces that are actively pursuing the LRA.”   The official stressed, “they will not be engaging in direct combat against the LRA.”

Vietnam-style.

“As for how long the US troops will be in the region, a spokesman at US Africa Command says he could not provide specifics, “but our forces are prepared to stay as long as necessary to enable regional security forces to carry on independently.

The president in his letter noted that Congress passed “the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act,” signed into law on May 24, 2010, in which, the president said, “the Congress also expressed support for increased, comprehensive U.S. efforts to help mitigate and eliminate the threat posed by the LRA to civilians and regional stability.””

Vietnam-style.

I went to Vietnam. Can I sign up for this?  Purely as an advisor based on my previous experience of course. I wasn’t against Vietnam at the time otherwise I might have moved to Canada and hopefully on the strength of my convictions still be there. (Don’t even get me started on Occupy Wall Street.  They don’t represent me and I’m not a “1 per center”.) It’s just that if you’re going to spend 50,000 American lives chasing people around the jungle you should be in it to win it. Bomb Hanoi. Level North Vietnam. Level everything. War is hell. But I digress.

Uganda?  I must look that up on the map along with Central African Republic and others.

Speaking of the Lord’s Resistance Army, in the Nicholas Cage movie Lord of War Cage the arms merchant is always correcting the African warlord’s English. The rebel commander keeps saying “I am Lord of War” and Cage says “it’s Warlord not Lord of War”.  The commander says “I like my way better”.

Well said IMO. Lord of War. We have lots of them these days. Some have fallen. Saadam Hussein, Ghaddafi. I expect others will rise in their place. We won’t be without them anytime soon.

I feel a blog post coming on. Now where did I leave that copy-and-paste? Oh yes, right here.

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About JohnRH

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