WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Inhofe, an unrelenting critic of President Barack Obama on national security issues, praised the White House on Monday for sending aircraft and additional U.S. troops to help search for African warlord Joseph Kony.
A Pentagon spokesman Monday confirmed media reports that the Defense Department was dispatching aircraft and about 150 troops to Uganda, adding to the 100 Special Operations forces already serving as advisers in the area.
Inhofe, of Tulsa, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, pushed for U.S. involvement long before most people knew about Kony, the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army.
Kony was the subject of a 2012 video produced by the group Invisible Children. The video has nearly 100 million views on Youtube.
Inhofe said Monday, “Joseph Kony’s reign of terror has gone on far too long, and we cannot go on another year without bringing him and the LRA to justice.
“For the past three decades, Kony and his LRA have terrorized Africa, killing more than 100,000 people, displacing more than a million Africans and abducting tens of thousands of children for his army.”