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(AP)   White House widening the covert war in North Africa. Makes you wonder what other ambassadors are working the front lines, doesn't it?   (hosted.ap.org) divider line 6
    More: Interesting, North Africa, White House, u.s. elections, Maghreb, front lines, territories of the United States, nation-building, embassy  
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2012-10-03 09:21:12 AM
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I just got back from serving in the Peace Corps in northern Burkina Faso. There's a whole chunk of the country we weren't allowed to go to because of AQIM. We would even get periodic briefings from the embassy on how things were going (usually during crises, like when Mali went all to hell back in March).

From what it sounds like to me, AQIM isn't much more than a couple of hundred African rednecks with some rusted out old Hiluxes who are 'armed to the teeth' with the shiattiest AK's in history (and a few RPGs). If they had anything approaching a real education, they would know their discontent comes from being incredibly poor, even by the standards of one of the poorest places on Earth (think $6/month for food). Instead, they're hyped up on an imported brand of Islam and they're being used to further some malcontented Saudi college boy's political 'agenda'. And it's a tragedy, because the residents of the Sahel are some of the nicest people you will ever meet in your whole life.
2012-10-03 12:15:51 PM
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evoke: I'm expecting questions on Obama's handling of the attacks on our embassy in Libya/Benghazi tonight. Fact is the MSM has been largely ignoring the massive fark-up that occurred both after and before the attack.


For what reason do you expect questions related to foreign policy and international affairs during a debate focused upon domestic policy?
2012-10-03 12:06:38 PM
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I'm expecting questions on Obama's handling of the attacks on our embassy in Libya/Benghazi tonight. Fact is the MSM has been largely ignoring the massive fark-up that occurred both after and before the attack.
2012-10-03 12:04:51 PM
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whistleridge: I just got back from serving in the Peace Corps in northern Burkina Faso. There's a whole chunk of the country we weren't allowed to go to because of AQIM. We would even get periodic briefings from the embassy on how things were going (usually during crises, like when Mali went all to hell back in March).

From what it sounds like to me, AQIM isn't much more than a couple of hundred African rednecks with some rusted out old Hiluxes who are 'armed to the teeth' with the shiattiest AK's in history (and a few RPGs). If they had anything approaching a real education, they would know their discontent comes from being incredibly poor, even by the standards of one of the poorest places on Earth (think $6/month for food). Instead, they're hyped up on an imported brand of Islam and they're being used to further some malcontented Saudi college boy's political 'agenda'. And it's a tragedy, because the residents of the Sahel are some of the nicest people you will ever meet in your whole life.


Mix in a daily ration of Khat and you've pretty much described nearly ever milita soldier working for every warlord in Africa
2012-10-03 08:17:38 AM
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This is literally an article about the Obama administration sending special forces groups to Northern Africa while accusing the Obama administration of denying requests for more security.
2012-10-03 08:12:46 AM
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Yes, it's so covert the AP is reporting on it. Covert. COVERT.
 
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