President Obama has sent 100 troops into Uganda to help fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels. This deployment comes on the heels of a $45 million dollar military aid package to Uganda that included four unmanned drones…the US weapon of choice in the war against terror.
While the administration emphatically states that these troops are being inserted into the region in a “strictly advisory capacity” the infusion of military personnel and armaments into yet another country screams of military expansion at a time when Americans are hollering for withdrawal. Those of us old enough to remember our “Southeastern Asia conflict”…better known as the Vietnam War…are very skeptical of the term “advisory capacity.”
Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and now Uganda fall under the shadow of US military presence. And this doesn’t include Syria and Iran; countries many of our elected officials believe warrant our military presence.
As we watch the Obama administration quietly expand our military activity into the Horn of Africa we cannot help but wonder how loud the outcry would have been had George W. Bush pulled the same stunt.