Administration Wrestles With Another Round of the Drone Wars in Africa

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 10:50 am

Today the US State Department pulled out all of their government personnel from Benghazi – essential personnel and non-essential alike. In the wake of the attack on the US consulate, they have determined the city too unsafe, even after residents drove militia groups operating in Benghazi from their bases. The FBI has still not reached [...]

Military Crash in Mali Reveals Special Operations Work

By: Monday July 9, 2012 9:35 am

As a reminder that the United States is still at war, 6 US soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan. As a reminder that the United States is still at war in countries you don’t even know about, there’s this from the Washington Post: In pre-dawn darkness, a ¬≠Toyota Land Cruiser skidded [...]

White House Starts a Mini-War in Africa

By: Friday October 14, 2011 11:45 am

I guess Leon Panetta’s admonition against reducing the US military presence had some foreknowledge. The President, in a letter to Congress, just acknowledged that he deployed approximately 100 combat forces to central Africa to assist in the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) there. Here is an excerpt from the letter to Congress, sent [...]

Panetta: Defense “Catastrophe” Would Mean Reduced Military Presence in Latin America and Africa

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 1:33 pm

Leon Panetta has said time and time again since the inking of the debt limit deal that defense cuts at the level of what would be triggered by a Super Committee failure would be disastrous. He did so again at a Congressional hearing today. And we finally got a sense of what that “disaster” would [...]

The Privatization of War in Somalia

By: Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30 pm

Buried in with today’s news was this story about one of our secret wars, this time in Somalia. It appears that now we’re using African proxies to fight Al Shabab there. Richard Rouget, a gun for hire over two decades of bloody African conflict, is the unlikely face of the American campaign against militants in [...]

Gbagbo Finally Captured in Ivory Coast, Now the Difficult Work Begins

By: Tuesday April 12, 2011 7:10 am

Laurent Gbagbo’s capture all but ends the bloody standoff in Ivory Coast, which cost at least 1,500 lives – the full casualty count is not yet known – and brought the nation to the brink of civil war. But questions remain over whether Alassane Ouattara can now reunify the country. The official story is that [...]

Thoughts on Obama’s Libya Speech

By: Tuesday March 29, 2011 6:55 am

My Internet went down a couple hours before President Obama’s speech on Libya last night, so I was unable to comment. But it doesn’t look like I missed much, his argument was generally the same as we’ve heard over the past couple weeks. And it’s the same positioning in the middle between two extremes that [...]

Libyan Rebels Take Ajdabiya, May Take Arms from US

By: Saturday March 26, 2011 8:54 am

President Obama’s weekly address touts success in the military mission in Libya. A humanitarian disaster was averted, the President said, and Gadhafi is now under pressure to exit the scene. The situation on the ground, meanwhile, has broken through from what seemed a stalemate in the first week of fighting with coalition support. Rebels have [...]

Gadhafi Forces Stand Down, Call Cease-Fire: Now What?

By: Friday March 18, 2011 6:50 am

So it’s time to get your war on again. The UN Security Council voted in favor of using “all necessary measures” to protect citizens in Benghazi from Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, going further than a no-fly zone and also approving targeted airstrikes against tanks and artillery. But the broad resolution left a lot of unanswered questions, [...]

Independence for South Sudan Assured, but Fighting in Darfur, Border Regions Continues

By: Thursday January 20, 2011 1:56 pm

It looks like South Sudan already has the necessary votes in hand to secede from Sudan and become the planet’s 195th country. Some regions are showing 99% of the vote for secession. What will follow after certification is a five-month process that eventually will lead to independence, no sooner than July. This is a great [...]

Tunisia Remains in Crisis as Key Ministers Resign from Unity Government After One Day

By: Wednesday January 19, 2011 8:48 am

Just to check in on our scenes of African upheaval: Ivory Coast remains at an impasse, as the international community tries to starve Laurent Gbagbo of money to force his removal from office after elections. In Sudan, the vote count on secession for the south is occurring briskly, but we probably won’t know the outcome [...]

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