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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jwoop66's picture


There is one difference between repubs and dems:   When dems are in office, we dont need to  resort to a "support the troops!" campaign.   There will be no opposition.  There will be no protest voiced by the press or occupy.  There will be no cackling, crazy cindy sheehans. 


Just send them in, spend the money, fuck up what ya gotta and don't worry about the opposition.


Frank N. Beans's picture

vee need zee gollld from ms. molly to send it to ms. merkel; course it vill take a few years to deeg eet out and refine eet.


Banksters's picture

Will Obama free the black people?  Stay tuned.


First, he is going to need to heavily arm the people.  DOH!

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Yeah, Obama being African (closeted) and Muslim (closeted) it is probably a tough call for him.  But either way, I am very pleased that he is spending my money over there.

dbarrett's picture

Completely unrelated guys and gals, but the US Mint has just informed all of its "authorized purchasers" (i.e. the big distributors or very large retailers) that they have suspended Silver Eagle Sales until Jan 28th as they are sold out. Here is the verbiage from the email they got:

“Authorized Purchasers,


The United States Mint has temporarily sold out of 2013 American Eagle Silver Bullion coins.  As a result, sales are suspended until we can build up an inventory of these coins.  Sales will resume on or about the week of January 28, 2013, via the allocation process.


Please feel free to call us if you have any questions.




Jack A. Szczerban

Branch Chief, Precious Metals Group

Department of the Treasury

United States Mint”

Banksters's picture

They should raid slv.  It seems they have a line to millions of tons of the stuff.

fuu's picture

Man and only 515,000 oz shy of the best January ever.

ZeroAvatar's picture

Wal-mart today only had about 1/2 normal ammo stocks, many calibres out-of-stock. 


Silver Eagles out of stock.  What in the wide wide world of sports is going on here!

Bohm Squad's picture

Price ceilings cause shortages...price floors cause surplus.

tenpanhandle's picture

plenty of sports and beer in stock though.  O'caesar knows his peeps.

Samsonov's picture

Totally unrelated, but Guy Adami on Fast Money just credited ZeroHedge on German gold repatriation reporting.  You had to listen carefully over all the interruptions, but he talked straight through it all and told it straight.

otto skorzeny's picture

all the bitchez read ZH-Adami is probably Francis Sawyer

americanspirit's picture

Let's not forget that the Northern half (approximately) of Nigeria is Muslim, often quite violently so, and that it wouldn't take much for that part of Nigeria to begin causing real serious problems for the oil-producing half, who they have always resented because very little of the benefits of the oil resources in the South have made their way into the North. There are plenty of well-organized and well-armed Muslim groups in Northern Nigeria who would like nothing better than a good excuse to bomb a few strategic facilities like pipelines in the South. Also Northern Nigeria - look at a map - borders on Niger and Tchad where quite a few French 'assets' are based. Not all that unreachable.

Freddie's picture

Yes they are muslim just like our Mullah.

Debeachesand Jerseyshores's picture

Timbutu or bust.


Here we go again America,into the abyss of War in Africa.

nodhannum's picture

Time for another Nobel Peace Prize for our Fuehrer don't you think?

otto skorzeny's picture

Mein Fuhrer always had the best interest of a Greater Germany at heart-this mutt-not so much with the US

MillionDollarBoner_'s picture are all a part of Greater Chermany

Jugdish's picture

You mean like when your der fuherer took over the German war machine during Operation Blue and let it become annihilated on the Russian steppe. Your dear jew furher would have probably achieved his plans for the Ukraine if he weren't a rothschild jew like you. Rothschild hoe.

tony bonn's picture

my guess is that the french invasion was always a pretext for american troops to invade on the orders of the bush crime of the world the rockefeller axis of evil subjugates through socialistic ant-sovereignty parties while others the bush crime syndicate subjugates through military force - it is a pincer movement both wicked entities tightening the noose around civilization and decency...

the bildeberger hollande is doing exactly as he was ordered.....

JR's picture

Two words have become extremely diverting when it comes to the identification of America’s tyranny problem. The words are Bush and Obama.  Both men have been faithful order carriers for the banker elite, their economics and their wars.

"[T]he Hegemony of World Finance should reign supreme over everyone, everywhere, as one whole supernational control mechanism." - Montagu Norman, governor of the Bank of England from 1920-1944.

Its a mistake when assessing blame to limit it to the bush crime syndicateand the Rockefeller axis of evil.

Dr. Carroll Quigley, professor of history at the Foreign Service School of Georgetown University, identified the power group as the international bankers,men who are quite different from ordinary bankers in distinctive ways: they were cosmopolitan and international; they were close to governments and were particularly concerned with questions of government debts...; they were almost equally devoted to secrecy and the secret use of financial influence in political life.  These bankers came to be called international bankers; and, more particularly, were known as merchant bankers in England, private bankers in France, and investment bankers in the United States."

The proposed global government at Bretton Woods I, designed upon principles of socialism, was designed with two weapons of control.  One was a monetary weapon -- the IMF and its sister the World Bank. The other was a world police force. Of the two weapons, monetary control would be the most important -- a world central bank with the ability to issue a common money which all nations would be urged to accept under the argument of international trade and growth.

The “hope” in Quigley’s “Tragedy and Hope” was the man-made millennium of a collectivist one-world society when the power network achieves its goal of ruling the world. Anarchy against this tyranny would be the "tragedy."

Raymond K Hessel's picture

I'm no lover of Bush, but I can't believe this was just laid on his door step.

Tony, you're clearly part of the clown syndicate.

lewy14's picture

Under Bush, Al Qaida worked for the CIA.

Under Obama, the CIA works for Al Qaida.

Huge difference.

are we there yet's picture

Another armpit war to help a country that does not like us and in the end will resent our help, and will raise our deficit further, for a country most americans cant't find on a map, by a con man president with an unexplainable nobel peace prize, whos true history and purpose is unknown.  Now that we are involved, expect humanitarian refugees from there to be brought here for a new entitelment class.

Bunga Bunga's picture

What's the problem with that deficit? Obama can tap the pension funds for that war.

JR's picture

“Mali,” says Justin Raimondo, “is Africa’s third largest producer of gold, and the recent discovery of vast unexploited sources of oil on traditional Tuareg stomping grounds should give us some idea of the commercial motives behind the French incursion.”

Raimondo of has an in-depth analysis of the Mali war and its background in European imperialism, specifically identifying the Tuareg independence movement as a critical factor rather than Islamist “rebels.”

Wakanda's picture

NY Fed's got 7 years to dig up some Au to deliver to Germany.  Mine it, refine it, stamp it, and fly it over the Med to Berlin - git'r dun Ben.

blindman's picture

Copper and gold

In Reko Diq, Baluchistan, deposits of copper and gold are present. Antofagasta, the company which possesses the Reqo Diq field, is targeting an initial production of 170,000 metric tons of copper and 300,000 ounces of gold a year. The project may produce more than 350,000 tons a year of copper and 900,000 ounces of gold.[4] There are also copper deposits in Daht -e- Kuhn, Nokundi, Located in Chaghi district.

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Banksters's picture

French colonization, 1892–1960

Mali fell under French colonial rule in 1892.[1] In 1893, the French appointed a civilian governor of the territory they called Soudan Français (French Sudan), but active resistance to French rule continued. By 1905, most of the area was under firm French control. French Sudan was administered as part of the Federation of French West Africa and supplied labor to France’s colonies on the coast of West Africa. In 1958 the renamed Sudanese Republic obtained complete internal autonomy and joined the French Community. In early 1959, the Sudanese Republic and Senegal formed the Federation of Mali. On 31 March 1960 France agreed to the Federation of Mali becoming fully independent.[2] On 20 June 1960 the Federation of Mali became an independent country and Modibo Keïtabecame its first President.



Volaille de Bresse's picture

Okay I'll sum up the current ZH policy : 

French  = bad 

US = good


Strangely this opinion seems to be agreed on in the US of A only. Being Amercan tell me ONE foreign country where you can walk freely without being spat at or worse (stoned knived etc..). Yes Americans are hated everywhere they go. The French? Not so much...

Joe moneybags's picture

Alaska.  They like us in Alaska. 

And Hawaii

Raymond K Hessel's picture

The French are hated in Ontario.


Bunga Bunga's picture

They should learn better French.

Global Hunter's picture

Good time to reference Acadian Dritwood by The Band written by Robie Robertson from Ontario about the forced expulsion of 15,000 French speaking people by the English in 1750s Canada...mind you he wrote The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down also, so you're probably right but the people who matter in Ontario don't hate the French quite the opposite in fact.

Jendrzejczyk's picture

Something must be lost in translation. Current ZH policy: stupid wars = stupid.

Come on over, I'll spit on you. ;)

gould's fisker's picture

. . . "the french not so much . . ." Well de Bresse Bismark, there's at least one exception to your theory--Mali, considering the ASS KICKING that French forces are enduring, and its not just one ass kicking, but up and down the fucking elongated country, while they leave comrades behind. I think that counts as an excpetion. Go fuck yourself.

edb5s's picture

Ladies and gentlemen:  I have located the culprit responsible for there being one suspicious downvote on every single post joking about France.

jldpc's picture

Strangely enough, we owe the frogs a debt from the Revolutionary WAR, the yshowed up and blockaded the English/German troops opposing Washington, etc. After that we saved their smelly butts too many times to count, and they proved to be the most inept military on earth except maybe for the Italians. And the there was DeGaulle, one of the biggest ingrats in the history of Western Civilization. So at least since Nurenberg trials, the French have been a dead weight or worse - care to talk about Dienbienpu? And after they got kicked out of North Africa in the 60-70's, they went to sleep while we defended their asses from the Rhine looking East. And dear scum bag Frenchie, how many French troops manned the Rhine at the cost of billions and billions and billions, so you could develop the worker's paradise - that thankfully is now falling apart at the seams. You are just an irrelevant bunch of pond scum.

falak pema's picture

I suggest you read the portrait of dorian gray by Oscar very Wilde; and don't, don't, ever look in the mirror! 

Optimistic_Pessimist's picture

The mighty french (who after all are the worlds best at being invaded) and the power of the Americans (think Grenada, Vietnam, Iraq and Afganistan) joining forces to start another war where they can't differentiate good guy from bad guy.  Can't see any future problems with this. . .

Clashfan's picture

Aren't the French the idiots that built the Maginot line? And that country with all of the rude, faggy waiters? Why would anyone even admit to being French? Dang.

Yen Cross's picture

 Send "Piers Morgan" to  [Timbuktu], with a straw and a roll of toilet paper...

     I'm surprised this slipped past Tyler> White House ups the ante for petition website: 100,000 signatures -

blindman's picture

the neo-con artists known as american's are
agents of a global financial elite who desire
control and command of all people and resources.
dig? look it up, they have published the manual
for all to see and read. it, the manual, was designed
on wild fire response organisation and they see the
entire world as a wild fire to be extinguished.
that is it folks. look it up, do the google stuff
and you will see the control plan and method.
everything and everyone becomes as asset in the
effort to control and suppress.
Randy Newman - Political Science (Let's Drop the Big One Now)

chump666's picture

Pathetic another pointless war for nothing, following that French idiot who is trying hopelessly to distract his free-market destruction policies.

Obama! Find us a war, any war will do...

Joe moneybags's picture

Ok, in honor of Limerick King



Why limit the war to just Mali?

Why not Yemen, Iran and then Bali?

Is it just me,

Or do many agree

That fighting more War is just folly

dick cheneys ghost's picture



Got Yemen covered...........Despite being flat ass fuckin broke, we are adding bases in Yemen..........FUCK THE NEO-CONS

Raymond K Hessel's picture

Yeah! Fuck the guys who are no longer in the White House.  Fuck THOSE guys.

Ass hat.



jonjon831983's picture

This reminds me of something from the 60's...