The Obama Administration is quietly expanding its involvement through peace keeping troop placement in Mali, Egypt and Jordan. No, you haven't heard about it on MSNBC or in any of the mainstream media. They don't cover that sort of thing anymore. That's why there are blogs.
Despite fmr SECSTATE Hillary R. Clinton's hopes of an Arab Spring -- the folly of which resulted in the Benghazi Massacre and subsequent cover-up, Libya has become a haven for terrorists and the principal transit point for al Qaeda (and it's clones) in Africa.
While attending a regional security meeting in Oran, Algeria last week, the African Union's special representative in charge of counter-terrorism, Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira, said, "I have many reports which say Libya has become a major transit hub for the main terrorist groups travelling from one country to another.""We have information according to which some terrorists active in Mali consider Libya as a refuge and a place to reorganize." Madeira described the situation as something "extremely dangerous."
Benghazi has become the center of spreading violent jihad from Mali to Syria. Hillary Clintons secret arms deal-gone-bad with al Qaeda that spawned the Benghazi Massacre is creeping across Africa (and to a lesser extent in Syria). Libyan borders don't exist in a functional sense and it's become a transit point and a logistics hub for jihadists. Despite direct threats from USGOV to al Qaeda in regard man portable air defense systems (MANPADS) that Secretary Clinton facilitated delivery of to the Libyan al Qaeda affiliate, the Obama Administration is sitting on the potential hostile use of US military hardware against US citizens or interests. (Never trust a terrorist, Hillary)
Jump to the Jihad in Mali
The UN Security Council approved the deployment of a new peacekeeping force in Mali starting 1 July. After closed consultations Tuesday the council unanimously agreed that the 12,600-man force should go ahead on schedule, despite serious logistics problems and the extreme heat in Mali.
The UN force officially will replace the 6,000 African soldiers in Mali. In fact, the Africans will merge into the UN force. France will maintain 1,000 soldiers in Mali under a separate command. This means that the peace keeping force will be UN funded. Funding seems to be a key ingredient to neutered peacekeeping.
Blackhawk Down Redux?
This deployment had a shocking resemblance to the UN mission in Somalia which was approved by the Security Council despite shortfalls in troop commitments and chronic, critical logistics shortages. US military airlift forces appear to be the main logistics and transportation resource for forces in Mali, providing critical assistance to the French and the Africans. The French want to transfer and distribute security responsibilities and costs as quickly as possible.
France has a strategic interest in Mali. 80% of all electric power in France is supplied by nuclear power. Mali provides the French with uranium. But France understands that skin in the game in Mali is not popular at home, inexpensive uranium notwithstanding. Thus they want to back out (generally) and allow the UN to pay for 12,600 troops to protect their vital interests. (which means US taxpayer dollars) And the US will slowly continue to expand its operations in Mali. First with air lift support and special forces acting as force multipliers, training the locals. Sound familiar? Don't worry, the liberal press will consider this to be a 'good war' because it's one of Mr. Obama's wars. Do you remember Obama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize?
Army Times news service reported that the U.S. is expected to deploy more than 3,000 additional soldiers to Africa in 2013. They will be assigned to every part of the continent. Major General David R. Hogg mused: “As far as our mission goes, it’s uncharted territory.”
Let's tick off what happened last year (in addition to secret operations such as the one surrounding the Benghazi Scandal):
Atlas Accord 12 provided training to Mali’s military in aerial delivery.
Cutlass Express was a U.S. naval exercise that focused on piracy in the Somali Basin region.
Africa Endeavor 2012 was based in Cameroon and involved coordination and training in military communications.
Obangame Express 2012 was a naval exercise designed to ensure a presence in the Gulf of Guinea, an area that is in the heart of West Africa’s oil operations.
Southern Accord 12 was based in Botswana and its objective was to establish a military working relationship between southern African military forces and the U.S.
Western Accord 2012 was an exercise in Senegal that involved every type of military operation from live fire exercises to intelligence gathering to combat marksmanship.
There were a number of other comparable exercises with names like: “African Lion,” “Flintlock,” and “Phoenix Express.” In addition, U.S. National Guard units from around the country have been rotating in and out of countries that include, among others: South Africa, Morocco, Ghana, Tunisia, Nigeria and Liberia.