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French begging for troops to fight Islamists in Mali
http://www.americanthinker.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Rick Moran

Posted on 01/18/2013 8:40:08 AM PST by BO Stinkss

Schadenfreude's a bitch, isn't it?

When Jacque Chirac was president, the French did everything they could to torpdeo our efforts in Iraq. They refused to send troops to fight Saddam and continuously opposed us in NATO councils.

Now, suddenly - France needs help in Mali. And no one is lifting a finger to help them.

"The French aren't alone, they are the trailblazers," he said, after European ministers approved a contingent of more than 200 military trainers for Mali. He added: "It is completely possible - but this is up to them - that others or the same European countries decide to offer not just logistical support, but also to make soldiers available."

The bravado of the sudden intervention last Friday, popular with many in France, appears to be turning to a hint of bitterness that allies have not backed them more, with high-profile figures and ordinary citizens complaining the Mali mission is "France alone."

That sentiment directed at allies is being expressed in France by people commenting on Twitter and by Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who told Britain's Channel 4 France is waiting for British help. "I beg you, don't leave the French alone," he said.

France, which now has 1,400 troops in Mali and is expecting to send 1,100 more, has already asked allies, including Canada, to extend and expand their military support.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday the United States will provide indirect assistance such as intelligence and transport help for France, and pre-deployment training and airlift for African troops.

Other African countries are willing to send troops but NATO has been reluctant to get involved in what might be another long term commitment. Sothe French will go it alone and hope that other African nations can bail them out of their ill-considered intervention.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: cowards
We should give them the same level of support they always give. 0
1 posted on 01/18/2013 8:40:18 AM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: BO Stinkss

Dear France,

Use cluster bombs.

LOTS of them.

Sincerely,
Ben


2 posted on 01/18/2013 8:44:51 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BO Stinkss
It is unbelievable to me that France does not have the airlift capability to sustain such a small force, not that far from France or other French bases in Africa.

The RCAF, the RAF, the Luftwaffe, and now the USAF have all been asked for help. Don't they have any military transports? Don't they have any civilian transports?

3 posted on 01/18/2013 8:44:51 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: BO Stinkss

What happened to the Legion Estrangerie?


4 posted on 01/18/2013 8:44:51 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: BO Stinkss

Send a crate of white flags.


5 posted on 01/18/2013 8:45:16 AM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: Former Proud Canadian

“Don’t they have any military transports? Don’t they have any civilian transports?”

They have already accomplished what Obama is doing here - reduce the military to pay for the welfare state.


6 posted on 01/18/2013 8:48:07 AM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: reagandemocrat

They need more troops to assist in raising all those white flags. They can’t even surrender without help. Viva la france.


7 posted on 01/18/2013 8:51:14 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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To: BO Stinkss

Forget about payback for Iraq intransigence. I think the US, especially, remembers all too well what happened the last time we went in to protect French colonial interests, though in that era, the enemy were Communists, not Islamists.


8 posted on 01/18/2013 8:51:27 AM PST by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: BO Stinkss

Send their moozlum French citizens to fight for France in Mali.


9 posted on 01/18/2013 8:51:36 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: BO Stinkss

The French might be fighting Obama-supplied weapons
in the AQIM and AQAP. Also, the Touaregs which have
joined al Qaeda were trained by US special forces.

Obama is ON TRACK as he continues to make the world
Islamic, terrorist, antiFreedom and antiAmerican.


10 posted on 01/18/2013 8:51:45 AM PST by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: BO Stinkss

The French were the most strongly in favor of the intervention against Kaddafi in Libya, with England and—of course—Barry Hussein, strongly supportive. The French played a critical role in organizing the “NATO” war against Libyal, although we provided most of the forces.

That led to handing Libya over to the Muslim terrorists, and the expulsion and/or killing of most of the black Africans who had been working there, having been brought in by Kaddafi, who offended the Arabs by his opening to black Africa.

The terrorists seized the weapons—and then many of them moved down into black Africa, to resume their attempted conquest of that area.

In other words, the French played a cricitical role in empowering these same Arab terrorists and their pals, whom they now wish to fight and expel from Mali.

To put it briefly, the French are jerks. They constantly support the wrong guys and then expect us to bail them out. Which we have, again and again.

Obama seems to be keen on getting our troops involved in Africa, but I doubt whether he wants to fight against the Muslim invaders—except possibly as a cover for other activities such as helping the Muslims in their conquests.


11 posted on 01/18/2013 8:53:21 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: BO Stinkss
It is probably worth pointing out that France one of the major NATO allies in Afghanistan, and contributed thousands of troops there. It was only Iraq where they didn't lend aid.
12 posted on 01/18/2013 8:54:38 AM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: BO Stinkss

France shoulda thought about the future when asked for overflight rights in the bombing of Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi’s tents.


13 posted on 01/18/2013 8:56:50 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin

“Dear France,

Use cluster bombs.

LOTS of them.

Sincerely,
Ben”

P.S. Dig up Charles Martel


14 posted on 01/18/2013 8:57:36 AM PST by mkboyce
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To: Cicero

>>Obama seems to be keen on getting our troops involved in Africa<<

My Bro-in-law, a retired Navy SEAL, was recruited by Obama over a year ago for “Africa”—but declined.

Obama wants US in Africa.


15 posted on 01/18/2013 9:00:54 AM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: BO Stinkss

Hello France,

Why not draft all those Algerians, Pakistanis and Somalis you adore putting on your welfare rolls?

Go ahead, let’s see who gets fragged.

We will give you no support, just like the airspace we were’t allowed to fly over. We save you twice in a century with the blood of tens of thousands of American boys in WW1 and WW2, go deal with the “Muslim Problem” yourself.

Those good Socialists are at the ready, correct?

FUF.


16 posted on 01/18/2013 9:04:37 AM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: BO Stinkss

and why is this or iraq or afghanastan or libya or syria a NATO thing? no one has been abale to explain this to me. this would be like the soviet union sending WP troops to angola. instead they used cubans.


17 posted on 01/18/2013 9:06:20 AM PST by bravo whiskey (“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”)
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To: Diogenesis

It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if BO sent troops, you know without approval from Congress as he usually does. Then our troops would have American weapons turned on them that Obama supplied to Al Qaeda.


18 posted on 01/18/2013 9:06:26 AM PST by dforest
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To: Paladin2

Maybe we should help them move sand to the Champs-Elysées so the Muzzies can march in the sand next to the trees there so the Nazis can march in the shade.


19 posted on 01/18/2013 9:08:35 AM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: BO Stinkss

Wasn’t Mitt Romney predicting problems in Mali back during the Pres. campaign and everyone was laughing at him?


20 posted on 01/18/2013 9:10:42 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: BO Stinkss

Maybe now the French will kick them out of their country.


21 posted on 01/18/2013 9:11:35 AM PST by I want the USA back
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To: BO Stinkss

We weren’t fighting Islamists in Iraq. In fact,we were fighting secular elements we should have been boosting in the middle east.


22 posted on 01/18/2013 9:12:36 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: BO Stinkss

We weren’t fighting Islamists in Iraq. In fact,we were fighting secular elements we should have been boosting in the middle east.


23 posted on 01/18/2013 9:12:52 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: BO Stinkss

France stabbed us in the back after 9-11. They are still dead to me.


24 posted on 01/18/2013 9:14:04 AM PST by Lexington Green (... from my cold dead hands.)
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To: BO Stinkss

so now the frogs care about what we call our potatos?


25 posted on 01/18/2013 9:15:19 AM PST by jimmygrace
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To: BO Stinkss

What now they even need help to surrender?

WTF!

Following the French into war would be like following Ray Charles driving on an LA freeway.


26 posted on 01/18/2013 9:20:56 AM PST by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: jimmygrace
Road Apples?

Non?

Dirt Apples?

27 posted on 01/18/2013 9:22:20 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: BO Stinkss
We should give them the same level of support they always give. 0

We should give 'em an object lesson in French support and cut 'em off everything but humanitarian aid.

28 posted on 01/18/2013 9:24:30 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: BO Stinkss

If you are paid by the government, then you should serve the government. All Food Stampers......There is the enemy......CHARGE!!!


29 posted on 01/18/2013 9:27:17 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: BO Stinkss

Will we see the Mali-ans (or whatever they’re called) marching up the Champs d’Elysee?


30 posted on 01/18/2013 9:28:18 AM PST by EternalVigilance (It's amazing how expensive "free" can be.)
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To: reagandemocrat

Send the French soldiers in Mali a cargo plane load of american cheese. They like cheese you know. LOL


31 posted on 01/18/2013 9:29:54 AM PST by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: BO Stinkss

Dien Bien Phu mes amis les afriques? Ce soir, on chante Mali.


32 posted on 01/18/2013 9:36:33 AM PST by Mat_Helm
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To: RadiationRomeo

We used to call them “Cheese-eating surrender monkeys”, as I recall.


33 posted on 01/18/2013 9:38:02 AM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: reagandemocrat

It is time for a Crusades?

Just sayin.


34 posted on 01/18/2013 10:00:49 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (I own a weapon to protect my family from those wanting to take that weapon away.)
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To: Perdogg; Salamander; TheOldLady
"What happened to the Legion Estrangerie?"

They're busy practicing La Marche Futile.
35 posted on 01/18/2013 10:42:28 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: BO Stinkss
I know it is fashionable here to pound on the French. I myself have certainly told more than one French joke. However, France has a long history in this part of the world. Many contacts. Intel and otherwise.

Back in the 50s and 60s France had a rather fearsome reputation among intelligence gathering folks. That is, one absolutely did NOT want to be interrogated by the French. No idea if such is still true today, but the Foreign Legion has a history as well.

French Marines and FFL have already rolled up several towns. Methinks most resistance will be overcome in S. Mali. It is the "Northern Redoubt" that I fear will cause many French and their African allies to become casualties.

Al Queada has supposedly hauled in large pieces of construction equipment from Libya and built extensive defensive positions. Methinks the noise level at Knob Noster will soon intensify...

36 posted on 01/18/2013 10:44:00 AM PST by donozark (BEWARE THE IMPOSTER FROM MOMBASA!)
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To: BO Stinkss

Italian and British feelings about the French are interesting from a curious and less affected American point of view.


37 posted on 01/18/2013 10:47:25 AM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: RadiationRomeo
"Send the French soldiers in Mali a cargo plane load of american cheese. They like cheese you know. LOL"

They also cook up assorted slugs from the garden slathered in garlic butter. Goes good with Velveeta and Boone's Farm.
38 posted on 01/18/2013 10:54:46 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s hard to engage the enemy when you’re running in the same direction they are.


39 posted on 01/18/2013 10:56:37 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: kevkrom
I think the US, especially, remembers all too well what happened the last time we went in to protect French colonial interests,

What happened? When did we do that?

40 posted on 01/18/2013 12:54:03 PM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: BO Stinkss

We need that pocket knife with the French surrender flag.

Jihadists are only overcome by brute and total force. Not the Frenchies nor the Bamster. And we would not want them to get in a huff if we were to slaughter the nasty tribe they have come up against. Can’t we all just be peaceful citizens of the world?

The French should take the lessson they are facing and come to understand Israel’s lack of sympathy for the massive jihadist herd they face in everyday living.


41 posted on 01/18/2013 1:52:50 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: ansel12
What happened? When did we do that?

A little conflict known as the Vietnam War,

42 posted on 01/22/2013 6:17:36 AM PST by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: Cicero

-——That led to handing Libya over to the Muslim terrorists-——

I don’t see that as having happened. There are factions of radicals feeling their oats, but they are not in control.


43 posted on 01/22/2013 6:26:02 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: kevkrom

Seriously, when did America go to war to defend French Colonialism?

We didn’t do it in Vietnam.


44 posted on 01/22/2013 8:46:29 AM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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