Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Yesterday, Newscast Media reported that President
Barack Obama had deployed troops to Uganda to search for warlord Joseph Kony. We
raised issues questioning the timing of deployment to the Great Lakes.
It appears the article got the White House’s attention, and Obama this morning has
submitted a supplemental report to the Speaker of the House, explaining why he is
doing what he is doing.
“As I previously reported, U.S. forces will not themselves engage in Lord’s Resistance
Army forces unless necessary in self-defense. This deployment is in furtherance of
the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, including the
policy expressed in the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda
Recovery Act of 2008, Public Law 111-172, enacted May 2010.
“I have approved this deployment pursuant to my constitutional authority to
conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.
“I am making this supplemental report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress
fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148),”
Obama wrote. “I appreciate the support of the Congress in this matter,” he added.
Newscast Media will monitor the situation closely and update our readers about any
new findings that emanate from this undertaking.
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is sending troops to Uganda
to hunt the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony according to a news reports.
The administration has not revealed how many special forces it is sending to Africa,
however, according to FOX, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden
told the Associated Press that the aircraft would be based in Uganda but will be used
in LRA-affected areas of the Central African Republic, Congo and South Sudan to
support the African Union’s regional task force. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—According to news reports, elusive rebel leader Joseph Kony, is said to be in contact with the president of the Central African Republic to discuss his surrender. Deutsche Welle reports that on Thursday, Central African Republic president Michael Djotodia confirmed that talks with Kony over a possible surrender were underway.
With his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Kony fought a brutal war against the Ugandan government in the north of the country for some 20 years before fleeing into the jungles of central Africa.
However, on Thursday, a statement was issued by the US State Department, saying US officials have little reason to believe that Kony is part of the LRA group currently in contact with CAR officials.
“Many times in the past, Joseph Kony and his senior commanders have used—and we believe will continue to use—any and every pretext to rest, regroup, and rearm, ultimately returning to kidnapping, killing, displacing and otherwise abusing civilian populations,” the State Department said.
Realistically, it would not be in the interest of African nations to have Joseph Kony surrender because once he is arrested, the West will then focus its attention on prosecuting leaders within Africa for committing atrocities and human rights violations against their own citizens.
The continuous search for Kony makes African leaders relevant because the West has to depend on them, and also provide the necessary resources and weapons, just like the war in Somalia is beneficial for African nations because the continuous fighting makes the peace-keeping forces relevant to the West, since the West is the one financing and maintaining the forces fighting within Somalia.
The rationale of the West’s involvement is that if fighting and civil strife ends, then the U.S. interests in Africa will be secure, therefore in order to establish a footprint in Africa, the West has to ensure that the atmosphere in Africa is conducive for implementing the plans they have for the Continent.
African leaders are not stupid. They see beyond the veil, and in order for Africans themselves to protect their own domestic interests, they have to make sure that the atmosphere is uncomfortable for the West to want to set up camp permanently, which explains why Africa always seems to have pockets of fighting every now and then, in different regions.
These pockets of fighting, on one hand, are simply mechanisms to keep the West at arm’s length to prevent Africa from being re-colonized by foreigners, yet on the other hand, the atmosphere is safe enough for foreign investors, tourists and expats to live peacefully on the Continent, without trying to impose their will over native Africans.