Obama Dispatches 100 US Troops To Niger To "Support Predator Drone Base"

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As we speculated from the very beginning, and as was reaffirmed in "Is Nigeria, And Its Light Sweet Crude, About To Be Drawn Into The Mali "Liberation" Campaign?", the "French" (with complete and fully-comped US support) Mali campaign is slowly but surely migrating to its intended target: Nigeria, and rather its holdings of light sweet crude. And while the US presence in this latest resource land grab, this time in Africa, was so far rather stealthy, it appears the time for foreplay is over and moments ago Obama told congress has has dispatched 40 more American troops to Niger this week, bringing the total U.S. military presence in the west African country to 100. Let's hear it for the full retroactive transparency demanded by the War Powers Resolution.

The Hill reports: "The troops have been deployed to support the intervention in neighboring Mali, where French troops have been helping local forces rout Islamist militants from the country's north since last month.  The Obama administration is also planning to build a base in Niger for unarmed Predator drones to conduct surveillance on militants in the region, The New York Times reported last month. On Wednesday, “the last elements of a deployment of approximately 40 additional U.S. military personnel entered Niger with the consent of the Government of Niger,” Obama wrote to the House and Senate leaders." Next: extensive weapons of mass destruction are discovered in Abuja while Al Qaeda terrorists are seen making threatening gestuers and using harsh language at Nigerian oil rigs which is the international acknowledged symbol that the US has to do its sworn globocop duty and liberate all that oppressed Nigerian crude.

More importantly, China is surely delighted over what as everyone can now understand, is an imminent confrontation over who owns what in Africa.

Here's the full letter:



February 22, 2013


Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)


On February 20, 2013, the last elements of a deployment of approximately 40 additional U.S. military personnel entered Niger with the consent of the Government of Niger. This deployment will provide support for intelligence collection and will also facilitate intelligence sharing with French forces conducting operations in Mali, and with other partners in the region. The total number of U.S. military personnel deployed to Niger is approximately 100. The recently deployed forces have deployed with weapons for the purpose of providing their own force protection and security.


I directed this deployment of U.S. forces in furtherance of U.S. national security interests, and pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.


I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148). I appreciate the support of the Congress in this action.





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Fri, 02/22/2013 - 10:52 | 3266726 GetZeeGold
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Thanks for the map. I flunked geography.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 10:52 | 3266738 Pladizow
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Africa belongs to China!

Obummer better be careful.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 10:55 | 3266750 LawsofPhysics
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Every single chinese person carries a smart phone.  Seems like an easy problem to fix.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:02 | 3266799 WhyDoesItHurtWh...
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"The Obama administration is also planning to build a base in Niger for unarmed Predator drones to conduct surveillance on militants in the region"

Unarmed for now.  Always starts that way.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:20 | 3266861 Ying-Yang
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There once was a POTUS dispatching troops to Niger,
who went for a ride on a tiger.
They came back from the ride
with the POTUS inside,
and a smile on the face of the tiger.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 13:15 | 3267336 Bananamerican
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Shee-it, ain't nuffin' new!
Obama bin dispatchin' nigers wid dronz since he got mo'lected

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 13:28 | 3267375 Temporalist
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Did O just say "That's my Niger!"?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 14:32 | 3267564 upWising
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It's time to return to America's Favorite Foreign Relations Game Show "Imperial Jeopardy," with your host Barry O'Drone.  Imperial Jeopardy is brought to you by RAYTHEON "Where We Know the American Way of Life is Non-Negotiable ©"

Barry O'Drone:  "When we went to the break, we had N-I-G-E-R on the board.  Our question for today is 'What is the Ultimate Goal for Operation Imperial Liberation'?"

Contestant #1:  "Barry, can I buy an 'i' and an 'a'?"

Contestant #2:  "Barry, I think I can solve the puzzle !!"


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 23:16 | 3269117 Half_A_Billion_...
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Fri, 02/22/2013 - 14:32 | 3267566 James_Cole
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"The troops have been deployed to support the intervention in neighboring Mali, where French troops have been helping local forces rout Islamist militants from the country's north since last month."

Gotta love those Islamist militants, always in the right place at the right time!

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:32 | 3267957 TPTB_r_TBTF
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religious sheeple are the sheeplest of all sheeple and easily play into the hands of TPTB.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:25 | 3266898 icanhasbailout
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This one is going to end with a new Black Hawk Down incident. 100 troops in the middle of nowhere with many millions of high-tech gear that any number of state actors would pay richly for is just asking for a raid. If they get attacked there's no way that support can arrive in time to do anything, even if the President happens to be awake and working at the time to authorize it.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 12:26 | 3267175 Mad Max
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It sure would be a "darn shame" if Chinese-backed militants were to attack peaceable US soldiers, there only for humanitarian observation reasons, and force the US into conflict with those dirty commie bastards.

Nice country you got there, sure would be a shame if anything were to happen to it.

Oh yeah - "Remember the Maine!!!"

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 12:27 | 3267180 Mad Max
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BTW, for those who are denser than a APFSDS-T, /sarc.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:33 | 3266939 AlaricBalth
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"U.S. Africa Command protects and defends the national security interests of the United States by strengthening the defense capabilities of African states and regional organizations and, when directed, conducts military operations, in order to deter and defeat transnational threats and to provide a security environment conducive to good governance and development."


Activated in 2008, US Africom is a direct response to China's growing influence in Africa. If you peruse the Africom website, you will not find one mention of securing resources. However, despite the atypical platitudes of ensuring national security and helping the Africans fight terrorism in the region, it is quite obvious that it is an incursion with the ultimate prize being Africa's treasures. It is a pillaging, just as egregious as Pizzaro's Spanish conquest of the Incan Empire.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 13:12 | 3267335 Doomer
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The Spice must flow!

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 13:35 | 3267395 tjmc
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Actually what it is is bureacratic expansion. 

It's jobs, money and positioning for another four star general and his staff.   And once in place, they need to do something and justify their existence. 

Any pillaging will be an effect of that.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 10:56 | 3266751 GetZeeGold
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Africa belongs to China!


Not anymore. We claim this land in the interest of peas.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 14:36 | 3267578 upWising
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And Amercia Belongs to Jesus!

"Amercia is Jesus' Favorite Country ©"
"Jesus Watches Fox News ©"
"Jesus Guides Our Drones ©" 

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:10 | 3266835 kliguy38
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cat and mouse game  at this point. Positioning before the real game starts. Someone will blink and then the U.S. will get a real shooting war. Enjoy these days .......gl

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:38 | 3267993 TPTB_r_TBTF
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... and mineral rights will change hands.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:10 | 3266838 Stoploss
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Oh, and while he's at it, let's just go ahead and ban tropical waves that originate from there, causing all of our troubles over here, in the form of hurricanes.

We still got a couple months till hurricane season, just dont forget, BAN AFRICAN TROPICAL WAVES.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 12:07 | 3267109 lakecity55
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Hey, they're called Assault Tropical Waves.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 12:59 | 3267284 AnAnonymous
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Africa belongs to China!

Not even. If so, it could be an area of growth for 'americans' but the reality that Africa still belongs to 'americans'.

'Americans' have reached that stage in their expansion process when they no longer step in to acquire more but step in to prevent previously acquired loot from being taken from them.

As 'Americans' have from the start, designed to build their empire of liberty as they say out of debt, it is somehow bad news because there will be less and less of new loot inputs, and more and more securing of previously added loot.

Here the Chinese are the threat that could withdraw from 'americans'

Very hard to counter balance the debt stuff when there is no longer future gains from loot.

The beauty of 'americanism' to the world.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 14:37 | 3267580 The_Dude
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Hey...the retard is back....welcome to the Snake...enjoy the ride....Gong Xi Fa Cai...????

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:49 | 3268032 ceilidh_trail
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Actually, the only thing that belongs to china is YOU. cHiNeese steal Tibet. cHiNee peoples are steal from people all over the world. cHiNee peoples are steal oil and gold from Africa, not there to help local people. cHiNee people steal oil and coal from North America even. Payment with yuan is not real money, just cheap poor quality paper. Now, Shut up and get me an egg roll!

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 10:55 | 3266755 Joe Davola
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The Gambia - is that like The Ohio State University.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 10:58 | 3266773 icanhasbailout
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It's called that because the whole country is the banks of the Gambia River

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:04 | 3266804 Tijuana Donkey Show
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That's because there are several Ohio Universities, and only one Ohio State!

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 13:19 | 3267350 Doomer
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Except for the corn and soybeans, Ohio isn't good for shit.  The Ohio State University could get blasted by an asteroid, and nobody would care outside of Ohio.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:52 | 3268033 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Let it be known that 8 of the most corrupt presidents have come from Ohio.  No other state has been able to provide so many corrupt presidents!  And the doomer above claims "Ohio ainT good for shit!"

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 13:41 | 3267419 Go Tribe
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It's like The Bernank

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 10:57 | 3266759 FL_Conservative
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Tyler must be mistaken.  This is the most transparent administration in all of history.  I don't know about everyone else, but I know I can see right through them.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:07 | 3266824 GetZeeGold
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We have to execute the attack plan.....so we can see what's in it.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:06 | 3266820 Eireann go Brach
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Is Obama going to drone his friends that grew up in the same huts as him? They knew him as the skinny little brown kid growing up in the small town of Niger!

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:29 | 3266917 Taffy Lewis
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Get your facts straight, Eireann. Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya, not Niger! Doofus.


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 13:21 | 3267357 Doomer
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Whatever.  Kenyans, Nigerans, they all look the same to me.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:17 | 3266867 Pooper Popper
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maybe some of the people from Niger can move here???

We can always use more Niger Americans here!

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 13:40 | 3267410 Go Tribe
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I wish they would just come out and say it: "We have the finest military in the world and we fight for oil."

Americans could rally around winning the oil.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:05 | 3268100 Chuck Walla
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Hmm, "rout Islamist forces" and re-route Nigerian oil.


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 10:56 | 3266754 toady
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Rumor has it they are converting old AFB's in the US to drone bases. They've been seen flying out of old bases in AZ, MI, & CA.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:11 | 3266842 lunaticfringe
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Who makes these drones? Got a stock symbol? The correction is over, I feel like buying.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 12:34 | 3267205 toady
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Northrup & General Atomics

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 14:15 | 3267516 Lin S
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You are quite correct about this.  The former George AFB in Victorville, CA, is now used as a drone airfield for a CAANG unit based in Riverside, CA.  This base is also used for urban operations training by the US Marine Corps and Navy.


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:06 | 3266761 yogibear
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Currency was followed by real war. As in the last century.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:02 | 3266763 otto skorzeny
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So our 1/2 Niger Prez is helping out the 100% Niger Prez?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 12:27 | 3267178 Edward Fiatski
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Hey! Kenya is nearby... I think.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 10:57 | 3266767 francis_sawyer
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Free Timbuktu!

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 11:01 | 3266786 GetZeeGold
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We're stretched a little thin at the moment Amigo....we'll see if we can fit it in tomorrow.


The progressives realized make love not war wasn't getting the job done....so they took it 180.

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