Obama admin says the use of Child Soldiers in conflict is in the ‘national interest of the United States’.
(AP) — In a move criticized by human rights organizations, the Obama administration has decided to exempt Yemen and three other countries that use child soldiers from U.S. penalties under the 2008 Child Soldiers Prevention Act.
In a memorandum to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama said he had determined that “it is in the national interest of the United States” to waive application of the law to Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Yemen. He instructed Clinton to submit the decision to the Congress with a written justification for the move.
Obama’s memo, released by the White House on Monday, did not include the justification. Administration officials have said, however, that cutting off military aid to those four countries as required by the law would do more harm than good. And they have said that continuing close cooperation with them can be a more effective way of changing their practices.
Jo Becker, children’s rights director at Human Rights Watch, said Obama had supported the legislation when he was in the Senate.“This is a ground breaking law,” she said. “This is the first year it has taken effect and he’s undercutting it.”
The law was signed by President George W. Bush shortly before he left office but did not take effect until this year.
Muslim warlords are using child soldiers to murder millions of African Christians. G W Bush signed a federal law preventing the United States of America from giving cash and weapons to any regime anywhere on earth that used child soldiers.
Our Dear Leader considers it “in the national interest of the United States” for the Muslim warlords of Sudan, Yemen, Chad, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to continue to use child soldiers in the mass murder of unarmed non-Muslim civilians.
I admit that we have a very delicate situation in our ongoing relationship with Yemen. It is going to be a long and difficult struggle to keep Yemen from becoming another Afghanistan. Giving Yemen a free pass on child soldiers is not the way to earn their respect and it forces the United States out of the position of leadership and into a second tier status roll in the eyes of our partners in Yemen.
So, what about the Christians in the Congo, Chad, and Sudan? They have just been sacrificed by a US president who can not seem to focus on too many complicated issues all at once. Perhaps they might have lived if this problem had not popped up during an election year. BR