France drafted the UN resolution. It was Washington's lead attack dog on Libya. It may have the same role on Mali. US special forces and drone attacks may be planned.
They're already involved. Covert ops and surveillance began months ago. They're prelude for what's planned. Operations may replicate Somalia, Yemen, or Libya 2.0 with less sustained air support.
Reuters called Mali "paralyzed by twin crises." Leadership is divided. Last June, reports said African Union officials asked for Security Council intervention authority.
On December 20, it came unanimously. Timing was left unaddressed. Authorization signaled Washington's intention to intervene. Obama already has. Greater invention is planned.
Security Council members voted days after Malian Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra's resignation.
Coup members arrested him. They forced him out. He strongly supports intervention.
Django Cissoko replaced him. He's silent so far on favoring it. Malian Foreign Minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly called authorization "historic." His government supports it.
It asked Ban Ki-moon to "confirm in advance the council's satisfaction with the planned military offensive operation."
Ban's a reliable imperial ally. He's replicated the worst of Kofi Annan's failures and betrayal.
Both men abhor peace. They support Washington's wars and occupations. They ignore Israel's worst crimes. They're indifferent to human suffering. They call aggressive wars liberating ones.
They endorse America's agenda. Mali's in line to be attacked, destroyed and controlled. Ban's comfortable with more African bloodshed. The entire Sahel region and beyond are threatened.
The Security Council resolution authorized an unspecified troop strength African-led International Support Mission (AFISMA). An initial one-year period was called for.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) wants 3,300 troops in Mali. They'll be US/Western proxies. Nigerian forces appear designated to lead them.
They'll conduct ground operations. US, French, and other NATO logistical, air, and intelligence operations will support them.
Timing remains undecided. Tactics are being planned. Clarity may come post-holidays. Perhaps after Obama's January 21 inauguration.
UN peacekeeping head, Herve Ladsous, suggested that logistical planning may delay intervention until September or October.