Well, some of your kids are going, anyway.
President Obama authorized the deployment to Uganda of approximately 100 combat-equipped U.S. forces to help regional forces “remove from the battlefield” – meaning capture or kill – Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony and senior leaders of the LRA.
[How many "kinetic actions" does this make?]
The president said that for more than two decades the LRA has been responsible for having “murdered, raped, and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women, and children in central Africa” and continues to “commit atrocities across the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan that have a disproportionate impact on regional security.”
[100 extra people are going to solve this how? This is a war over resources and between several ethnic groups. Nothing like it in America and nothing an outside group is going to solve. Take this group out and the next strongest group will take its place as the local bully.]
The US has been helping the four African nations counter the LRA for several years by providing local militaries with training and equipment. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo the US helped train a light infantry battalion deployed to fight the LRA and over the last three years in Uganda the US has provided $33 million to help Uganda’s military.
[In case you're wondering, Sudan's gov't (when it was one nation) was supplying the other side with training and equipment. A proxy war. Lovely.]
[As an aside, many years ago, the U.S. provided "training and equipment" to part of the Mexican army. Some of them broke away and used their "training and equipment" to form a new organization. You may have heard of it. What could possibly go wrong?]
As for how long the US troops will be in the region, a spokesman at US Africa Command says he could not provide specifics, “but our forces are prepared to stay as long as necessary to enable regional security forces to carry on independently.
[So, then, approximately until the year Two-Thousand-W.T.F.]