Mali matters. It's worth contesting for. France drafted a UN resolution. In 2011, It was Washington's lead attack dog on Libya. It's serving the same role against Mali.
Doing so lets Obama keep a low profile. Make no mistake. Mali is America's operation. US special forces are involved. Washington's supplying logistical, air, and intelligence support.
US military personnel will arrive this weekend. They'll train and direct Malian forces. Expect supportive drone attacks.
Libya was Washington's war. So is Syria. Mali matters. Washington wants unchallenged African dominance.
It wants the entire continent colonized, exploited and controlled. It wants China, Russia, and other potential rivals largely shut out.
AFRICOM was established to rape the continent's riches.
War on terror fear-mongering preceded France's involvement. Pretexts are easy to invent. Freeing northern areas from Al Qaeda-linked rebels was used as justification for France's intervention.
French President Francois Hollande said "terrorist elements" must be confronted.
"The terrorists must know that France will always be there when it is a matter not of its fundamental interests, but of the rights of a population, that of Mali, (that) wants to live freely in a democracy."
Saying so is a false on its face. France is a NATO country. It's Washington's imperial ally. It's involved in America's wars. Its "fundamental interests" include colonization and resource exploitation.
From 1892 - 1960, Mali was a French colony. France's former colonial empire included Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Middle Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Chad, Gabon, and other parts of Africa.
Neocolonialism remains policy. Expect Hollande to involve France in other imperial adventures. He's Washington's junior partner. He's doing Obama's bidding. At the same time, he's furthering French interests. Sarkozy did the same thing in Libya.
On December 20, the Security Council unanimously approved intervention. Why Russia and China concurred, they'll have to explain.
In mid-January, French aircraft and ground troops attacked. Candidate Hollande promised kinder, gentler policies. He suggested foreign interventions would end.
He lied. Other priorities take precedence. He declared open-ended war on Mali. He said conflict will last "as long as necessary."
Earlier he suggested French involvement for only "several weeks." Britain said the same thing when troops arrived in Northern Ireland. They stayed for decades.