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Facing Triple-Dip Recession, France Set To Deploy US-Made Drones In West Africa

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Take one serving of pre-triple dip recessionary France, add a dash of US-made drones, drop a pinch of Al Qaeda scapegoating and the now generic false flags, and let it all simmer in the latest global conflict in which the uninvited west has decided it is its moral role to intervene, and what you get is the latest hilarious development out of military superpower France, which is now preparing to unleash US drones in West Africa. The comedic possibilities one ends up with are countless.

From Reuters:

France will deploy its first U.S.-made unarmed surveillance drones to West Africa by the end of the year, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday, as it seeks to "eliminate all traces of al Qaeda".


France's military intervention in Mali in January exposed its shortage of surveillance drones suitable for modern warfare, forcing it to rely on the United States to provide French commanders with intelligence from drones based in neighbouring Niger.


Paris said in June it would buy 12 Reaper reconnaissance drones built by privately owned U.S. firm General Atomics to eventually replace its EADS-made Harfang drones.


"Two drones that we have bought will be operational by the end of the year in Africa, in the Sahel. That is their main mission," Le Drian told Europe 1 radio.


Niger gave permission in January for U.S. surveillance drones to be stationed on its territory to improve intelligence on al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters in the region. Le Drian said pockets of militants remained in Mali, whom Paris would go after. They included veteran Islamist commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who claimed responsibility for attacks in Niger and on Algeria's In Amenas gas plant earlier this year.

The humor does not end there:

"We have led successful counter-terrorism attacks in recent days and we will continue to act to eliminate all traces of al Qaeda," he said. "These terrorist groups come and go, regroup and then disperse, so we need to follow them closely. This will be the role of our forces in 2014. There will be 1,000 soldiers in Mali whose main mission will be counter-terrorism."


French forces killed 19 Islamist fighters during security operations in Mali's northern region of Timbuktu earlier this month.


France intervened in Mali at the start of the year as Islamist forces, who seized control of the north in the confusion following a military coup in March 2012, pushed towards the capital Bamako.


Their advance lifted Mali to the forefront of U.S. and European security concerns, with fears the Islamists would turn the country into a base for international attacks.

Such pristine, unrequited nobility...

Of course, what was not mentioned anywhere, is that France, with its multi-decade high unemployment, is on the verge of a recession. And not just any recession, but a triple-dip, which would make it Europe's first country to undergo a triple dip in the Eurozone's history. So what is this socialist paradise to do? Why read chapter 1 of Keynes for Idiots of course: when in depression, start - or escalate - a war.



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Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:17 | Link to Comment Pladizow
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Reminds me of, "The Gods Must Be Crazy!"

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:19 | Link to Comment Canadian Dirtlump
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Despite the perversities of this and it's relation to world geopolitical events, I do find it amusing that the word Timbuktu is back in the headlines from time to time. In this case the very savages we are paying and arming in Syria are destroying cultural relics there.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:38 | Link to Comment BigJim
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They're noble rebels when they're doing our bidding. When they're burning libraries they're actually a completely different bunch of savages, called Al Qaeda.

Just ignore the fact that they're basically the same people, and it will all make perfect sense.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:41 | Link to Comment Ying-Yang
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France Set To Deploy US-Made Drones In West Africa

Wow... didn't know there were that many churches and schools needing to be bombed in WA?

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 15:04 | Link to Comment The_Dude
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Was in Paris a month ago....lots of Yutes hanging out...many look like they just came from WA...


Thu, 12/19/2013 - 15:58 | Link to Comment Fortunate Fool
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So according to Tyler, only countries that have zero deficit, no public debt, a balanced budget, no unemployment, and a GDP growth over [insert your made up percentage here] should be carrying military actions when necessary?


I wonder what would have happened during the second world war if democracies had to follow these (stupid) requirements...


While you say that of course, the article didn't mention that France was close to get back to recession (which has nothing to do with the subject of the article), I will point out that you didn't mention your failed predictions about the total failure of the french intervention in Mali... Remeber? Let me refresh your memory:

"French Military Embarrassments Continue As Insurgents Grab More Territory In Mali"

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 17:27 | Link to Comment Panafrican Funk...
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I guess you would be totally comfortable with discussing the real reason the French give even a little bit of a shit about Mali.  Is it to "defend the Malian people against the evil terrorizors!", or does it have to do with Mali processing the large majority of the uranium used in France's nuclear facilities, which are responsible for about 80% of the total electrical power generation in said country?  Perhaps they feel some sympathy for those poor Malians, who have to endure the effects of such an incredibly environmentally destructive process, so that your beloved Frenchman can spend their time in relative comfort, scoffing at those "brutal, savage" Americans who protect their foreign energy resource interests a bit further east?

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 20:51 | Link to Comment Seer
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WHAT? wars over resources?  Of all the lame-brained shit people make up for all the noble wars! </sarc>

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 22:25 | Link to Comment Fortunate Fool
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@Panafrican, the problem with guys like you is that you don't know what you're talking about. The Uranium you're talking about is not in Mali but in Niger, a neighbouring country where Areva's uranium mining operations are located. So no, the operation in Mali had nothing to do with economic interest because there's nothing in that country.

The jihadists that were there were somewhat strengthened by the fall of the Ghadafi regime, and the operation in Mali was just to finish the Libyan job. France has 10s of thousands of Malian immigrants in the country and a radicalized Malian population is certainly not in its best interest, hence the operation.

If you go back in History, you will see that France had been hit by muslim terrorist attacks long before the US...

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 15:12 | Link to Comment TheGardener
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Political Correctness is purging and burning libraries
the western world all over.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:23 | Link to Comment Canadian Dirtlump
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fun fact, the last leader of france who enjoyed as low a popularity rating as Hollande was named Adolf.



p.s. tylers I see someone added the french gun joke. You should double down by adding a picture of a french army knife which features only a small white flag, and a corkscrew.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:42 | Link to Comment BigJim
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I wish our brave warriors were issued only a white flag and corkscrew... maybe then they'd think twice about invading other countries and slaughtering the people there on behalf of the Anglo-American financial empire, and spend more time appreciating the subtleties of a decent claret.

On a side note: a broader read of history suggests the French are not pussies. They've cheerfully waged war - often quite successfully - all over the globe for centuries. You may remember a dude called Napoleon? What nationality were the armies he led?

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:59 | Link to Comment Canucklehead
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Big Jim, you don't belong to any identifiable group that has "Brave Warriors"...  You are served by "Pajama Boy".

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 15:50 | Link to Comment TheGardener
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After conquering Prussia, Napoleon went after Russia with
force-drafted Prussian subjects. Exiles like v.Stein had
a free hand from the Russian Tsar of drafting volunteers from the POW for the free corps . Problem was he could not recruit much among dead men walking.

Foreign legion same ethnic but different story : wanted
war criminals from Germany.

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 05:26 | Link to Comment Analyse2
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And in the French Foreign Legion, the first represented nationality has always been ... French

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 05:21 | Link to Comment Analyse2
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You are right.

For those who know next to 0 about this country, and have an obvious aversion to History, here is what explains how the French, surrounded by the Germans, English, Dutch, Italians and Spaniards (among others), succeeded to won and guard the largest country in the very heart of Europe: Since 387 BC, France has fought 168 major wars against such badasses as the Roman Empire, the British Army and the Turkish forces. Their track record isn't too shabby, either: They've won 109, lost 49 and drawn 10 times.

This makes France the most successful military power in European history - in terms of number of fought and won …

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 05:41 | Link to Comment Skyebird
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Agreed, BigJim. They were not only a great fighting force, they were scientists, humanists, musicians, painters et cetera. Today, all of the above and great at sports (football, rugby, tennis, swimming), business, manufacturing, farming. 

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:20 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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"when in depression, start - or escalate - a war" -  This works as long as the energy is available to do so.

The French are among the worst when confronted with their own cognitive dissonance.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:19 | Link to Comment CPL
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They'll let it go soon, takes a while for men of 'power' to let it go and full comprehend what's happened.



Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:25 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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If comprehension was in their reach, they would have reached already.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:20 | Link to Comment FieldingMellish
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This will pulvarise the Euro and underpin the dollar. Thus, in turn, gold and silver will be crushed.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:20 | Link to Comment lolmao500
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Please. That won't even add 1% to the deficit. Want a real spending spree? Invade Syria, Lebanon and Iran at the same time.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:22 | Link to Comment Winston Churchill
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Drones really are perfect weapons to compliment the

French martial tradition.Only cowards would use them..

Oh wait

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:30 | Link to Comment Arthor Bearing
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"The graphics of this video game are so realistic!"

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 14:37 | Link to Comment Seer
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So says all our new "heroes."

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 05:29 | Link to Comment Analyse2
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Do you think there is a gene of cowardice, which could justify your racism ?

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:21 | Link to Comment Iam Yue2
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"l'homme malade de l'Europe"


Hollande has not budgeted for these latest foreign follies, but not a squeak about it.  The French sit quietly by, like an extreme narcissist forzen in childhood, and watch their country go down the pan.  

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 14:40 | Link to Comment Seer
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A budget for the MIC?  Ha ha!  (paraphrasing from Pirates of the Caribbean:) It's more of, like, a "suggestion" than what you'd call a budget!

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 15:07 | Link to Comment Ghordius
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he wants the EU to pay for it. it would be... unprecedented. Andt it opens a new Rent-A-Great-Power market

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:24 | Link to Comment tony wilson
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eye is france.

french is strong

wees allways wins

mali shows how supreme der french are.

are legions run amoks no.

wees take on all cum mers.

just because wes like cheese does nots means we is weaks.

the glorious days of holland are only just begins yes.

we jewish frenchie types and are mi5 and cia drugs parteners will prevails

we wee.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:22 | Link to Comment EmmittFitzhume
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Fucking Keynesians

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:25 | Link to Comment fxrxexexdxoxmx
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In the article they say these Reaper drones will be unarmed. The Reaper can be fitted with up to 14 Hellfire missles. To change  from unarmed to armed all you have to do is attach them. The Reaper is designed for this.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:29 | Link to Comment Seer
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Wasn't this the basic formula in Vietnam? (French stirred up trouble and then sucked in the Yanks)

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:31 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
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."sucked in the Yanks"

That doesn't take much.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:58 | Link to Comment Seer
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Not like the MIC ever turns down a good opportunity, but I have to wonder whether the U.S. would have managed to get troops in there if not for the French.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:33 | Link to Comment fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Sucked off first and then the Yanks go in.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:45 | Link to Comment prains
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VietMali part Deux

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:49 | Link to Comment BigJim
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Nice catch! The Japs drove the Frogs out of Viet Nam, and Ho Chi Minh's forces were instrumental in driving out the Japs.

And you know what delivered the French Colonial forces back to Viet Nam? Why, US 'Liberty' ships, of course... manned by US sailors.

The more you study this stuff, the richer the irony becomes.

"They hate us for our freedoms!" *chortle*

PS - Hey, NSA-analyst! Still just obeying orders? How'd that work out at Nuremburg? Only kidding... relax! I doubt anyone will ever ask you to justify your actions, your pension is safe.

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 05:34 | Link to Comment Analyse2
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"French stirred up trouble and then sucked in the Yanks"

In fact the French were screwed by NATO (ie. the US).

After WW2 they had to specialize in jets while others in Europe had to specialize in bombers.

And when it came to fight Communism (the Viet Cong, massively helped by Soviet Union and China's troops) ... guess what... the US refused the NATO to get involved.

They had to fight the war without bombers, as in 1954 they had very few of these kind of planes.

Another nice lesson from a long list for French morons who believe America is a reliable ally, and even a friend of France. For those who should have any doubt, the reading of French-bashing in ZH is instructive enough.

And guess what... who had to fight the Vietnam war after the US sabotaged French effort ? Yes, a country that surrenders even when the war is not actually lost.

Besides that, in 1954, when the French were finally defeated in Vietnam, they had 50,000 troops and their biggest planes were Douglas A26 and C47’s, and Vought Corsairs.

When the US was defeated by the same enemy some twenty years later, they had 550,000 troops, B52’s, napalm, missiles, big helicopters, the works …

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:30 | Link to Comment grapeape
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friends from france where here over the 4th this summer. when the neighbor kids started setting off bottle rockets, they tried to surrender to the mail man.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:30 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
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Only because he was union.

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 09:31 | Link to Comment Analyse2
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I doubt you could deserve friends from France ...

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:31 | Link to Comment q99x2
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The things I like most about drones and robotic warfare is that rebels or other consciencious people around the world can easily modify them to anonymously go after Oligarchs, Bankers and their families.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:52 | Link to Comment BigJim
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I suspect it is only a matter of time.

How long before even the medieval Muslims who comprise the bulk of the rebel forces pick up a book on electronics and mount some C4 and nails on RC planes? How fucking hard would that be to do?

All this military tech is a double-edged sword...

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 15:32 | Link to Comment tony wilson
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you really are a mindless donkey bigjim.




you fuckin numb head.

i cause a riot on you trailer park site i then send some uniforms in to police and control your property all for law and order of course.


good job you aint got any oil or rare earth minerals under that trailer or you would be fucked fella.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 20:55 | Link to Comment Seer
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Years ago I'd read of turmoil in Macedonia.  "Macedonia?" I'd thought, huh?

Pipeline route.

Seems that a magic drop of weapons in a town square was in order.  NATO then brought in to add "stabillitee."

It's always ever been the winning tactic: "get your foot in the door."

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:31 | Link to Comment alangreedspank
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Who said socialists cannot be imperialist, interventionist scumbags ?

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:55 | Link to Comment BigJim
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Socialists say it, in my experience, usually falling foul of the 'no true Scotsman' error.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:32 | Link to Comment CrashisOptimistic
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First of all, isn't this what satellites are for?

Second of all, turn back the clock to Libya a moment.

The UN approved a resolution to use force to "protect civilians".  The NATO air forces then started bombing where there was fighting near civilians.  Gadaffi adjusted tactics and was defeating the rebels.

This went on for months with NATO flying multiple sorties per day and burning Brent at godawful rates at a price of about $125/barrel then.  They convened and looked at the price tag and all of a sudden purely defensive Gadaffi positions became targets and NATO started bombing them.

The Russians and Chinese were outraged because their acceptance of the UN resolution did not allow that action.

The Russians will never again allow a use of force measure through the UN because of that, but more to the point: 

Drones burn less oil than manned aircraft. 

Always always always view everything through the prism of oil and you will understand the matter at hand.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:46 | Link to Comment Fix It Again Timmy
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In Vietnam, one evening we set up our NDP [night defensive perimeter] in an old French fort beside a river - there were hundreds of green-glass empty wine bottles all over the place.  I'm sure the well-trained French could certainly out-drink the Viet Cong.  It's a shame the war wasn't fought in a barroom....

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 14:03 | Link to Comment Seer
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And I wonder how many "roaches" were found lying on the ground in US camps (assuming that they we're eliminated during the fragging episodes).

War is fucked up.  Those that wish for it ought to be the ones who actually have to put their asses on the line...

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 15:04 | Link to Comment fxrxexexdxoxmx
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In Fort Polk, way back when, I was in trouble once again and top had me sweeping out an old barracks that had been renovated from open bay to small units. The previous command never did inspections and the living quarters reflected this. 

To make my job easy I swept each room into the hallway and then pushed the pile out the front door. This entrance was purely functional with a small concrete pad which had nothning but dead grass patches with dirt surrounding it. I used a piece of cardboard as a dustpan and got all the big junk into a garbage can and then swept the remainder away.

About two weeks later I had fucked up again and top had me cutting grass for the weekend. I found myself back at the building I cleaned before. To my surprise there was bunch of small marijuana plants growing all around. I pulled one up and went and found top. I asked him if he knew what kind of plant was holding.

"Where in the fuck did you get that" he asked me. So I told him. He followed me back to the little garden I had created and watched as I pulled each one up. Balling them into a small mass he made sure I threw them away. 

War is hell.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 15:15 | Link to Comment Seer
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I had a pretty cool Top Sergeant.  He once told me that the military (USMC) was the closest to communism that I'd ever come: some can question it, but so far it's still holding true.

I'll refrain from telling any of my own adventures lest I one day wish to run for "office"- ha ha!

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 18:03 | Link to Comment falak pema
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seven year itch scratchings? 

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:52 | Link to Comment silentboom
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I heard Mokhtar Belmokhtar's eyes are blue.

One blue this way and one blue that way!


Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:52 | Link to Comment falak pema
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Cauldron bubble is not only in NEW NEW Françafrique now being URGENTLY recreated around a military presence.

It is also bubbling in George Clooney land of South Sudan where the same type of civil cum religious/ethnic war is simmering.

Unlike you at ZH I don't find it funny but truly ominous for the local population, caught between Charybdis and Scylla of foreign power plays, who have poured milllions of $ and guns to arm every local lord for oil uranium, gold diamonds, copper and exotic wood. Every permanent member of the UN is there not to save the continent but to rape it. Humanitas is but the meager cover of Machiavellian logic. As we have amply seen in the past ad nauseam.

Africa a rich continent with a poor helpless population that runs from Oligarchy pillar to post. 

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 14:21 | Link to Comment Emergency Ward
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The new face of Afrika, Obama-Hollande, the two-headed war devil.  The neo-progressive "Responsibility to Interfere" entitles them to plunder all Mother Afrika's resources.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 14:32 | Link to Comment Seer
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The pot was brewing quite some time ago...

AFRICOM began initial operations on Oct. 1, 2007, and officially became an independent command on Oct. 1, 2008.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 14:22 | Link to Comment giggler321
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Ofcourse they'll call it trois trempette rather than la grande dépression.

The Putin Put in Syria throw back caused the Brits to dig in their own garden looking for lost fart gas under the floor boards via fracking and now the Frogs are croaking war for oil.  Fuel for something for sure but perhaps not what they want.  Times are changing with clock still ticking but when she stops the bomb may not be WW3 but no more political discourse just serious home brew rebellion.

It's like those FEMA camps arn't gonna work.  When the shooter realises one of the boxes are for him just who do you think he'll be pointing it at?  How many snippers of the free world does it take to topple the current control?  and you know it only works when people want to be controlled.

le grand avenir attend pour nous tous

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 14:38 | Link to Comment Seer
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Well put.

As I've been stating for MANY years, there will NOT be any NWO.  Sure, there might be a group that clings to the notion of it, but it all really comes down to willing participants. And, as you sum it up: "it only works when people want to be controlled;" if there's nothing of value offerred for people's self-incarceration then the deal is pretty much not there...

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 15:14 | Link to Comment El Vaquero
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And even if people want to be controlled, it only works with cheap energy.  It takes quite a bit of energy to move the logistics necessary for domination around.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 15:16 | Link to Comment Seer
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Thank you for tying things to the physical world!  Your point backs up my primary reason for why the NWO cannot take root.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 15:56 | Link to Comment WTFUD
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Blair & Hollande their 'after dinner bankers speaches' are a must hear.

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 16:41 | Link to Comment Hobbleknee
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Don't they realize a drone war won't kill any of their worthless eaters?

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 20:58 | Link to Comment Seer
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Sure it will.  Just create an atmosphere of marriage, you know, mass wedding parties...

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