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.