Almost unseen and unheard in the clamor of presidential politics, Barack Obama ordered his ever-expanding war in Africa into Central Africa, the most dangerous place in a most dangerous continent.
Death and tribal wars have resulted in mass killings, unforgiving and unrelenting horror, and a steadily increasing poverty over the past two decades. This region faces certain starvation as our population explodes by billions in periods that will be less than decades.
Yet, in Obama's mind, his ever-present soldiers can do some good in this part of the world.
Last week Mr. Obama wrote to the House speaker, "as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution," to inform him of the troops' use. He did not seek congressional authorization for the deployment, citing instead a 2009 act of Congress that supported "U.S. efforts to help mitigate and eliminate the threat posed by the LRA to civilians and regional stability" as a reason for his action.
Even so, the White House has not given an estimate of what the African operation will cost, nor how long it will last. Even his statement that the advisers would engage in combat only in self-defense is not reassuring.
Leaving aside the overwhelming military ignorance of this president who had never spent a day as a soldier of any kind, Obama has no objectives in his new Central African war.
He did say he would move the focus of "War on Terror" to Afghanistan away from Iraq. He suggested that Pakistan also might be a target. This continued his political theme begun during a speech in the mid-2000s.
There is no basis for claiming that the killing of bin Laden had anything whatsoever to do with the focus of Obama's Middle East wars.
Now we have war ongoing in Libya, threats ongoing in the Eastern Mediterranean countries, and the newest foray into Central Africa.
You might be able to conjure up the claim that Obama's Libyan War has something to do with "terrorism." You could at least say that Obama believes like Bush in open conflict to help rid a country of a dictator.
But this new war in Central Africa has nothing to do with either "terrorism" or the liberation of the world of a dictator.
Indeed, the Central African war's only link with the Libyan War is its completely unsupportable claim to be based on Obama's growing omnipotence in the shipment of troops and starting wars wherever he wishes whenever he wishes.
This latest expansion of the African wars that now extend from Central Africa to the Mediterranean is yet another act of a runaway imperial presidency. Obama may claim some kind of "authorization" provided in some distant and likely largely if not completely unrelated legislation. But in truth, there is no basis for his ongoing wars and US involvement in African unrest in the Constitution.
A look at Obama's African Wars makes it obvious that only Obama's natural affinity with Africa has stimulated these efforts.
Obama has an ongoing war in Libya whose outcome and likely endgame is unknown. He has the US involved in unrest in other African and Middle East countries. The likely result of this involvement is again unknown and at best highly dangerous in approach and outcome. And he is helping expand US interests and obligations into other parts of Africa.
With yet another war started by a president whose presidency has become a model for the expansion of the abuses that our Constitution was designed to prevent, we shudder to think what could happen in the coming months.
What we do know is that the self-proclaimed "Constitutional scholar" has become the model of future presidents who want to ignore legislation completely, ignore Congress, and eviscerate the checks and balances in favor of their own views of whatever subject they choose.
When George Bush was in office, some railed against presidential decisions that reduced liberty and increased the power of the presidency.
Instead of limiting these unlimited positions, Obama has extended them. Instead of creating a less generous interpretation of his powers, he has increased them.
From asserting prior law as a basis for his current actions that will implement law he cannot get Congress to enact, to sending troops in a manner far more egregious than that used by any president before, Obama sets the bar ever higher for anyone to unwind the imperial presidency.
And he has done so in this latest African War without the slightest hint of what interest of the United States he is seeking to protect in the Central African region.
Where do we go from here?
If Vietnam is any indicator, the "instructor" troops being introduced into the conflict will become a staging point and rallying cry for greater US involvement and eventual all-out war. Just like in Vietnam, these instructors can only "act in self-defense." And they without a doubt become enmeshed in an ever-escalating war involving thousands of troops.
What is the matter with us? Have we no voice?
When things like this are happening, who cares who the next president will be. Let's make certain we keep an eye on this one. After Bush and now Obama, we can only imagine what the next one will do and say.
Those Republican candidates who have had the good sense to tell us our wars are too expensive and our approach too ineffective for us to continue down this path have no chance of winning any primary.
Some people never learn.