Following The Money In Uganda

A website called Klein Online posted an article on October 15th about some of the reasons for America’s involvement in Uganda.

The article reports:

An influential “crisis management organization” that boasts billionaire George Soros as a member of its executive board recently recommended the U.S. deploy a special advisory military team to Uganda to help with operations and run an intelligence platform. 

The president-emeritus of that organization, the International Crisis Group, is the principal author of Responsibility to Protect, the military doctrine used by Obama to justify the U.S.-led NATO campaign in Libya.

Soros’ own Open Society Institute is one of only three nongovernmental funders of the Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect, a doctrine that has been cited many times by activists urging intervention in Uganda.

As we prepare to leave Iraq to Iran and prepare to leave Afghanistan to the Taliban, we are protecting the financial interests of George Soros, a man who has stated that he has no love for America.

Max Fisher recently wrote in The Atlantic that he could not see how the Lord’s Resistance Army was a threat to America.

The article at Klein Online further reports:

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 Soros-funded Revenue Watch Institute. PWYP international is actually hosted by the Open Society Foundation in London.

The billionaire’s Open Society Institute, meanwhile, runs numerous offices in Uganda. It maintains a country manager in Uganda, as well as the Open Society Initiative for East Africa, which supports work in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

A stable society in Uganda is a good thing for everyone. However, it is a particularly good thing for George Soros. It’s nice that the United States military is willing to protect the finances of a man who is attempting to use those finances to destroy the United States.

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I’ve Heard This Song Before

On Friday, ABC News reported that President Obama would be sending 100 U. S. troops to Uganda to help that country deal with the forces of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), it’s leader Joseph Kony, and senior leaders of the LRA.

The article reports:

The president made this announcement in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Friday afternoon, saying that “deploying these U.S. Armed Forces furthers U.S. national security interests and foreign policy and will be a significant contribution toward counter-LRA efforts in central Africa.”

He said that “although the U.S. forces are combat-equipped, 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.”

I will not argue that the LRA is a nasty group of people. I just hate to see any more U. S. troops deployed anywhere. It would seem to me that if the United Nations were worth anything, this would be a job their peace-keeping forces could do. I understand that the United States makes up a large portion of those forces, but I truly think it is time for that to change.

Just a reminder. According to Wikipedia:

November 1, 1955 — President Eisenhower deploys the Military Assistance Advisory Group to train the ARVN (South Vietnamese Army). This marks the official beginning of American involvement in the war as recognized by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

We have forgotten how to fight a war. You go in with guns blazing, kill the bad guys, help set up a viable government, then leave. Consider how Japan and Germany were treated after World War II. Japan had not been a democracy and their were serious doubts as to whether the Japanese were capable of being a stable, capitalistic, democracy. Frankly, I think they got it! Sending in advisers leads to more advisers, leads to soldiers, leads to more soldiers, leads to ridiculous rules of engagement. leads to dead Americans. I understand that the LRA are bad people, but America has no national security interest in Uganda. I wouldn’t object to putting together a group of countries to send in troops, but I object to America sending in 100 troops by itself.