Obama said today in a letter to House and Senate leaders:
'I have authorized a small number of combat-equipped U.S. forces to deploy to central Africa to provide assistance to regional forces that are working toward the removal of Joseph Kony from the battlefield.
I believe that deploying these U.S. Armed Forces furthers U.S. national security interests and foreign policy and will be a significant contribution toward counter-LRA efforts in central Africa.'
Is it a war? The soldiers are there not for battle, the White House said.. The president said the troops will not engage Lord's Resistance Army forces "unless necessary for self-de fense."