Oh yes, that's right. Entitlement checks now trump our military.
In Mali they’re MAYBE doing some legit ops. The rest of it?
It’s almost surely a stupid goat f*ck, involving payment of US money to war-lords presiding over blowing sands where flies flock to the pinched-closed eyes of kids with distended bellies. And that’s before all the, “Yankee Go Home” stuff kicks in.
This is simply the beginning of a huge and expensive effort to make All Nations Equal —the USA got rich by cheating and thieving, blah, blah, blah...
Just more of the effort to turn US military people into social workers through “peace keeping”, “Three Block War”, etc., etc.
Hey isn’t this how we got started in Vietnam? What’s up with all our little Hollywood leftists that screamed whenever a Republican administration sent troops somewhere, wasn’t their cry, America can’t be the worlds police, stop American Colonialism? What a difference a Democrat administration makes, then it’s OK to send American soldiers to die in foreign countries.
Hmmm! I wonder if Zero got the okay from Congress.
Will they have rounds for their weapons?
I don’t think this is going to go too well, for US Troops.
About time, too bad it was published.
We can own Africa.
We spent enough money on it.
Let’s see now. The first half of the last century we got involved in Europe and we got into war. The second half of the last century we got involved in Asia and we got into war. The first half of this century we got involved in the Near East and we got into war. South America where we have a foothold ‘fighting drugs’ with aims at knocking over a few rulers. So now Africa ‘fighting Muslims’. And of course when we get into a foreign area through war we never leave. There is always someone that needs our protection. We have another nation to build somewhere.
But nation building at home is socialism because our government does it for us. God Help Us.
America is an empire. I do not think we should intervene in Africa at this point. We need to downsize our Army and Marine Corps (but only after we take on entitlement spending).
The war in Syria is being prosecuted by American Trained GCC special forces organizing and leading the Syrian Rebels. From what I can see, it is going slow, but well.
The original intent of American Special Forces was to provide leadership for local troops to make war against the bad guys.
Create the problem, provide the solution.
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This is possibly the worst idea I have ever heard of.
Why do we have a U.S. African command?
The pre-election meme was that Obama killed OBL, and by implication defeated AQ. The reality is that the “Arab Spring” has empowered them and allowed them to spread their influence throughout the region. He’s made a huge mess out there that’s going to be very expensive to clean up in terms of both lives and dollars. Given the ROE he’s imposed on our troops in Pakistan and Afghanistan, I think we’ll be taking some heavy casualties before it’s over.
There are 1500 to 2000 languages in Africa. Having a few men in the brigade who know a little Swahili is not going to help much. http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/african_languages.htm
Moreover, there are more tribes than languages in Africa.
Then the article goes on to say, “But what’s going on in the continent, says Africa expert Richard Downie, cannot be addressed by just providing military training and equipment. There are underlying causes of unrest and extremism: poverty, lack of health care and education, and predatory governments.”
Too bad that their chosen “Africa expert” appears to be clueless about the underlying cause of tribalism. Tribalism says, “Our President for Life may be a lying, thieving dictator, but he is MY Tribe’s lying, thieving dictator!” (kinda like union bosses here in the USA).
That lying, thieving dictator runs the “predatory government” which manages the “poverty, lack of health care and education”.
Similar to the tribe to which our RINO, Democrat, media & academia elite belong, who try to ignore the Tea Party and all those fly-over country, redneck, little people.
When do we stop arming al-Qaida?