I’m consistently amazed at how very smart people can be fooled by the Obama administration’s (and his predecessors’) fraudulent humanitarian rationale for war. Well, as if we need any more evidence, Josh Rogin at Foreign Policy has recently articulated another nook and cranny of Obama foreign policy that would seem to negate any humanitarian motivations behind his decisions (via Jesse Walker):
President Barack Obama has decided to waive almost all the legally mandated penalties for countries that use child soldiers and provide those countries U.S. military assistance, just like he did last year.
The White House is expected to soon announce its decision to issue a series of waivers for the Child Soldiers Protection Act, a 2008 law that is meant to stop the United States from giving military aid to countries that recruit soldiers under the age of 15 and use them to fight wars. The administration has laid out a range of justifications for waiving penalties on Yemen, South Sudan, Chad, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, all of which amount to a gutting of the law for the second year in a row.
Last year, the White House didn’t even tell Congress or the NGO community when it decided to do away with the Child Soldiers Prevention Act penalties. Most had to read about it first on The Cable. Aid workers, human rights activists, and even congressional offices were shocked that the administration had gutted the law without consulting them.
One of the headlining aspects of the Ugandan terrorists Lord’s Resistance Army was that they employ child soldiers, among their many other horrible crimes. But the Obama administration circumvented the law as recently as a few weeks ago in order to send US military aid to the very same region (Sudan, Congo) to which he has now, by arbitrary presidential decree, sent 100 US combat forces to stop things like employing child soldiers. What a guy.