Babes in Warland
The internet is buzzing with talk about President Barack Obama’s memo to Secretary Clinton waiving provisions of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act with respect to several of the worst offenders who force children into their militaries/militias/resistance groups- Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Yemen. What’s disappointing, beyond the obvious, is that there is no real explanation that Obama gives other than the recitation of “national security.” There is nothing more frustrating than to hear a democratic president use national security as the reason, without any more information. Lets be honest, can’t we pretty much justify anything in the name of national security? Didn’t we have eight years of Bush/Cheney and the neocons using national security to justify just about everything from pointless, unnecessary wars to illegal warrantless wiretapping of US citizens to rendition and torture?
Does the President owe We The People more of an explanation?
Foreign Policy has a photo essay about child soldiers called ‘Babes in Warland” and it’s worth taking a look so that we at least see exactly what it is we are tacitly supporting.