Shocker: South Sudanese faction that shot at U.S. aircraft supplied by Iran, China

Yanks, getting in the way of bullets again.

Three U.S. Osprey aircraft were hit by rebel fire in South Sudan on Saturday during an evacuation operation for American citizens.  The Americans were being evacuated from the town of Bor, in the southern region of South Sudan near the capital of Juba.  Four U.S. service members (presumably Marines) were injured when the aircraft took fire, and had to be transported via Uganda to Kenya for treatment.

South Sudan has had internal conflict since declaring its independence and obtaining recognition of statehood in July 2011.  Fighting flared up this month, by various reports due to a coup attempt, or to Continue reading “Shocker: South Sudanese faction that shot at U.S. aircraft supplied by Iran, China”

Send in the drones? Reflections on the troop deployment to Africa

Isn’t it bliss?

Obama’s decision to deploy 100 Special Forces soldiers to Uganda, as advisers in the regional fight against the homicidal Lord’s Resistance Army, has drawn criticism and concern across the political spectrum.  There are good reasons for that.

The basic criticism is that the move repeats the worst error committed in past deployments of US troops:  sending task forces too small to achieve anything decisive, and giving them vague, open-ended missions.  The grand debacle of Vietnam started out in precisely this manner. Continue reading “Send in the drones? Reflections on the troop deployment to Africa”