The deployment of 100 US special forces troops into northern Uganda over the weekend took many by surprise, but the Obama Administration’s move was actually part of a long-standing policy of escalation in central Africa.
Though the Christian militant faction the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) hasn’t exactly been a headline-getting in the US, the American government has been pouring millions of dollars into funding the fight against them dating back to 2008, and President Obama signed a Congressional bill against the LRA in May of 2010.
And while President Museveni is treating the move as a one-off, limited effort, the NGOs that have been pressing for a US military involvement in central Africa are treating it as a first step, saying it is important to “keep their feet on the gas pedal” in the push for further escalations.
Though the US forces aren’t supposed to be engaging in combat, they will be combat-equipped, and those weapons aren’t just for show. The 100 troops may not be a huge invasion force, but if the policy continues they will be an advance deployment for bigger things yet to come.
3 thoughts on “Uganda Deployment Latest Move in a Long-Standing Policy of Escalation”
keeping “our” foot on the gas peddle, hence the term, Prop Uganda,,, it had to be said, exz; yeah over thare in PropUganda, new word 2011
So, lemme see if I can take a tally of all the African countries the US is in currently albeit unofficially meddling, occupying, invading and slaughtering civilians. Here we go, in no particular order:
1. Afghanistan (not really ME but part of the mess)
7. Saudi Arabia
11. Pakistan (not really ME but part of the mess)
Did I forget any? Not to shabby, eh? And please, people, remember "the hates us for our freedoms" ignore any evidence that may point to anything else. It's our freedoms they want.
Uganda adventure = shades of MACV.
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
For a building full of college boys, our government sure does act mighty stupid sometimes.
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