As France realizes the difficulty of a "short" campaign in Mali, one can't ignore the pattern of impotence and unintended consequences at the heart of the war on terror.
In the days following French President Francois Hollande's victory lap around the country, the U.N. declared Mali a humanitarian disaster. Literally weeks after Hollande said his own troops would leave in weeks, the U.N. said it is sending 6,000 of its own troops.
"As the situation evolves, attacks and reprisals risk driving Mali into a catastrophic spiral of violence," said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay during a Security Council meeting Tuesday.
Meanwhile, undeterred by America's flying robots, Yemen's super-potent Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula put out a call for global jihadis to pilgrimage to Mali to wage Holy War on infidel occupiers (— exactly like Iraq, circa 2006, where Libyan fighters learned their craft).