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US Drones, Boots Arrive In Mali

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Absolutely "nobody" could have possibly anticipated that the week old French incursion into Mali could already have such disastrous consequences: a botched hostage rescue attempt by French commandos while leaving behind one of their team, a downed pilot on the first day of the confrontation, rebels that succeeded in capturing a strategic village and military post, and today, yet another hostage crisis in Algeria that has seen tens of hostages killed, potentially including Americans, following another botched rescue operation. Yet, in some ways, perhaps the stars have aligned just right for the US, which as Bloomberg reports, has wasted no time in sending not only drones in the air, but also boots on the ground.

From Bloomberg:

  • U.S. military trainers are expected to arrive in West Africa this weekend to train local military forces to fight Islamist insurgents including those now battling French and local government troops in Mali, State Dept. spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says in Washington.
  • U.S. now providing intelligence, airlift to French troops fighting insurgents in Mali
  • No U.S. troops to operate in Mali; U.S. barred from providing direct assistance to Mali military

So on one hand the US is barred from providing direct assistance, but on the other, US trainers are... providing direct assistance?

But why? Well, take a quick look at the map of French "military assets" in Mali.

What does this map show?

Nothing.

Mali is one of the most irrelevant countries in West Africa from a resource standpoint, and what happens inside of it is certainly irrelevant from a greater geopolitical standpoint.

What is more important is what this map doesn't show, specifically the name of the country located a few hundred miles to the south: Nigeria.

Now Nigeria is important: very important. Or rather, Nigerian light sweet, one of the highest quality crudes in the world, is. And thanks to the "bungled" French peacemaking attempt, the US now has a critical foothold in what is the most strategically placed stretch of desert in Western Africa, a place where US "military trainers" will now be deployed at will.

Be on the lookout for curious escalations in violence around the capital Abuja, and key port city Lagos, in the coming months once the current Mali fracas is long forgotten.

 

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Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:25 | 3164109 Flakmeister
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Ahh, the sublties of mission creep.... except the whole bloody world is now the mission....

Pax Americana is unravelling at the seams or so it seems...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:25 | 3164117 francis_sawyer
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Thanks for the handy map... Now I know where the gold is...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:27 | 3164133 Aziz
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Forward!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:30 | 3164146 THX 1178
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I looked up Mali's main resources... gold and SALT. Just think! All that SALT. MMMmmmMMM Bitchez!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:34 | 3164166 youngman
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Is it bath salts...people love that stuff...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:40 | 3164197 Careless Whisper
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British Petroleum and the Royal Family send Kisses for the troops.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:50 | 3164236 Zap Powerz
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This country has turned into a constant welfare/warfare nightmare.

Remember the good old days when Obama and the democrats were against foriegn wars of conquest?

If you still think there is an iota of difference between a republican and a democrat then you are an intellectually dishonest person.  You should take a long hard look at your profound hypocrisy and determine why you support a party (dem/rep) that engages in such wanton destruction of life, property, and nations.  If you support the status quo (waging war all over the globe) then innocent blood is on your hands.  Live with that you pathetic piece of shit.

To everyone else here that has woken up, none of this should come as a surprise.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:54 | 3164248 Spastica Rex
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Maybe not dishonest but just stupid.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:07 | 3164290 Pinto Currency
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Bump this one up - worth a look:

Mali's resources:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-war-on-mali-what-you-should-know/5319093

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:33 | 3164377 Raymond K Hessel
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All kidding aside, this is the beginning of World War III.  The war over Africa's resources is about to start and we are witnessing the beginning of the turn.

 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:45 | 3164426 I think I need ...
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don't worry china has its paws in there as well,,,,,,

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:56 | 3164482 Raymond K Hessel
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Yes.  That's why it would be a World War and not a police action...

We'd be fighting the Chinese in Africa, which would:

ignite a confrontation in the China Sea.

Concentration camps in California for Chinese-Americans.

North Korea hits South Korea.

Chinese navy blockages the Red Sea

....World War

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:07 | 3164519 Dugald
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And all recorded for your daily divertisiment in glorious technicolor........

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:42 | 3164648 Boris Alatovkrap
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America Military to help France in former colony, boots on ground. What is can possible go to wrong?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 21:30 | 3164792 Fortunate Fool
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Hey Tyler, you have a hard time with facts, haven't you? The amount of misinformation is simply astonishing!

"Absolutely "nobody" could have possibly anticipated that the week old French incursion into Mali could already have such disastrous consequences: a botched hostage rescue attempt by French commandoswhile leaving behind one of their team, a downed pilot on the first day of the confrontation,"

I guess you "forgot" to mention that the rescue mission you are referring to occurred in Somalia, "just" 8,000km away, and which had nothing to do with what's going on in Mali

"rebels that succeeded in capturing a strategic village and military post"

I guess the strategic nature of Diabali is only seen by ZH. There's only one major rooad linking the north from the south of Mali, on Diabali is not on that route. Yes, the Malian "army" got defeated there, but since the french troops have arrived, the rebels have not made one mile of progress.

"yet another hostage crisis in Algeria that has seen tens of hostages killed, potentially including Americans, following another botched rescue operation"

Let's just not mention that the "rescue" mission was done by the Algerian army and let's not mention that this terrorist attack would not have occurred regardless of the intervention in Mali? As it turns out, the terrorists were very well prepared and knew the site and what they were doing. Not something you can achieve in a just few days.

 

But anyway, why let the facts get in the way of a good story? The amount of bull-shit on this site is simply astonishing. You're practicing exactly the same kind misinformation that you are otherwise denouncing when it comes to reporting on the Wall Street. You have zero credibility.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 22:23 | 3164963 earnyermoney
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Executive Branch troll. You posting that while you wait for the next porn flick to download on your government issued laptop?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 22:32 | 3164989 Fortunate Fool
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If you can't argue with the facts, attack the messenger... Nothing new here. Next.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 22:35 | 3164995 francis_sawyer
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So what's the [military] plan, Stan?... To liberate the gold???...

~~~

I say we let loose with a barrage of cruise missles [at a 'monster box' worth of Ag per Tomohawk] and let it vaporize into oblivion... francis_sawyer is bucking for a promotion to the Joint Chiefs of Staff...

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 06:41 | 3165544 tenpanhandle
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is there really 500 ozs of Ag per Tomohawk missles?

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 08:05 | 3165605 Clashfan
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Vee musst pay Germany ze gold monies. Dig.

No, gangboss, no. We don't want the whip.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 23:03 | 3165071 AgAu_man
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"Concentration camps in California for Chinese-Americans."

You mean, we'd have:

1. Fewer Chinese PhD to compete against for US tech jobs?

2. Fewer Chinese restarants?

I can handle #1, not sure I can handle #2.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:09 | 3164301 Say What Again
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I just bought one of those really big remote controlled hobby airplanes.  I bolted a GoPro8 to the front of the plane, and secured an AK-47 to the bottom of the plane with some duct tape.  I'm flying it over the neighborhood now.  Its really fun!!!  Now I understand why these guys want to do this so much.

I've decided to productize this thing.

I'm now taking orders for the "Kahuna-Remote-Urban-DroneTM."  (a.k.a KRUD 2013)

Let me know if you you want one.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:57 | 3164483 edb5s
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DHS arriving at your door in 3...2...

 

In all seriousness (although I would not be the least bit surprised if that post did arouse some suspicion), what the fuck ever happened to congressional approval for INVADING other countries?  Nobody gives a shit anymore what the government does. 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:43 | 3164654 johnQpublic
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Do it to JULIA!

 

feel me?

the most over looked part of 1984 was that line

just dont do it to me....

do your dirty business elsewhere and we wont say a word

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 00:46 | 3165268 Skateboarder
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"Under the spreading Chestnut Tree, I sold you, and you sold me."

Broke my heart, that part. When you sell each other out, there's nothing left. Nothing.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:03 | 3164279 Whalley World
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While on vacation, reading Oliver Stone's Unknown History of the USA, a strager came by and asked, do you know what the difference is between a democrat and replublican?  I played along and asked what. 

He said the same difference as Coke to Pepsi

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:04 | 3164513 Dr. Sandi
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Untrue. Coke and Pepsi have different owners.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 06:47 | 3165545 tenpanhandle
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I like coke (cola) better.  There is a difference in taste.  So whats that do to your anecdote?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:14 | 3164321 zero deception
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Now you beleive that you are beginning to wake up. Hypcrisy is the friend of your masters however so be careful what you wish for. You have to purge it from your own system first.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:27 | 3164356 Lewshine
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Hey Zap,

I'll play. If you name me a Republican that wants to disarm you (on the record). I'll buy your stupid remark. None of this matters boy IF you lose your right to defend yourself. So don't go spreading your deranged bullshit that there is no difference. I don't carry the water for Republicans, but right now with Obama taking over everything and ATTACKING our consitutional rights to the last bastion of freedom we have, the right to defend ourselves from a tyrant (that's what the 2nd amendment is ALL about)...There's a huge difference between R & D, and until the Republicans start giving in to this Mao Sae Tung MF'r...YOU are the dishonest idiot!

Why would you care that the US is the military machine of the world, causing war, yet not care if your children are safe from the monster currently holding office? You're the friggin "bleeding heart" hypocrit!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:06 | 3164517 zero deception
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Lewshine said:

I don't carry the water for Republicans.

 

You just did. Another hypocrite not understanding who there real masters are.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 06:54 | 3165547 tenpanhandle
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I'd guess you're a water carrier too.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:45 | 3164662 johnQpublic
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republicans controlled the senate in ny, and presto....gun control in bold non partisan move

 

now go get your shinebox

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:56 | 3164692 nmewn
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I was just wondering what these "fine upstanding public servants" looked like.

Now I know ;-)

http://www.nysenate.gov/senators

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:57 | 3164691 Ignorance is bliss
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Republicans have the power to stop Obama's gun grab. If they fail,then you know it was all theater and all the devils wear the same colors.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 22:57 | 3165055 FoeHammer
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They are puppets. They follow orders.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:42 | 3164406 Say What Again
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<-- Drop the MOAB

<-- Let's have a long drawn out ground war

Place your vote above.

And if you don't know about the MOAB: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vas1951/4734358275/

 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:46 | 3164671 johnQpublic
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MOAB bitchez

 

even a lowly daisy cutter made the humvee jump even though i was miles from basra

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:46 | 3164432 pashley1411
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Panem et circensus, that's all you need to know about the America of the 21st century.   Panem et circensus.  

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:56 | 3164689 MrPalladium
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circenses!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 23:08 | 3165083 AgAu_man
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Panem for the Plebeian Masses, and Circenses for the Emperor, Senators & Friends.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 08:40 | 3165645 kralizec
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Aio.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:32 | 3164609 Muddy1
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It reminds me of Jimmy Carter and the screwed up rescue attempt in Iran.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:50 | 3164238 Texas Ginslinger
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Tyler,

Rebels, not revels.

Just saying...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:05 | 3164283 Sauk Leader
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Article from the tribune a little worse. on page 2

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-sahara-crisisbre90f1jj-20130116,0,6645570.story?page=2 

"A holy warrior-cum-smuggler dubbed "The Uncatchable" by French intelligence and "Mister Marlboro" by some locals for his illicit cigarette-running business, Belmokhtar's links to those who seized towns across northern Mali last year are unclear."

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:23 | 3164351 kliguy38
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aint it da truth......no one even gives a shit what these psychopaths will do anymore.......Its like Dumb and Dumber are driving the Earth Bus to hell and we're all just watchin' from the cheap seats

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:30 | 3164366 Freddie
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BP aka The House of Roth aka Royals

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:30 | 3164367 CheapBastard
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Who is going to foot the bill for all this?

I'm a Cheap Bastard and am still paying (along with 200 million other American taxpayers) for Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and military bases in over 4,328 countries (not including Andorra and the Swiss Gurad  at the Vatican).

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:06 | 3164520 Dr. Sandi
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For your sake (and mine), I hope you have a LOT of grandchildren in high tax brackets.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 21:10 | 3164730 unrulian
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bases in over 4,328 countries

 

4,328 countries???How many f'ing countries are there?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 22:35 | 3164993 Steaming_Wookie_Doo
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Hee hee...I'm sure all of the line item charges add up to that many countries in the budget. You have to consider the CIA is probably funding both sides (or more) in any given area. Maybe that includes all of the offworld locations we're invading, er advising.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 22:57 | 3165056 johnQpublic
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inflation

 

purely transient

we are just fighting the deflation ahead(which would bring us to just the three....east asia, west asia, and oceania)

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 23:17 | 3165100 AgAu_man
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Mostly 'Virtual' countries.  Like virtual particles, they too come into and out of existence from their quantum state. 

While they are 'real', the high energy Pb particles and U238-tipped Pb particles whizzing through their air are real also.  Their virtual fiat has real mass though, due to the Higgs boson (The God Particle), which give it "mass".  ;-)

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:40 | 3164400 jimmytorpedo
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Zombies in Timbuktoo. Maybe Americans will figure out it's a real place if there are zombies there.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:36 | 3164169 Ying-Yang
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Pierre, a French   fighter pilot, takes his girlfriend, Marie, out for a pleasant little picnic by the river Seine. It is a beautiful day and love is in the air, so Marie leans over to Pierre and says: "Pierre, kiss me".

So our hero grabs a bottle of red wine and splashes it on Marie's lips.

"What are you doing, Pierre?" shrieks Marie.

"Well, my name is Pierre, the French   fighter pilot, and when I have red meat I like to have red wine!"

His answer is good enough for Marie and things begin to heat up. So she says: "Pierre, kiss me lower."

Our hero rips off her blouse, grabs a bottle of white wine and starts pouring it all over her bosom.

"Pierre, what are you doing" she says.

"My name is Pierre, the French   fighter pilot, and when I have white meat I like to have white wine!"

They resume their passionate interlude and things really steam up. Marie leans over once more and softly whispers into Pierre's ear..."Pierre, kiss me lower."

Pierre tears off her underwear, grabs a bottle of Cognac and sprinkles it all over her private region. He then grabs a match and lights it on fire.

Patting the flames out furiously, Marie screams, "PIERRE, WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!!?"

"My name is Pierre, the French fighter pilot, and when I go down, I go down in flames!"

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:46 | 3164428 CheapBastard
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Q: Did you hear about the Frenchman who jumped into the river in Paris?

 

A: He was declared to be in Seine.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:44 | 3164658 Urban Roman
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What did the one legionnaire say to the other one as they were lost in the desert?

"What're we gonna do now, pee air?"

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:35 | 3164176 francis_sawyer
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Don't underestimate salt...

If the shit really hits the fan you'll be trading your gold to get some...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:50 | 3164241 Fíréan
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Thank You, @ Pinto Currency,  for posting that link. Re; Resources on Mali.

It would seem that the authors of articles at Zero Hedge who all go under the name TylerDurden,  do not confer, as was only written yesterday here regards the gold resources in Mali. ( and the impending need by certain central banks to acqured gold)   Makes this look like a crap piece.

Why does this article states that Mali is irrelevant. ? ? ?

Did anyone truelly believe that Africom intended to sit it out in an office in London for ever.

http://www.africom.mil/

 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 21:22 | 3164767 BigDuke6
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Salt and tungsten go together like peaches and cream for TPTB

http://www.peakprosperity.com/forum/tungsten-salted-gold-investment-scam...

 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:47 | 3164228 H E D G E H O G
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I don't think so Fransois. With the Earth covered in SALT FUCKING WATER, and anyone can boil a gallon of SEA WATER on their fucking kitchen stove to get an ounce of sea salt, I'm not trading one fucking turd for salt. comprendez voos.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:52 | 3164466 ForTheWorld
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I don't know how many people will trek for a week or more from say, any of the states in the middle of the continental US to get some sea water just to boil it and retrieve the resulting salt crystals.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:24 | 3164580 CrashisOptimistic
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Salt is hugely valuable.

"Salary" is a word that comes from Salt.  The Roman legions were paid in salt.

Most cities in the US are where they are because salt was available.

When refrigeration isn't available, you have salt to preserve food, or you die when you kill a deer, eat a pound of it, come back next day and eat another pound.  On day three it's rotting and you can't eat it.  You burn a lot of calories hunting a deer.  Far too many to just consume two days of maybe 400 cals/day from it.

Salt is precious.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 21:13 | 3164741 francis_sawyer
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Hedgehog has a flying carpet that he's going to fly to Seattle & pick up some irradiated sea water... It's one of those modern RV type flying carpets [equipped with a stove & even TOILET in case someone wants to trade him for one of his turds]... He's cool wit dat... 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:37 | 3164177 Pinto Currency
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dbl post.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:43 | 3164414 boogerbently
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You CAN eat salt !!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:38 | 3164192 Banksters
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This is how it is being sold to the plebes.

 

Mali, Algeria Violence Stokes Fear Of New Terrorist Haven

Thank goodness for terrorism, signed  BP Beyond Putrid
Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:30 | 3164364 Blues Traveler
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Good find, NPR was a jedi Knigt but has turned Sith. Management of Perspecives is in full force.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 21:10 | 3164728 CompassionateFascist
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NPR is now effectively owned by G. Soros. Dark side as it gets. 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 22:27 | 3164974 earnyermoney
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As GW mentioned yesterday, "It's not fascism when we do it!"

 

George Soros took good notes from Hitler.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:30 | 3164148 Stoploss
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Whocouldanode??

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:32 | 3164155 JustPrintMoreDuh
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Gotta give the krauts their gold back asap

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:41 | 3164204 iDealMeat
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Yup..  I think we're going to see a SWIFT policy change...  (so to speak).. I'm thinking Krauts want that gold to trade for some Iranian oil.. 

King U$D ain't gonna let that happen..

 

 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:49 | 3164211 magpie
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I'd love to see a manufactured revolution in Germany with all the shindigs...shouldnt be difficult for Soros to cart the anti-gold folks together to storm Helmut Kohl's washing machine.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:24 | 3164352 palmereldritch
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Gold.  It's what's for dinner.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:41 | 3164401 fuu
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Some Krauts already own a piece of that Mali gold action.

From last year: http://www.miningweekly.com/article/mali-government-grants-30-year-conce...

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 08:39 | 3165643 onthesquare
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The cost of intervention.  How is Mali going to pay for the assistance (whether asked for or not) from the west?

The price of CIA advisors (con-sultans)?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:26 | 3164119 Lohn Jocke
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MOAR WOAR FIX ECONOMY

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:34 | 3164164 Squid Vicious
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Probably want to wrap this one up quickly, the average high in Timbuktu is 108 degrees in May !

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:36 | 3164391 Freddie
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Hope & Change - with dear mullah

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 07:03 | 3165556 tenpanhandle
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MOAR WHISKEY AND FRESH HOARS FOR MY MEN!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:43 | 3164213 Mr Pink
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I am Jack's complete lack of surprise....

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:15 | 3164313 Everybodys All ...
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removed

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:20 | 3164343 ShrNfr
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The Pax Obama is becoming more and more the Pax Big Botcha.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 21:55 | 3164871 Buck Johnson
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They need the 3rd biggest producer of gold to give back German gold.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 08:19 | 3165619 onthesquare
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I love the smell of "light sweet" in the morning.

Did someone say the caves in the hills are full of terrorists?

This looks like a job for "Captain Amerika"!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:25 | 3164112 ACP
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Here we go again...

Someone must have developed a new JDAM and needs to test it somewhere.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:35 | 3164173 otto skorzeny
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Godspeed to our brave drone pilots

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:55 | 3164242 nonclaim
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"Someone must have developed a new JDAM ..."

Or the french spent all of theirs already.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:31 | 3164114 hedgeless_horseman
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Nigeria is important: very important. Or rather, Nigerian light sweet, one of the highest quality crudes in the world, is.

A great opportunity for American soldiers to restore crude exports freedom and democracy...

 

Nov 16, 2012

 

ABUJA/GENEVA, Nov 16 - Nigerian crude oil export delays have lengthened, traders said on Friday, a sign that a raft of recent output problems caused by oil theft and flooding are increasingly holding back supplies from Africa's biggest producer.

 

Nigerian authorities said last month major oil theft incidents and the country's worst floods in 50 years caused oil output to drop by a fifth, but days later said things were back to normal.

 

Since then, fresh oil spills and warnings by foreign oil companies suggest Nigeria's 2 million barrel per day (bpd) crude export business is suffering acutely from the outages.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/16/shell-nigeria-idUSL5E8MG4FA20121116

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:32 | 3164159 otto skorzeny
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"life,liberty and the right to cheap gas for our Tahoes"

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:37 | 3164175 hedgeless_horseman
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A moment of silence for those resource-poor souls in Syria.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:01 | 3164271 Flakmeister
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So sad, but yet so true...

Just follow the net exporters.... there are only 33 countries of consequence...

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:02 | 3164276 Rainman
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....dammit, when we gonna have a real war that don't involve oil and killin brown people...?? We need variety and this is gettin tedious.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:14 | 3164314 otto skorzeny
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the russians are a bigger bunch of pussies than I thought

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:22 | 3164346 Winston Churchill
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?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:40 | 3164399 Raymond K Hessel
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This will kick off a war with China.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 03:10 | 3165440 MajorWoody
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not just yet, maybe in about 10-20 years

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 21:28 | 3164779 ZeroAvatar
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Somehow, 'light', 'sweet', and 'Nigerian' just don't seem to fit well together...........

 

(Syria was SOOOO 2012)

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 08:44 | 3165652 onthesquare
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OIL THEFT?  WTF

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:26 | 3164115 Squid Vicious
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Project For The New African Century?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:49 | 3164234 LeisureSmith
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Give a big round of applause. All the way from Stuttgart Germany, here they are.....AFRICOM!!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:21 | 3164341 MillionDollarBoner_
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Errr...that would be AFRIKAKORPS...?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 20:20 | 3164569 LeisureSmith
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Das Boots.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Africa_Command

The "Trainers" are most likely from Virginia tho.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:26 | 3164120 runlevel
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bout time.. what took so long!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:26 | 3164122 ZippyBananaPants
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Oil bitchezz, with 2 z's

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:29 | 3164123 Ying-Yang
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Skynet is developing worldwide, built as a "Global Digital Defense Network" and given command over all computerized military hardware and systems.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:27 | 3164126 Pants McPants
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Peace is our profession.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:36 | 3164179 SHEEPFUKKER
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So true...send some peace "trainers" and help these "rebels" find peace. 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 21:31 | 3164793 ZeroAvatar
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"We're from the French Government, and we're here to help you."

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:28 | 3164132 TuesdayBen
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Hope & Change? Fuck that.
Forward, into Africa.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:48 | 3164404 Yes We Can. But...
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I wonder how his daughter Malia feels about all this.

Next, we're into Saskatchewan for Sasha.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 21:33 | 3164797 ZeroAvatar
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And here we spent all that time coming 'OUT' of Africa.  What's old is new again.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:28 | 3164134 Chuck Norris
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We drop bombs from here to Timbuktu

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:42 | 3164206 Careless Whisper
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Mister Banzai7 should get on that one.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 21:33 | 3164801 ZeroAvatar
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TFF!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:28 | 3164137 caimen garou
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thats how it starts, we send in advisors to get the foot in the door and presto we are all in!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:00 | 3164269 post turtle saver
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Advisors... it's how the USA says to the world, "don't worry, I'll only put in the tip."

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 07:10 | 3165563 tenpanhandle
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tip shmip.  It's the pullout that's critical.

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 08:47 | 3165658 onthesquare
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As an old truck drive once asked me..."Ever try to get out of a slick hole with a load on"?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:39 | 3164385 Carl Spackler
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It's a Nigerian (er, West African) phishing scam in reverse.

They use e-mail on us, but the CIA uses "advisors" on them to get in, establish a foothold, then grab the important stuff.

It's called "going to school"...those small-time fraudsters are about to see how some big-time fraudsters from Washington DC operate.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:30 | 3164138 Insideher Trading
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ahem...

Bush's fault.

Though I would love to see Al Gore spend a year completely free of fossil fuel. Fascist cunt.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:29 | 3164139 Frank N. Beans
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fuck

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:42 | 3164208 hooligan2009
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yep

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:30 | 3164140 magpie
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This is after all the reason that Barry is in President.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:29 | 3164142 JustPrintMoreDuh
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Send in the drones ... 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:37 | 3164185 SHEEPFUKKER
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Read my lips...." no U.S. boots on the ground".  Another peace prize awaits. 

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:27 | 3164288 Shell Game
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Music to remember Sr. by...  http://youtu.be/87b4a4a2wmY?t=25s

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:59 | 3164464 Yes We Can. But...
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Could someone more talented than me borrow from Send in the Clowns to write the lyrics for future mega-hit Send in the Drones?  Limerick King?  Weird Al?

Isn't it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.

Isn't it bliss?
Don't you approve?
One who keeps tearing around,
One who can't move.
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.

Just when I'd stopped
Opening doors,
Finally knowing
The one that I wanted was yours,
Making my entrance again
With my usual flair,
Sure of my lines,
No one is there.

Don't you love farce?
My fault, I fear.
I thought that you'd want what I want -
Sorry, my dear.
But where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns.
Quick, send in the clowns.

What a surprise.
Who could foresee
I'd come to feel about you
What you'd felt about me?
Why only now when i see
That you'd drifted away?
What a surprise.
What a cliché.

Isn't it rich?
Isn't it queer?
Losing my timing this late
In my career?
And where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don't bother - they're here.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:30 | 3164145 otto skorzeny
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US "trainers" take over when the French fail-hmmm-where have I heard this storly line before?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:38 | 3164190 booboo
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WW1? WW2? Vietnam?

Remember now, we're different now. It's a "Global Force for GOOD$"

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:06 | 3164287 otto skorzeny
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and to think it used to be "tremblez vos ennemis de la france" when the upstart Corsican Bonaparte used to run things

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:41 | 3164405 Raymond K Hessel
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Maybe we should rethink the whole Anglo-American conspiracy... seems like there's a Gallic-American military one....

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:53 | 3164246 Banksters
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Ancient history.   Most Americans think Mali is a rap star.   Sarc off.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:58 | 3164262 magpie
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After all the USA was very active in the French colonial empire in Africa as well, in even ancienter history

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 21:38 | 3164818 ZeroAvatar
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Isn't one of tOmBama's daughters named 'Malia'?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:31 | 3164156 booboo
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"Good Golly Ms. Mali you sure like to ball"

Some Little Richard for you youngins

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ7drIDV88w

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:37 | 3164184 Say What Again
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That's one HOT Tamali (ah... Tamale)!

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:35 | 3164161 Say What Again
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Let me see...

There is news on the wire...   No one gives a shit about the content...

Turn the volume up on the BUY-Algo to "11."

|: Buy, Buy, Buy, Buy, Buy, Buy :|

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:34 | 3164170 Rustysilver
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When should I expect 23 points briefing. The last on was so concise.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:38 | 3164191 New England Patriot
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French military finds its use in the NWO.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:07 | 3164291 otto skorzeny
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biggest fall guy since Lee Majors

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:11 | 3164305 Ms. Erable
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...because the rest of the world needs easy targets?

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 08:54 | 3165671 onthesquare
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Tag Team Invadors

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:40 | 3164196 H E D G E H O G
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wonder if they put any "smiley faces" on them there drone thingy's?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:40 | 3164200 Say What Again
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If the peoples in Mali didn't have guns, this would never have happened.

Hang on a second, someone is talking in my ear...    What's that?....

Correction:  If the peoples in Mali did not have missile launchers and big ass bombs, this would never have happened.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 18:42 | 3164210 jwoop66
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Fuckin Mali (ins)(aks)(lings) whatever they're called!   They want to destroy our way of life!!

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 08:26 | 3165627 Clashfan
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I'm just glad we have heroes ready to put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms. Do you want the king of Mali pushing you around? Do you?

How can I be free if someone over there in Mali is trying to take over the world?

Support the TROOOOOOOOOOps!

Oh, and wave them flagz n wag them bagz.

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