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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ZeroAvatar's picture

Somehow, 'light', 'sweet', and 'Nigerian' just don't seem to fit well together...........


(Syria was SOOOO 2012)

Squid Vicious's picture

Project For The New African Century?

LeisureSmith's picture

Give a big round of applause. All the way from Stuttgart Germany, here they are.....AFRICOM!!

runlevel's picture

bout time.. what took so long!

ZippyBananaPants's picture

Oil bitchezz, with 2 z's

Ying-Yang's picture

Skynet is developing worldwide, built as a "Global Digital Defense Network" and given command over all computerized military hardware and systems.

Pants McPants's picture

Peace is our profession.


So true...send some peace "trainers" and help these "rebels" find peace. 

ZeroAvatar's picture

"We're from the French Government, and we're here to help you."

TuesdayBen's picture

Hope & Change? Fuck that.
Forward, into Africa.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

I wonder how his daughter Malia feels about all this.

Next, we're into Saskatchewan for Sasha.

ZeroAvatar's picture

And here we spent all that time coming 'OUT' of Africa.  What's old is new again.

Chuck Norris's picture

We drop bombs from here to Timbuktu

caimen garou's picture

thats how it starts, we send in advisors to get the foot in the door and presto we are all in!

post turtle saver's picture

Advisors... it's how the USA says to the world, "don't worry, I'll only put in the tip."

tenpanhandle's picture

tip shmip.  It's the pullout that's critical.

onthesquare's picture

As an old truck drive once asked me..."Ever try to get out of a slick hole with a load on"?

Carl Spackler's picture

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.

Insideher Trading's picture


Bush's fault.

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

magpie's picture

This is after all the reason that Barry is in President.

JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

Send in the drones ... 


Read my lips...." no U.S. boots on the ground".  Another peace prize awaits. 

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

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.

otto skorzeny's picture

US "trainers" take over when the French fail-hmmm-where have I heard this storly line before?

booboo's picture

WW1? WW2? Vietnam?

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

otto skorzeny's picture

and to think it used to be "tremblez vos ennemis de la france" when the upstart Corsican Bonaparte used to run things

Raymond K Hessel's picture

Maybe we should rethink the whole Anglo-American conspiracy... seems like there's a Gallic-American military one....

Banksters's picture

Ancient history.   Most Americans think Mali is a rap star.   Sarc off.

magpie's picture

After all the USA was very active in the French colonial empire in Africa as well, in even ancienter history

ZeroAvatar's picture

Isn't one of tOmBama's daughters named 'Malia'?

booboo's picture

"Good Golly Ms. Mali you sure like to ball"

Some Little Richard for you youngins

Say What Again's picture

That's one HOT Tamali (ah... Tamale)!

Say What Again's picture

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 :|

Rustysilver's picture

When should I expect 23 points briefing. The last on was so concise.

New England Patriot's picture

French military finds its use in the NWO.

otto skorzeny's picture

biggest fall guy since Lee Majors

Ms. Erable's picture

...because the rest of the world needs easy targets?

H E D G E H O G's picture

wonder if they put any "smiley faces" on them there drone thingy's?

Say What Again's picture

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.

jwoop66's picture

Fuckin Mali (ins)(aks)(lings) whatever they're called!   They want to destroy our way of life!!

Clashfan's picture

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.