Apparently deciding one ongoing, undeclared war was not enough, our president of peace has committed 100 U.S. soldiers to central Africa to fight the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). That announcement came Friday, two days after deployment. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Friday, Barack Obama wrote “the U.S. forces are combat-equipped,” but — not to worry — “they will only be providing information, advice, and assistance to partner nation forces, and they will not themselves engage LRA forces unless necessary for self-defense.” The president asserted that his action was taken in “furtherance of the Congress’s stated policy,” citing the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009, which encourages greater “military” cooperation to defeat the LRA. However, he concluded, “I have directed this deployment, which is in the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.” This has some questioning whether this is a second war-by-decree, following the still-simmering conflict in Libya.
Ironically, Obama closed the letter, “I am making this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution” — an act he is currently violating in Libya.
No, the intervention does not mean Obama is actively targeting Christians for death — although we already did that in our intervention to subject Christian Serbia to the tender mercies of Muslim Kosovars. However, some find the hand of George Soros’ internationalists behind the intervention. Aaron Klein at WND.com notes:
In April 2010 Soros’ International Crisis Group, or ICG, released a report sent to the White House and key lawmakers advising the U.S. military run special operations in Uganda to seek Kony’s capture…
Soros sits in the ICG’s executive board along with Samuel Berger, Bill Clinton’s former national security advisor; George J. Mitchell, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader who served as a Mideast envoy to both Obama and President Bush; and Javier Solana, a socialist activist who is NATO’s former secretary-general as well as the former foreign affairs minister of Spain.
Jimmy Carter‘s national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, is the ICG’s senior advisor.
The ICG’s president emeritus is Gareth Evans, who, together with activist Ramesh Thakur, is the original founder of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, with the duo even coining the term “responsibility to protect.”
The Lord’s Resistance Army is one of the purest forms of concentrated evil on the planet. Led by Joseph Kony, who has been “possessed” by “spirits” multiple times a day for decades, the LRA has placed itself at the service of its leader’s violent visions. The LRA has kidnapped an estimated 65,000 children from central African homes, impressing them into his army as child soldiers, mutilators, or sex slaves as part of his 23-year campaign of terror. Much of its brunt has been borne by Christians.
When did Soros become so humanitarian? Klein has a hunch it’s all about getting his hands on Uganda’s oil located in the nation’s Lake Albert basin:
A 2008 national oil and gas policy, proposed with aid from a Soros-funded group, was supposed to be a general road map for the handling and use of the oil. However, the policy’s recommendations have been largely ignored, with critics accusing Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni of corruption and of tightening his grip on the African country’s emerging oil sector.
Soros himself has been closely tied to oil and other interests in Uganda.
In 2008, the Soros-funded Revenue Watch Institute brought together stakeholders from Uganda and other East African countries to discuss critical governance issues, including the formation of what became Uganda’s national oil and gas policy.
Also in 2008, the Africa Institute for Energy Governance, a grantee of the Soros-funded Revenue Watch, helped established the Publish What You Pay Coalition of Uganda, or PWYP, which was purportedly launched to coordinate and streamline the efforts of the government in promoting transparency and accountability in the oil sector.
Also, a steering committee was formed for PWYP Uganda to develop an agenda for implementing the oil advocacy initiatives and a constitution to guide PWYP’s oil work.
PWYP has since 2006 hosted a number of training workshops in Uganda purportedly to promote contract transparency in Uganda’s oil sector.
PWYP is directly funded by Soros’ Open Society as well as the the Soros-funded Revenue Watch Institute. PWYP international is actually hosted by the Open Society Foundation in London.
That may is neither here nor there. The intervention meets the number one criterion of liberal foreign policy: “It Serves No U.S. Interests.” As this author has observed: “Liberals are afflicted with irrational guilt over privileges they believe Americans enjoy due to exploitation and militarism. These impulses can only be quieted through irrational acts of self-sacrifice on behalf of those who disregard, dislike, or actively hate us.” At a minimum, military action must not accrue any additional land, treasure, or resources to the United States. The less defensible an intervention is, the better.
The goal of eradicating the LRA is a praiseworthy one, but it will not be an easy task. Max Fisher at The Atlantic assessed: “Disarming the LRA today would mean sweeping thousands of miles of dense jungle with metal detectors. Defunding them would require persuading Sudanese President Omar Bashir, who is still fighting insurgent groups in Darfur and elsewhere, that supporting terrorist groups, his signature tactic for decades, is no longer in his interest.”
It may be a worthwhile humanitarian undertaking, but it is one launched with at best dubious Congressional authorization and which — the moment the LRA machetes an American soldier — has the potential to widen well beyond the parameters Obama insisted would hold when he deployed them by fiat.