WASHINGTON, March 13, 2012 — Even as we sit comfortably at home watching the Kony 2012 YouTube sensation along with 76 million other viewers worldwide, sharing it on our Facebook making sure another million or so of our friends also see it, President Obama did something about.
Last October President Obama sent troops after Joseph Kony. He didn’t just watch. He acted.
Before it became viral, before Joseph Kony was a household word, before it was a cause célèbre in dorm rooms across America and a skit on the Jon Stewart Show, President Obama ordered 100 of our elite troops into the jungles of Uganda to help the regional forces to hunt down and root out the elusive Kony and his so-called Christian Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) that has terrorized Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, and South Sudan.
A self-proclaimed prophet, Kony has been wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court since 2005 for the atrocities that he has rained down upon the villages of Central Africa for the last twenty years, ranging from kidnapping boys to serve as soldiers to the rape of girls, using them as sex slaves, to the burning villages to the ground to the mutilating of villagers by hacking off their lips.
All in the name of God’s liberation plan.
For the most part, last October Americans didn’t pay much attention to the President’s ratcheting up the ante against Joseph Kony.
They were instead riveted by the capture and death of Muammar Gaddafi. But not Rush Limbaugh. He just couldn’t resist.
And his words have now come back to haunt him: “The Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan. And Obama has sent troops, United States troops to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them,” Limbaugh said on his October 14, 2011 show.
And of course, Rush being Rush didn’t stop there: “So that’s a new war, a hundred troops to wipe out Christians in Sudan, Uganda, and — (interruption) no, I’m not kidding. Jacob Tapper just reported it. Now, are we gonna help the Egyptians wipe out the Christians? Wouldn’t you say that we are? I mean the Coptic Christians are being wiped out, but it wasn’t just Obama that supported that. The conservative intelligentsia thought it was an outbreak of democracy.”
Listening to such a diatribe in favor of Joseph Kony, is it any wonder that voters in Mississippi and recently told pollstersthat they thought Rush was great and Obama was a Muslim?
What makes this all the more interesting is that President Obama had received the support of human rights organizations, evangelical Christians, and even from super conservative Sen. Jim Inhofe, (R) of Okla., who applauded the President’s deployment of our crack troops: “I stand behind the president in his decision….Joseph Kony and the LRA are responsible for one of the longest, most violent, and costly conflicts ever on the continent of Africa.”
The hunt for Joseph Kony and LRA actually began in the George W. Bush administration with 17 counterterrorism advisors sent to train Ugandan troops with millions of dollars in aid to the Ugandan army. While it dispersed the LRA, the rebel army of children regrouped and its reign of terror continued in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
So far, Rush Limbaugh has not eaten his words nor is he likely to. But it is his rush (pun intended) to bash President Obama at every turn, even when he has his facts wrong and is on the wrong side of the argument, that leads Limbaugh into hot water.
Last fall, Rush got away with it. This spring in the case of Sandra Fluke he didn’t.
But it is unlikely that he will get a pass the next time around either, which is why his outrageous attack on our troops and the President has returned to haunt him in the spring of Kony 2012.
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