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    US Sending Troops to South Sudan

    Washington is getting in deeper: About 150 US troops are heading toward South Sudan today to help secure the US embassy and evacuate more Americans from the war-torn country, military officials said. The troops will likely first travel to Djibouti via Spain, CNN reports. The move follows a letter from President Obama to Congress yesterday saying he would take "further action" to protect US interests in Sudan. The State Department flew out 15 Americans yesterday from the flashpoint town of Bor.
    South Sudan officials say that Bentiu, the capital of an important oil-producing state, has been seized by rebels. "Bentiu is not currently in our hands," the government tweeted. "It is in the hands of a commander who has declared support" for former Vice President Riek Machar. An official said that People's Liberation Army troops were headed for Bentiu, as well as Bor, to take control. President Salva Kiir blames the crisis on a power grab by troops committed to Machar, his longtime rival.

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    Troops being sent to South Sudan to add more protection to the US embassy. Seems like a logical action to take when the this is becoming more and more out of the competing sides hands.


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    Re: US Sending Troops to South Sudan

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Troops being sent to South Sudan to add more protection to the US embassy. Seems like a logical action to take when the this is becoming more and more out of the competing sides hands. [/FONT][/COLOR]
    If all they are doing is loading the people on planes and getting out of there I agree. I have a sense that is not the full story though.

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    Re: US Sending Troops to South Sudan

    The history of Sudan and South Sudan is probably one of the worst tragedies of this and the past century.

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    Re: US Sending Troops to South Sudan

    Quote Originally Posted by washunut View Post
    If all they are doing is loading the people on planes and getting out of there I agree. I have a sense that is not the full story though.
    I agree with that, getting involved there would be a nightmare we would never get out of.

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    As long as 150 soldiers sent to protect the embassy and help evacuate civilians doesn't become 150,000 sent to set the nation right and start a decade plus long nation building project, then I'm all for it.
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    Re: US Sending Troops to South Sudan

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    As long as 150 soldiers sent to protect the embassy and help evacuate civilians doesn't become 150,000 sent to set the nation right and start a decade plus long nation building project, then I'm all for it.
    Hint: the last batch we sent was 45 troops and they had at least 4 casualties.
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    Re: US Sending Troops to South Sudan

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Hint: the last batch we sent was 45 troops and they had at least 4 casualties.
    That's pretty high, almost 10%. If we sent 150, would there be 15 casualties, or would they be intimidating enough to discourage attacks?
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    Re: US Sending Troops to South Sudan

    gee another failed african country,what a shock!!

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    Anyone want to offer up a Objective opinion on why so many African Countries are so corrupt and mismanaged ?
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    Re: US Sending Troops to South Sudan

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    Anyone want to offer up a Objective opinion on why so many African Countries are so corrupt and mismanaged ?
    Probably a combination tribal conflicts that go back centuries and proper access to necessary resources. And if anyone wants to argue that Africa was best off under British rule, the only people who flourished in Africa during colonialism were the landowners.
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