The Search For LRA Leader Joseph Krony ? Something doesn’t pass the sniff test….

Why “dump” this story on a Friday?  Supposedly President Obama dispatched U.S. special forces two days ago into Uganda, Sudan, CAR and Congo to find “Lords Resistance Army” leader Joseph Krony under the auspices of his Responsibility To Protect (R2P) doctrine.   According to international reports Joseph Krony is a murderous, horrific domestic terrorist within the African region.

According to ABC News report two days ago President Obama authorized the deployment to Uganda of approximately 100 combat-equipped U.S. forces to help regional forces “remove from the battlefield” — meaning capture or kill — Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony and senior leaders of the LRA.

The forces will deploy beginning with a small group and grow over the next month to 100. They will ultimately go to Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the permission of those countries.

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.”

The president said that for more than two decades the LRA has been responsible for having “murdered, raped, and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women, and children in central Africa” and continues to “commit atrocities across the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan that have a disproportionate impact on regional security.” 

The US has been helping the four African nations counter the LRA for several years by providing local militaries with training and equipment.  In the Democratic Republic of the Congo the US helped train a light infantry battalion deployed to fight the LAR and  over the last three years in Uganda the US has provided $33 million to help Uganda’s military.

As for how long the US troops will be in the region, a spokesman at US Africa Command says he could not provide specifics, “but our forces are prepared to stay as long as necessary to enable regional security forces to carry on independently.

The president in his letter noted that Congress passed “the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act,” signed into law on May 24, 2010, in which, the president said, “the Congress also expressed support for increased, comprehensive U.S. efforts to help mitigate and eliminate the threat posed by the LRA to civilians and regional stability.”

When the president signed that letter in May 2010,  he said the bill “crystallizes the commitment of the United States to help bring an end to the brutality and destruction that have been a hallmark of the LRA across several countries for two decades, and to pursue a future of greater security and hope for the people of central Africa. The Lord’s Resistance Army preys on civilians – killing, raping, and mutilating the people of central Africa; stealing and brutalizing their children; and displacing hundreds of thousands of people.  Its leadership, indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, has no agenda and no purpose other than its own survival.  It fills its ranks of fighters with the young boys and girls it abducts.  By any measure, its actions are an affront to human dignity.”

The act passed both houses of Congress with overwhelming support on May 10, 2010 with language that included “providing political, economic, military, and intelligence support for viable multilateral efforts to protect civilians from the Lord’s Resistance Army.”

Human Rights Watch has a great deal of information about the infamous LRA.

So this is the “supposed justification” for U.S. involvement.   But it strikes as more than a little coincidental the timing of this action happens on the same day a terror plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador on U.S. soil was revealed.   The same day.   At the same time Attorney General Eric Holder was revealing the terror plot U.S. special forces were entering Africa prepared to “assist” in hunting down Joseph Krony.   Coincidence?  Maybe, but also consider this story which was buried, never reported, and overshadowed by the Holder press conference:

Terrorists Seeking Missing Libyan Missiles, U.S. Official SaysBRUSSELS — Terrorist groups have expressed interest  in obtaining some of the thousands of shoulder-launched missiles that have gone  missing in Libya  and the issue has become a priority for the Obama administration, a senior U.S.  official said Friday.

Andrew J. Shapiro, Assistant Secretary of State for  Political-Military Affairs, said Friday the missiles “could pose a threat to  civil aviation.”

“We know that terrorist groups have expressed  interest in obtaining these weapons,” he said, adding that the issue issue of  securing the weapons was a priority for President  Obama and Secretary of State Hillary  Clinton.

Libya was believed to have about 20,000 such  missiles in its arsenals before civil  war began in March, Shapiro said. Although many were destroyed by NATO air  strikes, thousands are missing.

“The possibility that these weapons may cross  borders is an area of considerable concern,” Shapiro said. “That’s why U.S. has  been working with countries bordering Libya to prevent  (proliferation).”

Reports that thousands of the portable, short-range  missiles were missing first surfaced at the end of September, when NATO’s top  military officer, Adm. Giampaolo Di Paola, was cited as telling German lawmakers  that the alliance had lost track of at least 10,000 surface-to-air missiles from  Libyan military depots.  The State  Department had sent 15 specialists to Libya to track down the weapons and  plans to increase the number to 50 soon, Shapiro said, adding the U.S. has  allocated $30 million to the effort.

He said vast majority of the missing missiles were  Soviet-made SA-7 Strela (Arrow) with infrared homing.

The United  States and other Western nations have been trying for decades to reduce the  global stock of portable missiles, fearing they could fall into the hands of  terrorists. The small, easily concealable SAM-7s are considered obsolete by  modern military standards but could pose a threat to civilian airliners or  helicopters.

Weighing just 14 kilograms (31 pounds) and only  1.40-meters (4-feet) long, the 1960s-era missile can reach an altitude of over  3,000 meters (10,000 feet).

Thousands have been used in wars in the Middle East, Latin  America, Central Asia and former Yugoslavia. Civilian aircraft as well as  U.S. and allied warplanes and helicopters have been damaged or downed by the  missiles in Afghanistan  and Iraq.

“Libya was largest non-producing country holding  MANPADS,” he said, referring to the weapons by their official designation of  Man-Portable Air-Defense Systems.

Now, to understand how these two stories may be connected you need to remember the previous articles we have discussed about “where” these MANPAD missiles are know to have ended up.

(AFP)- AL-QAEDA’S offshoot in North Africa has snatched surface-to-air missiles from an arsenal in Libya during the civil strife there, Chad’s President says.  Idriss Deby Itno did not say how many surface-to-air missiles were stolen, but told the African weekly Jeune Afrique that he was “100 per cent sure” of his assertion.  “The Islamists of al-Qaeda took advantage of the pillaging of arsenals in the rebel zone to acquire arms, including surface-to-air missiles, which were then smuggled into their sanctuaries in Tenere,” a desert region of the Sahara that stretches from northeast Niger to western Chad, Deby said in the interview.

“This is very serious. AQIM is becoming a genuine army, the best equipped in the region,” he said.   (read more)

DOJ Memo Confirms That Terrorists Have Entered The United States from Mexico.   Just last year Homeland Security authorities put out an alert concerning a group of terror-tied Somalis who were attempting to enter the country through Mexico. Then last May another terror alert was issued for a known Al-Shabaab official, Mohamed Ali, who was suspected of trying to cross the border from Mexico. And in February 2010, a Virginia convert to Islam who was in contact with Al-Shabaab officials, Anthony Joseph Tracy, was charged for his role in an international smuggling ring that brought at least 200 Somalis into the U.S. on Cuban travel documents.

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13 Responses to The Search For LRA Leader Joseph Krony ? Something doesn’t pass the sniff test….

  1. I bet he’s going to be running the New Black Panther’s cadre of poll watches at the 2012 polls in Philly. Hell, he’s more qualified than Zulu Shabazz, if it’s “poll watchin’” you be after.

  2. Solaratov says:

    “As for how long the US troops will be in the region, a spokesman at US Africa Command says he could not provide specifics, “but our forces are prepared to stay as long as necessary to enable regional security forces to carry on independently.”

    Didn’t someone say about the same thing in the very early 60s (when I went) about VietNam? It su-u-u-u-re sounds familiar.

    (Of course, sending 100 troops and using about half of them as ‘non-combat combat troops [the rest are admin and support] to cover FOUR {4} countries almost guarantees that they’ll receive “re-enforcements” in short order.)

    • texan59 says:

      While I was a little young back then, I recall reading how the hallowed JFK sent in “advisors” to Viet Nam. Hmmm. History repeats itself.

    • I wonder if there’s any “alternative lifestyle” soldiers there, since DADT is no longer in effect? They’re liable to either start decorating all the huts or decide to save the country by having an impromptu Broadway show!

  3. Solaratov says:

    “The US has been helping the four African nations counter the LRA for several years by providing local militaries with training and equipment. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo the US helped train a light infantry battalion deployed to fight the LAR and over the last three years in Uganda the US has provided $33 million to help Uganda’s military.”

    But FIFTY {50} SOCOM operators spread over four countries will grab the Bad Guy in short order.
    Is that the plan?

    Wizard! Absolutely wizard!

    • frenchreader says:

      Has the fact that Kony claims that he is a christian has anything to do with this ?

    • A friend of mine was in El Salvador, when we were literally retraining their military to find the bad guys and not just kill everyone, both campesinos and FMLA, in the own version of, “Let G_d sort ‘em out.” He spent something like 2+ years down there, most of the time in the bush.

      Fast forward these programs to post-9/11, and you get what Rob Kaplan so wonderfully described in his great book, Imperial Grunts. Check it out; it’s a great read.

    • Exactly Sol, you point out part of the ridiculous framework of the administration position. All the support we already have there cannot find/kill him , but adding 50 more will?

      Also, how, just how does this make sense? ….”deploying these U.S. Armed Forces furthers U.S. national security interests”… ? Huh? What risk does Joseph Krony present to The United States? This statement does not make sense.

      There is more to it than this administration is saying…..

  4. Solaratov says:

    Perhaps this might explain a bit………………..

    via WSJ:
    The development leaves the key deal in balance as Uganda awaits the commencement of up to $10 billion oil development projects in the oil rich Lake Albertine rift, where at least 20 oil fields have been discovered so far in three blocks.

    Of course, we all *know* that only a Republican president would trade blood for oil.
    Oh……..wait.
    That never happened.

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