I ASKED THE U.S. MILITARY FOR ITS LEAFLETS ABOUT JOSEPH KONY. IT SIDESTEPPED THE REQUEST, THEN BURNED THEM. | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


I ASKED THE U.S. MILITARY FOR ITS LEAFLETS ABOUT JOSEPH KONY. IT SIDESTEPPED THE REQUEST, THEN BURNED THEM.

“JOSEPH KONY Est Mort,” reads a leaflet bearing the murderous Central African warlord’s visage and the message, in French, that he has died.

Over the last six years, the United States invested the better part of $1 billion to make that statement a reality. America sent military advisers, set up bases, gathered intelligence, and funded and equipped local proxies across the region in an effort to kill or capture Kony and destroy his Lord’s Resistance Army, a militia that has committed atrocities since the 1980s. The U.S. military even created that flier to tout Kony’s death and sent reams of them to a shadowy outpost in the Central African Republic where they sat, waiting for the day they could rain down from the sky. Now that leaflet — and that dream — have gone up in smoke.

The Pentagon says that, since 2011, about $780 million has been spent to battle the LRA. Yet Kony was never captured or killed, and the LRA is still in the field with an estimated 150 to 250 fighters under arms — perhaps the same number of soldiers as when Observant Compass began. The U.S. has nonetheless packed up shop and ended the effort. When asked this spring about the failure to find Kony, Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington, the commander of United States Army Africa, replied: “Everyone will meet their maker at some point.”

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