Africa May Force Obama's Military Hand

Despite war weariness, Americans may have to prepare for more troops oversees
By Kristina Loew,  Newser User
Posted Nov 16, 2008 5:02 AM CST
UN peacekeepers drive through the Kalma refugee camp in Darfur, Sudan.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – As Barack Obama prepares to become America’s new president, the dire situation in Africa may upend his anticipated plans to extract the US from overseas military commitments, the Economist writes. While Americans may be wary of bigger burdens oversees, “history does not take a holiday just because America needs a breather," notes the Economist.

The UN has sent aid to troubled African regions, but with no army, it will need the world’s superpower to help. Obama has an opportunity to restore America’s moral leadership and “he will need the courage to respond," the magazine concludes.