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(CBS News)   France: "Hey US, come help us with this little conflict. What's the worst that could happen?"   (cbsnews.com) divider line 203
    More: Obvious, U.S., Islamic terrorism, French Army, Malian, Bamako, Africa Command, attack helicopter  
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2013-01-22 03:37:55 PM  
more oliver stone movies.
 
2013-01-22 03:38:29 PM  
is there oil?
 
2013-01-22 03:38:44 PM  
Mali wants some crackers?
 
2013-01-22 03:39:34 PM  
How about "No". Is "No" good for you?
That's what should happen.
 
2013-01-22 03:39:39 PM  
Hmmm.. didn't they make a similar request of us in a little southeast asian country some decades back? What was its name again...?
 
2013-01-22 03:40:06 PM  
... How 'bout "Not only No, but HELL NO!" Does HELL NO! work for you?
 
2013-01-22 03:40:15 PM  
Don't worry, U.S. foreign policy is very Mali-able.
 
2013-01-22 03:40:15 PM  
Regardless of what we do, Republicans will insist we should do something else.
 
2013-01-22 03:41:47 PM  
You know we could probably cut our defense spending by a good chunk if we made it clear to our allies that we will not be providing all of the logistical support for their armed forces.
 
2013-01-22 03:41:57 PM  

USCLaw2010: more oliver stone movies.


Yeah, but we may also get some better music.
 
2013-01-22 03:42:39 PM  
Short answer: No.
Long answer: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
 
2013-01-22 03:43:05 PM  
We have too many freedoms left to trample over here to get involved over there anymore.
 
2013-01-22 03:43:15 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: ... How 'bout "Not only No, but HELL NO!" Does HELL NO! work for you?


Last time we ignored their request it ended up costing us big time in the long run. Of course, our own stupidity of arming the north Vietnamese against the Japanese, then selling them out to the French, then ignoring all our agreements and free election results in the South, and etc etc etc didn't help. But there's NO WAY we'll be that stupid again, right?
 
2013-01-22 03:43:47 PM  

thurstonxhowell: Short answer: No.
Long answer: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo


QFT

Fark you, France.
 
2013-01-22 03:43:48 PM  

Diogenes: USCLaw2010: more oliver stone movies.

Yeah, but we may also get some better music.


Who will be the new Bob Hope?
 
2013-01-22 03:44:14 PM  

GameSprocket: Diogenes: USCLaw2010: more oliver stone movies.

Yeah, but we may also get some better music.

Who will be the new Bob Hope?


Drew Carey, I guess.
 
2013-01-22 03:44:18 PM  
I could see drone strikes and intelligence assistance, even as much as an offshore naval presence for tactical support, but no marines or airforce, and no material assistance.
 
2013-01-22 03:45:06 PM  

Imbrifer: Hmmm.. didn't they make a similar request of us in a little southeast asian country some decades back? What was its name again...?


It was vietnam. May want to read up on it.

Looks like subby doesn't know history either
 
2013-01-22 03:45:09 PM  
Are there any Islamist terrorists groups out there that already angry with us?
 
2013-01-22 03:45:24 PM  

kasmel: I could see drone strikes and intelligence assistance, even as much as an offshore naval presence for tactical support, but no marines or airforce, and no material assistance.


Basically, it's going to be Libya all over again, probably with fewer airstrikes.
 
2013-01-22 03:45:29 PM  

GameSprocket: Diogenes: USCLaw2010: more oliver stone movies.

Yeah, but we may also get some better music.

Who will be the new Bob Hope?


Bruce Willis is the new Bob Hope.
 
2013-01-22 03:45:49 PM  
The book was based in Africa if I do recall.
 
2013-01-22 03:46:34 PM  

kasmel: I could see drone strikes and intelligence assistance, even as much as an offshore naval presence for tactical support, but no marines or airforce, and no material assistance.


If you look at the big map, we carried out a series of drone strikes and you can see that we moved the massive pile of rubble from here to here. Good work gentleman, send the bill to the taxpayers.
 
2013-01-22 03:46:45 PM  
As if we don't have enough on our plate finishing Afghanistan and prepping for Iran and Syria? Can't we keep our nose out of this shiat for even a second?
 
2013-01-22 03:46:57 PM  

Arkanaut: kasmel: I could see drone strikes and intelligence assistance, even as much as an offshore naval presence for tactical support, but no marines or airforce, and no material assistance.

Basically, it's going to be Libya all over again, probably with fewer airstrikes.


If they get a UN resolution and provide compensation...

Imokwiththis.jpg
 
2013-01-22 03:47:01 PM  
Phew. Going to war against a tiny nation should distract the people from that study about the militarized rightwingers of the U.S.
http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/01/18/1467741/west-point-stud y- right-wing-threat/
A new study from a think tank connected to the West Point Military Academy highlights the threat of violent far-right movements in the United States, leading to the conclusion that, while diverse in in their causes, they are similar in their use of violence to achieve their aims.

West Point's Combatting Terrorism Center was founded in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, and has primarily focused its research on international terrorist threats. Titled "Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America's Violent Far-Right," this new report instead looks as the risk that domestic groups pose to the U.S. Breaking down these groups into three categories - the Racist/White Supremacy Movement, the Anti-Federalist Movement, and the Christian Fundamentalist Movement - allows the study to examine the background ideologies and methods of each subset thoroughly, opposed to lumping them all together as most studies have.
 
2013-01-22 03:47:20 PM  

Arkanaut: kasmel: I could see drone strikes and intelligence assistance, even as much as an offshore naval presence for tactical support, but no marines or airforce, and no material assistance.

Basically, it's going to be Libya all over again, probably with fewer airstrikes.


So a kinetic action then? ;)
 
2013-01-22 03:47:22 PM  
Who gives a fark about Mali? I'm tired of being the world's police.
 
2013-01-22 03:47:32 PM  

Imbrifer: Hmmm.. didn't they make a similar request of us in a little southeast asian country some decades back? What was its name again...?


Yeah, but we would have won that, except for TREACHERY FROM WITHIN! This time, we'll get it right!
 
2013-01-22 03:49:02 PM  
All of you naysayers don't understand. Mali exports the miracle fiber known as "cotton." And pearls!
 
2013-01-22 03:49:10 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Who gives a fark about Mali? I'm tired of being the world's police.


More like an armed volunteer neighborhood watch.

I say we should get paid for it.
 
2013-01-22 03:50:31 PM  
Remember that time we wanted to bomb Libya and France was all like HELL NO CANT USE OUR AIRSPACE. So like it too an extra 11 hours of flight time and one pilot all hopped up on amphetamines "accidentally" dropped an extra bomb on the French Embassy in Libya?
That was awesome.
 
2013-01-22 03:50:35 PM  
Saying "hell no" to protecting the innocents in Mali while at the same time demanding more liberal rights here in the US reminds me of the old adage, "F*ck you, I got mine."
 
2013-01-22 03:50:48 PM  
At the end of the day, France is our ally. I don't think we should be involved in any military b.s., but if it doesn't extend to just hauling shiat around, I'm ok with that.
 
2013-01-22 03:50:55 PM  

Imbrifer: Hmmm.. didn't they make a similar request of us in a little southeast asian country some decades back? What was its name again...?


No. Actually, deGaulle warned Kennedy not to get into the clusterfark that France had just removed itself from in Viet Nam.
 
2013-01-22 03:50:56 PM  

tenpoundsofcheese: Imbrifer: Hmmm.. didn't they make a similar request of us in a little southeast asian country some decades back? What was its name again...?

It was vietnam. May want to read up on it.

Looks like subby doesn't know history either


Are you really stupid enough not to realize both subby and that farker you were responding to BOTH were alluding to Vietnam?
 
2013-01-22 03:52:18 PM  

Diogenes: GameSprocket: Diogenes: USCLaw2010: more oliver stone movies.

Yeah, but we may also get some better music.

Who will be the new Bob Hope?

Drew Carey, I guess.


jeff ross, he loves that uso shiat
 
2013-01-22 03:53:37 PM  

LarryDan43: Remember that time we wanted to bomb Libya and France was all like HELL NO CANT USE OUR AIRSPACE. So like it too an extra 11 hours of flight time and one pilot all hopped up on amphetamines "accidentally" dropped an extra bomb on the French Embassy in Libya?
That was awesome.

"...the baby's room..."
www.metalsludge.tv
 
2013-01-22 03:54:14 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Who gives a fark about Mali? I'm tired of being the world's police.


I think the solution is separation. A high barrier separating those who would do violence from those who would be the targets of that violence.

That way, Mali can be Ring-Walled.

// thank you, thank you
 
2013-01-22 03:54:43 PM  

kasmel: Mike Chewbacca: Who gives a fark about Mali? I'm tired of being the world's police.

More like an armed volunteer neighborhood watch.

I say we should get paid for it.


iamyourtargetdemographic.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-01-22 03:54:44 PM  
So let me get this straight:

The U.S. gets into a war of choice to protect our oil supply and the French say we are bad guys.

France gets into a war of choice to protect their uranium supply and the French say they are the good guys.

HYPOCRISY MUCH!?
 
2013-01-22 03:55:14 PM  
My first reaction to this article was "well, crap. Now Canada will probably have to get into it too". Then I googled and found out we've been doing equipment transport flights for a week already.
 
2013-01-22 03:55:36 PM  
This is not a repeat from 1916, 1939, or 1956.
 
2013-01-22 03:55:55 PM  

Dr Dreidel: Mike Chewbacca: Who gives a fark about Mali? I'm tired of being the world's police.

I think the solution is separation. A high barrier separating those who would do violence from those who would be the targets of that violence.

That way, Mali can be Ring-Walled.

// thank you, thank you


You are a bad person, and you should feel bad.
 
2013-01-22 03:56:29 PM  
We'll be flying behind them in these bad boys...

i50.tinypic.com
 
2013-01-22 03:57:25 PM  

Philip Francis Queeg: You know we could probably cut our defense spending by a good chunk if we made it clear to our allies that we will not be providing all of the logistical support for their armed forces.


Or even better, charge them for it.
 
2013-01-22 03:59:25 PM  
Good music will come again?


Unfortunately I ain't no fortunate son so I'm glad we don't have the draft anymore.
 
2013-01-22 04:02:45 PM  

mongbiohazard:

Are you really stupid enough...


When dealing with 10lbs of Velveeta, you can just stop there.

k.
 
2013-01-22 04:03:17 PM  
Wait....the French need help carrying these?
www.corbisimages.com
 
2013-01-22 04:03:50 PM  

LectertheChef: Philip Francis Queeg: You know we could probably cut our defense spending by a good chunk if we made it clear to our allies that we will not be providing all of the logistical support for their armed forces.

Or even better, charge them for it.


Let's not make our military a profit center, ok?
 
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