October 24, 2012
GET READY FOR THE MALI INVASION: “France is sending drones to Mali while hundreds of Islamist fighters are coming in from across the Middle East, preparing to defend their safe haven.” Well, at least it’ll be a target-rich environment.
On the other hand, this looks like another fruit of that Smart Diplomacy we were promised: “Mali was first destabilized thanks to NATO’s intervention in Libya, which sent weapons and fighters streaming into the northern deserts, where they found little opposition from the government. Other Islamist fighters from the Middle East soon came flocking in to this sandy patch of ungoverned territory. Their ranks are reportedly bolstered by thousands of local child soldiers. The Libyan afterparty—the unintended consequences of NATO’s little Libya misadventure—sadly drags on well into the night.”