"Usually after commando raids against terrorist targets, the leaks flow like a fine triumphalist wine. We hear just enough detail of high-level secret meetings to emphasize that everything that worked was actually the president’s idea. We may get a photo or two indicating that while considering the raids everyone was looking extremely serious.
But that’s not what happened in the wake of the (Libya & Somalia) raids this weekend
While this weekend’s raids didn’t exactly “screw the pooch,”… …they did not go according to plan (militarily OR diplomatically)."
The Power Paradox: Why America can only be great by being unexceptional, David Rothkopf - Foreign Policy
"From the archives (2010)
”Reuters reports a spokesperson from the Islamist Al-Shabaab group in Somalia claiming that the US mercenary group Blackwater/Xe Services is in Somalia, is recruiting and is planning a series of spectacular terrorist attacks against civilians to discredit his movement…"
Xe/Blackwater’s CIA ‘Dark’ Operation In Germany… A Practice Run For Somalia/HOA Operations? Razed By Wolves, Thursday, January 14, 2010
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At face value, and how the Western media is attempting to portray it, the Westgate Mall siege in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi appears to be yet another senseless terrorist attack by the “religious fanatics” of Al Qaeda’s Somalia franchise, Al Shabaab.
Already, both Kenyan and Western politicians, as well as editorials across the Western media, are attempting to use the attack as a pretext to launch a military campaign against neighboring Somalia, while fueling anti-Muslim sentiment across profoundly ignorant audiences in the West…
Tony Cartalucci: Kenyan Bloodbath: Reaping the “Benefits” of US AFRICOM Collaboration (NATO’s North African terror tidal wave predictably sweeps into Kenya) @GlobalResearch.ca
This cooperation between AQIM, Boko Haram, and Al Shabaab has been clearly bolstered by the immense influx of NATO-provided cash and weapons flowing into Libya first to overthrow the Libyan government, then to be shipped to Syria to overthrow the government there. NATO’s assistance in expanding Al Qaeda’s operational capacity in North Africa can only be helping terrorists like those behind the Kenya Westgate Mall siege carry out cross-border operations of this scale.
Despite attempts by the West to provide other explanations as to where Al Qaeda is receiving its funds, manpower, and arsenal to carry out global campaigns, it is clear that it is a product of state-sponsorship – states like the US, UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, and others.
"The small African nation of Mali, recently invaded and it’s capital over-run by the French military on the pretense of fighting “Islamic Militants” with more troops arriving in the capital even as I type this while they await “A Western African Force” (In other words, a repeat performance of the West’s so-far-so-FAIL “Proxy Armies vs Somalia” dirty war plan), has a Human Development Index @ 175 of 178 with the three nations below it ALSO African nations.
That makes Mali impoverished beyond belief by *Western Standards* that I don’t necessarily subscribe to as real “Impoverishment”. Tribal cultures in primitive regions CANNOT be arbitraged by OECD standards… but it looks like we’re gonna give ‘em that ‘standard’ whether they like it or not.
Why? France claims “Islamic Militants”, per the specter peddled by the US about the Islamic Court Union, and now al-Shabaab in Somalia… or It COULD be the Bauxite, raw material of Aluminum, and Manganese, used in high tensile steels (turbine blades etc), almost as valuable as gold and diamonds from an industrial perspective and as the CIA’s World Factbook puts it their “deposits are known but not exploited.”(sic)
But on closer examination Mali is ranked #11 of 109 in cotton production and #6 of 109 in cotton exports. The OECD sweatshirt sweatshop nations are depending on Mali.
One of those up-and-coming sweatshop nations, Cote’ d’ Ivore, is directly to the south. Industry in that country is still seminal but the nation is KNOWN for it’s child slavery and work-till-you-die wages in the Cocoa export trade."
Razer Ray, A few words about the African nation of Mali
(Stats from NationMaster, Human Development … Agriculture.)
See Tony Cartalucci’s Land Destroyer blog for more on France and NATO’s Malian Dirty War