Africa

Joseph Kony is a Terrorist

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Joseph Kony, Osama bin Laden, Hitler

Joseph Kony has been labelled a "terrorist" by the Department of State:

I hereby determine that the individual known as Joseph Kony has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.

This decision was made by then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in August 2008. Of course Kony is a heinous warlord. His Lord's Resistance Army (L.R.A.) has brutally raped, murdered, and abducted thousands and thousands of children.

But with his army of 200 child soldiers in eastern Africa, does Kony really "poses a significant risk" to the United States? How many Americans has the L.R.A. killed?

American citizens killed by Kony: 0.

I have yet to find an instance where the L.R.A. has actually killed U.S. citizens. (Reasoners! If you do find any cases where Kony or the L.R.A. has directly killed U.S. citizens, please share a link in the comments below. I'll gladly update this page accordingly.)

Although it's blatantly absurd to list Kony as a threat to the United States, this terrorist designation laid the groundwork for future involvement against the L.R.A. This listing was one of the rationales behind the "Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act." Signed by President Obama in May 2010, this act made it "the policy of the United States:"

to apprehend or remove Joseph Kony and his top commanders from the battlefield in the continued absence of a negotiated solution, and to disarm and demobilize the remaining Lord's Resistance Army fighters (2).

That act was later cited by Obama in October 2011 when he sent 100 "combat equipped" military advisers to stop the L.R.A. in four African nations: Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic.

But thanks to the widely seen Kony 2012 video, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) have introduced a new Congressional resolution (H.Res. 583). This would increase U.S. assistance to the nations pursuing Kony. Once again, the "threat" Kony poses to the United States is used to justify the resolution (2).

H.Res. 583 would expand "the number of capable regional military forces deployed to protect civilians and pursue LRA commanders" (6). But as I discussed in a previous post, "even the Ugandan government deprioritizes the L.R.A." Uganda only has 1,500 soldiers against the LRA, one-third of its original force. Instead, it has been redeploying troops to combat al-Shabab in Somalia. Meanwhile, a U.S. trained battalion of Congolese soldiers "has yet to prove it can actively protect civilians from LRA raids." Plus, these regional militaries have a history of human rights abuses.

However, the McGovern-Royce resolution also calls for "promoting increased contributions from European and other donor nations for regional security efforts" (6). The U.S. should not have to be the policeman of the world. Even assuming there must be an intervention, why does it have to be the United States? The European Union, the African Union, and/or South Africa could all play a greater role to stop Kony.

Reason on Kony 2012, U.S. involvement against Kony, and "Kony 2012's Old-Fashioned War Propaganda." The tl;dr version: a Kony 2012 rap.

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  1. Ah, so it is Bush’s fault.

    1. BOOOSH!!!11!!!!

    2. Obama is the new Bush, you need to start blaming everything on Obama now. Blaming Bush was so 2000-2008.

      1. You need to check your James Carville memos.

        1. I can just go ask him. He lives across the street from where I work.

          1. Dream Team.

  2. I bet his capture isn’t feasible. He’d better keep his eyes on the sky.

    1. Where he operates, you can’t see the sky for all the trees.

      And the sky can’t see you.

      1. What about monkeys? Do they have monkeys?

        1. I don’t know why we can’t train monkeys to be assassins. We can train dolphins to plant bombs.

          1. Dolphins are loyal.

            Monkeys? let’s just say, never leave your best moneky alone with your girlfriend.

            Don’t ask how I know.

            1. Dr. Evil: You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads! Now evidently my cycloptic colleague informs me that that cannot be done. Ah, would you remind me what I pay you people for, honestly? Throw me a bone here! What do we have?

              Number Two: Sea Bass.

              Dr. Evil: [pause] Right.

              Number Two: They’re mutated sea bass.

              Dr. Evil: Are they ill tempered?

              Number Two: Absolutely.

              Dr. Evil: Oh well, that’s a start.

            2. You were in that Fallout Boy video?

      2. Do our murder drones not come with napalm?

        1. No shit.

          And won’t everyone be surprised when in the effort to kill him, we end up killing a bunch of his child soldiers that we are so worried about.

  3. Joseph Kony has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.

    If our foreign policy is to kill him, his being alive is definitely a threat to that. Nice little circle.

  4. Ain’t this a bitch?
    Life isn’t fair
    Here I am down on the ground
    With you up in the air
    Send in the drones
    Where are the drones?
    *BOOM*
    Don’t bother, they’re here!

    1. Drone process at work again!

    2. My previous rendition of send in the drones:

      Isn’t that rich?
      He has a pair.
      Boots on the ground is last year;
      Death from mid-air.
      Send in the drones.

      Maybe we can collaborate…

  5. I have to correct the article, the bulk of the Ugandan soldiers are dedicated to keep Museveni in power, not fighting Al Shabab, and certainly not Kony.

    If Kony is the best enemy that the US military can come up with, then they are in bigger trouble than I thought, there is no way they can justify their huge budget anymore when the threat to national security is Kony.

  6. “But with his army of 200 child soldiers in eastern Africa, does Kony really “poses a significant risk” to the United States? How many Americans has the L.R.A. killed?”
    _
    so nick are you advocating we ignore our quid pro quo committments to our ethiopian & ugandan allies who sent their troops into somalia against al shabaab & the islamic courts?

    1. “so nick are you advocating we ignore our quid pro quo committments to our ethiopian & ugandan allies who sent their troops into somalia against al shabaab & the islamic courts?”

      I’ll bet you think there’s some logic in this statement.

      1. It’s gibberish is no more illogical than your attempt to argue with it.

        1. 655321|3.15.12 @ 1:19PM|#
          “It’s gibberish is no more illogical than your attempt to argue with it.”

          And I’ll bet *you* thought there was some logic in that.

          1. Hold up. You think arguing with griefers and trolls is a good thing? That engaging them serves a purpose? Who’s feeding the vermin now?

            1. 655321|3.15.12 @ 2:03PM|#
              “Hold up. You think arguing with griefers and trolls is a good thing?”

              Trolls, no. Griefers? yes.
              Troll = vermin shit; no logical points, just filling space to see his/her ‘name in lights’.

              1. I say you should ignore both. Join the revolution.

      2. seevo ,teh glen bick wignnuts foming about sodam husane now r suden 4 piece, its no t thet hard to undrestand

    2. Its the clown again, you are not getting the message from your masters, Kony is the new Bin Laden, nobody is doing the “for the allies” bullshit narrative, other than you. You know why ? do some research on how wonderful both the Ugandan and Ethiopian regimes are, then you will understand why it would be a hard thing to sell “helping our allies” excuse.

      1. has nada to do w how “wonderful” they are. the point is they delivered in somalia & we’re holding to our quid pro quo committment.

        1. Is it ? What has been delivered in Somalia exactly ? You want to point out the treaty the two countries signed where this was actually agreed on ?

        2. o4|3.15.12 @ 1:31PM|#
          “the point is they delivered in somalia & we’re holding to our quid pro quo committment.”

          Who delivered what to whom in Somalia for whose benefit? Under what and what sort of agreement?

          1. u r no patriot, why do u hate amerkia ?

        3. ur reinforcing the perception about libertarians lacking foreign policy acumen.

          hope aint a strategy & isolationism is the position of a small minority.

          1. o3|3.15.12 @ 2:03PM|#
            “ur reinforcing the perception about libertarians lacking foreign policy acumen.”

            Somehow, I’ll bet begging the question isn’t a concept with which you are familiar. Or you’d be embarrassed.

            1. sevo – so hope isnt a strategy is “begging the question”? jeesch talk about playing to stereotype.

          2. i have good acumen, i correct me on 1 small thing hope is a good stragey for a certain guy…

  7. Kony’s strategy is to do well in the caucus states and then broker the convention, perhaps getting a VP nod for his son.

    Kony 2012!

    1. Yeah yeah yeah

  8. Just a question:
    Why aren’t Mao and Stalin on that poster? Hitler was a piker by comparison.

    1. Mao and Hitler used child soldiers too. Not too sure about Stalin.

      1. You know who else used child soldiers?

        1. Is only fit for the Olympic Stadium to be broadcast, without comment, worldwide.

      2. Heroic Mulatto|3.15.12 @ 1:18PM|#
        “Mao and Hitler used child soldiers too. Not too sure about Stalin.”
        If he didn’t it wasn’t from any ethical considerations.

    2. Because they are “the right people” and Hitler had a falling out with Stalin.

  9. My guess is that with 100 ‘advisors’ in the region and countless drones no doubt, it wont be long before Kony is room temperature.

  10. > Traveling band of marauders led by some fuckstick named Kony.

    Not a single fuck has been given. Why is this any of our business at all? Why waste time and resources on this crap?

    1. 2 wins electunz in usa, but i will pretend is about rewarding allies for somalia

  11. So you receive the Presidential Security Brief every morning at your desk as well then? Well aren’t you somebody.

  12. I can’t stop thinking about Kony… where he is, who he is with, who he is thinking of, is he thinking of me?

    1. That’s great.

    2. Hilarious:)

  13. If we simply must Do Something, put a $10mm bounty on his head, payable in full, in cash, no questions asked, to whoever drops his severed head on the steps of the US Embassy.

    Be a hell of a lot cheaper, and likely much quicker, than whatever kleptocratic/militaristic clusterfuck we’ve signed on to.

    1. Because it would be politically more beneficial for Obama to have the US military do it. I guarantee you that Kony gets a bullet from a SEAL as soon as the GOP makes their nomination.

      1. Another head for me to parade around with during my election campaign. Head on a pike!

    2. R C Dean|3.15.12 @ 1:41PM|#
      “If we simply must Do Something, put a $10mm bounty on his head, payable in full, in cash, no questions asked, to whoever drops his severed head on the steps of the US Embassy.”

      So long as the “we” in question is the UN, and all UN members contribute, I’d go for this.

    3. There’s an even cheaper way. Just let the charity put out the bounty.

      1. Oh no, they don’t want blood on THEIR hands. It’s much easier if Barack the Hashassin takes care of it.

    4. Be a hell of a lot cheaper, and likely much quicker, than whatever kleptocratic/militaristic clusterfuck we’ve signed on to.

      Cuz that worked so well with OBL & Co.?

  14. The terrorist are winning

    http://m.washingtontimes.com/n…..-at-check/

  15. The peroration was magnificent, though difficult to remember, you know. It gave me the notion of an exotic Immensity ruled by an august Benevolence. It made me tingle with enthusiasm. This was the unbounded power of eloquence?of words?of burning noble words. There were no practical hints to interrupt the magic current of phrases, unless a kind of note at the foot of the last page, scrawled evidently much later, in an unsteady hand, may be regarded as the exposition of a method. It was very simple, and at the end of that moving appeal to every altruistic sentiment it blazed at you, luminous and terrifying, like a flash of lightning in a serene sky:

    ‘Exterminate all the brutes!’

    Mistah Kony — he dead.

  16. The pattern of the NWO, Bush Sr Jr Clinton Clinton made and art by Obama:

    Demonize, undermine, assassinate. Don’t explain. All documentation is secret.

  17. Actually, Joseph Kony has been dead for several years. This is just another excuse by our government too occupy more countries in Africa, and to continue to build our Empire.

  18. But thanks to the widely seen Kony 2012 video, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) have introduced a new Congressional resolution (H.Res. 583). This would increase U.S. assistance to the nations pursuing Kony.

    Coincidentally, a handful of warlords in war torn Africa received phone calls from their advisers today saying that right now would be an excellent time to announce the establishment of a special unit formed for the sole purpose of capturing Joseph Kony and bringing him to justice.

    The voice mails all went something like, “Hey general. Good news. Free money! Call me back.”

  19. Kony is lowering the child unemployment rate.

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