The Other McCain

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#SouthSudan: Words Aren’t Enough

UN investigators discovered a mass burial in rebel-held Bentiu, South Sudan. #SouthSudan — Aaron Myracle (@synthaaron) December 24, 2013 There has been relatively little conservative commentary on the crisis in South Sudan. Part of this could be explained by low expectations: Anarchy in Africa is not exactly unusual, and why should this particular episode […]

The Sudden #SouthSudan Crisis

"@GeorgeMonbiot: #SouthSudan could become another Rwanda, without a massive and immediate peacekeeping effort." — Tom Ogola (@ogolat) December 23, 2013 What is stunning about the situation in South Sudan is how rapidly it has spun completely out of control: Eight days after a mutiny in South Sudan’s capital signaled the start of “unrest” (as […]

#SouthSudan: It’s Civil War Now

#SouthSudan maps shows location of latest clashes, @UN civilian shelters, oil concessions via @AFPAfrica #jubacrisis — Leanne B (@leelee_bee) December 23, 2013 There has been a lot of verbal tiptoeing among journalists writing about the crisis in South Sudan, said to be “on the verge” of civil war, etc. But the country’s former vice […]

Obama to #SouthSudan: Good Luck

The news gets worse and worse out of #SouthSudan — Jenn Warren (@jennwarren) December 22, 2013 Readout of President Obama's Updates on #SouthSudan: — @NSCPress (@NSCPress) December 21, 2013 If you expected any determined U.S. action to end this civil war, my condolences on your Nobel Peace Prize disappointment: “This conflict can only […]

#SouthSudan 3 U.S. Troops Wounded as Rebels Fire on Transport Plane UPDATE: Four U.S. Casualties; Rebels Claim Overthrow of Oil Region Capital

Hey, @BarackObama: Sorry to interrupt your vacation … #p2 #tcot #SouthSudan @AmPowerBlog — Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) December 21, 2013 Damn. Just . . . damn. KAMPALA, Uganda — Rebel fire hit two U.S. military aircraft responding to the outbreak in violence in South Sudan on Saturday, wounding three U.S. service members and heavily damaging at […]

#SouthSudan: Please, Pray for Peace

Heartbreaking photo: Nuer girl shot in face in #SouthSudan violence via @jsolomon740 — Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) December 21, 2013 It has been said by numerous observers in recent days that South Sudan is the “world’s newest nation,” and most people in America have no idea how long and how hard South Sudan fought […]

#SouthSudan Update: Obama Urges Calm, Reconciliation, Sends Small U.S. Force

US deploys 45 troops to South Sudan: White House via @YahooNews — Agence France-Presse (@AFP) December 20, 2013 President Obama has sent 45 troops — just to protect U.S. personnel and property — to South Sudan, and issued a statement: In 2011, millions of South Sudanese voted to forge a new nation, founded on […]

Quick #SouthSudan Update

BREAKING: UN says they have lost contact with staff at overrun base in #SouthSudan, some unaccounted for: … via @AFP” — Dee Faced™ (@HeavenLeeOps) December 19, 2013 My kids’ Christmas concert is tonight, so I’ll have to run, but here’s the latest Reuters update on the emerging crisis: South Sudanese government troops battled to […]

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