December 26, 2013

How the U.S. Triumph in South Sudan Came Undone

Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy

The Associated Press

The stakes are high for the United States, as fighting threatens to upend one of the most important foreign policy initiatives of the last two decades in sub-Saharan Africa -- one that unified Republicans, Democrats, African Americans, human rights advocates, and Christians. On Saturday, four U.S. troops were wounded when their V-22 Osprey came under fire during an aborted operation to evacuate U.S. nationals from the town of Bor. An additional150 Marines have been sent to the region to prep for possible future evacuations. It's an extraordinary and painful development, given America's major role in securing independence for South Sudan. But the toughest part for Americans to swallow may be that it's the U.S.-backed leaders of South Sudan -- the supposed good guys -- that are...

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