Skip to comments.Leon Panetta Says U.S. Has Pledged to Help France in Mali
Posted on 01/15/2013 10:13:01 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee
LISBON In what could draw the United States into another conflict in North Africa, the Obama administration has pledged to help the French who are fighting Islamist militants in Mali, and that assistance could include air and other logistical support, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said on Monday.
Defense officials would not rule out the possibility that American military transport planes might land in Mali, where the United States has been conducting an ambitious counterterrorism program for years. American spy planes and surveillance drones are in the meantime trying to get a sense of the chaos on the ground. The defense officials would not discuss whether the United States has armed drone aircraft over Mali. . .
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The United States was already sharing intelligence with the French when their warplanes on Sunday struck camps, depots and other militant positions deep inside extensive Islamist-held territory in northern Mali. Defense officials said no decisions had been made on whether the United States would also offer help with midflight refueling planes and air transport, but they said those options were under review.
The Left always had their pink panties in a twist when Pres. Bush only had 12 or 13 other countries involved with us in situations such as this. Why are they quiet as mice when Obama jumps into this fracas without any authorization? Oh, that’s right. They voted for him.
Deja Vu. Pray the historical results of Leftist idiocy aren’t about to be repeated.
Does Congress know?
There’s money for this? Were we not hounded too, Islam is the Religion of Peace?
Good Morning Mali!
Isn’t the French that got us in Vietnam ?
Does Congress know?
They’re irrelevant, now. Say hello to “Dear Leader”.
Hmmmmm....just sending in military advisors. Where have I seen this before?
got to help his socialist pals hasn;t he.
thrre is a fmaily of coptic Christians who have moved near me which have escaped their country Egypt and have said it is a mess and not safe since Mubarack was forced out by America.
Libya another mess which has got Americans killed and Powell saying basically it;s their fault.
Now we had a botched assault in Somalia with the French\\
Now this in Mali
This idiot makes things worse not better but then again when he has the media and low dumb info voters out there which turn a blind eye to the aftermath he can get away with it.
Obama seems to think going in, bombing a few places and pulling out is a victory becase the media will not report what a mess he has made after the bombing.
sorry about my last post and a couple of typo’s.
French for Dien bien Phu?
(Mali being Africa's 3rd largest gold supplier)
At some point an increasing number of U.S. personnel will draw foreign Jihadists into the fracas.
When are the American Lemmings going to wake up. Remember Vietnam????????
I remain fascinated that leftists, who hold the military in disdain, have no qualms about sending them to war.
This just sounds like political schizophrenia, to me. "I hate you" but "I want you to go to war and make me look good!"
It reminds me of the old saying, "Live by the sword, die by the sword".
The commander of Delta Force was giving a briefing to the National Security Council in November 1979 about the upcoming mission to free American hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher expressed outrage when Colonel Charles Beckwith said it would be necessary to kill any armed Iranian militants who resisted. “Can't you just shoot them in the shoulder?” Christopher asked.
It’s 1954 all over again.
with Obama—I would hold my breath if I was France.
they started to wak up in 2010 because mainly of GlennBeck etc but the tea party stopped, the protests stopped and now many have gone home afriad of being called a name.
Our rights get taken away or are attacked and nothing but a stinking letter from our reps and yet homosexuals lets say who have the same rights as us and certainly don;t have a constitutional right to marry get out and intimidate folks and silence them.
enough is enough, after watching that crap by the wanna be king pissed me off to no end
crazy times.. shades of Vietnam and deja vu, they end up retreating we do clean-up,, haven’t we learned yet? colonial affairs redux or what? the french and british really mucked the place up before we came along. good thing Kerry will be in charge soon. lol ;-)
btw.. is that another Democrat I see at the helm of this war machine? wow. watch out for those peaceniks! $-]
What type of gun will Panetta carry into battle?
These guys stand off about 8,000 miles and drop the hammer via a flying robot. That's probably worse karma than the 5.56 mm method.