US Drones, Boots Arrive In Mali

Tyler Durden's picture

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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unrulian's picture

bases in over 4,328 countries


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

Steaming_Wookie_Doo's picture

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.

johnQpublic's picture



purely transient

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

AgAu_man's picture

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".  ;-)

jimmytorpedo's picture

Zombies in Timbuktoo. Maybe Americans will figure out it's a real place if there are zombies there.

Ying-Yang's picture

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!"

CheapBastard's picture

Q: Did you hear about the Frenchman who jumped into the river in Paris?


A: He was declared to be in Seine.

Urban Roman's picture

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?"

francis_sawyer's picture

Don't underestimate salt...

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

Fíréan's picture

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.


H E D G E H O G's picture

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.

ForTheWorld's picture

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.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

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.

francis_sawyer's picture

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... 

Banksters's picture

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
Blues Traveler's picture

Good find, NPR was a jedi Knigt but has turned Sith. Management of Perspecives is in full force.

CompassionateFascist's picture

NPR is now effectively owned by G. Soros. Dark side as it gets. 

earnyermoney's picture

As GW mentioned yesterday, "It's not fascism when we do it!"


George Soros took good notes from Hitler.

JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

Gotta give the krauts their gold back asap

iDealMeat's picture

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..



magpie's picture

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.

palmereldritch's picture

Gold.  It's what's for dinner.

onthesquare's picture

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)?

Squid Vicious's picture

Probably want to wrap this one up quickly, the average high in Timbuktu is 108 degrees in May !

Freddie's picture

Hope & Change - with dear mullah

tenpanhandle's picture


Mr Pink's picture

I am Jack's complete lack of surprise....

ShrNfr's picture

The Pax Obama is becoming more and more the Pax Big Botcha.

Buck Johnson's picture

They need the 3rd biggest producer of gold to give back German gold.

onthesquare's picture

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"!

ACP's picture

Here we go again...

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

otto skorzeny's picture

Godspeed to our brave drone pilots

nonclaim's picture

"Someone must have developed a new JDAM ..."

Or the french spent all of theirs already.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



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.

otto skorzeny's picture

"life,liberty and the right to cheap gas for our Tahoes"

hedgeless_horseman's picture



A moment of silence for those resource-poor souls in Syria.

Flakmeister's picture

So sad, but yet so true...

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

Rainman's picture

....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.

otto skorzeny's picture

the russians are a bigger bunch of pussies than I thought