The Obama administration has thrown its full support behind an upcoming United Nations-orchestrated invasion of northern Mali, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveling the region prodding assorted African regimes into supporting and supplying troops for the controversial scheme. Even as the U.S. government and assorted Muslim dictatorships openly arm Islamists in nations like Syria, the international coalition preparing to invade Mali claims the plot is aimed at quashing Islamic extremism.
According to officials cited in news reports, the U.S. government is already expanding its “intelligence-gathering” operations in Mali and the surrounding area, including through the use of unmanned aerial surveillance drones. While UN-led troops from the “Economic Community of West African States” (ECOWAS) and the so-called “African Union” are expected to do most of the fighting, Western powers like the new Socialist government of France and the Obama administration will play a key role as well.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration has also been stepping up military aid to regimes ruling countries around Mali in preparation for the upcoming intervention, showering vast sums of American taxpayer dollars and borrowed money on a motley assortment of regional despots. Ironically, it was a U.S.-trained Malian officer who led elements of the former regime’s U.S.-funded military to stage a coup in the capital city of Bamako, paving the way for nomadic Tuareg rebels and Islamists to seize the vast northern region of Mali and declare independence.
Joint U.S. military exercises with West African regimes and the Socialist government of France, which is among the chief proponents of the invasion, have been ongoing for months.