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France Takes the Lead in Mali
Commentary Magazine, by Max Boot

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 1/14/2013 8:58:35 AM

Vive la France. What else can one say to the news that the French are using their military might to push back al-Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels who have taken control of northern Mali–a vast region bigger than France itself? While the United Nations passed toothless resolutions and the U.S. expressed concern but did nothing, France’s President, Francois Hollande, acted. He has dispatched some 400 troops backed by helicopter gunships and fighter aircraft to stop the rebel advance, which threatened to engulf the part of Mali still held by the ramshackle government.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 1/14/2013 9:27:29 AM     (No. 9115364)

Well, if history is any indicator, and with France, it is fairly consistent- The Muslim Terrorists should be brushing off their surrender acceptance suits. Or, the peaceful, productive people of Mali should be planning a rapid evacuation of their country as the French will leave them high and dry after making solid commitments of ever-lasting support. I cite examples of Vietnam, Algeria, France itself, etc!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Skeptical1, 1/14/2013 9:51:33 AM     (No. 9115411)

#1, France does put on airs, but I´m not sure we should be mocking them for their failure in Indo-China. Nor, for that matter, for having been defeated twice in the last 150 years by an enemy as formidable as Germany.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/14/2013 9:51:38 AM     (No. 9115412)

In 1958, I was stationed at Etain AFB in France, a wretched place. And DeGaulle had come back into power, and kicked out all of the Americans and closed those AF Bases.
At that time, Algerian filthy islamofascist terrorist pigs were fighting the French, and even tried to blow up the Eiffel Tower on a weekend I was in Paris.
The French simply gave up, and granted the pigs freedom.
I am puzzled by the French activity in Mali. It could only lead to trouble - there is no victory there.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: KanCreeper, 1/14/2013 10:05:18 AM     (No. 9115443)

The French took the Lead...While the Americans were behind them with their bayonets unsheathed... Wait! Obama is in the half-white house... the French will be trampled when Obama declares the Taliban is Defeated and runs for the door...because the American could only afford to issue one bandolier of Ammo to the Troops.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: billp, 1/14/2013 10:07:04 AM     (No. 9115446)

This is no doubt a cleverly-hatched plan by the French to damage the U.S. They´ll go in (as usual) with both guns and mouths blasting away until they´ve made an even bigger mess of things than they already are, then start whining for us to come help. At which point they´ll bow-out and leave us to fight yet another useless war. Don´t do it Barak - it´s a trap!

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