My thoughts on Kony 2012

So, I finally sat down and watched the entire 30-minute-long youtube video on Kony 2012. Wow, where to begin. Lots to say, so let’s begin.

First thought: Holy shit, that’s powerful.

Second thought: The Director Jason Russell is good. Deadly, even.

Third thought: Thirty minutes is too long. Should have had at least five or ten minutes cut out of it.

Fourth thought: I’m in. I’m going to donate and help make this happen.

Fifth thought: What an awesome world we live in where a video can go viral and literally help change the world.

Sixth thought: I’m so moved and angry that I want America to send more troops and hunt this bastard down.

Seventh thought: Easy, Stan. Big hearts lead to dead Americans. Think Somalia in the 90s, when our humanitarian mission launched by President Bush shifted in classic mission creep from protecting supplies to getting actively engaged, and losing some damn good men in the process.

Eighth thought: Don’t be completely cynical, Stan. Surely something must be done.

Ninth thought: And furthermore, capturing the #1 listed war criminal in the world helps set a precedent and deter other war criminals.

Tenth thought: President Obama nailed it. Sending 100 advisers, who aren’t to actively engage in combat, is a great moderate approach to taking this thug down.

Eleventh thought: Thank you, Jason Russell. Your 30-minute movie and tireless efforts have helped improve the world. We need more optimists like you.

Twelfth thought: When I watched this last night, 58 million people had seen it. As I’m posting this, it’s up to 66 million. Maybe five or ten minutes didn’t need to be cut.

Thirteenth and final thought: Even though this is something that should unify us as a country, both Democrats and Republicans will find a way to make this political and use it to assail the other side and further divide us.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

9 thoughts on “My thoughts on Kony 2012

    1. She makes some good points, but ultimately one must simplify a message and arguably “sensationalize it,” as she said, if you want to gain serious traction. Or, you can write up some 10,000-word article in some defense journal and wonder why no one seems to care.


  1. This guy is not new. He’s been around for a long time(80s). why are we just now raising hades about this?


    1. Well, my first answer would be because a pretty impressive video went viral big time, and it’s not some kid falling or some idiot farting or barfing.

      But, I suppose you’re hinting to the fact that oil may play a role? If that’s the case, I don’t buy it. At least not in regards to Jason Russell’s role in this. Now, if several companies have donated shitloads of dollars toward pushing this video, then maybe I’ll change my mind. But then, if that’s the case, I dare say we’d have more than a hundred troops in an advisory role on the ground.


  2. While this is helping raise awareness, it is a troubling development if this influences international security policy. LRA is not new, and Kony is very likely not in Uganda (which makes any kind of SPECWARDEVGRU / SEAL Team 6 surgical strike problematic).

    Also, Invisible Children has a mediocre rating from Charity Navigator — in fact it’s the lowest rated of all similar charities listed (q.v. )

    Finally, how many potentially-viral videos are being made about ills and bad people elsewhere in the world? How much treasure and blood should the U.S. (or NATO, or the U.N. for that
    matter) invest in stopping Kony vs Kim Jong-Un, or Ayman al-Zawahiri, or Mahmoud Ahmedinejad?


    1. Hey Shane!

      All excellent points, which is why I haven’t donated any money, and which is why I stated I’m okay with a hundred advisers (and only a hundred advisers).

      In the end, this isn’t — and shouldn’t — be a national priority. But, I appreciate Jason Russell’s attempt to shine light on an issue that obviously deeply disturbed him. Before these videos, I didn’t know who Kony was. All like most Americans, I had pushed the horrible thoughts of African suffering deep into the recesses of my mind.

      So, if this helps raise a little money for Invisible Children and more for other aid groups, then it was worth it. And if it helps bag Kony, so much the better.

      Thanks for commenting. Hope you’re keeping real out in Colorado!



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