US troops to help Uganda fight rebels

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US troops to help Uganda fight rebels

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/10/20111014174712102972.html

US President Barack Obama has announced he is deploying 100 "combat-equipped" troops to Uganda to help efforts against rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), who have been accused of grievous human rights abuses over the course of a decades-long insurgency.

The US troops, subject to the approval of national authorities, could also deploy from Uganda into South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of the Congo, Obama said in a message to Congress.

LRA rebels are accused of murdering, raping and kidnapping thousands of people in those four nations. Tens of thousands of people have died in their 20-year war in northern Uganda.

Obama said the US troops would act as advisors to local forces with the goal of removing LRA leader Joseph Jony and other senior leaders from the battlefield. But he said they would not lead the fighting themselves.

"Although the US forces are combat-equipped, they will only be providing information, advice, and assistance to partner nation forces," Obama said.

"They will not themselves engage LRA forces unless necessary for self-defence. All appropriate precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of US military personnel during their deployment."

The president said a small group of troops deployed on Wednesday and that additional forces would deploy over the next month.

Uganda is in the middle of Africa and borders South Sudan (oil), Congo (more oil), Tanzania (oil), Kenya (lions) and Rwanda (pipeline). I'm sure Obama's interfering in yet another country's affairs is purely to help get rid of Joseph Kony (a bad man) and is not driven by the desire for African military bases or oil. *cough*

More reports...

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2011/1014/LRA-leader-Joseph-Kony-Why-Obama-sent-US-troops-to-Uganda-to-get-him

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15317684

So that'll be the next war, after Iran's been bombed (for humanitarian purposes, of course).

 

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Interview with Pepe Escobar on RT

 

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The Son of Africa claims a continent’s crown jewels

Good article from the excellent John Pilger

http://www.johnpilger.com/articles/the-son-of-africa-claims-a-continents-crown-jewels

However, the main reason the US is invading Africa is no different from that which ignited the Vietnam war. It is China. In the world of self-serving, institutionalised paranoia that justifies what General David Petraeus, the former US commander and now CIA director, implies is a state of perpetual war, China is replacing al-Qaeda as the official American "threat". When I interviewed Bryan Whitman, an assistant secretary of defence at the Pentagon last year, I asked him to describe the current danger to America. Struggling visibly, he repeated, "Asymmetric threats ... asymmetric threats". These justify the money-laundering state-sponsored arms conglomerates and the biggest military and war budget in history. With Osama bin Laden airbrushed, China takes the mantle.

Africa is China's success story. Where the Americans bring drones and destabilisation, the Chinese bring roads, bridges and dams. What they want is resources, especially fossil fuels. With Africa's greatest oil reserves, Libya under Muammar Gaddafi was one of China's most important sources of fuel. When the civil war broke out and Nato backed the "rebels" with a fabricated story about Gaddafi planning "genocide" in Benghazi, China evacuated its 30,000 workers in Libya. The subsequent UN security council resolution that allowed the west's "humanitarian intervention" was explained succinctly in a proposal to the French government by the "rebel" National Transitional Council, disclosed last month in the newspaper Liberation, in which France was offered 35 per cent of Libya's gross national oil production "in exchange" (the term used) for "total and permanent" French support for the NTC. Running up the Stars and Stripes in "liberated" Tripoli last month, US ambassador Gene Cretz blurted out: "We know that oil is the jewel in the crown of Libyan natural resources!"

 

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Amazing how many wars our Noble Peace Prize-winning President...

has the US involved in. What a joke!

Iran is next on the agenda and that's a scary one. That one could trigger a real nightmare for America and be the the fiscal straw that breaks the camel's back.

America the Republic is dead. Instead we have a corrupt fascist gov't incorporating a bizzare blend of crony capitalism and socialism. What a mess.

Do enough people really get how awful this is and hwo far it has gone?

JG

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JuanGalt wrote: Do enough
JuanGalt wrote:

Do enough people really get how awful this is and hwo far it has gone?

On this site? Yes. The general public? No, too busy watching Jersey Shore.

As for Iran being next, Israel sure would like it to be but the tension with Pakistan certainly seems to be growing.

 

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