After failing to support or oppose U.S. operations in Libya, Congress now is ready to endorse U.S. support for operations against the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda. Section 1209 of the newly agreed defense authorization bill for 2012 allows $35 million for logistical and intelligence support and supplies for such operations. It also forbids U.S. military personnel or civilian contractors to participate in combat operations, except for self-defense and rescue missions. The section also requires notifications to Congress within 5 days of obligation of funds as well as quarterly reports.
This is a reasonable way for Congress to act on proposed military operations -- approve a plan with conditions and require regular reports for oversight.