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US Gets Involved In Another Foreign Conflict, Will Support French Troops In Central African Republic

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One of the underreported stories from last week, noted here previously, was that quietly, on the day in which French unemployment soared to a new 16 year high, French president Hollande did what every true Keynesian in his position would do and dispatched troops to the Central African Republic due to a "duty to intervene" and stop the "alarming, frightening massacres" taking place there. There were no YouTube clips available to justify said massacres yet: we assume they are being produced currently. A few days later the fighting has begun with Reuters reporting that French troops fought gunmen in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, on Monday as they searched for weapons in an operation to disarm rival Muslim and Christian fighters responsible for hundreds of killings since last week. Shooting erupted near the airport in the morning after gunmen refused to hand over their weapons, and French forces later came under attack by former rebels in the city centre. France said it was prepared to use force if fighters rejected calls to disarm or return to barracks. Paris boosted its military presence to 1,600 troops at the weekend as waves of religious violence swept its former colony.

That's not news. The news is that the US is once again getting involved in yet another foreign conflict. Also from Reuters:

  • PENTAGON CONSIDERING REQUESTS FOR U.S. MILITARY SUPPORT TO FRENCH AND AFRICAN UNION FORCES IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - U.S. OFFICIAL
  • U.S. MILITARY LIKELY TO PROVIDE SOME LOGISTICAL SUPPORT -OFFICIAL

Some additional detail from the WSJ:

The U.S. will airlift African Union forces to the Central African Republic as part of an effort to aid French troops who are in the country to put down rising violence, defense officials said.

 

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel authorized the deployment of the U.S. transport planes and pilots Sunday night, responding to a request for assistance from France. The planes will be used to carry troops from Burundi to the Central African Republic, where France has deployed 1,600 troops to try to quell rising violence.

 

Fighting has increased in the Central African Republic since March when a rebel group seized power. The rebel leader, Michel Djotodia, named himself president.

 

Turmoil has escalated in recent days, claiming 400 lives and prompting the French intervention. On Monday, French soldiers began disarming fighters in the Central African Republic.

And yet something is different about the C.A.R. - drones. From IBTimes:

Drones were deployed over the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Tuesday, marking the first time the United Nations has used unmanned surveillance aircraft in its peacekeeping efforts. A fleet of five unarmed drones will help U.N. troops monitor the vast Central African country of 66 million people, which has been plagued by violent militias for decades.

 

"Such high-technology systems allow a better knowledge of what is happening on the ground, which allows a force to better do its job," said Hervé Ladsous, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, according to the U.N. News Agency.

 

The new drone program marks another rare initiative for the U.N. It was originally approved by the Security Council in January, due in large part to the conflict in Goma. M23 surrendered last month, but ongoing peace talks in Uganda between the rebels and the Congolese government have reached an impasse over the wording of the final agreement.

Of course, someone must have benefited from the drone "surge." Indeed, someone did.

The drones for the Congo fleet were purchased from the electronics firm Selex ES, a unit of the Italian industrial and defense company Finmeccanica SpA (BIT:FNC). Deployment was originally planned for August, but a complicated procurement process delayed the launch until this week. If the drones prove effective, the U.N. may consider launching similar initiatives in other countries where peacekeeping operations are under way.

In other words, look for the C.A.R./Congo region to get drastically "destabilized" in the coming weeks, especially with both French and the US forced on the ground, and with hundreds of drones in the air repeating the bang up "peace intervention" job most recently achieved in Afghanistan. Why? Simple - because China has now been actively expanding its sphere of influence in Africa as we have been reporting over the past two years. Indeed as the map below which we posted first over a year ago shows, the Central African Republic is the only place that China does not have a major documented presence yet.

 

So the US (and the west) do the only thing they can: find a pretext to land a military force in order to stake a claim on what they believe are their critical strategic interests before Chinese moneyed-interests decide to do the same.

 


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Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:20 | Link to Comment gafgroocK
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Now this is odd, supporting Christians vs. the muslims?

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:25 | Link to Comment knukles
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Vive la France!
Le bastion de la whatever in French!

War mongers deluxe!
Nice being war mongers when the troops can't even make it to the battlefield without somebody elses taxi cabs.
Now, I must ask, just what are the CAR's petroleum and gold resources, for we all know full well that ...
Oh never-mind...

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:31 | Link to Comment Enslavethechild...
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Fuck yeah I'm going to join the Military and go kill poor black children for their desperately needed resources. Us rich white people will die without them.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:35 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:44 | Link to Comment Fortunate Fool
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"repeating the bang up "peace intervention" job most recently achieved in Afghanistan."

 

It's funny that you are (not purposely of course) not mentioning the recent intervention of France in Mali (with also logistical support from the US) which ended not quite as you predicted... remember your article titled: "French Military Embarrassments Continue As Insurgents Grab More Territory In Mali".

What have you got to say about Mali today? Oh yes, that would be too painful to admit that it was indeed a success...

 

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:58 | Link to Comment Chuck Norris
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France will surrender within weeks.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:05 | Link to Comment Fortunate Fool
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"France will surrender within weeks."

Just as they did in Mali, right? The last western country that surrendered in Africa was... the US, in Somalia. God bless you.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:34 | Link to Comment smlbizman
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how about this...stop using america as your platform...you cocksuckers are no more american than rat shit on a ship......you dont wear white hats ...either, i am not american or you're not...and we dont seem to have much in common...so with all due respect...go fuck your self..

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:39 | Link to Comment Fortunate Fool
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That was a very well articulated and convincing argument. Thank you.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:48 | Link to Comment Zero Point
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Are those the guys that called in JDAMs on suburbs after receiving small arms fire?

Nah, they're fucking tough alright.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:11 | Link to Comment Headbanger
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What did I tell you mooks last week that the old colonialism is back in style!!??

Now where the fuck is Italia invading old Ethiopia for old times sake?

And how bout the Brits doin their old dance on Egypt? 

Gosh darn, Germany didn't have any colonies that I know of.

Then there's SPAIN!  Don't wake up THOSE colonial muthas!

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:14 | Link to Comment Fortunate Fool
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"Gosh darn, Germany didn't have any colonies that I know of."

They did, in Namibia.

Portugal and Netherlands were major colonizers as well.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:35 | Link to Comment Relentless
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Or howabout the US invading Hawaii? Oh wait, they haven't left yet.

Maybe the Prez can talk about feeing his home country from the boot of colonial oppression? Arghh, no Kenya is free isn't it?

Gosh, this colonies thing is complicated isn't it?

 

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:54 | Link to Comment Enslavethechild...
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Funny how, whenever Americans decide that they want to murder and steal resources, Muslims just happen to show up at that very spot on the globe like 5 minutes earlier...

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:38 | Link to Comment Headbanger
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Good catch dude!  Yeah, Nambia was a German colony for all of 36 jahren. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namibia

Und didn't the Germans have great plans to use zeppelins for colonizing Africa?

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:29 | Link to Comment Dewey Cheatum Howe
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It never left concerning the French they figured out to how keep their empire after WWII the same way we play the reserve currency game. It is called the CFA Franc and it's fixed rate peg to the Franc and now the Euro. Look at how much of Central and Western Africa they control using this setup.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CFA_franc

The CFA franc (in French: franc CFA [f??? se?f?], or colloquially franc) is the name of two currencies used in Africa which are guaranteed by the French treasury. The two CFA franc currencies are the West African CFA franc and the Central African CFA franc. Although theoretically separate, the two CFA franc currencies are effectively interchangeable.

Both CFA Francs currently have a fixed exchange rate to the euro: 100 CFA francs = 1 former French (nouveau) franc = 0.152449 euro; or 1 euro = 655.957 CFA francs exactly.

Although Central African CFA francs and West African CFA francs have always been at parity and have therefore always had the same monetary value against other currencies, they are in principle separate currencies. They could theoretically have different values from any moment if one of the two CFA monetary authorities, or France, decided it. Therefore West African CFA coins and banknotes are theoretically not accepted in countries using Central African CFA francs, and vice versa. However, in practice, the permanent parity of the two CFA franc currencies is widely assumed.

CFA Francs are used in fourteen countries: twelve formerly French-ruled African countries, as well as in Guinea-Bissau (a former Portuguese colony) and in Equatorial Guinea (a former Spanish colony). These fourteen countries have a combined population of 147.5 million people (as of 2013),[1] and a combined GDP of US$166.6 billion (as of 2012).[2] The ISO currency codes are XAF for the Central African CFA franc and XOF for the West African CFA franc.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:37 | Link to Comment Dewey Cheatum Howe
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More importantly

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Currencies_related_to_the_euro#Pegged_curr...

They don't intervene unless the country has currency pegged to the Euro.

 

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 21:11 | Link to Comment GoldenTool
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What do you think the EU is?

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:36 | Link to Comment rwe2late
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 Mali,

a "success" ?

Foreign occupation, martial law, unbridled access of foreign corporations to Mali's uranium and other resources,

and unending conflict against "jihadists" both generated by the

unending "war on terror" and funded by "allies" of the West (e.g. Saudi Arabia) if not directly by one of the Western powers.

And for France, diverted resources, wasted lives, political deceit,

and another pretended excuse for militarism and martial law.

Some set the bar for success rather low, narrow, and short-term.

 

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:55 | Link to Comment Fortunate Fool
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How about measuring the success of the operation by what the population thinks about their situation today vs. under the islamic rulers? By that definition, Mali was a success. Ask any Malian, if you know any... 

The only issue they have now is that a "political reconciliation" is forced (by France and the UN) upon them with the Touareg tribes in the North, the very same Touareg tribes that teamed up with the Jihadees to get rid of the official government ruling of the region. It's a bit hard for the population toswallow that one, and anyone could understand it.

Regardless, as of today, the situation in Mali has improved a lot compared to where it was just a couple of years ago. Same goes for Cote d'Ivoire where France intervened as well. Not all interventions are bad and for them to be successful, the country that is intervening must have a deep knowledge of the country it is intervening in, which France has with most of its former african colonies, and which the US didn't have in Somalia, Irak, Afghanistan, etc... You can't solve everything with drones and F16. At some point, the solution has to be political (and always will).

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:55 | Link to Comment Dewey Cheatum Howe
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former african colonies

That is a laugh they just changed the control mechanism from troops on the ground to monetary in nature aka the CFA Franc. If the Euro's dominance wasn't at stake the French would have never went into Mali. Darfur and Sudan comes to mind.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 18:20 | Link to Comment Fortunate Fool
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The issue is, France doesn't know much about Darfur and Sudan, hence the reason why they didn't intervene. Most of the political and military elite of former french colonies are still educated and trained in France. France knows everything about these countries, and while they are independent, they still have a lot of economic, social and cultural ties with France. The US intervened in Liberia in the past. Look at the History of this country and you'll understand why.

CFA, I'm afraid, has very little to do with it (sorry if that doesn't fit your conspiracy theory). Proof? France intervened in Democratic Republic of Congo and in Rwanda which are not using the CFA. Actually, any country could leave the CFA if it wanted to, but the new currency would end up immidiatly like the Zimbabwe dollar. In fact, the CFA is more a (small) burden for the ECB.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 22:15 | Link to Comment rwe2late
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 Fortunate Fool,

Your self-congratulatory "white man's burden" arguments are unconvincing.

The jihadist and economic problems of Mali are fostered by the governments and business interests of the"West"(USA) and their partners (including France and Saudi Arabia).

They then intervene supposedly to suppress the problems they create. You are mistaken to believe these interventions are done out of magnanimity or humanitarianism. In any event, the interests of the occupier will always supersede those of the occupied.

You misdirect when you describe the whole business as a burden to France et al. France is not a monolith. It is a burden to most, and a benefit to a few.

Again, there is nothing essentially smart about militarism. What is best for France and NATO is to get out of the business of military interventions, interventions invariably centered on controlling resources, securing markets, and dominating finances for the benefit of a few.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:23 | Link to Comment Freddie
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Central African Republic must either have gold mines or bitcoins.   Maybe Obama just wants to give them all EBT cards.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:38 | Link to Comment kaiserhoff
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Wag ze dawg.

  Anything to get odumpstercare off the front page.

  Good luck with that.  The snake bite that keeps on biting.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:39 | Link to Comment knukles
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But wait, there's more!

Another war, another Nobel Peace Prize, especially when the "Kinetic Police Action" is justified over Nelson Mandela's grave.

Ah, Springtime in Pretoria...

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:57 | Link to Comment Enslavethechild...
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Hurry, don't delay, buy now and you also get...

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:02 | Link to Comment falak pema
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While the world heads for Mandela's funeral the MIC plans the carve up of Africa in the opposite direction of his legacy to Africa. 

And, in this cynical, mad race for resources remember that the pecking order is what it has been since those church bells rang in Congo for the execution of Lumumba in 1961, organised by the CIA, as vividly portrayed in De Niro's film "The Good Shepherd".

1° USA

2° UK

3° France

4° Way below, China and India... That's the military presence right now of foreign troops the most armed and trained plus countless private operators for the Corporates notably in Congo where the mines are.

If you watch the pecking order of those attending the funeral of the last African freedom patriot : 

1° USA  Carter, Clinton, GWB, Obammy

2° UK  Cameron, Blair, Brown

3° France Hollande, Sarkozy. 

All others are not on the podium...

Warmongers is but the LAST phase of the Matrix; it goes :

1° Pick up RM (Oil notably since 50 years)

2° Set up crony regimes even in pseudo independent states by controlling the kick backs, the arms support for pretorian guards and setting up their plush RE acquisitons in the leading cities of the world. Pure Oligarchy financial plays.

3° Get them to negotiate good prices for RM for heavy kick backs on long iron clad contracts via TBTF corporates (JPM/HSBC/Exxon/ Shell/Glencore/BHP etc etc etc.).

4° Add as sweetener the Arms contracts on planned obsolescence basis to generate MIC revenues and presence.

5° Create regime changes from time to time to keep the native elites happy on musical chairs basis.

Repeat. All countries are part of the matrix, as the current enemy "radical islam" knows no borders.  Ironic that the radical Islam is financed by guess who... Hmmm no different to MENA and ME! 

Unfortunately for West the  $/debt Crisis is making this process unstable like everything else. Tipping moments...shades of past african dicey plays, as the ROI on military presence in CAR is like in Afghan... zilch.

When the short term push and the long term pull are like Vice leaning on Crime's Arm, as depicted by the annals of Napoleon's aftermath  written by Chateaubriand; you know how it will finish, whatever the current humanitarian wrapping.  

The acid test is what portion of any western economic exploitation of local RM goes to the local economy?

The past answer is invariably < 10% and its totally reserved for the local Oligarchy! 

No place for honest men or valid dreams as long as this continues. 

PS : Btw CAR has big DIAMOND mines and maybe Gold. Its population is 5.5 Million for a geographical size of FRANCE + BELGIUM, aka 650 000 sq Km. Not a bad sized "protectorate", if you find RM...Next door Chad just as empty, 10 million for 1.3 million sq Km, has oil.

Empty Western Sahel Africa : 5 countries

Mauritania/Mali/Guinee/Chad/CAR : pop 48 Million, Size : 4.5 Million sq KM Plenty of sand and brush, but RM (uranium, oil, gold, diamonds) for a region approx. 50% of USA.

Nice place to build the biggest solar project enuff to suffice the world, PRovided you can store it and transport it (via DC current to minimise loss). Long term prospects in more populous regions of Nigeria and others is huge economic potential. 

These guys are desperate for RM and markets. Hope the next generation will be more balanced...

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 18:21 | Link to Comment Rusty Shorts
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"The Good Shepherd" +100 for the reference, excellent movie!!

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 18:57 | Link to Comment Jethro
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You could be right.  The drillers and miners will descend upon them like a plague of locusts. 

US involvement goes against Obama's overt anti-colonialist leanings.  If he had a conscience, US involvement in the CAR would be his own personal kryptonite.  But, I doubt that he makes his own descisions, or has a conscience.

The CAR now, will resemble the CAR after all the natural resources are gone.  Patrick Moynihan will, unfortunately be proven correct again and again vis-a-vis his book Pandaemonium.  Africa can't escape tribalism.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:27 | Link to Comment Bearhug Bernanke
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America knows war, they are war masters.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KpzBAKJmig


Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:38 | Link to Comment Enslavethechild...
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What took them so long to get to turning Africa in to the 51st state?

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:49 | Link to Comment Winston Churchill
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58th, according to our Dear Leader.

Potato, patoto.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:29 | Link to Comment BaBaBouy
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Oblama NEEDS WAR...

Homeland NSA TSA ... "Ready To Roll"...

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:14 | Link to Comment Afrispaans
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Boots on the ground in Africa = pain. Somalia is an amusement park compared to the Central Sub Saharan regions. Maybe Africom studied the Executive Outcomes handbook, but most likely not. Expect the role to be strictly "advicsory" and logistical, and if not, for the kak to Jackson Pollock with extreme prejudice. No army has ever walked into Central Africa and walked out smiling. 

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:21 | Link to Comment One And Only
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Nobel peace prize in 3,2, 1.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:37 | Link to Comment BaBaBouy
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Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:27 | Link to Comment Grande Tetons
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Looks like a Risk board where the Asian kids are winning while the dumb white kids sit in the corner with their thumbs up their asses. 

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:25 | Link to Comment Rehab Willie
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MOAR WOAR

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:38 | Link to Comment WOAR
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LET ME HEAR YOU ROAR!

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:26 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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When all else fails, find some brown people and bomb the shit out of them.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:27 | Link to Comment OwnSilverPlayMusic
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George Carlin on American Foreign Policy- Bomb Brown People! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDw-zFFhFgc

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:28 | Link to Comment JustObserving
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In today's news, Obama lied about Syria but no newspaper in the land of the free would print Seymour Hersh's story:

Obama admin 'cherry-picked intelligence' to justify Syria strike

Washington knew Syrian rebels could produce sarin gas but “cherry-picked” intel to blame President Assad for the Aug. 21 attack on Ghouta, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has revealed, citing senior US security sources.

The report was published in the London Review of Books after two of Hersh’s regular publishers, The New Yorker and The Washington Post, turned the article down.

Hersh, whose Pulitzers were for his exposes on American military misconduct in the Iraq and Vietnam wars, got his information on Syria from whistle-blowing acting and former intelligence and military officers, who for security reasons were not identified in the report.

According to Hersh’s findings, months before the chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of Damascus, which almost prompted US air strikes on Syria, “the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports… citing evidence that the Al-Nusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with Al-Qaeda, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity.

The attack took place on August 21, the same day UN inspectors arrived in Damascus to investigate allegations of use of chemical weapons. The casualty figures have ranged from several hundred to more than 1,400 deaths.

Before the attack, the Obama administration repeatedly described the use of chemical weapons in Syria as a “red line,” which would signal the US could intervene in the conflict.

Hersh wrote that he does not believe the intelligence data, pointing at the rebels’ having capability for making sarin, could have in any way escaped the White House’s attention.

Already by late May, the senior intelligence consultant told me, the CIA had briefed the Obama administration on Al-Nusra and its work with sarin,” he wrote.

Obama’s laying the blame for the nerve gas attack on Assad’s forces, completely disregarding Al-Nusra as a suspect in the case, is thus described in the report as the administration’s having “cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad.

http://rt.com/news/us-syria-sarin-report-932/

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:32 | Link to Comment replaceme
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Hells Yea! Wonder if in that report is anything about us supporting al qaeda into the ranks of the chemically armed....  I cringe when I think how close we came to war over that contrived bullshit.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:50 | Link to Comment Winston Churchill
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Remember the Maine.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 14:13 | Link to Comment rwe2late
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Winston Churchill,

Don't be falsely amnesiac.

You ought remember the (munitions-carrying) Lusitania sinking,

something as First Lord of the Admiralty you longed for,

but have alleged plausible deniability for your

involvement, or was it convenient non-involvement?

(P.S., fellow ZH reader, my comment is not directed at you unless you are the long-dead Winston Churchill)

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:16 | Link to Comment Emergency Ward
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The Administration managed to pull off the Libyan war with the "imminent genocide" lie.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:44 | Link to Comment Things that go bump
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I don't think they can use that sort of thing anymore. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice...

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:38 | Link to Comment Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Seriously the tinfoil hat media was on the cherry picking story from the get go. Now the MSM is trying to make themselves look relevant and cutting edge months after the fact. So when non MSM source read by tinfoil hats reports it, it is a nonissue but when a pull my pultzer MSM shill reports it months later it is some big revelation.

Also this story has been reported elsewhere and they are playing it is legitimate because seymour butts has a pultzer prize angle for legitimacy.

 

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:45 | Link to Comment Things that go bump
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Isn't Seymour Butts the author of "Under the Bleachers"?

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:37 | Link to Comment booboo
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yes, he also co authored "Russian Torture Tactics" with Whotore Yurtitov

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:15 | Link to Comment emersonreturn
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yeah seymour hersh.  thank you justobserving.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:27 | Link to Comment BandGap
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Yes!!! I was getting bored with those old, run of the mill skirmishes. This will allow some more pratice with airplanes and drones. Good deal.

NATO was created for what purpose? If you listened to the Soviets back in the day it is exactly what it stands for right now.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:56 | Link to Comment knukles
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Night-time Assisted Toilet Opportunities

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:31 | Link to Comment Dewey Cheatum Howe
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CFA Franc fixed peg to the Franc now Euro. This has absolutely nothing to do with the Central African people. Resources and money systems to pay for it for pennies on the dollar.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:31 | Link to Comment granolageek
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Am I the only one who noticed that Congo is not Central African Republic? Or that there was zero mention of the US with respect to the CAR? It didn't even actually say that the drones in Congo were American.  Do you really think the US has theonly drones in the world?

Tyler stirring the pot again.

 

This post will disappear in 3-2-1...

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:37 | Link to Comment Dewey Cheatum Howe
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They have the only ones in Congo......

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:43 | Link to Comment Rusty Shorts
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The United States gave billions of dollars in aid to the wealthy European principality of Andorra, which it mistakenly assumed was a poor African country.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q_iqrvnC_4

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:58 | Link to Comment knukles
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Rufus T Firefly "Hail, Hail Fredonia"

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:30 | Link to Comment AmericasCicero
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Predator drone unemployment was starting to creep up and those pesky amazon drones are going to take all their jobs at home!

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:33 | Link to Comment Hedgetard55
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Niger

Nigeria.

 

Are these nor raycis names?

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:57 | Link to Comment knukles
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Depends upon how you pronounce them.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:42 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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And just think when the "dust settles" only then will the gold and platinum in the ground be available again for production at a date and time yet to be determined.

So how many other Countries in the Middle East and Africa like "Libya" can the U.S. and France loot that has GLD already available for good delivery?...  I can think of two already but those operations are going to be very costly and will require many reinforcements to obtain.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:50 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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..."the Central African Republic is the only place that China does not have a major documented presence yet"...

Or one that we know about that has been "edited for your well being" by the MSM at the moment.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:39 | Link to Comment Ponzi Pontiff
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O/T, but this made me laugh: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/commodities/10506464/Central-banks-lo...

I sprayed the screen with coffee when I read the "The US Federal Reserve, which is one of the biggest holders of physical gold reserves".

Apparently they've got 8,000 tonnes in there.  Wonder why Germany has to wait so long for the return of what is basically just a rounding error on 8,000 tonnes ...

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:41 | Link to Comment firstdivision
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Ahhh Africa, the last bastion ripe for financial development and exploitation.  Problem is the citizens don't have much wealth for banks to seperate them from.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:46 | Link to Comment Rusty Shorts
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Ghana and Zambia have the fastest growing economies, err, wealth extraction on the Planet.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:52 | Link to Comment Theta_Burn
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Wait a minute...

France decides to take the moral high road and turn all liberate-y and uncle sam-bone is going to assist!?!? (not that it supprises me, as the French/Nato ran out of bombs after 3 days, on the last camping trip) where are the funds coming from to accomplish this? my tax dollars? fuck that shit..

Why isn't O liberator blazing this trail of righteousness on his own if it be so noble?

...awaits congressional approval

 

 

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:19 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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"where are the funds coming from to accomplish this?"...

This gals been working for the CIA and Karzai's folks for the past 11 years.  I'd ask her.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnMa652dZ5E

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 15:10 | Link to Comment Analyse2
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@Theta_Burn

"the French/Nato ran out of bombs after 3 days, on the last camping trip"

One more myth totally invented by the neo-cons specialists of French-bashing since the Irak's war.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 15:30 | Link to Comment Analyse2
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The neo-cons warmongers even told us that the French fighter bombers dropped non explosive concrete training bombs.

How can you swallow such enormous bullshits ?

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:58 | Link to Comment tony wilson
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we be sprayin um.

we been dumpin depleted uranium on um.

we be bill gates vaccine nin  um.

and these fuckers still will not die.

so now billy bob dinkley will join inspector clouseau to secure der oil and der diamonds.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:09 | Link to Comment zrussell
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Monsanto's handling that problem very well...

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:07 | Link to Comment zrussell
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Doesn't the FED need to cough up 200 tones of gold for the 4th Reich?

Are there any mines in the area?

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:20 | Link to Comment ironmace
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Slowly but surely, WWIII cometh

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:28 | Link to Comment Fred C Dobbs
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"Shooting erupted near the airport in the morning after gunmen refused to hand over their weapons"

Why would anyone surrender their arms to a foreign invading army?  

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:57 | Link to Comment W74
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The French seem to have a lot of practice securing airports.  Perhaps Washington can contract out with them to pull airfield security while fat American kids trying to get a bit of coin and a college ride go out in search of flying bullets and IEDs.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:57 | Link to Comment booboo
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Let me try to re write that. "People minding their own business were asked to give up their right to self defense and attacked by armed invaders and returned fire and this occured near the vicinity of an airport but we thought that adding "airport" which to a 9/11 zombified american reader may direct them to choose sides, our side preferably"

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:49 | Link to Comment pupdog1
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"...some logistical support" sounds a lot like 125 cruise missiles on the first day.

 

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:53 | Link to Comment W74
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Why is Botswana grey?  Surely the Chinese have a hand in the immense Dimond and PM mining industries there.  Or is that the exclusive realm of the Fiefdom of DeBeers? (which is the defacto government of Botswana anyway)

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:59 | Link to Comment The-Dirty-Scurd
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:08 | Link to Comment solgundy
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it's the Global Warming thing,,,,,the CAR is GREEN......The Central African Republic primarily uses hydroelectricity because there are few resources for energy.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 21:05 | Link to Comment Dr. Sandi
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Damn. All this time I thought Hydro WAS a resource.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:14 | Link to Comment Van Halen
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What's also important to note here is that this is another country that just fell to Islam. Take a few minutes of your time and research how much of Africa has gone Islamic in the last 15 years.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:21 | Link to Comment Bawneee Fwank
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What drug does this country produce?

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 18:18 | Link to Comment Rusty Shorts
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Ganja, lots of it.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:22 | Link to Comment The Heart
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Distractions distractions...oh what will it be next?

MEANWHILE, IN THE REAL NEWS, HERE IS ONE OF THE MOST HORRIFIC COP KILLINGS EVER SEEN. THE MURDER AND PILLAGING OF THIS POOR HUMAN BEINGS BODY IS ONLY AN EXAMPLE OF THE ANIMALISTIC BRUTALITY AND WHAT'S TO COME FROM THESE MURDEROUS THINGS THAT HAVE A POT-METAL BADGE AND A GUN, AND THINK THEY CAN GO ABOUT SOCIETY MURDERING PEOPLE LIKE THIS. SURE, THIS MAY HAVE BEEN A BAD GUY, BUT TO BE GUNNED DOWN LIKE THIS? IS THIS THE NEW KIND OF AMERICAN JUSTICE?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNnwc1RByzo

Evil run amok in society will bring more. The wheels of REAL justice are turning...the wave  of furry is forming.

The rules of real justice and order must be maintained.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0L2LTL3vyE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSHuWFO1-MM

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 18:28 | Link to Comment Jethro
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That was an unjustified shooting IMHO.  He was an idiot for jumping out of his vehicle, and he probably had a history of violence or just being plain stupid, but he didn't need to get ventillated.

To qualify that statement, I used to be a Marine Security Guard at a couple of different Embassies and worked a POTUS and Sec State visit with Dip Sec and SS on foreign soil.  Granted I was static security, I acknowledge this.  I was a grunt before that though, in a line unit (1/5).  After my stint in the USMC, I was a self-employed PI for several years while putting myself through college.  I have been in tense situations before.  I've had firearms drawn on me before.  I've drawn firearms before.  I also applied for, and was accepted to a slot for my state's Highway Patrol academy.  I easily made the cut, and kept my slot as the class size went from 120 to 110, to 100 down to 80 (via state budget).  I went to their mini-boot camp, and made my decision to not attend based on my interaction with the other candidates.  I wouldn't, and couldn't trust any of the other candidates with a loaded weapon behind my back.  I informed the head of the HP of this in my exit interview.  To say that he was angry would be an understatement.  The class lost my slot too.  Keep in mind, the HP (at the time) was the pinnacle of LEO personnel in the area.   

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 05:42 | Link to Comment lakecity55
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It would appear so, I have to agree.

I used to work license checkpoints.

As everyone knows, you have loads of cops around. Despite this,  A maniac got out of his vehicle and began shooting, unprovoked. a HP trooper wounded him and we cuffed him then he was off to the medics and jail.

I had my service pistol out, but there was no clear shot. You just never know. He was wasted on dope and had an outstanding warrant, as we found out later. He was also only out of stir for only about 2 months, after serving something like 2 years of 7.

Over the last few years, however, the ROE has absolutely changed. I no longer am active, largely due to the militarization situation. But,  if you are pulled, DO NOT make any weird moves. When the officer approaches your car, have your hands on the wheel.

There has been a trend towards a military posture for a while, but I can assure you under Backdoor Barry, it has really accelerated.

 

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:41 | Link to Comment q99x2
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Preping China to hit the US in the upcoming war.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:53 | Link to Comment ncdirtdigger
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Omar peace prizes!

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 18:27 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Africa = Quagmire.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 18:32 | Link to Comment chump666
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Quagmire wars are plundering wars by failing empires. 

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 20:28 | Link to Comment W74
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Chalon/Catalunian Fields.  People often forget that while Rome was in it's last throes Attila the Hun's (much shorter, but almost as large geographically) empire was falling inward on itself as well.  Both were in the process of plundering what was left of central Gaul and the (then essentially Germanic) Franks got the worst of both sticks.  We all know the rest of the story: Dark Ages and Feudalism as the not-so-great cure.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 18:31 | Link to Comment chump666
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It's so Napoleon at the end of his reign, cept whilst he was there he kinda did get France on it's feet.  Although wars are expensive and England (1800s) was able to create inflation and bankrupt France at the same time (have France perpetually at war), difference this time  Hollande is a EU/ECB/NATO stooge, Africa is a possible battle ground for ww3, China is there as is Russia (resources and strategic fronts).   

France needs a revolution and some choppin'

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 01:59 | Link to Comment esum
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wtf is congress doing? since when can hagel authorize warlike acts?

next it will be the butler in the white house starting a war...

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 05:25 | Link to Comment lakecity55
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have you guys looked at the mineral resources in the CAR?

it's loaded.

 

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 22:20 | Link to Comment rbblum
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So where was the US military support during the time of need . . .  in Benghazi ?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 01:17 | Link to Comment TheGrandChessboard
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Population of car is 4 million not 66. Lookalike dudden had another black out

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 12:27 | Link to Comment SmittyinLA
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Looks like the US is China's Johnny on the spot rent-a-cop goon squad.

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