Reasonable people can disagree about whether President Obama was right to send 100 special operations forces into Uganda to address the crisis caused by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Reasonable people should agree, however, that Rush Limbaugh’s criticism of the decision is disgusting.
The right-wing radio host went after the president on this issue on Friday, running this headline on his website: “Obama Invades Uganda, Targets Christians.” Limbaugh told his listeners:
“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. […]
“Lord’s Resistance Army objectives. I have them here. ‘To remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people.’ Now, again Lord’s Resistance Army is who Obama sent troops to help nations wipe out. The objectives of the Lord’s Resistance Army, what they’re trying to accomplish with their military action in these countries is the following: ‘To remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people; to fight for the immediate restoration of the competitive multiparty democracy in Uganda; to see an end to gross violation of human rights and dignity of Ugandans; to ensure the restoration of peace and security in Uganda, to ensure unity, sovereignty, and economic prosperity beneficial to all Ugandans, and to bring to an end the repressive policy of deliberate marginalization of groups of people who may not agree with the LRA ideology.’ Those are the objectives of the group that we are fighting, or who are being fought and we are joining in the effort to remove them from the battlefield.”
The LRA is best described as a death cult. It invades villages, slaughters the adults, and kidnaps children. These terrorists have been known to go on killing sprees with machetes and axes, and leave trails of dead bodies when their kidnapped victims don’t walk quickly enough with the rest of the cult.
The cult’s leaders claim some loose affinity for Christianity, but as Blake Hounshell reported yesterday, “To call the LRA ‘Christians’ is to abase the English language. As the Atlantic’s Graeme Wood put it in a profile of [LRA leader Joseph Kony] last year, ‘An American diplomat in Bangui compared the group to the Manson family, but given that the LRA has killed 12,000 people, the comparison is self-evidently unfair to Manson.'”
Limbaugh, meanwhile, is so blinded by hatred for America’s president that he’s siding with terrorists on the air, hoping to convince his
suckers audience that Obama is targeting Ugandan Christians. Limbaugh even felt comfortable broadcasting LRA propaganda to a national American audience, as if it were legitimate.
I don’t care that Limbaugh is a professional liar; I do care when he sides with a depraved, roving band of mass murderers, solely because he hates the U.S. president. There are some things Americans simply shouldn’t do, and some lines that shouldn’t be crossed.
There need not be anything partisan about this. When Congress passed the LRA Disarmament & Northern Uganda Recovery Act, authorizing U.S. military support against the LRA, it was approved unanimously in both chambers — everyone from the most conservative Republican to the most liberal Democrat supported it.
And yet, there’s Limbaugh, who is simply beneath contempt.
Here’s an idea: given that Limbaugh is one of the nation’s most prominent Republican leaders, perhaps the GOP presidential candidates can be asked for their opinion on this. Does Mitt Romney agree with Limbaugh? Will Limbaugh’s embrace of the LRA and his broadcast of terrorist propaganda stop the candidates from appearing on Limbaugh’s show?