Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Obama's African 'Fast and Furious"
In my house we have a few basic rules. No dogs on the couch, dirty plates go in the sink, and don't give kids under the age of fifteen an AK-47 or rocket propelled grenades (RPG). It seemed like a good rule. Even our government has a rule about not providing military aid to African countries that use kids under the age of 15 in their military (often times by force.) But you know how kids are, always complaining their parents are too strict, "All the other kids get their own AK-47! Even President Obama is sending them to the poor starving kids is Africa!"
And now it turns out that's true. The Obama administration has waived (very quietly of course) the Child Soldiers Protection Act of 2008. For the second time in two years.
From Foreign Policy magazine website:
"President 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.