White House Announces $100+ Million in Largely Military Aid to Central African Republic

on the mapReasonThe French-led intervention in the Central African Republic isn’t something the United States wants to be left out of. US military flights in support of the intervention began last week, and now the White House has pledged up to $116 million in mostly military aid to the country, in addition to the $24 million in aid the federal government was planning on spending there this year.

From USA Today:

The United States plans to provide more than $100 million in security and humanitarian assistance to the war-torn Central African Republic, the White House announced Thursday.

"The CAR faces extraordinary challenges to restore security and to ensure protection of the civilian population," the White House said in a statement.

It added: "We are actively working to help end the violence, protect civilians, prevent atrocities, provide humanitarian assistance, and help create an environment that allows constitutional and democratic governance to be restored."

See the White House’s  full  statement and “fact sheet” here. Up to $60 million of the aid will be for “defense services” and “defense articles” for the French forces that arrived in the Central African Republic earlier this month as well as the African-led mission deployed in the country. Another $40 million will go to “Peacekeeping Operations funding” for the African-led portion of the intervention in the Central African Republic.

No word from the White House if it'll decide to spend money on the crisis in nearby South Sudan, too. President Obama has also deployed military personnel across the continent, from the Niger to Uganda, but today's announcement did not mention troops.

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    Obama: "Oh look, the French are getting involved in an African country! No fair! I want to interfere too! And a juice box! NOW!!!"

  • Hugh Akston||

    Will sending money for weapons and troops really satisfy the warboners?

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    Bush's warboner was bigger!

  • Buffett's Buttplug||

    Dumbya would have already put boots on the ground and converted everyone to Christfagianity at sword point.

  • Ken Shultz||

    I'm sure this time it will be different.

  • Drake||

    No problem, we'll just take it out of the surplus.

  • Paul.||

    The White House should stick to doing ads with prancing fancy boys aimed at gay men.

  • kinnath||


  • Smilin' Joe Fission||


  • kinnath||


  • Spoonman.||

    This is really the Central African Republic's turning point, though. If we succeed today we can expect it to have a stable, growing economy where rebellions and the barbarous treatment of women are a thing of the past.

    Just kidding, this is fucking stupid.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    Was it we destroyed $7 billion of our own weapons in the Middle East in the past year?

    This time, we're going to give money away, and then sell our equipment to the CAR. Genius.

  • DJF||

    Who exactly are we supporting, the old government or the new one installed by the rebels?

    Or is knowing such things isolationist?

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Thank goodness we threw off the shackles of that Sekwester. Now we can get back to the serious business of spreading freedom across the globe.

  • Bo Cara Esq.||

    The White House announced today that in lieu of throwing 100 million dollars into a hole, it would instead be sent as aid in the resolution of the conflict in the CAR.

  • Invisible Finger||

    So, actually WORSE than throwing it into a hole.

  • Drake||

    Crop dusting a random town with the money would be more beneficial.

  • Sevo||

    Hey! Santa can toss around the candy, right?

  • Batgirl||

    Over $100 million. But we cannot afford to honor our commitments to veterans because there's nothing left to cut.

  • ||

    I remember around 2010 when Obama made a big deal about ordering his cabinet to cut $100 million within 90 days to show he was serious about cutting the deficit. Now he’s sending more than that in weapons to a country of 4 ½ million people.

  • RishJoMo||

    Dude you gotta be kidding me man!



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