OKLAHOMA CITY – Uganda. It’s a country most Americans know little about. Even this reporter knew only a little bit about this small Central African nation until recent months. But for whatever reason, Uganda, it’s problems and its people are capturing the attention of the U.S. government, from evangelical congressmen to the president himself.
The president is so disturbed by the humanitarian crisis taking place in Uganda and neighboring areas that he wants “boots-on-the-ground” in that country. In an advisory role of course. Think Vietnam, circa 1960.
But more about that shocking news in a minute.
Giving the green light to this Obama-led action deep in Africa is the power-mad, election-stealing Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni.
Considered a God-fearing, iron-fisted, “corrupt-but-stable” dictator in power for over 25 years, Museveni is reportedly “close” with members of the secretive “Family,” as exposed by writer Jeff Sharlet in his recent and revealing book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.
In the portions of the book about Uganda, Museveni is “a good friend of the Family,” according to Sharlet. And most recently, we see that Museveni likely bought votes via the “printing of billions of Uganda shillings to help buy votes, thereby fueling inflation,” according to a story this week in the Black Star News of New York.
And Museveni’s main opposition leader, the man who was believed to have won the election earlier this year is Dr. Kizza Besigye, considered a true reformer and not a tool of the Western, neo-colonial powers and multi-national corporations that see Uganda as Christian-leaning, American-friendly ‘linchpin” in that portion of Africa.