Federal Judge Permits Father of Serviceman Killed on USS Cole to Express Opposition to Islamic Terrorism Over Objections of Marine Base Commander!
1983. A time when America was “Peace Keeping” and weren’t in it to “win”

I just dont get it. 100 Combat troops sent to Africa (not in support of the War on Terrorism)

I just don’t get it. With the greatest drawdown of US military forces currently underway and our troop commitment growing what other action is expected except for one of the missions to fail? You cannot fight multiple battles – wars on multiple fronts and be successful. Currently we have US forces in Iraq (still even though every politician has said they have come home and the mission is done….not), in Afghanistan fighting our asses off in the War on Terrorism. Now as announced (below) in Africa where over 100++ combat troops are on the ground in a new war as its clearly stated is not in support of the War on Terrorism.  Needless to say everyone has lost sight of several “other” locations that we still have troops located and yes fighting in.

We have lost so many combat veteran troops from our military from budget cuts and our operation tempo has actually increased.  Hmmm if I was an enemy of the US I would be foaming at the mouth right about now. When you take combat hardened troops away out of the military, that vital experience element is lost forever. When you spread that same force so thin it breaks it can only get worse. Why would we send our warriors away and out of the military that have been so successful in the past? Why would we initiate yet another war especially during our current budget constraints? If we are gutting our military does it make sense to spread it thin?

Time for a CGar!


Obama Sends U.S. Forces to Help in Central Africa


By Cheryl Pellerin

American Forces Press Service


WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2011 - President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment to central Africa of 100 combat-equipped U.S. forces whose mission is to help regional forces fight the notorious Lord's Resistance Army and its leader, Joseph Kony.


In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Daniel Inouye, president pro tempore of the Senate, Obama notified Congress of his actions, as required by the War Powers Resolution of 1973, a federal law intended to limit the president's power to commit the United States to armed conflict without congressional consent.


On Oct. 12, the president wrote, the initial team of U.S. combat-equipped military personnel deployed to Uganda. A total of 100 service members and civilians will deploy to the region over the next month, including a second combat-equipped team and headquarters, communications and logistics personnel.


Obama said the forces will provide information, advice and assistance to select partner nation forces and act as advisers to partner forces that seek to remove Kony and other senior LRA leadership from the battlefield.


U.S. forces will not engage LRA forces unless necessary for self-defense, the president said, and "all appropriate precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of U.S. military personnel during their deployment."


"For more than two decades," Obama wrote, "the Lord's Resistance Army has murdered, raped and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women and children in central Africa."


The army continues to commit atrocities across the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, he added, and these actions have "a disproportionate impact on regional security."


"Since 2008," the president wrote, "the United States has supported regional military efforts to pursue the LRA and protect local communities.


Even with limited U.S. assistance, regional military efforts have been unable to remove Kony or his top commanders from the battlefield, Obama said.


In the Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009, enacted in May 2010, the president wrote, Congress expressed support for increased, comprehensive U.S. efforts to help mitigate and eliminate the threat posed by the LRA to civilians and regional stability.


"Subject to the approval of each respective host nation," the president wrote, "elements of these U.S. forces will deploy into Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo."


The support provided by U.S. forces, he added, will enhance regional efforts against the LRA.


"I believe that deploying these U.S. armed forces furthers U.S. national security interests and foreign policy," Obama wrote, "and will be a significant contribution toward counter-LRA efforts in central Africa."


During an Oct. 4 military strategy forum, Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command, commented on the LRA.


"If you ever had any question if there's evil in the world, it's resident in the person of Joesph Kony and that organization," Ham said.


The U.S. military, Ham said, has focused on facilitating intelligence, and in a State Department-led effort, U.S. personnel trained a battalion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's armed forces. Ham said the U.S. government was looking to increase support to the counter-LRA efforts by increasing the number of military advisors and trainers and training another battalion.


A senior Defense Department official said today that since 2008, the United States has provided $33 million in support to the Ugandan military's counter-LRA efforts and is providing logistical support, nonlethal equipment, training and intelligence assistance to other militaries working to counter the LRA.


For example,the officialïsaid, the United States is working to provide some equipment to the Central African Republic's armed forces and coordinating with them to help in capitalizing on their counter-LRA efforts in the eastern part of that country.


The U.S.-trained Democratic Republic of Congo battalion now is deployed to Dungu in northeastern Congo, an area that has been affected by LRA operations,�the official�said, adding that Africom also is exploring ways to support South Sudan's military.


The 100 U.S. personnel whose deployment the president announced today are going to regional capitals and other areas to work with governments, their militaries, and the peacekeeping missions in order for these forces to counter the LRA threat and protect civilians,the officialïsaid. This includes both military and nonmilitary personnel, he added, stressing that these U.S. troops will be working to advise and assist regional efforts, not acting independently.


The advisors will travel to field locations in the areas affected by the LRA where they can interact with and advise those forces that are actively pursuing the LRA,�the official�said, repeating that they will not be engaging in direct combat against the LRA.


The U.S. forces supporting this operation are primarily special operations forces who will work to build the capacity of the units they are working with, the Pentagon official�said.


"They bring the experience and technical capability to train, advise and assist partner security forces in support of programs designed to support internal security,he said. "Our intention is to provide the right balance of strategic and tactical experience to supplement host nation military efforts.


"Ultimately," he continued, "Africans are responsible for African security, but we remain committed to our partners to enable their efforts to provide for their own security."


Sammy D

I agree - complete lack of broad defense policy, continued knee-jerk reaction to events playing out around the world, and indeterminate mission goals. As a civilian, I am embarrassed that we expect our troops to put their lives on the line under such an incompetent administration.


Things that make you say WHAT?

Mike P

I served with the Kenyan Army, on a joint exercise back in '82. While I think that an effective fighting force can be raised in that part of the world, I question the ability of a very small contigent of our Military to have much effect. Considering the tribal divisions that exist in the culture, along with the willingness to commit atrocities, an example being the Rwandan massacre. Do those folks over there need help? Yes. Should it be our men and women going into harms way? No. This Sunday is the 28th anniversary of the Beirut Bombing, a hard example of what happens when we stick our nose into something that we have no business getting into, asked or not. It seems that we never learn the lesson of having not only a clear mission, but realizing what we are getting into before we send our troops in. If it is for the win, then go for it. If not, sit it out. Won't bother me. Semper Fi.


Oh, but they're only 'acting as advisors'....Geeze, where have I heard that before, Vietnam???


the same thing happened in 46, 53, 73, 91 and amazingly by the same scumbags that own the White House. and there is no love lost for Americans/ they ain't.

I didnt vote for him

Despite all of the rhetoric coming out of Washington about cutting federal spending and living within our means, the numbers don't lie. According to the recently released numbers by the Congressional Budget Office, our Federal Government spending was up 5% in 2011 over what we spent in 2010. This marks the largest year of budget expenditures in our nation's history.
The Federal government spent an alarming $3.6 trillion dollars in 2011, more than the previous year and even more than 2009 when President Obama pushed his failed Stimulus package through an attempt to spend us out of a recession.

At a time when most American's are struggling for revenue and are forced to cut back, it is unconscionable how our federal government continues to increase their spending and plunge our nation further into debt.


I‘m with you, Major along with all of the above comments. Not getting this either! To add to my confusion, Jim Inhofe was behind this decision to put boots on the ground 100%. ?????????????????


This is NUTS! Yes, I’m sympathetic and concerned in regard to the atrocities taking place in Uganda and other nations but we need to take care of business on our southern border. People are being very naïve if they think there is some mystical line that can’t be crossed when it comes to seeing the same atrocities happening right here on our own soil.

Wake up America!




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jim b

Unfortunately I am sure I will have a dog in this fight.

Two trips to the 'stan ... an effort that the CIC seems to be working hard at tossing ... and now a trip to this goat roping.

I am sure I know several of the others who will be with him.

I now know how my wife felt sitting behind and waiting.

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