Obama orders U.S. troops to help chase down African 'army' leader
October 14th, 2011
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Obama orders U.S. troops to help chase down African 'army' leader

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is sending about 100 U.S. troops to Africa to help hunt down the leaders of the notoriously violent Lord's Resistance Army.

"I have authorized a small number of combat-equipped U.S. forces to deploy to central Africa to provide assistance to regional forces that are working toward the removal of Joseph Kony from the battlefield," Obama said in letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Daniel Inouye, the president pro tempore of the Senate. Kony is the head of the Lord's Resistance Army.

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  1. Rick in OP

    Will the be War No. 3 or War No. 4 we are involved in?

    October 14, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Here we go.........meddling into other people's affairs.........AGAIN!

    Will we NEVER learn?????

    October 14, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republicans want the president to concentrate on declaring war on Iran. I know the GOP will oppose this action, as they see this has little chance for defense contractors to make billions.

    October 14, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Chaz

    @ Wire Palladin, S.F.
    I guess you didn't see the part where Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, weighed in to support the effort. That's ok though, just go back to thinking that all republicans are the enemy and don't care about the welfare of another human being.

    October 14, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Vigla

    We were invited by the government of that nation to assist in the capture of a band of rebels. Oh, but this is Africa and there is no oil or maney to be made by defense contractors...so it must be bad.

    October 14, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. vet in texas

    there were contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan so the GOP was for it
    there were no contractors in Libya and in central Africa so.............you know what they will say.

    Remember folks, after the "mission acomplished" banner was flown, we where there to liberate Iraq from tyranny......

    October 14, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    Kony claims he is a prophet sent from God to replace the Ugandan government with a democracy based on the Ten Commandments.
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    Things that make you say, "Hmm." Deja vu.

    October 14, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. John K.

    RE: Wire Palladin, S. F.

    "The republicans want the president to concentrate on declaring war on Iran. I know the GOP will oppose this action, as they see this has little chance for defense contractors to make billions."

    Are you kidding or are you that stupid?

    October 14, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Lisa P

    I really hate all this military intervention/assassination stuff as a way of solving problems or creating "justice" but I have to admit: it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Read up on it. Kony is a real piece of work who has spent decades spreading misery across East Africa. If 100 U.S. troops are going to help put a stop to him it would be well worth it in gratitude alone.

    October 14, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As a matter of clarity, all republicans are the enemy, and don't care about the welfare of another human being.

    October 14, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    "Here we go.........meddling into other people's affairs.........AGAIN!"

    So, Rick, were you opposed to going to attacking Iraq at the time?

    October 14, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Jackson

    When the white american soldiers start shooting at the africans; someone will pull the racist card again!!!!!

    October 14, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |