The Obama administration has
announced that the U.S. military is
working with the African Union and ECOWAS (Economic Community
Of West African States) on military action in northern Mali, where
Islamic militants have moved in. ;
Officials from the State and Defense departments told senators
that the United States was working with the African Union and
ECOWAS, the 15-member Economic Community of West African States, on
a planned military action in northern Mali. But there are limits to
“We have sent military planners to ECOWAS to assist with the
continued development and refinement of the plans for international
intervention,” said Johnnie Carson, assistant secretary for African
Affairs. “Any attempt to militarily oust a AQIM from northern Mali
must be African-led. It must be Malian-led,” he insisted.
What is especially concerning is what U.S. assistance could look
Amanda Dory, the deputy assistant secretary for Africa at the
Pentagon, told the subcommittee that the United States is
considering support for countries that contribute troops to the
mission. That possible assistance includes training and equipment,
as well as additional planning and advisers.
What exactly an “adviser” is was not made clear. Nor was it made
clear how long U.S. assistance would last.
The glaring omission to most of the discussions about Mali is
that it was foreign intervention in Libya that caused Islamic
militants to move into Mali in the first place. Ed has written on
here and here.
The announcement comes amid an escalation in posturing regarding
Clinton both warning the Syrian government not to use chemical
weapons and NATO sending
Patriot missiles to Turkey. Today, it was announced that the
USS Eisenhower, which holds eight fighter-bomber squadrons
and 8,000 men, is now off the coast of Syria.
Does anyone know where the left-leaning anti-war movement