Without permission from Congress or any constitutional authority to do so, the Obama administration pledged again this week to continue supporting the United Nations-approved war on rebels in Mali currently being led by the new socialist government of France. Analysts say the move puts the U.S. government even closer to being openly drawn into yet another unconstitutional war that will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications — especially the potential for more deadly anti-American “blowback.”
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters that the Obama administration was plotting to provide air support and logistics for the French military campaign, which began openly over the weekend with aerial bombing campaigns of rebel targets. While claiming that putting American boots on the ground was not being considered “at this time,” the defense chief admitted that the U.S. government would be continuing to help the war effort in multiple ways.
Over a thousand troops from France are already deployed on the ground. Reinforcements are arriving, meanwhile, as French soldiers clash with rebels armed with weapons acquired from the recent UN-approved “regime change” war on Libya that was unconstitutionally supported by the Obama administration. African regimes in the region are also providing increasing support for the war effort in Mali.
“This morning there are 1,400 French soldiers on Malian soil,” noted French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who recently said the U.S. and British governments had promised to help bring France’s former colony back under control of the unelected regime in the capital. “There was combat yesterday, on the ground and from the air. There was more overnight and it is continuing at this moment.”
According to news reports, the U.S. government has been helping since even before the French assault actually started, waging its terror war in Mali for years before providing “intelligence” and other support to France more recently. “What we have promised them is that we would work with them, to cooperate with them, to provide whatever assistance we can to try to help them in that effort,” Panetta said this week.
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Photo of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Italy addressing U.S. troops about Mali conflict: AP Images