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Here's an interesting comment posted in the article on page 2:

thealyssa27
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Jun 06, 2012


really??? if we restrict military funding for those countries, those children that are recruited will just starve to death out on the battlefield. older soldiers out there have no intentions of giving over some of their rations to help their children soldiers. its not a matter of believing a childs life isnt as important, cuz who cares...its an issue of foreign policy. if we kept our noses out of other countries issues, for the most part, we wouldnt have so many issues of our own here.

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Yemeni soldiers during a demonstration in Sanaa, Yemen, Oct. 4, 2011. (Hani Mohammed/AP Photo)

Tens of millions of dollars of U.S. military financing will continue to flow to Yemen and three other countries that recruit and use child soldiers, despite a 2008 U.S. law designed to restrict U.S. taxpayer funding of foreign militaries that enlist children to fight in war.


The White House issued a memorandum Tuesday evening to allow military funding to Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Chad, three of the six countries on the State Department's list of foreign governments that recruit and use child soldiers in state-backed armed forces and militias.


Human rights advocates say the presidential waivers, issued for a second year in a row, undermine the intentions of Congress.


"The law could be very effective if it was applied the way Congress intended, but instead the administration has chosen to disregard the law and exert poor leadership on this issue," said Jo Becker, advocacy director of Human Rights Watch's Children's Rights Division. "Last year, the administration said they were putting governments on notice and giving them time to address the problem, but this year governments that have shown no progress are still getting assistance no strings attached."


In Yemen, children who are 15 years old and younger have been recruited to fight in the government's conflict with rebels. Becker says that as recently as August, Human Rights Watch observed children serving in Yemen's Central Security force, an elite paramilitary unit, and with the army's First Armored Division, which defected to the opposition in March.


The renewed waiver for Yemen comes on the heels of the killing of al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, which has been hailed as a major success in the U.S. collaboration with the Yemeni government to root out militants in the region. The State Department has requested $35 million in foreign military financing for the Yemeni government for the 2012 fiscal year. The aid represents one portion of the total military, security and other assistance to the country, which has exceeded $100 million annually in recent years.


The White House has argued that cutting military aid to Yemen would hurt U.S. efforts to work with countries like Yemen that provided crucial cooperation in the fight against al Qaeda militants. When the waiver was issued last year, then-White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told the New York Times the Obama administration believed that continued engagement with Yemen and the other countries receiving waivers would allow the U.S. to work with these governments to end their use of child soldiers.





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I tell family members and Obama disciples that Obama supports child armies and they begin by denying it and then say I'm naive and don't understand the "bigger picture". Always an excuse.

First of all, somebody has to take a stand, even if it's an unpopular one...

Our past leaders did, one who reminded whites 'the chickens had come home to roost', (aka Malcolm X), i. e., after an attempt to oust Castro led to him allowing nukes on his island, (which created the Cuban missile crisis in the first place), whereas it has been alleged elements of this nation's own spy services had something to do with Kennedy's death; and Dr. King's brave stand against U. S. military intervention during the so called Vietnam Civil War...

It wasn't and long since there have been articles etc. printed to dispute it....

Instead, for the sake of a face saving defense of this nation's first African American president, some would dare to imply and suggest we merely back him, based on mere race loyalty etc.?

Sigh...

Actually that sort of ploy has been so overdone it's clique ridden, as well as friend and foe resort to the same sales pitch, i. e., whereas our relations are starting to take none of us that seriously anymore...

Instead, it's not just about Obama, and it is about us being a reflection of what our morals etc., as well as what leads us to speak up and stand up for who we are and striving to be about, on this thread and others, via these forums and this website...
 

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Tens of millions of dollars of U.S. military financing will continue to flow to Yemen and three other countries that recruit and use child soldiers, despite a 2008 U.S. law designed to restrict U.S. taxpayer funding of foreign militaries that enlist children to fight in war.



The White House issued a memorandum Tuesday evening to allow military funding to Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Chad, three of the six countries on the State Department's list of foreign governments that recruit and use child soldiers in state-backed armed forces and militias.



Human rights advocates say the presidential waivers, issued for a second year in a row, undermine the intentions of Congress.



"The law could be very effective if it was applied the way Congress intended, but instead the administration has chosen to disregard the law and exert poor leadership on this issue," said Jo Becker, advocacy director of Human Rights Watch's Children's Rights Division. "Last year, the administration said they were putting governments on notice and giving them time to address the problem, but this year governments that have shown no progress are still getting assistance no strings attached."



In Yemen, children who are 15 years old and younger have been recruited to fight in the government's conflict with rebels. Becker says that as recently as August, Human Rights Watch observed children serving in Yemen's Central Security force, an elite paramilitary unit, and with the army's First Armored Division, which defected to the opposition in March.



The renewed waiver for Yemen comes on the heels of the killing of al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, which has been hailed as a major success in the U.S. collaboration with the Yemeni government to root out militants in the region. The State Department has requested $35 million in foreign military financing for the Yemeni government for the 2012 fiscal year. The aid represents one portion of the total military, security and other assistance to the country, which has exceeded $100 million annually in recent years.



The White House has argued that cutting military aid to Yemen would hurt U.S. efforts to work with countries like Yemen that provided crucial cooperation in the fight against al Qaeda militants. When the waiver was issued last year, then-White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told the New York Times the Obama administration believed that continued engagement with Yemen and the other countries receiving waivers would allow the U.S. to work with these governments to end their use of child soldiers.







http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/obama-waives-child-soldier-ban-yemen-congo/story?id=14663930

More than your family members are confused and dumbfounded by Obama's contradictory policies and practices,,,,'

That's why we are called upon to figure out what his are truly being based on...

And what is the value of a former advisor being the present day mayor Chicago, since I've also been led to believe it actually took the efforts of grassroots activists to seeek his aid?

Just who do some of today's black elected officials feel and think deserve it:

But we can also form true voting blocs, replace them with who truly do advance our peoples best efforts, too...

In all cases, long overdue for us to truly look out for our best efforts, posters....
 

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