Willing to help with the oil resource curse

Aljazeera, US troops to help Uganda fight rebels

“US President Barack Obama has announced he is deploying 100 “combat-equipped” troops to Uganda to help efforts against rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), who have been accused of grievous human rights abuses over the course of a decades-long insurgency.

“The US troops, subject to the approval of national authorities, could also deploy from Uganda into South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of the Congo, Obama said in a message to Congress.”

McCain on sending troops to Africa: Be careful, CNN

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona on Sunday questioned the president’s recent order to send American troops to central Africa, saying the move could put the United States on a slippery slope.

“I worry about, with the best of intentions, that we somehow get engaged in a commitment that we can’t get out of,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Uganda is a developing country with potentially transformational oil reserves. The World Bank’s Country Assistance Strategy for Uganda for the period 2011-2014 states:

“Oil production will change Uganda’s economic outlook, … Even at conservative prices, oil revenue will be considerable…”

About Uganda, Global Witness notes:

“If managed well, this money could lift Uganda from one of the world’s poorest countries to middle-income status. Unfortunately, the current governance trend-lines in Uganda are in decline – underscored by a number of high-level corruption scandals in recent years – and the desired good-governance foundations for the management of Uganda’s natural resource-base appear shaky.”

Oil and peace in Sudan, The Guardian

“Huge money is at stake here. Government revenue from oil production in Sudan was $4.5bn between January and September 2010. Sharing oil revenue was key to the Comprenhensive Peace Agreement, which brought Sudan’s long-running civil war to an end in 2005. Since then the north has transferred $10bn in revenue to the south, but this agreement is now coming to an end…

Is African sourced oil going to be a vital interest of the USA? It already is. From the Atlantic Council

“The area is a major supplier of oil to the U.S. (approximately 18% of the oil and 14% of natural gas imported by U.S. annually comes from West Africa, mostly Nigeria). The Gulf of Guinea has larger offshore oil reserves than the Persian Gulf and U.S. reliance on this source of energy is expected to increase in the years ahead.”

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  1. Every time there is oil involved, you damned right the U.S. will go to war. I have never seen that fail. They had to stop Hussein from getting into all of that oil. WMD was the excuse to invade Iraq.

    This may be one war, Harper will keep his nose out of. He desperately wants the U.S. to accept the dirty tar sands oil.

    The oil business is a dirty business. Man is the most destructive animal on earth and the most stupid one at that. Wild creatures don't foul their own nests, humans do.

    The violent changes in the climate, have become extreme. Down the road, the wars will be food and clean drinking water wars.

    We have idiots for politicians, blinded by greed and power. They are so stupid, they waste stupendous amounts of water fracking for gas. That practice, poisons the clean underground water for absolute miles. Good grief!! Citizens can light the water from their faucets on fire, because of fracking. And stupidly, they keep right on poisoning.

    There is technology out there for renewable energy. However, the gigantic oil and gas company's, don't want to hear about it. They call all of the shots. I wonder if they can drink oil and gas? I know ordinary people can't.


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