And By the Way, Why Do We Have an “Africa Command” In the First Place?

The Ominous U.S Presence In Northwest Africa –

Meanwhile Bloomberg, citing American military officials, says Niger and the U.S. government have “reached an agreement allowing American military personnel to be stationed in the West African country and enabling them to take on Islamist militants in neighboring Mali, according to U.S. officials.… No decision has been made to station the drones.”

The irony is that surveillance drones could become the reason the “threat worsens,” and could provide the pretext to use drones armed with Hellfire missiles—the same kind used over 400 times in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, killing hundreds of noncombatants. Moving from surveillance to lethal strikes would be a boost for jihadist recruiters.

I have no problems with using Hellfire missiles against our crazed Islamic jihadi enemies. However, we would do far better to use our forces against those regimes that train, finance, protect, and use these people for their own purposes against us.

Maintaining jihadis in the field costs a lot of money – not as much as keeping a modern, fully equipped military force up and running, but still, a lot. So who is paying to keep these people armed, fed, sheltered, and trained? I submit that much of the money comes from a handful of regimes – principally Saudi Arabia (and the rest of the Oilbag Muslim regimes) from the Sunni side, and Iran from the Shiite side. Hellfire-armed drones should be patrolling Tehran and Ryadh, if we ever want to seriously do something about combating Islamist terror against us.

Of course, given that today America suffers a regime that is perfectly willing to let one of the primary financiers of Islamic terrorism, the Iranian regime, obtain nuclear weapons, I doubt that we are likely to start waging effective war against such terrorism any time soon. Besides, the Obama regime is far too busy waging war on the liberties of American citizens to worry about the assaults of those who share a similar worldview to our own Dear Mullah Leader.

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About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


And By the Way, Why Do We Have an “Africa Command” In the First Place? — 2 Comments

  1. Interesting. Niger Borders Muslim-radical-infested Mali, Algeria, Libya, and Chad, and is north of oil-rich Nigeria. Our military is headed for major reductions, and the top brass is still thinking globally. What are we going to be getting into, and with what?

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