January 29th, 2013
01:50 PM ET

U.S. to establish military presence next to Mali

By Jamie Crawford and Chris Lawrence

The United States has signed a deal with the central African nation of Niger to host American troops and surveillance drones to keep tabs on Islamic militants in the region, officials from those countries said Tuesday.

Niger is next door to Mali, where France joined the fight against Islamic rebels earlier this month

Pentagon spokesman George Little said the role of U.S. troops in Niger "has not yet been defined" - but Niger's ambassador to the United States, Maman Sidikou, told CNN that his government has agreed to let U.S. drones operate from its territory.

Sidikou says his understanding of the agreement is the drones will be unarmed and used for surveillance to monitor extremist movements. He refused to discuss where in the country the drones would be based or when they will be operational.

France: "We are winning in Mali"

Niger lies to the east of Mali, where French troops and warplanes are fighting alongside government troops to push back Islamist fighters who seized much of the former French colony in 2012.

The rebels took advantage of the chaos that followed a revolt by Touareg separatists and a military coup, and banned music, smoking, drinking and watching televised sports in the territories under their control.

Washington is backing its NATO ally by sharing intelligence, flying French troops to neighboring countries and refueling French jets.

Mali is the home of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the North African offshoot of the terrorist movement. The group has been connected to the recent assault on the natural gas facility in Algiers and the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Little said the group does not pose a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, but that could change.

"I'm unaware of any specific or credible information at this time that points to an AQIM threat against the homeland, but, again, I'm not ruling it out," he said. "We take al Qaeda, wherever they are, very seriously. We are not going to rest on our laurels until we find that that kind of specific and credible information."

The New York Times and Wall Street Journal first reported that the U.S. military planned to establish a drone base in Niger to help keep track on extremists in northern Africa. Asked about the reports at a press conference on Tuesday, Little said he refused to speculate on what the U.S. military will do.

A U.S. official said that intelligence-gathering in that part of Africa is a challenge. The United States has a drone base in Djibouti, at the southern tip of the Red Sea - on the opposite side of the continent from Mali.

"Djibouti is a long way from Bamako, and there's certainly a growing need for intelligence-gathering," the official said.

While not confirming the reports about establishing a drone base, the official noted that if one was created, the operation would need infrastructure, security and support.

Six reasons Mali matters

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  1. Clinton

    My name is Clinton. I named myself after the oily southern husband-wife team of awesome sociopaths. I love to make ad-hominem attacks on others who don't hold my correct views pertaining to brown people and empire. I fashion myself as some sort of 'patriot', when really, I'm just another brown shirt nationalist.

    February 5, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  2. BAM

    The US intervention in Mali will only spread their army more thin and their economy even worse...

    February 1, 2013 at 6:52 am | Reply
  3. tfdryuhfethu

    THE INDIANS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB BY THE WAY JUST ASK THEM

    January 31, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  4. tfdryuhfethu

    HEY DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THOSE IMAGINARY CHINESE HACKERS TODAY BOY OH BOY THE U.S. SURE COULD LEARN A THING OR TWO FROM THEMSELFS

    January 31, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  5. tfdryuhfethu

    THE AMAZING DISAPEARING TEXT...BEEN THERE DONE THAT INFACT MANY AMERICAN CITIZENS NOTICE THE SAME SENSORSHIP TREATMENT IN THEIR WRITING.

    January 31, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  6. tfdryuhfethu

    DRONES DO NOT TAKE WEAPONS OFF THE FIELD DO THEY

    January 31, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  7. Serengeti

    Send the Drones to India. Here is why !!!

    TERRORIST GROUPS IN INDIA

    • RASHTRIYA SWAYAM SEWAK SHANG (R.S.S.)
    • VISHWA HINDU PARISHAD (World Hindu Council)
    • HINDU MUNNANI
    • ARYA SAMAJ
    • SHIV SENA
    • BHARATIYA JANATA PARISHAD
    • SANT SAMITI
    • HINDU MAHASABHA
    • BAAJRANG DAL

    LEADERS: L.K. Advani/ Ashok Singhal/ Bala Saheb Devaras/ Bal Thackeray(EXTERMINATED)/ A.B. Vajpayee/ Savarkar/ Baikunnth Lal Sharma “Prem”/ Balraj Madhok/ The Shankaracharya of Puri, Niranjan Dev Theerth/ Rama Gopalan/ Variyar – Vishwan Hindu Parishad/ Dharmalinga Nadar/ Cho Ramaswamy

    January 31, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  8. uytrgjitfhjtfh

    AID = BS

    January 31, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  9. uytrgjitfhjtfh

    BIN LADEN WOULD STILL BE ALIVE IF THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX HAD CONTINUED TO GET ITS WAY THATS A COLD HARD FAST TRUTH LITTLE HAS CHANGED

    January 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  10. uytrgjitfhjtfh

    ALL PROPAGANDA ASIDE: NO AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO WERE/ARE NOT A PART OF THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX MADE THE CALL OR REQUEST TO DOUBLE THE SIZE OF THE U.S. MILITARY IN SPENDING WITH LITTLE MEANINGFUL RESULTS EVERY FOUR YEARS

    January 31, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  11. MrsB

    The U.S, involvement in Mali will hopefully included humanitarian efforts to people in great need of medical services and hunger issues. That's what I'd like to see happen foremost as they try to negotiate with Al-Qaeda members.

    January 31, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  12. Adnan

    Great USA captured one more country now 190 left. Keep your good work

    January 31, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  13. Milagros

    Mali? We're going to put soldiers in Mali? The Frenchies have plenty of money and soldiers laying around doing nothing to handle Mali. No need for the USA to lose more lives and treasure in another wasteland.

    January 31, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
  14. Hillner

    Do not mess with Mali. Give Hong Kong back to GREAT BRITAINE or NO Chinese in NATO, EU, USA.

    January 31, 2013 at 8:05 am | Reply
  15. brown

    It is your sons' and daughters' who are going to be killed fighting the terror groups the 1% created.

    Keep on re-electing your Congress.

    January 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Reply
    • fineart

      Well then, we should be going after the 1%. We are still letting the Wall Street bankers get away with their underhanded operation. Lets make their home lives miserable, that is the only way we are going to get a positive reaction. Remember, this has to be a non-violent struggle.

      January 31, 2013 at 7:51 am | Reply
  16. Concerned American

    Hey all you politicians, We are broke... get it? I guess not! As we continue to go to war all over the world we will continue to go further in debt, until we run this great nation into the ground. For the moment it's time for other countries to step up and give us a well needed break. And get the hell off of my guns too, I've never used them for evil!!!

    January 30, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  17. Caleb Moore

    Love this idea. Northern Africa along with Yemen are the areas of major concern right now. Nip this in the bud now before it costs us thousands of lives and trillions in treasure.

    January 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • wjmccartan

      Such is to be expected from someone like you Caleb, with your obvious limitations! Are you a Tea Partier? You sound like one!

      January 30, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Reply
      • Fr33th1nk3r

        Maybe he is strategically minded and can see the trends for what they are?

        January 30, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
  18. Mateo

    So just remember kids, when you sign up for the military to "defend our freedom" wink, wink, you will get to spend your time in Niger! Have fun!

    January 30, 2013 at 11:28 am | Reply
    • The Decline

      I wonder if Obama will actually get congressional approval this time to send our troops to fight.

      January 30, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Reply
      • Clinton

        Why does he need congressional approval to attack/fight Al Quaida? These people attacked and killed thousands of our citizens inside the United States, You really believe if he went to congress and said, well, Al Quaida has pushed into Mali and we need to go there to fight them, that Congress would say no? You're stupid.

        January 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
      • jyves95

        Actually, it is not. He can go and ask and may be defeated.. because.. they can tell him that those Islamists are protected by the 2nd Amendment and have the right to bear arms.

        January 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
      • bob

        Are you an idiot? This time??? Was there a last time?? Both Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) were started in what years and what administration? Oh that's right under Bush's administration. Get your facts straight and let the grown ups talk until you get a decent education.

        January 31, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Clinton

      Mateo, are you really that stupid? Or are you just trying to be funny? I know that you're being sarcastic and you indicate that sending troops to Niger is not defending our country... but you can't really believe that can you? You can't possibly be so stupid to think that Al Quaida can't hurt us becuase they're in some backwater 3rd world country half way across the globe.... They organized 9/11 from the safe haven provided in AFGHANISTAN you moron... most people couldn't even find Afghanistan on a map before that day.... Don't be stupid, You don't let terrorist organizations find safe haven or they will eventually hit you again, that's why we go to these places, and yes it is defending our country you moron... .... wow... some people's kids... so stupid... did you graduate high school Mateo?

      January 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  19. ABCLada

    Niger is in West Africa, NOt in central Africa

    January 30, 2013 at 8:15 am | Reply
  20. Mary Jane

    Well it looks like the idiots at CNN are at it again. Why not disclose the location and the flight patterns we'll be running as well. While we're at it we should list the names of the people involved along with which agency they work for.

    January 30, 2013 at 7:44 am | Reply
    • wjmccartan

      How do you expect those clowns to kill people while they're doing that, Mary Jane? The idea is to slaughter as many people as possible which makes me sick to my stomach! As long as the M.I.C. in Washington runs things, this will only continue!

      January 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Reply
      • Fr33th1nk3r

        No, you moron. The idea is to stop terrorist cells before they can grow and metastasize into full-fledged armies that can take over formerly free nations (like they are in Mali right now), launch attacks against developed nations (like they did on 9/11 from the caves of Afghanistan), suvbvert populaces (like Muslims did in Pakistan and Afghanistan near the turn of the century), and help spread Shariah Law to people who do not want to be prohibited from listening to music, watching sports, or watching TV.

        January 30, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
  21. U.S.M.C. 1371

    96 million ti head to Mali if approved and we still have people New York still living tents after the storm. This administration is nuts.

    January 30, 2013 at 5:49 am | Reply
    • Dude

      riight because it wasn't the gop that blocked sandy funding

      January 30, 2013 at 9:19 am | Reply
      • The Decline

        The Dems forced the GOP to block it by putting wild spending in the relief bill for things that were not associated with Sandy. Obama is the king of the financial 3 card monty.

        January 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
  22. mmi16

    Al-Quaida is like the Welfare Cheats of the world – If they spent as much time and effort in trying to build up the countries they inhabit as they do in trying to be the misquito attacking the US and it's interests they could become a benefit to society – but no – they can't get their head out of the 7th Century and their desire to return to those idillic days. Drone'm!

    January 30, 2013 at 12:48 am | Reply
  23. liamnc

    I really hope we don't get embroiled in conflict in Africa, that place is by far one of the most violent and chaotic countries in the world. Afghanistan is an elementary school playground in comparison.

    January 30, 2013 at 12:12 am | Reply
    • Marco Perches

      Really? Africa is a country? Are you Sarah Palin?

      January 30, 2013 at 1:58 am | Reply
    • raven88

      Africa is a continent.

      January 30, 2013 at 7:52 am | Reply
    • Chris

      HA HA HA HA He called Africa a country LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Might as well get involved in making Africa better since the U.S. and many other countries were responsible for destabilizing the entire continent in the first place.

      January 30, 2013 at 9:10 am | Reply
  24. rad666

    Here we go.

    France started the fire and Americans will pay to put it out.

    American taxpayers will pay to protect French energy interests.

    January 29, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  25. Zwei Stein

    The only people who bytch about our drones are the people that need to fear them. One of the best things the military-industrial community has ever done.

    January 29, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Reply
    • Portland tony

      Aren't you ashamed to display your ignorance on this web page, Zwei Stein? If I were you, I definitely would be. Besides, how would you feel if members of your own family were to be on the receiving end of those cursed aircraft? There is nothing humane about those drones butchering people like cattle!

      January 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Reply
      • Mtheumer

        You give drones way to much credit. At best they're single-target aircraft. They are still piloted just remotely. If it makes you feel better, piloted aircraft are still killing people at a much higher percentage. If you hate remote piloted drones, you're really gonna hate the no-pilot drones that will be out soon.

        January 30, 2013 at 1:32 am |
      • Fr33th1nk3r

        PORTLAND TONY, please do some research before posting your ignorance on the internet for all to see.

        Drones GREATLY (by a factor of 10 or more) reduce civilian casualties and the casualties caused by friendly fire. They are a precision device that allows us to attack our enemies with surgical precision while causing almost no civilian casualties or structural damage in the process. The battlefield statstics clearly show this.

        They are one of this century's greatest military advancements.

        January 30, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
  26. Homer10

    Here that Al-Qaeda.The drones are coming. They will blow you right out of your mud hut, and leave all the other mud huts around you unscathed. There is no hope for you. Look for the drones shadows when they are on you. They like to attack flying down out of the sun.

    January 29, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Reply
    • HubrisHenry

      "Hear" is the word you were looking for.

      January 29, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Reply
      • Fr33th1nk3r

        Gotta love grammar-cops....don't tase me, bro.

        January 30, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
  27. tokalosh0

    I can only hope the US military paid a king's ransom to Niger for the privilege of launching drones from their country.

    January 29, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Reply
    • Homer10

      No. Niger invited us. This is the new low cost war tactic. Al-Qaeda isn't worth spending more than a few dollars each to get them. Soon, they will be an extinct species.

      January 29, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Reply
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Niger's government INVITED us to establish a presence on their soil. Unlike retard liberals from your camp– they realize the danger of letting terrorist organizations run amok and take over whole countries, like Al-Queda is doing in Mali right now.
      Al-Queda is on the run and trying to establish footholds in undeveloped nations that lack a strong central government (like they way they moved into Afghanistan and Pakistan, which were both predominantly Buddhist at the turn of the century)– it is up to the developed nations like the U.S. and France to not let them dig in and build a new base of operations. Kill the cancer now before it metastasizes further.....

      January 30, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  28. empresstrudy

    I lived about 10 months in Bamako. Nice people, screwed up country. The key point is that al Qaeda is not half as tough as the Tuaregs. Hardest mofos on the planet. France needs to let them lead the effort. They are straight out of the Dark Ages by way of Conan the Barbarian.

    January 29, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Reply
    • Desert

      I'm a touareg and I'm joining the US ARMY

      January 31, 2013 at 1:22 am | Reply
  29. Meki60

    I guess clinton has some ties to Nig8er is well, we will never know.

    January 29, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  30. JOSH P.m

    How convenient,Mali has Gold,Niger has Uranium everything that NATO thieves want.
    Not too long ago there was another African Boogie man name Koni,does anyone remember him.
    What a World.

    January 29, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • USAtheist

      Yer a clueless baboon

      January 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      I love when people bring up natural resources as if those are not suitable reasons to go to war. What would you like countries to fight over?

      January 30, 2013 at 9:14 am | Reply
    • joey_gr

      There is no gold to steal in Mali. The majority of the gold there already belongs to occidental interests by the way of south African companies (Anglogold-Ashanti and Randgold Resources). The majority of the shareholders are American multinational investment management corporations like BlackRock Inc and Fidelity (FMR LLC) as well as Chinese Pacific Century Group. Research a bit.

      January 31, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply
  31. Tony

    I see a power tussle here between America and France. France pretty much controls West Africa, majority of the Countries there are French colonies, so it's of a Strategic Interest, France monitors, what's taking place. Most of their Cash crops are pretty much from that part of the world. There are now playing the same game, calling a contrived anti colonial group Al-queda. They are learning from us and they are doing a good job at it.

    January 29, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      The French are true friends and allies, in our darkest days and things were pretty dark back at the start of 2007, would the surge work, still Afghanistan to go. We work together and cooperate. A single objective al-qaida. I am more than happy to bleed with them anytime.

      January 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Reply
      • Jason

        They were not our friends when we invaded Iraqi. We've been accussed by them of protecting the Saudi Elite but there are now doing the same thing in Mali, how ironic?

        January 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
      • Zwei Stein

        They are not doing the same thing in Mali. They were right about Iraq. Our "leaders" BSd us into Iraq.

        January 29, 2013 at 10:50 pm |
  32. Kerry

    I wonder just how much those leaders in Niger were paid to have us put those ungodly drones on their soil in order to butcher more people? This proves that bribery has become a staple of U.S. foreign policy and that is disgusting!

    January 29, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Reply
    • umm no

      Sorry, nothing of the garbage you wrote proves anything

      January 29, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    • USAtheist

      Another mindless talking eggplant. Dude, please PLEASE don't breed... your gene-pool is shallow enough.

      January 29, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Reply
    • Brian

      If you think the drones are ungodly, what is your view of the Islamic militants in Mali? Are they godly?

      January 29, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Reply
    • Zwei Stein

      Drones are more godly than troops whose lives are threatened. God likes drones.

      January 29, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        Please, Zwei Stein. Don't be so blasphemous. Evidently, you never read the Bible or you're no Christian to make that statement above. God hates all kinds of wickedness including the use of those unholy drones! Read the 6th Commandment, will you?

        January 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
    • Judge

      You do not have a valid point... your 'proof' is coming from your earlier sentence which states, 'I wonder"... therefore there are no facts in anything you just said... You are just one of those people who believe themselves to be right or wise, when you are neither.

      January 30, 2013 at 12:31 am | Reply
  33. Jt_flyer

    This is yet another islamic terrorist funded mission by Saudi Arabia. Follow the money and it always leads to Saudi Arabia.

    January 29, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  34. joebob

    Great one more country where we are a sitting duck to take pot shots at.

    January 29, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  35. nytw

    There is no a country in the world that is safe from Obama.

    January 29, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  36. Clinton

    Reading these posts makes me understand that there are simply too many stupid people in America. Too many dumb people that don't understand what it takes to ensure the safety of this free society they enjoy. This isn't war mongering, we're following the same people that killed thousands of our people on September 11th... the same people are scrambling to other parts of the world to find yet another safe haven to launch attacks on us from. This is Al Quaida, our enemy, the same people that took advantage of Afghanistan, a weak country with a weak Government... they are now searching for new homes, if you're dumb enough to allow them to control another country and gain enough strength to launch another attack on us, what does that say about you? You're cowards and I think you all should be ashamed of who you are.

    January 29, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Reply
    • Susie T. Bean

      Agree. I'm surprised they have time to blog here. It means less time at the gun show loading up with another 2 dozen assault rifles, less the boogie man come to take them away.

      January 29, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • DickPerry

      Baloney! The people who attacked US on 9/11 was from Saudi-Arabia. The Al-Qaeda is just a name US gov uses to make sure to hold its citizens scared of a non existing network. The only time the terrorists are networked is when Langley controls them. There are no evil leader of a global terrorist network and there never was one. Do you really think they would be so lousy on attacking western targets if there were one?

      January 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Reply
      • Judge

        Al Qaeda does exist, genius... I know this because I've hunted them!

        January 30, 2013 at 12:39 am |
      • Chris

        @DickPerry Stop watching so many movies and go travel the world. You have no idea how silly you truly sound.

        January 30, 2013 at 9:19 am |
    • are122

      Yeah, and if the communists take over Vietnam they will take over all of Southeast Asia.

      January 29, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Reply
      • Jimmy72

        Didn't we bail the French out of that one too?

        January 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
      • jdoe

        If the U.S. helped VN in getting the French out, there wouldn't have been a VN war. Instead the U.S. chose to side with the French who wanted to keep VN as a colony.

        January 29, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
    • JOSH P.m

      Ensure safety,lol, or make it easier to STEAL.
      Just like our so called Embassy in Iraq with over 11,000 employees,they are there for our safety as well right?

      January 29, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Reply
    • Homer10

      Agreed. However Obama is too smart to be lead on by Al-Qaeda. Bush played right into their hands. Bin Laudin must have been jumping for joy when we invaded Iraq. Now, things are different. We don't send in 100,000 troups and spend trillions of dollars. We have figured them out. We send in drones, and fire cheap missiles and take out 5-10 hard core Al-Qaeda leaders at a time. All the while picking them out of a densely populated city, and causing minimal collateral damage. We aren't playing their game any more. We are playing a new game. We aren't spending trillions to get them. Now we are spending only thousands. They are also finding that they can settle in and set up shop. The minute the get a base going, we hit it with drones, and kill 20-50 of them all at once. Yes, I bet Al-Qaeda right now longs for the Bush stupidity, and now fear Obama more than ever. This is the new secret low cost war. We can keep fighting this war forever. Although at the rate we are eliminating Al-Qaeda, it won't be long now.

      January 29, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Reply
    • David

      but 9/11 attackers are from Saudi. Can you please say something about this?

      January 30, 2013 at 10:20 am | Reply
  37. Tembisa

    Reblogged this on World Chaos.

    January 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  38. me

    wonder how many Obama lovers will agree with this. seeing how Obama lovers agree with ending the mid east wars.
    I'd bet they are fine with this because Obama is for it. They still are a misguided bunch of idiots

    January 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should come to an end, because the enemy has moved on... Al Quaida does not operate freely in Afghanistan anymore, they operate in other areas, we're fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan... The Taliban allowed Al Quaida to operate within it's borders and they undoubtedly needed to be dealt with but since Al Quaida has abandoned Afghanistan it's time to move forward and seek out wherever these terrorists try to find safe haven.... it's not about starting wars and ending wars it's about defeating Al Quaida

      January 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Reply
      • David

        Taliban and Al Quiada are same . There is no difference betwwen them.

        January 30, 2013 at 10:21 am |
    • al

      I assume you're posting your comment from a foxhole in afghanistan, or are you advocating sending somebody ELSE to fight your perpetual wars?

      January 29, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  39. wjmccartan

    With our own economy falling apart and spending way out of control, we hardly need to establish new bases in another country. try telling that to the right-wing thugs in Washington!

    January 29, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Reply
    • MrNeedtoKnow

      Tell Obama that what the right has to do with Mali? Nothing, It's all the Democratic, Left Wing, Hypocrity, Socialist, and Progress Party to send military and build a base in Mali.

      Don't point the finger to someone else blame your lover Pres. Obama. You voted for him right? Now take it like a man or woman that you are. Liberals always blame others for their own hypocracy. Now we are in Mali, thanks to the left wing nut case.

      January 29, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Reply
      • wjmccartan

        If Obama was such a "liberal", then why is Gitmo still open and why do we still have troop in Afghanistan? And then, this clown is now sending in drones to Niger in order to butcher more people! Liberals don't do that! Only right-wing fanatics do!

        January 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
      • Fr33th1nk3r

        "If Obama was such a "liberal", then why is Gitmo still open and why do we still have troop in Afghanistan?"

        Maybe, WJMCCARTAN, because Obama is a wise tactician, and realizes the strategic significance/advantages gained by both.

        January 30, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • Hez316

      Right wing thugs want to keep drones in Niger?

      January 29, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  40. hftjvfghbvjfgj

    (...)IT MUST FEEL REALY GOOD TO FINALY HAVE SOME MORE TAX DOLLARS TO TAKE THE FIGHT TO THE SHADDOWS OF IMAGINARY DIRT PEOPLE AND FAIL USING BILLON DOLLAR AIR-PLANES AND OVER PAYED TROOPS(...) PAID FOR ON THE BACKS OF U.S. SLAVES i.e. THE U.S. CITIZENS(...)(...)WHAT A BUNCH OF CAMEL SPIT(...)

    January 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • Okiedokie

      Looks like with your level of intelligence your tax contribution cant be that much

      January 29, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      Failed? We've very much succeeded, we've killed Osama Bin laden and many of Al Quaida's top lieutenants, you can talk all the crap you want but the US has not failed, we've forced Al Quaida out of Afghanistan and it is on the run, it's trying to establish new safe havens and we are following them and attacking them everywhere they go.... That's what you have to do to defeat Al Quaida, and that's what we're doing.

      January 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Reply
    • MrNeedtoKnow

      You are an ignorant idiot to say that Soldiers are overpaid. You are a malignant cancer that need to be radicated from the United States.

      January 29, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  41. hftjvfghbvjfgj

    (...)UNLESS YOU SPEND 0.00 BUCKS YOU WILL ONLY SUCCEDED AT FAILING BUT THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT FAIL HERE FAIL THERE FAIL FAIL EVERYWHERE–WHY DONT YOU TAKE ON A REAL PROBLEM THAT YOU FAILED AT 60 YEARS AGO CALLED KOREA–LOSING LOSERS LOSING–CHA CHA CHA CHINA–(...)

    January 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      That's funny... why don't you ask Osama Bin Laden if we failed.... oh that's right he's sleeping with the fishes... We are succeeding at dismantling Al Quaida, they are on the run, searching for failed nations to try and gain a foothold and a safe haven but everywhere they go we are following them and hunting them down... and killing them... one by one... We won't stop either... :)

      January 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      As for North Korea, we didn't lose in North Korea, we actually whipped their butts then China attacked us without warning and we fought off waves of them finally settling in a draw and a division of the country, without the US's efforts South Korea wouldn't exist, and as history has shown it's a much better place to be than North Korea, South Korea is a functioning democracy with a strong economy, meanwhile N Korea has an entire generation of malnourished people... they call them the short generation because they are so malnourished they are shorter and frail... If you think that makes North Korea or China a victor, you have a strange definition of winning...

      January 29, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Reply
      • JOSH P.m

        I guess we didn,t lose in Vietnam as well,Btw,I guess China shouldn,t protect its interest,lol.

        January 29, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
      • Chris

        @JOSH P.m Yes I do believe the U.S. won our part of the war but failed at properly training the South Vietnamese Army. The bottom line is North Vietnam had no answer for our air power and the Tet Offensive was proof that they couldn't go toe to toe with U.S. forces as the North sustained casualties in excess of 47,000 which was close to what the U.S. lost over the course of the ENTIRE war. Did the North eventually overrun the South? Well yes they did but that wasn't until after a full U.S. withdraw from Vietnam and several years after U.S. troops had pulled back to central cities and the South Vietnamese coast in an effort to let the Victimization plan take root and in the end that never happened but its not as if the U.S. got its butt whipped, over a million died on the North Vietnamese side and less than 60,000 were lost on the U.S. side (not counting MIA and those who were injured).

        January 30, 2013 at 10:16 am |
    • BowFu

      We don't blow up economic business partners we blow up cowardly terrorists who kill the innocent and call it honorable in the name of a peaceful religion that they've twisted to justify their murderous deeds.

      January 29, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Reply
    • MrNeedtoKnow

      Read history! Ignorance is not a bliss.

      January 29, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • Judge

      And... how is your country doing? By the looks of your writing ability... not very well. Go to school

      January 30, 2013 at 12:35 am | Reply
    • Chris

      This dude has to get the King Troll of the Day Award (hftjvfghbvjfgj). Yes buddy we failed so badly in North Korea that South Korea is now one of the most prosperous nations on Earth while the North is the worlds most isolated nation. Can you tell me what winning looks like cause we must all be confused?

      January 30, 2013 at 9:34 am | Reply
    • Joey_gr

      I have a hard time taking seriously people who type in caps.

      January 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  42. wjmccartan

    If the drones have the success they are having in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Yemen, then right on. This is getting to be more like a game of Wack"a"Mole, with terrorist getting the hammer. It coudn't happen to a better bunch, I could drone on all day about the drone success. Another one gone, and another one gone, another bites the dust.

    January 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Is that you again Phunnie boy, posting under wjmmcartan's name? Judging by your ignorant post above, it appears that way! The last thing we need to do is to further vilify ourselves with those drones of ours!!!

      January 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Reply
      • Clinton

        GP-2: We do not villify ourselves with drone strikes, we kill terrorists with drone strikes and we're going to keep doing it because this group of terrorists attacked us... killed thousands of our citizens who were doing nothing but working in their offices... Al Quaida has no place in this world, because of that, we will seek them out wherever they go and we will kill them all. Whine about it all you want on CNN message boards, we're not going to stop until every last one of them is dead.

        January 29, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
    • Judge

      Whack a Mole?! LOL.. that was great!

      January 30, 2013 at 12:37 am | Reply

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