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Leon Panetta Says U.S. Has Pledged to Help France in Mali
New York Times ^ | January 14, 2013 | By ELISABETH BUMILLER

Posted on 01/15/2013 10:13:01 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee

LISBON — In what could draw the United States into another conflict in North Africa, the Obama administration has pledged to help the French who are fighting Islamist militants in Mali, and that assistance could include air and other logistical support, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said on Monday.

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Defense officials would not rule out the possibility that American military transport planes might land in Mali, where the United States has been conducting an ambitious counterterrorism program for years. American spy planes and surveillance drones are in the meantime trying to get a sense of the chaos on the ground. The defense officials would not discuss whether the United States has armed drone aircraft over Mali. . .

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The United States was already sharing intelligence with the French when their warplanes on Sunday struck camps, depots and other militant positions deep inside extensive Islamist-held territory in northern Mali. Defense officials said no decisions had been made on whether the United States would also offer help with midflight refueling planes and air transport, but they said those options were under review.

1 posted on 01/15/2013 10:13:07 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The Left always had their pink panties in a twist when Pres. Bush only had 12 or 13 other countries involved with us in situations such as this. Why are they quiet as mice when Obama jumps into this fracas without any authorization? Oh, that’s right. They voted for him.


2 posted on 01/15/2013 10:16:23 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Deja Vu. Pray the historical results of Leftist idiocy aren’t about to be repeated.


3 posted on 01/15/2013 10:17:04 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Does Congress know?


4 posted on 01/15/2013 10:19:38 AM PST by ILS21R (Everything is a conspiracy. No? You're living in one.)
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To: txrefugee

There’s money for this? Were we not hounded too, Islam is the Religion of Peace?


5 posted on 01/15/2013 10:20:20 AM PST by existentially_kuffer
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Good Morning Mali!

Isn’t the French that got us in Vietnam ?


6 posted on 01/15/2013 10:24:33 AM PST by Morris70
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To: ILS21R

Does Congress know?
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They’re irrelevant, now. Say hello to “Dear Leader”.


7 posted on 01/15/2013 10:27:06 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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Hmmmmm....just sending in military advisors. Where have I seen this before?


8 posted on 01/15/2013 10:27:53 AM PST by llevrok (ObamaLand - Where young people go to retire)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

got to help his socialist pals hasn;t he.

WAR MONGER


9 posted on 01/15/2013 10:29:16 AM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
"American spy planes and surveillance drones are in the meantime trying to get a sense of the chaos on the ground."

Mission. Creep. Somebody will have to take ground. And hold ground. It won't be the French. The Nigerians are the only alternative besides us, but after a few months of Nigerian occupation, the jihadists will start looking really, really good.
10 posted on 01/15/2013 10:31:52 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

thrre is a fmaily of coptic Christians who have moved near me which have escaped their country Egypt and have said it is a mess and not safe since Mubarack was forced out by America.

Libya another mess which has got Americans killed and Powell saying basically it;s their fault.

Now we had a botched assault in Somalia with the French\\

Now this in Mali

This idiot makes things worse not better but then again when he has the media and low dumb info voters out there which turn a blind eye to the aftermath he can get away with it.

Obama seems to think going in, bombing a few places and pulling out is a victory becase the media will not report what a mess he has made after the bombing.


11 posted on 01/15/2013 10:33:06 AM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

sorry about my last post and a couple of typo’s.


12 posted on 01/15/2013 10:34:27 AM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: rockinqsranch
Deja vu

French for Dien bien Phu?

13 posted on 01/15/2013 10:34:37 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
I only a backbone existed in congress

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14 posted on 01/15/2013 10:36:45 AM PST by Elle Bee
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To: txrefugee
No Blood for Oil!

But Gold?

Well, maybe.....!

(Mali being Africa's 3rd largest gold supplier)

15 posted on 01/15/2013 10:44:10 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: PowderMonkey
[Mission. Creep.]

At some point an increasing number of U.S. personnel will draw foreign Jihadists into the fracas.

16 posted on 01/15/2013 10:45:28 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: manc

When are the American Lemmings going to wake up. Remember Vietnam????????


17 posted on 01/15/2013 10:46:23 AM PST by Doc Hunter
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To: Brad from Tennessee
In what could draw the United States into another conflict in North Africa, the Obama administration has pledged to help the French who are fighting Islamist militants in Mali, and that assistance could include air and other logistical support, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said on Monday.

I remain fascinated that leftists, who hold the military in disdain, have no qualms about sending them to war.

This just sounds like political schizophrenia, to me. "I hate you" but "I want you to go to war and make me look good!"

It reminds me of the old saying, "Live by the sword, die by the sword".

18 posted on 01/15/2013 10:54:47 AM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: Paine in the Neck

Precisely.


19 posted on 01/15/2013 11:06:34 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
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Hope it works out better...

20 posted on 01/15/2013 11:15:46 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: DustyMoment
[I remain fascinated that leftists, who hold the military in disdain, have no qualms about sending them to war.]

The commander of Delta Force was giving a briefing to the National Security Council in November 1979 about the upcoming mission to free American hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher expressed outrage when Colonel Charles Beckwith said it would be necessary to kill any armed Iranian militants who resisted. “Can't you just shoot them in the shoulder?” Christopher asked.

21 posted on 01/15/2013 11:24:24 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

It’s 1954 all over again.


22 posted on 01/15/2013 11:25:18 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: rockinqsranch

with Obama—I would hold my breath if I was France.


23 posted on 01/15/2013 11:47:04 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Doc Hunter

they started to wak up in 2010 because mainly of GlennBeck etc but the tea party stopped, the protests stopped and now many have gone home afriad of being called a name.

Our rights get taken away or are attacked and nothing but a stinking letter from our reps and yet homosexuals lets say who have the same rights as us and certainly don;t have a constitutional right to marry get out and intimidate folks and silence them.

enough is enough, after watching that crap by the wanna be king pissed me off to no end


24 posted on 01/15/2013 11:57:21 AM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

crazy times.. shades of Vietnam and deja vu, they end up retreating we do clean-up,, haven’t we learned yet? colonial affairs redux or what? the french and british really mucked the place up before we came along. good thing Kerry will be in charge soon. lol ;-)

btw.. is that another Democrat I see at the helm of this war machine? wow. watch out for those peaceniks! $-]


25 posted on 01/15/2013 12:07:26 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

What type of gun will Panetta carry into battle?


26 posted on 01/15/2013 12:53:11 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: dagogo redux
[What type of gun will Panetta carry into battle?]

These guys stand off about 8,000 miles and drop the hammer via a flying robot. That's probably worse karma than the 5.56 mm method.

27 posted on 01/15/2013 4:04:46 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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