The American military helped plan and pay for a recent attack on a notorious Ugandan rebel group, but the offensive went awry, scattering fighters who carried out a wave of massacres as they fled, killing as many as 900 civilians.
The operation was aimed at the Lord's Resistance Army, and the U.S. provided the Ugandan's with "satellite phones, intelligence and $1 million in fuel." The U.S. has been training Ugandan troops for years, but has never had this level of reported involvement in actual operations.
This action raises all sorts of questions. Leaving aside the fact that the planned offensive was horribly bungled, I have to wonder, is this really a wise use of our resources? What makes Uganda worthy of U.S. support and training in the first place? The Lord's Resistance Army is by all accounts a vicious group that perpetrates atrocities on a regular basis. But atrocities are common on all sides in African warfare. Is the LRA an enemy of the U.S.? Why is it necessary for the U.S. military to take an active role attempting to suppress it? Why do we want to be involved in the horrific mess that is the Congo civil war? I'm not an isolationist, but I'm not sure there are solid answers to all these questions.