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?


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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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:

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 ;-)

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:


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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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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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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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 2,0,6645570.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 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.

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