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France Launches Major Military Campaign In Mali, Bungles Hostage Rescue Attempt

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Whether it is to serve as a diversion from the ongoing deterioration in the French economy (purchases of French sovereign bonds by the SNB implying "all is well" notwithstanding), to distract public attention from the recent humiliation (and backfire) of the socialist government's "tax the rich" campaign or for whatever other reason, is unclear for now, but what is clear is that over the past two days France has launched a major airstrike and military campaign against Islamist rebels in northern Mali, the pretext being that control of northern Mali by the rebels posed a security threat to Europe.

What is also clear is that even as France is protecting "European interests" deep in the heart of African darkness, elsewhere in Africa, the socialist country, whose military "expertise" is best known for building impassable fortifications all around perfectly crossable forests, suffered yet another offensive humiliation when not only was a hostage held by Somalian insurgents, al Shabaab, killed during an attempted rescue operation, but a commando from the "rescuing" team was allegedly left behind during the bungled operation. The cherry on top in president Hollande's first major foreign policy excursion is that the same insurgents subsequently released a statement that the hostage was perfectly safe, even as a French pilot was killed in the Mali airstrikes early on in the campaign, all of which probably makes France wish it had just stayed home.

From Reuters on what is set to be another major humiliation for the French "military machine":

French fighter jets bombed Islamist rebels in Mali for a third day on Sunday as Paris poured more troops into the capital Bamako, awaiting the arrival of a West African force to dislodge al Qaeda-linked insurgents from the country's north.

 

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France's dramatic intervention on Friday to bomb a convoy of heavily armed Islamist fighters sweeping southwards had stopped them from seizing Mali's capital Bamako within days.

 

Western countries fear Islamists could use Mali as a base for attacks on the West, forming a link with al Qaeda militants in Yemen, Somalia and North Africa.

 

Le Drian said former colonial power France was carrying out continuous bombing raids against the alliance of rebel groups, which seized the country's vast desert north in April.

 

"There are raids going on now: there were some last night, and there will be more tomorrow," Le Drian told French television. "The president is totally determined that we must eradicate these terrorists who threaten the security of Mali, our own country and Europe."

 

A Reuters cameraman reported seeing on Sunday more than 100 French troops disembarking from a military cargo plane at Bamako airport, just on the outskirts of the capital.

 

Bamako itself was calm on Sunday, with the sun streaking through the dust enveloping the city as the seasonal Harmattan wind blew from the Sahara. Some cars drove around with French flags draped from the windows to celebrate Paris's intervention.

 

President Francois Hollande has made it clear that France's aim in Mali is to support the deployment of a West African mission to retake the north, endorsed by the United Nations, the European Union and the United States.

 

A French pilot was killed on Friday when rebels in Mali shot down his helicopter.

Naturally, since Russia (or China) have no interest in preserving their geopolitical interest in the west-African republic, the UN has no problem with sanctioning a military operation over yet another sovereign. But at least it's democratic.

As for the parallel campaign staged by France several thousand miles east in Somalia, things did not turn out quite as good.

France sent special forces into Somalia to rescue a secret agent but insurgents apparently killed their hostage during the raid along with a commando, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday.

 

The intelligence agency team flew into southern Somalia by helicopter under cover of darkness to try to free Denis Allex, held since 2009, by al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab, on the same day France launched air strikes against Islamist militants in Mali.

 

"Commandos broke into where Allex was being detained last night and immediately faced strong resistance," Le Drian told a news conference.

 

"Intense combat took place, during which - and now I speak with caution - everything leads us to believe that Denis Allex was unfortunately killed by his captors."

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The defence ministry said earlier that 17 Somali fighters were killed in a mission prompted by "the intransigence of the terrorists, who refused to negotiate for three and half years".

What is worse are reports from the locals that the hostage was not in fact killed, suggesting the French expedition merely used his death as a scapegoat to justify a retreat so prompt it may even have left one of its commandos behind:

Sowing confusion, Al Shabaab said in a statement that Allex was still alive.

 

A French commando died from wounds sustained in the Somali raid and a second was missing, Le Drian said.

 

Al Shabaab said in a statement that Allex was alive and being held at a location far from the base where French military helicopters attacked overnight.

 

"The injured French soldier is now in the custody of the mujahideen and Allex still remains safe and far from the location of the battle," it said. "Several French soldiers were killed in the battle and many more were injured before they fled from the scene of battle, leaving behind some military paraphernalia and even one of their comrades on the ground."

 

When asked about whether the missing commando was now in the hands of Al Shabaab, French Army chief Admiral Edouard Guillaud said: "If he is alive then he could be, but he could also be hiding."

Embarassing or not, the French military campaign is merely doing the one thing all "developed, democratic" governments do when left with no other options: distract from problems inside the country. And as can be seen in the list below, France certainly has experience in protecting its national interests especially within its former African colonies:

  • 1991 - DJIBOUTI/ETHIOPIA - French troops based in Djibouti help check the Afar rebellion and disarm Ethiopian soldiers who cross the border after the overthrow of Ethiopian President Mengistu Haile Mariam.
  • 1994 - RWANDA - French and Belgian soldiers evacuate Europeans from Rwanda as Hutu hardliners massacre hundreds of thousands, mainly Tutsis. Later in the year some 2,500 French troops, backed by contingents from African countries, launch "Operation Turquoise", described as a humanitarian effort, from Zaire into eastern Rwanda.
  • 1995 - COMOROS - French forces crush a repeat coup attempt led by French mercenary Bob Denard against President Said Mohamed Djohar. About 200 French soldiers forced Denard to leave the Comoros and restored order after president Ahmed Abdallah's assassination by his guard in 1989.
  • 1996/97 - CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - French troops intervene to end army pay mutiny against President Ange-Felix Patasse.
  • 1997 - CONGO REPUBLIC - Some 1,200 French troops rescue French and African nationals during fighting between Congo army and supporters of military leader Denis Sassou Nguesso, now president again.
  • 2002 - IVORY COAST - French forces mount "Operation Licorne" to help westerners trapped by a military uprising which effectively cut Ivory Coast in two. In 2004 they destroyed Ivory Coast's small air force after government forces bombed a French base.
  • 2008 - CHAD - A new French intervention bolsters the regime of Chadian president Idriss Deby and evacuates foreigners during attacks by rebels who crossed from neighbouring Sudan.
  • 2011 - LIBYA - French planes are the first to bomb Muammar Gaddafi's forces in March after the United Nations voted to allow intervention in Libya to protect civilians caught up in a rebellion against Gaddafi's four-decade rule. NATO took command of the overall mission on March 31 which allowed Libyan rebels to defeat government forces and effectively seize power.
  • 2011 - IVORY COAST - French forces tip the balance alongside U.N. forces in the civil war which erupted after the refusal of Laurent Gbagbo to step down and accept the election victory of Alassane Ouattara as president.
  • 2013 - French aircraft pound Islamist rebels in Mali after they tried to expand their power base and headed towards the Malian capital, Bamako. France had warned that the control of northern Mali by the rebels posed a security threat to Europe. At the same time France mounted an unsuccessful commando raid to try to rescue a French hostage held by al Shabaab militants in Somalia, also allied to al Qaeda. The hostage was killed.

All of which leads us to one simple conclusion: expect some very ugly economic numbers out of France now that even Germany is expected to report the first leg of a full blown recession.

 


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Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:24 | Link to Comment SafelyGraze
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it's all part of france's effort to increase its presence in 35 african nations

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:47 | Link to Comment Fukushima Sam
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Oh no, Not Another Terrorist Organization!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:49 | Link to Comment john39
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zato- zionist armies of total occupation

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:30 | Link to Comment Chupacabra-322
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“When all else loses, they take you to war.” -Gerald Celente

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:43 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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The Froggies are showing that they are subhumans too.

 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:02 | Link to Comment Bicycle Repairman
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This has nothing to do with hostages.  There's nothing in Mali worth possessing.  Mali threatens no one.  Not even themselves.  Why wreck Mali?  It's wreckable.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:14 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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If it is in subsaharan Africa and its not certain suburbs in South Africa, then rest assured it is wrecked to begin with, pre-wrecked in the Garp sense.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:35 | Link to Comment vmromk
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The only thing the French frogs can do right is SUCK a COCK.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:42 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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It is a learned skill, and most of the training they get now is from high production quality american porn films made in Vegas and LA suburbs.   Same deal with the grooming of the pits and crotches.   Imported from El Lay.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 15:32 | Link to Comment jerry_theking_lawler
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how much GOLD does mali have?

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 15:38 | Link to Comment knukles
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Uranium?

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 17:05 | Link to Comment Nassim
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Yes, uranium is key to understanding what is going on. Basically, the uranium is in the northern desert which is traditionally controlled by the Tuareg (browns)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuareg

The government of the country is black. Traditionally, the Tuareg raided the south to get slaves to sell further north. They have been cut out of the wealth brought in to exploit the uranium.

What is going on is 100% a resources play. France's 50+ nuclear reactors need the fuel ... badly

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 17:22 | Link to Comment TwoShortPlanks
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I think this song sums it up (Circ - Danger)...appropriate video too!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njyhTcqtmto

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 17:30 | Link to Comment Big Slick
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French attacks on muslims?  I hope native Parisians have their auto insurance paid up.  Tyler please keep an eye on this.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 18:12 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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Non arab muslims.   Big difference.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 22:19 | Link to Comment sullymandias
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Gold is mined in the southern region and Mali has the third highest gold production in Africa (after South Africa and Ghana).[47]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali#Economy

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 23:51 | Link to Comment Harlequin001
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WTF. Don't they normally just fly in and surrender?

 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 21:10 | Link to Comment New_Meat
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Merde

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 15:59 | Link to Comment WmMcK
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LA = Lower Alabama, right?

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 15:34 | Link to Comment jerry_theking_lawler
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3rd largest gold producing country in Africa....

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 16:00 | Link to Comment tickhound
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Follow the truffles.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 23:18 | Link to Comment Go Tribe
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Why doesn't France just do what the Saudis do: pay America to fight its wars.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 23:53 | Link to Comment Harlequin001
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Because they're skint.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:49 | Link to Comment CPL
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Hooray!  Budget justifications!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:40 | Link to Comment aint no fortuna...
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Should be a good boost for 2013 GDP

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:53 | Link to Comment CPL
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Naw, it's a good excuse to print more money.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:09 | Link to Comment AU5K
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Wag the tail.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:48 | Link to Comment ItchyBeard
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Wag the dog!

(This bears no relation to Chinese citizenism's 'Wok the dog')

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:14 | Link to Comment palmereldritch
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What's french for alQaeda/alBanksta, TSA, domestic terrorism, increased police state?

Raison d'ebt ?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 04:15 | Link to Comment Lore
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Re: "[mission] to dislodge al Qaeda-linked insurgents from the country's north."

What is NOT linked to Al Qaeda nowadays?  Those guys sure get around. 

"Intense combat took place, during which - and now I speak with caution - everything leads us to believe that Denis Allex was unfortunately killed by his captors."

An alternative story could involve troops going in to eliminate a compromised asset. 

No facts. Just fishy smells. 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:26 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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This was france acting unilaterally.   Remember that used to be an insult.    NATO's got nothing to do with this.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 14:01 | Link to Comment Motorhead
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"NATO's got nothing to do with this."

Amazing...for once, eh?  But in due time...once they pull out of Afghanistan, they'll need somewhere else to stir shit up no where near the North Atlantic.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 14:18 | Link to Comment Matt
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America is deploying soldiers to Mali to train and advise, but with the open option of engaging directly in combat. You really think America and France both happen to be deploying into the same country, with no co-ordination at all?

 

EDIT: BTW, The government of Mali asked Canada to come help them too, but Harper told them that unfortunately we cannot at this time.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 21:25 | Link to Comment CPL
Sun, 01/13/2013 - 16:01 | Link to Comment El Oregonian
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Oh my! You'd better send in the "Piece (of shit) President" in at once! He'll sort it all out and if need be, will transfer truckloads of MAN Pads, RPG's, Hell-Fire Missiles and such into Mali from Benghazi.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:04 | Link to Comment Eireann go Brach
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Give them all Obamaphones and EBT cards and go home!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:20 | Link to Comment msmith9962
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Looks like they are planning a night mission.  The lead jet has the big flashlight attachment on.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:19 | Link to Comment ATM
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Now that is fucking funny! 

 

LOL

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:58 | Link to Comment catacl1sm
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I thought the same thing when I saw the pic. lol

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 15:36 | Link to Comment jerry_theking_lawler
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so, its a flashlight pod? kinda like an ECM pod but with about 5 million candlepower.....so what's it run off of? 2157 AA batteries?

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:25 | Link to Comment Mongo
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Merde!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:56 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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Zut!  Alors.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:15 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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putain de bordel de merde!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:27 | Link to Comment Super Broccoli
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the killed officer was piloting a 1960's helicopter with no armor ... what kind of idiot would use such weapons today and expect our guys to survive ?

 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:32 | Link to Comment FederalReserveB...
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The helicopter would have had armor if Gerard Depardieu only paid his fair share of taxes!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:35 | Link to Comment knukles
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The last time La France went to war on their own (well, they did have the help of the Brits) was in Libya.  After 3 days they ran out of bombs.  And had to ask NATO who in turn asked the US to release munitions from US inventory.  (Public record)
Holly Mail!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:13 | Link to Comment AlaricBalth
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Perhaps the French should have tried taunting them.

French Soldier: I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

Monty Python
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V7zbWNznbs

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:30 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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Acting in Africa, the French will be brutal, more efficient, with the technical means they do have.   They don't have freaking JAGs reviewing every little gesture they're making out amongst the AK and RPG toting dead enders of the muslim turd world.   Also, France's native muzzies are not malien muzzies, but rather arabs.   They've got a free hand.  No one gives a shit about Mali, or almost.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:21 | Link to Comment ATM
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I think the French are trying to incite their Muslims residents. It's total chaos they want and they will get it.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:38 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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Aha, the French are feeding their north african residents, and providing them free health care, notably free delivery of babies, and free housing, so they can then incite a civil war with them.... by militarily opposing racially and ethnically different muslims thousands of miles of way.  You may be on to something.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 16:41 | Link to Comment Maghreb
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Those North African's are there to terrify the Native French so they can spunk their money on wars and when they are broke tell them the African's took all the money. Then they send native French millitary technology backed by North African mercenaries and troops to fight the war in Africa. Leads to more millitary tech in Africa and African refugees in major cities. Keeps going until everyone in Africa and Europe is dead or sealed in ever more dystopian millitarized cities.

Switch of the welfare and interventions and see what happens in Africa and the cities of Europe and North America. There is no race war the government is playing everyone off against everyone else. 

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:19 | Link to Comment ATM
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http://www.france24.com/en/20130114-mali-france-intervention-terrorist-a...

 

They incite the terror threats to further reduce the Liberties of the people. It's what governmetn does best. Create the very conditions that cause the people to willingly give up their powers to the Party that promises they will be safe.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:51 | Link to Comment CPL
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If you go looking at the amount of parts counterfeiting in the aerospace industry you wouldn't fly anything modern either or step foot on a plane again. 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 14:11 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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We know a pilot with American Airlines.  He feels EXACTLY the same.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 21:11 | Link to Comment CPL
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It's unbelievable how much of it goes on and it's getting worse with credit locked up in banks.  Forces all those carriers to make a quick buck to pop their year end.  

To those unfamiliar with the practice.  The best case scenario is it a restamped part that's been OEMed.  At least it hasn't been used.  Worse case, it's the broken part being removed from a plane and then SOLD back into the parts dealers then BACK into the pool of 'parts'.  It's estimated right now that it's one in eight parts, off record, media spin is 1 in 12.  It's getting worse every day.

So those wondering why the 787 was grounded, 5% of that plane should have never been flying and it was all engine replacement parts.  Unreal the crap the industry tries to get away with.  Only way now to guarantee a plane for insurance is to have one built from scratch and a parts assembly shipped with it which costs a fuck tonne of money.  Since nobody has the money to do that anymore and the technology is expensive/the workers are now very old, it's a crap shoot on getting all the right people, parts and practice lined up now.

Worst record for pirate parts are those corporate private jets.  More specialized the plane the higher the likelihood of problems because of the refurbish costs.  Helicopters fit that bill except all those ancient tin cans from Vietnam that were built to be repaired on field.  Might not be able to find a part, but you can find a junk yard somewhere and a welding torch.  Doesn't work so well with engines that have multiple guidance systems that control the torus of air to keep a brick with missiles floating.  So that's why they won't use the pretty stuff for Africa.  The targets are too far from a mechanic that is worth more than every pilot that flys them.

 

So be assured...shortages are everywhere.  In aerospace though they make planes fall out of the sky.  

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:12 | Link to Comment resurger
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In Iraq they shoot down helis with a hunting rifle ...

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:30 | Link to Comment nmewn
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I thought Depardieu moved to Russia or Belgium...why are they attacking Mali again?...lol.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:45 | Link to Comment Super Broccoli
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i believe the true reason is not Mali but neighbouring countries such as Niger and Tchad. The french want to protect their Areva Uranium mines there and they don't want those "terrorists" to threat those facilities as they did in the past (i think they still hold something like 10 french ingeneers hostage somewhere in that desert)

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:48 | Link to Comment Global Hunter
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absolutely correct

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:59 | Link to Comment AlaricBalth
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In addition to uranium, Mali is the third largest gold producer in Africa with production exceeding 43.5 tons in 2011. A majority of the the mining companies are domiciled in N. America and Europe.

The flow of gold to the west will not be allowed to be impeded.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:07 | Link to Comment Rusty Shorts
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You are correct, lots of Gold there in Mali...

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:16 | Link to Comment palmereldritch
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Which means they are just dying for a new central bank!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:29 | Link to Comment Rusty Shorts
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Mali is Gold Fields new frontier' Turner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOn1mJWrCLk

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:39 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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Hey now, everyone knows Valerie Plame's husband went to Niger and Chad and the whole yellowcake thing was just a pretext for Halliburton!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 14:56 | Link to Comment Bansters-in-my-...
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Hey....Super Broccoli
You used the "N" word.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:30 | Link to Comment WineSorbet
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makes France wish it had just stayed home.

I wish every country would just stay home!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:07 | Link to Comment Rossalgondamer
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Home doesn't.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:19 | Link to Comment SilverDOG
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WineSorbet,

 

Funny how your arrows will not respond. Solution denial control.

 

+1

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:30 | Link to Comment Colonel Klink
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Did anyone hear about the modern marvel of engineering that French tanks are? 

They have 1 forward gear and 3 reverse!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:39 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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I was told that the gun barrel had this long rod that popped out of it with a flag attached to the end that said "I SURRENDER"...

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:50 | Link to Comment a growing concern
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I think it's permanently mounted to the barrel.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:12 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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It's a funny 'visual' in any case...

~~~

Edit: Well, except for a few [evidently], who also don't enjoy the lack of serious drama in 'Inspector Clouseau' movies...

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 05:47 | Link to Comment tenpanhandle
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the forward gear is in case the enemy gets behind them (the rest of the joke).

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:47 | Link to Comment Super Broccoli
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well in fact you're right, during WWII one of the french tanks was going faster in reverse gear than forward :-) ahah

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:48 | Link to Comment mess nonster
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Ah the French Military after Waterloo.. somehow it's never been the same. Try as I might, I always confuse Captain Dreyfus with Marty Feldman

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 16:30 | Link to Comment tickhound
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The last war the French won was the French Revolution.  Won primarily due to the fact that the opponent was also French.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:32 | Link to Comment indygo55
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There are tons of used French battle rifles for sale, never fired, dropped once.

 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:44 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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Their spec-ops guys and foreign legion can be pretty solid, the problem is up the command chain.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 17:54 | Link to Comment Uber Vandal
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The foreign legion is comprised of 76% non-French personnel, except for the officers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Foreign_Legion

 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:31 | Link to Comment Jendrzejczyk
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President Francois Hollande says domestic security to be stepped up as his country battles al-Qaeda-linked groups. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2013/01/201311345939685960.html The old "invade another country to make yours safer" trick backfires again.
Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:37 | Link to Comment knukles
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Hollande is unpopular so he invades a foreign country and steps up internal security.

Pass the Bernays sauce, please.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:50 | Link to Comment Jendrzejczyk
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You are saucy as usual Knucks. Not much difference between Hollandaise and Bernays.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:00 | Link to Comment booboo
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You mean the Bernanke Sauce, a concoction made from the boiled jaw bone of an ass and a dash of sheep dip.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:31 | Link to Comment azzhatter
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I believe Liesman has swallowed all the bernanke sauce

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 16:26 | Link to Comment wee-weed up
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Bernanke Sauce...

The Obama Admin spreads it liberally on the shit sandwich they force us to eat!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:56 | Link to Comment resurger
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hahahaha!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:34 | Link to Comment NoClueSneaker
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Well, he bought in the Clinton's franchise - Khartum was hit by Monica-Cruise

Missile  after some lying b4 Congress ....

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:31 | Link to Comment lizzy36
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If one is relying on the french to "rescue them" one should be prepared for a very long long wait.

French are good at food, booze and taking summers off.They aren't exactly known for their courage.

But we can all celebrate the bombing, by first world countries, of more brown people......booyah!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:50 | Link to Comment Rainman
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Frenchies....they fight with their feet and fuck with their face. ( old WWII yarn )

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:56 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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"The French are just great in bed" is what you're suppose to say. What's next...another English report of "the demise of Napoleon"? Presidents Jefferson and Adams await....

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:48 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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They put their pants on the same way we do, but have sex less than we do, and less artfully.  All that lover reputation is from the boring films about it, not the real deal.   Oh, they also put their penises in vaginas and other orifices about the same ways we do.    Maybe the same as Maliens.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:07 | Link to Comment TheGardener
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But they leave their socks on !

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:12 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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My experience is they leave their hose on, and the high heels usually just come off inadvertently.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 15:44 | Link to Comment knukles
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That's what straps, chains and padlocks are for, bitchez

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 15:52 | Link to Comment WmMcK
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We are entering into the Hell where:
The French are the Mechanics,
The Germans are the Police,
The British are the Cooks,
The Italians are the Bankers
and the Swiss are the Lovers.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:33 | Link to Comment Bad Attitude
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When will Dear Leader commit US forces to Mali to insure that Mali becomes another Islamic state?

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:35 | Link to Comment nmewn
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Valerie Jarrets working on it.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:02 | Link to Comment Temporalist
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"She was Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard Daley, during which time (1991) she hired Michelle Robinson, then engaged to Barack Obama" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valerie_Jarrett

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:09 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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Her motto could be "Hear all evil, See all evil, Speak all evil"

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 14:30 | Link to Comment Jam Akin
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It's even a layer or two deeper than that, Temporalist:  the excerpt is adapted from the link below

Obama’s early mentor(or real father?), Frank Marshall Davis, was a member of the Communist Party and a former Soviet Agent who was under FBI investigation for a total of 19 years.  In 1948, Davis moved from Chicago to Hawaii leaving behind a colleague named Vernon Jarrett, father-in-law of Senior White House advisor, Valerie Jarrett. Yes, the Jarrett’s are communists as well.  Both Jarrett and Davis wrote for a leftwing newspaper called the Chicago Defender in which they espoused a communist  takeover of the United States Government. 

http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2012/10/03/the-russians-are-coming-red...

 

The "Jarrett was born in Iran" thing is a misdirection.  Key question:  why did Obama move to Chicago to start his career as a "community organizer" after working for a CIA front company in NY out of college?


Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:33 | Link to Comment PUD
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The French commando team  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHhyyRByuJ0

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:23 | Link to Comment edb5s
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Dont't forget about their missile-launching prowess (I know this video was posted here): https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=french%20eryx%20youtube&source=w...

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:35 | Link to Comment tony bonn
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hollande is a bildeberger appointed president just as soetoro was a rockefeller appointed president....they all do the bidding of the plutocrats who are mammon worshippers of the worst kind....

hollande and soetoro are war mongering murderers....

mali poses as much a threat to europe as either cuba or vietnam did to the usa....just another trumped up reason to spend trillions on war and line the pockets of plutocrats and the academic hangers on...

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:03 | Link to Comment Temporalist
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"Gold, livestock and agriculture amount to eighty percent of Mali's exports" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali

 

It's called the "Gold Coast" for a reason.  Better take out those terrists or they will stop the flow of the spice...and the uranium...

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:49 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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First Dune reference.   Score!     Jean-Luc Picard was in the David Lynch version, and Sean Young, yowza.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:16 | Link to Comment Rusty Shorts
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...eh, it's true that Mali has alot of Gold, but the Gold Coast is now called Ghana, which has even more Gold...and Oil...

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:32 | Link to Comment resurger
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nothing changes, fuck them both.

 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:39 | Link to Comment joego1
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Hot war, hot fiat. Next China japan and for the main course isreal attacks Iran. Uncle Sam comes hat in hand asking  for your sacrifice as patriots.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:40 | Link to Comment knukles
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iePl9mnSI9Q

 

(humming la Marseillaises)

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:00 | Link to Comment cristo
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Close but these guys are French Canadian troops .

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 15:45 | Link to Comment knukles
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"close enough for government work"
                  -Gerard Depardieu

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:43 | Link to Comment Lucius Corneliu...
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What is in Mali that the French may be interested in?  No oil, mass poverty...

 

http://cia-world-factbook.realclearworld.com/l/392/Mali

 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:47 | Link to Comment SafelyGraze
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maybe -- just maybe -- mali has been providing aid and comfort to whoever caused gid's (under-reported) broken leg

http://www.thestandard.co.zw/2012/12/09/rbz-governor-appears-in-public-w...

http://nehandaradio.com/2012/12/03/rbz-chief-gideon-gono-hospitalised/

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 16:50 | Link to Comment Sparkey
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I'm glad to hear this news, anytime we don't see "Gid" for a while I worry, the World needs more men like Gid Gonzo! (To save us, you know what I mean, right, he has been down this road before, he can guide our way and lead us to the promised land!)

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:50 | Link to Comment Nozza
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Uranium desposits

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:02 | Link to Comment Lucius Corneliu...
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Ahhh!  Now its starting to make some sense.  France uses nuclear for most of its power and they need uranium.  Mali is a weak country so blame it on Islam and take it.  Imperialism 101. Thanks for the heads up.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_France

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/rockgate-increases-mineral-resources-falea...

 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:28 | Link to Comment Global Hunter
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uranium in neighbouring Chad and Niger as well, also a lot of capital has been going to develop gold mining projects and exploration and production the last 10 years in Mali.  I reckon they want to establish a secured "footing" in the region and Mali has been chosen from which they can attempt to control Niger  and Chad as well.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:55 | Link to Comment Muppet Pimp
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To add another layer to the onion, some studying the monetary situation claim that in a 'Chicago Plan' (see IMF paper) or quasi 'CP' wherein assets are somehow valued against the currency (rather than debt alone), that some in said school of thought believe in marking to market while it is 'still in the ground'.  That is to say, that Dave has heard of such ideas being bandied about. 

"We are not broke, on the contrary, look at all the minerals we own" might be overheard in certain company maybe.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:00 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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Well, that's a more concrete plan than the platinum coin.    The BCE could draw a circle around Africa's gold and diamond mines and plant a flag on them.   After all, the gold doesn't move from vault to vault much, so why even dig it up.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:05 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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Heeey, wait a minute, I may have just saved the world economy!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:08 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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Let's petition the White House to make me treasury secretary.  

TBT or not TBT would be a highly ironic signature to add to the dollar bills with all those presidents on them.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:39 | Link to Comment Muppet Pimp
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Or maybe even "What sort of goodies might bondholders accept in the event of a French sovereign default?"

 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:07 | Link to Comment reload
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Almost certainly very decent oil deposits in the Northern territory as well.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 18:53 | Link to Comment Lucius Corneliu...
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The internal politics and perpetual civil wars of Africa are of no interest to France or the USA unless their is something profitable.  al-Qaeda was synomynous with "There's oil there".  It appears that it can also mean, "There's uranium there." 

http://www.libyaherald.com/2012/08/23/frances-total-keen-on-libya/

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:43 | Link to Comment joego1
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Maybe the should have thought of this before they invited 5 million Muslims to come and torch cars. Good strategy.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:48 | Link to Comment john39
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but France and the French government are not under the control of the French people....  just like the U.S., an occupied government controlled by outside interests.  No different than the U.S. federal government allowing poor migrants to flood into the U.S. through the southern border for decades...  

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:57 | Link to Comment joego1
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A government for the people went bye the people.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:49 | Link to Comment joego1
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Almost as good as bringing peace and security to a country that comprised of tribes of warring illiterate religious fascists that still wipe their asses with rocks.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:43 | Link to Comment Winston Churchill
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Vive Le Farce.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:34 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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"farce" is feminine, so that's Vive la Farce, but yeah, we are greatly amused at France, once again.   They fuck things up on a far smaller scale, and small things can be cute, so there's that.    Iraq and Afhanistan produced some great full scale war situations to consider, and to enjoy for return on our tax dollar, but cute they were not.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:58 | Link to Comment Winston Churchill
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Its the thought that counts.

Its been forty five years since I spoke French ,very badly.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:04 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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The real Winston Churchill passed quite a lot of time in France during his life, and if he made such a mistake he would have done so on purpose, in jest.   I knew Winston Churchill.   Winston Churchill was my friend.   You are no Winston Churchill!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 15:43 | Link to Comment tickhound
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Bullshit!  I knew Churchill personally.  He lugged a trainload of shit behind him that could've fertilized the Sinai.  I wouldn't buy an apple from the son of a bitch, and I considered him a good, close personal friend.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 15:52 | Link to Comment Winston Churchill
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The pint of scotch on his cornflakes very morning didn't help much  either.

Terrible Eton French, if you read memoirs the French contempary politicos

they could barely understand him.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 15:41 | Link to Comment WmMcK
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That China is one of the world's powers? (reference too old or obscure?)

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:19 | Link to Comment Winston of Oceania
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Cinco de Mayo oh wait they lost that one with 3 to 1 ratio of superior numbers and far better equipment...

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:52 | Link to Comment Kaiser Sousa
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fucking french tryin to emulate their imperialist american cousins...

they should stick to what they do best - NOTHING.......

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:55 | Link to Comment Super Broccoli
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it's weird how americans can't stand another country messing around like they usualy are doing ;-)

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:37 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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Seriously, you need to get out and eat more cheese.    

Also, France is a really nice piece of real estate, I mean California nice.   Top notch mountains, beaches, plains, coasts, weather.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 15:05 | Link to Comment Kaiser Sousa
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lived n france for 2 years with a lady i met here n the states...

streets littered with dog shit owners dont bother picking up...

french dudes still believe the myth about them being the ultimate lady killers...

beer cost $9....

fuck france man....they can keep their cheese and their attiudes.....

 

 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:54 | Link to Comment giggler123
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It would have been better if the author had cited previous bad economic news just after the entries in that list of milirary escapades rather than saying expect it because some guys with guns did something.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:55 | Link to Comment Inthemix96
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The French have the art of "Surrendere" down to a fine tee.

Dont worry folks, this will be over before tea-time the morrow.  And I have heard on the grapevine that the French have unvieled their new National Flag.  Its a white cross on a white background.

Merde bitchez......

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:59 | Link to Comment tooriskytoinvest
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Mali Situation Updates: 200 more french soldiers arrived, Britain and US now involved, France tightens Security Level! Heavy bombing in GAO now!

http://investmentwatchblog.com/mali-situation-updates-200-more-french-soldiers-arrived-britain-and-us-now-involved-france-tightens-security-level-heavy-bombing-in-gao-now/

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:53 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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Well yeah, that's what leading from behind means.  As long as you didn't start the fight your cool getting into it a tad later as a non-instigating good guy.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:01 | Link to Comment ptoemmes
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Diversion, no it's just a mirage...looks to be three of them in fact.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:03 | Link to Comment Global Hunter
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it seems to me that the more wars that TPTB start, the more they have to start to keep the lid on things.  A slow burn towards global explosion, yea, thank you for looking after best interests and keeping us safe politicians and banksters.

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