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The US takes on the Lords Resistance Army

#2
Too right we should be offering our assistance to Kenya, would they want it though?

It's playing havoc with one's social life that Kenya is off limits. One has to raise one's eyebrow when the other half suggests a little holiday there and have I made a will out in the same sentence...
 
#3
No idea about the US sending in more troops to Uganda but I doubt it in the short term - no money and no public appetite. Though, if I was a betting man, I'd say East Africa has bags of potential as the next US/Brit armed forces foreign adventure destination.
 
#4
Too right we should be offering our assistance to Kenya, would they want it though?

It's playing havoc with one's social life that Kenya is off limits. One has to raise one's eyebrow when the other half suggests a little holiday there and have I made a will out in the same sentence...
Let her go first and if it's safe you can follow.
 
#6
12 Feb 55 - President Eisenhower's administration sends the first U.S. advisers to South Vietnam to train the South Vietnamese Army.

Obviously Vietnam was a low key affair so this probably won't escalate either.
 
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goatrutar

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#7
The yanks getting involved in another counter insurgency? That'll end well. Does Uganda have oil?
 
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The yanks getting involved in another counter insurgency? That'll end well. Does Uganda have oil?
That area has tin, copper, coltan and all the other goodies. The LRA has made commercial exploitation difficult - also the LRA crisscross over the borders of Congo and S Sudan which would give the Yanks "influence" in those mineral rich areas too. Plan B for Uganda might have been to invite the PRC to sort it. The Yanks ain't stupid - on this one at least.
 
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goatrutar

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That area has tin, copper, coltan and all the other goodies. The LRA has made commercial exploitation difficult - also the LRA crisscross over the borders of Congo and S Sudan which would give the Yanks "influence" in those mineral rich areas too. Plan B for Uganda might have been to invite the PRC to sort it. The Yanks ain't stupid - on this one at least.
Bit like afghanistan then. Would prc have sent troops if asked though?

Ps. Wtf is Coltan?
 
#12
"12 Feb 55 - President Eisenhower's administration sends the first U.S. advisers to South Vietnam to train the South Vietnamese Army."

Couldn't agree more.

john
 

udipur

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Book Reviewer
#13
Always best to go into a country you've never worked in before without asking those who have what they think of the idea.

Brilliant strategy.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Homer Simpson of campaign planning.
 
#14
Given the US interest in, and involvement with, the Horn of Africa (not a dodgy blacksploitation porn movie from the 70's), this is a rather good and tangental flanking move - with greater benefits than merely removing the LRA from the playing field. As others have commented, there are mineral deposits and a significant PRC presence in the region (after all, the PRC always plays a long game and has looked to secure it's future pre-eminance by securing mineral and food resources in rich areas such as Africa.) This might almost be a grown up move by the US: but watch out for the potential proxy wars over the next decade or so.
 
#15
It's all a preemptive gambit prior to a full scale invasion of Kenya to release it from the yoke and oppression of British colonialism. Ole Obama pledged that to his Granpappy.
 

Andy_S

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Book Reviewer
#16
Good luck to 'em. These are SF not Rangers, which means working with and among the natives (should that be 'locals' in this day and age?) rather than storming around the place like a Hollywood visual effects department on a beano.

Given the nastiness of the opposition and the strategic materials in this part of the world, it seems like there are at least two good ideas to go in:
Human rights protection should keep the chattering classes happy; and
All those underground dollars waiting to be dug up should have Cheney and co slavering at the bit.

The question of course, is mission parameters.

Oh, and the other question is whether those handsome young men in their dashing green bonnets can avoid the notorious Ugandan "bum drillers" who may "assault their buttocks" with their "monster whoppers."

In Conrad's words: "The horror, the horror."

(I am not making this up - the bit about rampant sodomy, I can't speak for Conrad - these are, in fact, serious perils according to the local media who have out-tabloided The Sun with their magnificent headline writing. Pls see NAAFI Bar for further details.)
 

Andy_S

LE
Book Reviewer
#18
John:

Not sure if the Ugandan sodomites are imported Pathan guerillas; they could equally be recently unemployed British defense secretaries.

"Insert a cork before inserting into theatre," would be my advice to any green berets about to deploy. And on patrol: Ensure that the rear man in the file is keeping a damn sharp look out.
 
#19
Memory says from my 9 Years in Mid East, up to 30 'Backscuttling' is acceptable between Arabs.
After 30 bloke is considered breaking the Koran.

john
 

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