Thursday, January 22, 2009

Kabila Claims Obama Support; Army Chief Surprised at Call, the government-friendly web site, leads today with the claim that the Rwanda incursion had Obama's blessing, but provides no additional details about his alleged support.

I totally don't believe it, although I suspect than many Congolese will find it plausible. To them I say: I suspected from the get-go that Uganda received some military training and assistance from the US for last month's attempted take down of Joseph Kony--and said so. And I was right. But I don't believe for a second that Obama gave any sort of green light to the Congo-Rwanda operation.

Meanwhile, Radio Okapi reports that General Didier Etumba, head of the Congolese armed forces, says that he was unaware of the government's plan to invite Rwandan forces into the Congo to fight against the FDLR. "The joint military operations between the Congolese army and the Rwandan army were not communicated to the chief of the armed forces. They were known only by the government, which announced them." The general promised to learn about the situation and to respect the position of the government.

So Kabila didn't even tell his top general about the operation? That's stunning. And yet somehow entirely plausible.

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