Saturday, December 21, 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy New War

Well, I've heard this whispered on Faux News today, but it wasn't in the morning Washington Post. Stacy McCain has been on the story for a few days now.  Did you know that as Preznit Obama was sneaking hightailing it out of town, he was sending 45 United State servicemen to South Sudan?  Did you know that they got fired on and 4 were wounded? (Fresh from Faux, the story below shows only 3).

South Sudan 3 U.S. Troops Wounded as Rebels Fire on Transport Plane
Rebel fire hit two U.S. military aircraft responding to the outbreak in violence in South Sudan on Saturday, wounding three U.S. service members and heavily damaging at least one of the aircraft, officials said. South Sudan blamed the attack on renegade troops in control of the breakaway region.

The U.S. military aircraft were heading to Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei and scene of some of the nation's worst violence over the last week. One American service member was reported to be in critical condition ...

Well, when it was announced Thursday that President Obama was sending 45 troops to South Sudan, my first comment was that I would have been more comfortable if he had sent 450. But maybe even 4,500 wouldn’t be enough, and maybe there’s no hope at all.
I can't say I know much about the situation in South Sudan, but from the tweets of the US Embassy in Juba, it sounds like they were trying to evacuate Americans in harms way, successfully in Juba, unsuccessfully in Bor.

McCain's previous South Sudan posts:

#SouthSudan: Please, Pray for Peace: If you're at all squeamish, don't look at this one.

#SouthSudan Update: Obama Urges Calm, Reconciliation, Sends Small U.S. Force

Quick #SouthSudan Update

Anarchy in Africa: U.S., U.K. Evacuate as South Sudan Spirals Out of Control UPDATE: Rebels Hit U.N. Mission

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