Obama’s New Mini-War

Andrew Sullivan —  Oct 17 2011 @ 10:01am

The president is sending 100 "military advisors" to Uganda to target Joseph Kony, leader of the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army, and his minions. David Axe gives important background on Obama's new intervention. Thoreau measures the true military footprint:

What fascinates me about military advisors is the idea that they merely offer advice and this is somehow enough.  I don’t doubt that the Ugandans need advice.  Hell, I could use advice on a lot of things.  And I am willing to believe that the 100 openly-acknowledged, uniformed Americans will only do exactly what they are billed as doing.  But this “advice” is probably based on intelligence.  How is that intelligence collected?  What sorts of unacknowledged people are collecting it?  Are any aircraft without insignia (maybe drone aircraft these days) spotted doing anything?  And since contractors “don’t count” as The Troops, how many contractors are there to “support” the military advisors?

Max Fisher recalls some of the Lord Resistance Army's most heinous acts. Joyner remains wary:

Kony is a Class A Bad Guy. But there are a lot of really bad dudes running around Africa and other parts of the developing world and I’m not at all eager to take them all on.

Limbaugh, amazingly, portrays the LRA as a sympathetic "Christian" group:

Lord's Resistance Army are Christians.  It means God.  I was only kidding.  Lord's Resistance Army are Christians.  They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan.  And Obama has sent troops, United States troops to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them.  That's what the lingo means, "to help regional forces remove from the battlefield," meaning capture or kill. 

Erick Erickson corrects the record: 

The group claims to be an emissary from God capable of channeling the Holy Spirit. The group has notoriously gone through Uganda capturing children and turning them into soldiers and, when not successful, murdering them. The group engages in sex trafficking, slavery, murder, mutilation, and the list goes on and on.

LRA members have been hunted by George W. Bush and now by Barack Obama. They are an evil group and while we can debate the policy implications of the President sending troops off to Africa, we should not make victims or political points off the group the President will hopefully eradicate.