Congressman Jim Leach says the U.S. needs to tread cautiously when considering its response to unrest in the African nation of Liberia. Leach says a lot of Americans are quite concerned, and he says “there’s a lot of reason that concern should be real” based on the U.S. experience in prior peacekeeping efforts in Africa and the rest of the world. Leach says the President should be given latitude, but Leach expresses some concern about having U.S. troops in combat roles. Leach suggests U.S. troops would best serve as logistics experts and military police. Leach says the President has to make some “very difficult decisions” about Liberia, which is an African country started by former American slaves. Leach says with U.S. forces spread in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and even the Balkans, there’s a danger of spreading ’em too thin. Leach says particularly if the U.S. were to deploy combat forces to the country. He says, though, having the U.S. provide military police or logistics help shouldn’t overtax the military. Leach says one unfortunate thing that happens when the U.S. becomes involved, though, is that we somehow become accountable for events even when other countries are part of the peacekeeping coalition.
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