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Obama takes on the LRA. Why Washington sent troops to Central Africa

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Two events underlie the renewed interest. First, in October, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that he would be sending “combat-equipped troops” on a kill-or-capture mission to take out Kony in Uganda. Second, on November 2, Hollywood released Machine Gun Preacher, a movie billed as the true story of an American missionary’s Rambo-esque crusade against the LRA. Curiosity about the events depicted in the film will soon subside, if early reviews are anything to go by, but Obama’s decision, which he pitched to the American public as a dramatic new development, is another matter.

in Council on Foreign Affairs, 15 Nov. 2011.
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