posted on Jan, 14 2013 @ 07:25 PM
Can Obama's lack of a foreign policy get even worse?
Now, it turns out France has been left to its own devices as it struglles to conrain an Al Qaeda-led rebellion in Mali, featuring tropss we trained,
gave intellignece, and armed, who have joined rebels attempting to overthrow the Mali government.
French fighter jets struck deep inside Islamist strongholds in northern Mali on Sunday, shoving aside months of international hesitation about
storming the region.
For years, the United States tried to stem the spread of Islamic militancy in the region ... .But as insurgents swept through the desert last year,
commanders of this nation’s elite army units, the fruit of years of careful American training, defected when they were needed most — taking
troops, guns, trucks and their newfound skills to the enemy in the heat of battle, according to senior Malian military officials.
“It was a disaster,” said one of several senior Malian officers to confirm the defections.
Then an American-trained officer overthrew Mali’s elected government, setting the stage for more than half of the country to fall into the hands of
Islamic extremists. American spy planes and surveillance drones have tried to make sense of the mess, but American officials and their allies are
still scrambling even to get a detailed picture of who they are up against.
This, from Obama stalwarts and sycophants at the New York Times!
Details of the horrible failure are available, and spreading across other, less biased media.
France Strikes in
Mali After U.S. Strategy Collapses.
France seeks allies in Mali operation
Call it “leading from behind,” Part II.
What is worse is that the Islamist rebellion has used American-trained soldiers and officers who defected from Mali’s regular army last year, taking
their counter-terrorism training, their advanced combat skills, and their knowledge of western intelligence methods with them. France is now facing
off against an Islamist foe that the United States has unwittingly assisted--and the U.S. is barely offering help.
When Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney raised the issue of Mali during the debates last fall, the media reacted with amusement. A few
briefly noted that Mali was, indeed, a “serious problem”--that the collapse of the country could create a safe haven for Al Qaeda in the heart of
Africa. Others, such as Bill Maher, mocked Romney, secure in the understanding that nothing the Republican said could be taken seriously.
One reason that Americans had not heard much about Mali is the near-total lack of interest by the mainstream media in focusing on the flaws in
President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. During the Bush administration, there were near-daily reports of deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, and deep
analyses of how U.S. intervention policy was creating new dangers. Today, the media are uninterested in foreign policy--even in U.S. deaths ...
The coup in Mali--carried out by an American-trained officer--surprised U.S. intelligence as U.S-trained Malian defectors teamed up with ex-Libyan
soldiers and Islamist militias to carve out an Al Qaeda haven in the north of the country. “The same American-trained units that had been seen as
the best hope of repelling such an advance proved, in the end, to be a linchpin in the country’s military defeat,” the Times notes.
The Islamist rebels are imposing sharia law, and busily destroying ancient tombs, historic landmarks and UN World Heritage Sites in Timbuktu--much as
the Taliban destroyed the 2,000-year-old Buddhas of Bamiyan, among other priceless artifacts of pre-Islamic civilization, in early 2001. Meanwhile,
paltry U.S. efforts to help neighboring states contain the rebellion have failed--and the French have decided to act decisively.
We have reached a new low in American foreign policy when France leads international intervention against Al Qaeda to fix a mess partly of American
making. It is worth noting that France did not wait for a mandate from the UN, from the Arab League, or even from NATO in order to do what is
necessary to prevent a regional collapse from becoming a global menace. Leading from behind is not leading at all--much to the world’s detriment
How much of the Middle East and Africa do we have to turn over to militant Islamists before the MSM takes more notice, or Obama develops a spine?
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