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Sullivan and Boren to "closely monitor" Obama's latest African adventure

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OKLAHOMA CITY – While covering the Occupy OKC protests this weekend, Red Dirt Report was curious to see if there were any protesters concerned about the president’s unilateral decision to send 100 troops to Uganda on some vaguely-worded “humanitarian mission” to help oust a terrorist group, the Lord’s Resistance Army, which we have written about here and here.

There were no anti-war protesters on hand, at least none aware of the Uganda mission that we could find. The anti-war movement has been effectively dead since Obama entered the White House and little has been said by any anti-war activists about the ongoing wars overseen by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning president.

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe program today, host Joe Scarborough, according to The Daily Caller, called Obama’s move into Uganda “invasion by press release” and that had the same late-Friday announcement come from the George W. Bush White House, there would have been holy hell to pay.

And so the Ugandan military – along with forces in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – will be doing their best to flush out the remnants of the ragtag, Christian-esque cult. The LRA has terrorized central-east Africa – primarily the Uganda great lakes region – for years, kidnapping children and making them soldiers and sex slaves. It is truly a humanitarian problem, but one wonders why the Ugandan army didn’t flush them out long ago, instead of heading to Iraq, lured by promises of American cash. Makes one wonder if the Ugandan government really cares about the citizens or about foreign money.

As the Christian Science Monitor reported in 2009, “The Ugandan government says there are more than 10,000 men and women from this poverty-stricken East African nation working as private security guards in Iraq.” The Monitor added that US contractors sought out willing Ugandans because they speak English and the government is considered a puppet of the West. Also, in reference to the LRA “insurgency,” Uganda “has a glut of experienced veterans, who made up the initial contingent of Ugandans in Iraq.”

So, there are thousands of Ugandans in Iraq, while only 4 or 500 LRA terrorists are thought to be left of the original group? So, why isn’t the Ugandan government demanding their own people – veterans and new recruits – take out the remnants of the LRA and leave American “advisors” out of this battle, deep in east-central Africa?

One can also look at a report in the American Free Press this week which notes in a shocking report, "Ugandans use brutal tactics to clear land," that Ugandan troops violently "evicted squatters out of a shantytown" - reportedly numbering in the thousands - on behalf of a British logging company and, bizarrely enough, as part of a logging scheme by the Ugandan government to stop global warming.

Red Dirt Report is still looking for answers. Clearly U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma’s senior senator in Washington, is firmly supportive of President Obama’s latest adventure abroad (remember Libya?). And while we were told U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Muskogee) was still recovering from his prostate cancer surgery and U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Cheyenee, Okla.) was “traveling,” according to spokesman Laramie Adams, we did hear back from a couple of congressmen in the Oklahoma delegation.

Today, U.S. John Sullivan, R-Tulsa, said the following in a press release to Red Dirt Report:

“LRA is one of the most egregious human rights violators anywhere in the world, and I fully support bringing the leaders of this regime to justice for years of rape, murder, torture and other crimes against humanity.  However I also  believe our Commander in Chief has an obligation to fully brief Congress on the scope of this mission.  Next week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will be holding a hearing to examine the President’s decision, and I look forward to following these developments closely.” 

Red Dirt Report also heard from U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee:

"The atrocities perpetrated by the Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa cannot be ignored.  However, U.S. military personnel deployed to Uganda to serve as advisors should not be used for combat missions. The president must be mindful of mission creep to avoid a larger military commitment not authorized by Congress. Moving forward, Congress will closely monitor the role of American forces and our involvement in Uganda.”

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