Matt Lewis

Inhofe backs Obama’s plan to send military advisers to central Africa

Matt K. Lewis Senior Contributor

President Obama’s decision to send 100, or so, U.S. advisers to Uganda to assist regional forces against the Lord’s Resistance Army, has already proven controversial.

As TheDC’s Jeff Poor noted, even Sen. John McCain was critical of Obama’s decision (okay, not the decision so much as his failure to consult Congress). But at least one conservative — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) — is publicly praising Obama’s decision.

From Inhofe’s statement:

“I applaud our nation’s military for making this a priority and taking the steps outlined in our legislation that will eventually protect the children and people from Joseph Kony’s reign of terror,” said Inhofe. “I have witnessed firsthand the devastation caused by the LRA, and this will help end Kony’s heinous acts that have created a human rights crisis in Africa. We must work to bring justice to the children and victims in Uganda devastated by Kony and the LRA. I have been fervently involved in trying to prevent further abductions and murders of Ugandan children, and today’s action offers hope that the end of the LRA is in sight.”

To be sure, this is an issue that has long been near and dear to Inhoffe — but it is already arousing criticism from the conservative Oklahoma blogosphere