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No Budget Cuts Here: US Boosts War Role in Africa

On the first full business day that the "sequester cuts" are to hit the nation, the following article appeared on the front page of the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. Boosts War Role in Africa
American Drones Help French Target Militants in Mali, as Chad Claims Killings

Wall Street Journal | March 4, 2012

The U.S. is markedly widening its role in the stepped up French-led military campaign against extremists in Mali, providing sensitive intelligence that pinpoints militant targets for attack, U.S. and allied officials disclosed.

The Obama administration has agreed to provide air tankers to refuel French warplanes targeting rebels in Mali, sharply expanding the level of U.S. involvement in the campaign. WSJ Pentagon Correspondent Adam Entous reports. Photo: Getty Images.

WSJ reporter Joel Millman talks by phone with a young Eritrean refugee being held for ransom by kidnappers in Egypt's Sinai desert. Photo: Getty Images.
U.S. Reaper drones have provided intelligence and targeting information that have led to nearly 60 French airstrikes in the past week alone in a range of mountains the size of Britain, where Western intelligence agencies believe militant leaders are hiding, say French officials.

The operations target top militants, including Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the mastermind of January's hostage raid on an Algerian natural gas plant that claimed the lives of at least 38 employees, including three Americans. Chad forces said they killed him on Saturday, a day after saying they had killed Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, the commander of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's Mali wing.

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The silent, secret, unreported WAR. Great Post Michael...

I have forwarded this to my friends from Africa (here in America).

I'm not sure even THEY know about this.

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Nothing more than protecting our interest.

This is nothing more than protecting our interest. Look for China's interest in the region. Can't wait to see the final drummed up reason for this.

Africa is

very rich in resources and cheap labor. Could this be a factor in the invasion?

So what had happened

to neo-cons and Zionists who control Pentagon? Or was it CFR? Or was it Bilderberg? Or Rothschilds? Our anti-war folks would be upset. They counted on Hagel so much...

Sooooooo.....

So, we are helping the French who are involved in a conflict in Mali and Chad? Am I getting this right?

So this is money and, worse, war.

Well, we do have to get those weapons

Well, we do have to get those weapons we gave to Libya that ended up in Mali back right?

I actually spoke to someone in the armed forces at a bar about 6 months ago who was leaving on a ship to Africa. He let this slip out of his mouth..."we have to get those resources."

Interesting side notes: Mali is the 3rd largest producer of gold in Africa, and elections coming in July.

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YES on resources.

NO on weapons.
poor little mali and even poorer little chad are so sparse and barren,
its like pillaging an empty house in the middle of the day!

mali=03% power grid,
chad=01.5% power grid...

80%-ish rural, 10%-ish nomadic.

could the overwhelming majority of the populations be any MORE disconnected
from the world as 'we' know it?

Yes on weapons

The weapons that the U.S. gave to Libya ended up in the hands of the rebels who in turn brought them to Mali. It was a NY Times story.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/world/africa/weapons-sent-...

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Next book: Illusions of Wealth - due out soon
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So Now

So now Obama has declared war on Mali without Congressional approval. What's it gonna take to impeach this guy?

Unfortunately, Congress doesn't care...

...and hasn't for a long time.

Yea 30 African countries

The US quietly initiated the Africom force in the mid 2000's and it has grown dramatically ever since. Hey, if we've got our eyes set on Colonizing Africa, let's get out of Germany. They can have their gold and we can end our stimulus program via the capital that comes from our 190 bases there.

It's all

about the Uranium.

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DJP333's picture

You don't say?

"A senior U.S. official said the Americans ultimately decided they weren't cobelligerents because the U.S. was supporting the French rather than joining the campaign."

Oh great, thanks, this makes me feel much better about everything going on there. Don't worry folks, no chance of blowback here.

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No doubt they wont stop at 85 Billion

Anyone know what the real costs of this expenditure is?

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TwelveOhOne's picture

Another way of looking at it:

If it is 85 billion, they can do one of these a month at the current printing/keystroking rate.

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Why does that look

Why does that look photoshopped?

Michael Nystrom's picture

Because it is

I blurred out the rest of the image to save on file size. The blurry background cut the image size in half.

I'm old school like that - back when image size was an issue. A 39K image is better than an 85K image, especially on the front page of the site, which gets over 50% of page views. It makes for an easier page load.

Maybe it doesn't matter in this era of broadband. But back when I cut my teeth, file size was an issue.

Makes sense

I'd think of that things like that if I was the one paying the bill.