by Peter Van Buren W-a-y back in October 2011 the U.S. invaded, albeit in a small way, the Central African Republic, because, well, big countries can still do stuff like that in Africa. Now, in December 2012, we’ve evacuated our diplomats and civilians because the invasion failed and chaos reigns in yet another place the U.S. muddled. Happy New Year!
Obama sent some 100 U.S. troops to central Africa to help battle a
rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army. American troops
deployed to South Sudan, the Central African Republic
and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The troops were
combat-equipped to “fight only in self-defense,” a dubious statement
given that as armed troops they are stomping around someone else’s
country. That sort of calls for an armed response by the homeboys, and
thus the need to self-defend, yes?
FYI, The Lord’s Resistance Army are a bunch of terrible thugs who
have conducted a two-decade spree of murder, rape and kidnapping. They
have not, however, attacked the U.S. They live really far away from
Anyway, like Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and pretty everywhere
else the U.S. has bumbled into, things are not working out in the
Central African Republic. Another 50 U.S. troops
have deployed to the African country of Chad to help evacuate U.S.
citizens and embassy personnel from the neighboring Central African
Republic’s capital of Bangui in the face of rebel advances toward the
city. Obama informed congressional leaders of Thursday’s deployment in a
letter Saturday citing a “deteriorating security situation” in the
Central African Republic.
For those keeping score at home, this all tracks the growing US military presence throughout Africa
(Admitted: Uganda, South Sudan, Mali, Central African Republic,
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana, Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia and
Djibouti, currently some 5,000 personnel), complete with complex
special ops, US troops on the ground engaged in “training” and
occasional combat, along with the sad, usual accidents involving
prostitutes and naughty boys that follow our military worldwide, most
recently in Mali.