The New York Times reported last week that the Defense Department plans to build a drone base in northwest Africa to enable it keep a closer eye on African organizations believed to be associated with the larger al-Qaeda network.
Ominously but unsurprisingly, the U.S. military’s Africa Command wants to increase its footprint in northwest Africa. What began as low-profile assistance to France’s campaign to wrest control of northern Mali (a former colony) from unwelcome jihadists could end up becoming something more.
An unnamed senior UN official announced on January 25 that the world body wants to establish a force of about 2,500 troops — which the UN called an "intervention brigade" — in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Israeli warplanes targeted a truck convoy in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Wednesday, Syrian and Western sources confirmed. The attack was compelled by fears that missiles were being transferred to rebel anti-Israeli groups. The military strike comes shortly after President Obama announced that he would be sending more than $100 million in "humanitarian aid" to the rebels.
President Obama has issued an order to close the small office he created with the responsibility of closing Guantanamo Bay prison. He repeatedly promised during the 2008 presidential campaign and immediately after assuming office to close the Cuban prison, which houses many of the detainees picked up after the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001; however, the closure never happened.
According to the Washington Times, the Department of Homeland Security is reportedly training Transportation Security Administration checkpoint screeners in preparation of a mass shooting at one of the agency’s security checkpoints.
In testimony before Senate and House committees, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enthusiastically endorsed increased U.S. intervention in Africa. When government officials seem incapable of learning obvious lessons from the recent past, maybe their incentive is not to learn but to keep doing the same destructive things.