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.”
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.”