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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:04 PM

US Expands military aid to France in Mali.

Here we go again. Like clockwork. One in five to six children and seniors living in poverty in this country, admonitions about not being able to afford Social Security, yet we *always* have the money for another optional war.

Have we had enough yet, America?



US Expands miiltary aid to France in Mali.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-expands-aid-to-french-mission-in-mali/2013/01/26/3d56bb5c-6821-11e2-83c7-38d5fac94235_story.html

By Ernesto Londoño, Washington Post

The United States is significantly expanding its assistance to a French assault on Islamist militants in Mali by offering aerial refueling and planes to transport soldiers from other African nations, the Pentagon announced Saturday night.

The gesture comes amid a debate within the Obama administration about how deeply it should engage in the French effort to prevent Islamists from wresting control of the West African nation. French requests for more robust support from Washington raised a legal dilemma because U.S. law forbids foreign assistance funds to leaders that came to power through a coup. Mali’s military leaders, including some trained by U.S. troops, seized power last year by force.
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“The French requested this support, and we believe it was important to move ahead,” a senior defense official said Saturday night, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss policy deliberations. “The U.S. has the most advanced refueling technology in the world, and we wanted to provide this support.”

The United States has concluded that the expanded assistance is legally sound because of France’s notification to the United Nations Security Council that its mission in Mali is being offered at the request of the African country’s government, which is fighting “terrorist elements,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. James Gregory said in a statement.

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Reply US Expands military aid to France in Mali. (Original post)
woo me with science Jan 2013 OP
TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #1
Arctic Dave Jan 2013 #4
daleo Jan 2013 #2
Tierra_y_Libertad Jan 2013 #3
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Response to woo me with science (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:25 PM

1. We did sort of create some problems there, given that we trained those who staged

the coup against the Mali government. If it stops at airlift and intelligence, I'm OK with it. If it's boots on the ground, then no. Also no on drone strikes, for now.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 05:47 PM

4. The US trains soldiers form all over the world.

 

It is supposed to be for "professionalism" but amazingly enough a lot of them tend to become war criminals.

School of the Americas is a fine example.

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Response to woo me with science (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:31 PM

2. What's a little coup among friends?

It was the same during the Cold War. The west talked about democracy and supported coups and dictators.

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Response to woo me with science (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:35 PM

3. Interfering in civil wars worked ever so well in Vietnam and Afghanistan.

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Response to woo me with science (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 05:56 PM

5. Remember how

The Pentagon made the announcement after Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta spoke to his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, on Saturday about the conflict in Mali, Pentagon spokesman George Little said. Their call followed one Friday between President Obama and French President Francois Hollande.

...excited everyone was when France elected a Socialist?

Please rec to show your support for the people of France, England and Greece in
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002653179

The realities of governing.


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