The US has promised unwavering support to the French forces fighting jihadists in Africa, you know, because the current Administration in France has given us unwavering support in Afghanistan. Or something. From Stars & Stripes;
Air Force Maj. Robert Firman, a spokesman for the department, added that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has reiterated his concern over the situation in Mali and promised that “we will support the French and international community in the effort to counter the terrorist threat there.”
Panetta, traveling in Europe this week, told reporters that the military is also providing intelligence-gathering assistance to French forces.
MSNBC reported Monday that the White House is planning to announce increased U.S. military support for the French fighters later this week. But officials from the National Security Council said discussions so far have focused only expanding the existing support efforts.
Now, I’m all for killing terrorists in huge piles, but I don’t think we want to hitch our wagon in Africa to the French. They tend to end things when they want to end like their unilateral announcement that they were withdrawing from Afghanistan when French President Francois Hollande was elected. Things are too hot in Africa for us to follow the French.
For example, Italy is abandoning their consulate in Benghazi after one of their diplomats were attacked by terrorists this past weekend;
Consul Guido De Sanctis was unhurt in the shooting on Saturday of his heavily armored car, which came four months after the U.S. ambassador was killed in an attack on the U.S. mission in the eastern Libyan city.
“This was an attempt to destabilize the institutions of the new Libya,” Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi said in a statement.
The Europeans seem to simply react to the enemy rather than taking the fight to the enemy with overwhelming force applied forcefully. You know, like the way wars are won?