Obama Refusing to Provide Support for France’s Fight Against Al Qaeda

Yes, I know they’re “cheese-eating surrender monkeys”, but in this case they have a point. Three things to consider.

1. Obama was one of the three players in the Libyan War which led to Mali. He is responsible for Al Qaeda overrunning Mali and has a clear responsibility to clean up the mess. The French bear more responsibility, and they’re doing more.

2. France is not asking Americans to fight. They’re asking for refueling and other technical assistance that will not endanger Americans, and will cost money, but less money than Obama pisses away on funding unions in Brazil or rum factories in the Virgin Islands. And the cost of this is a lot lower than what it would cost us to send thousands of troops to Mali.

3. You might be tempted to go Rand Paul on this, but if Al Qaeda gains an entire country to play with, we are going to end up having to go in sooner or later. Terrorist groups don’t just stay in place or expand horizontally and vertically, they score points with spectacular terrorist attacks against Western targets. Those attacks bring them cash from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.

France is increasingly upset by what it sees as limited Obama administration support for the war it is waging in Mali against al Qaeda militants, including an initial U.S. demand, since dropped, that Paris foot the bill for any Air Force transport flights, French officials said.

After the French went public with their complaints over the weekend, the Pentagon yielded on one of them, saying Sunday night that it would not seek reimbursement from Paris for the flights.

However, the unusually harsh criticism from Paris underscored the longtime U.S. ally’s growing frustration with the U.S. commitment to the Mali mission.

Considering the murderous cuts that Obama is making to America’s military, you can’t blame the Pentagon for trying to protect every penny. That money can mean the difference between having a viable Marine Corps and being reduced to Obama’s “Horses and Bayonets” vision of national defense.

But the Obama Administration should be stepping up and allocating money for the operation in Mali.

The U.S. is providing “invaluable” intelligence-gathering help for the Mali campaign, the French officials said. But the U.S. has yet to decide on whether to agree to France’s request for U.S. planes to refuel French fighters in flight, they said. France has a small fleet of aging refueling tankers and says more are needed to maintain the tempo of air operations in remote Mali.

France also has asked the U.S. to send additional manned and unmanned surveillance planes to spy on rebel communications, but the White House so far hasn’t responded to that request either.

Obama administration officials have said they support the French campaign but want to get a clear picture of the mission and the rebels being targeted in French strikes before providing more assistance.

What clearer picture does Obama Inc. want? The Al Qaeda occupation of Mali has been underway for a while already. Even the CIA should be able to provide talking points that no one will edit and that even Susan Rice can grasp.

Clearer picture is code for an unwillingness to take action, because Obama Inc. is fixated on winning over Islamists by fighting secular governments. And protecting the Mali government by fighting the Islamists is the opposite of Barack Hussein Obama’s foreign policy agenda.

The French officials said they were particularly “perplexed” last week when the U.S. agreed to provide limited airlift assistance but insisted on getting reimbursed for the costs. U.S. and French officials said the U.S. estimated the bill for up to 30 cargo flights would come to between $17 million and $19 million.

Other countries including Canada have offered to transport French military equipment and troops to Mali free of charge, according to French, European and Canadian officials. As a result, France is considering not using the U.S. proposal for flights between Europe and Africa, the French officials said.

17-19 million is money, but it’s not that much by the standard of a military operation. And it’s about what an Obama vacation costs. Kicking in that much to get Al Qaeda out of Mali is a bargain, considering what it will end up costing if Al Qaeda takes Mali.

  • Vince

    Obama will always side with any one, especially the Islamofascists, against any country or group
    that represents civilisation and western civilisation in particular. This is no surprise. A clearer picture
    of his priorities is not possible. The man honestly despises western values and western civilisation, and that includes France, England, and of course, the good old US of A.

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      Why in the world would the Islamist-in-Chief help the fight against Al Qaeda, when in fact he helped them flourish – despite denials to the contrary – with his "leading from behind" in Libya, aka, Benghazigate? In fact, the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia, the big winners across the region and with Al Qaeda its offshoot, has Barack HUSSEIN Obama to thank – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/19/benghazigate-

      IF it looks like an Islamic help mate, it is!

      Adina kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • EarlyBird

      Uh huh. Let's forget that fact that Obama did more to damage the Taliban and Al Queda in less than four years than Bush ever did in eight, and that he's continued a relentless and deadly drone war against these groups, and he had the Seals kill bin Laden.

      Other than that, he loves Islamists.

      Let's just forget those facts, you psychotic toddler.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "France also has asked the U.S. to send additional manned and unmanned surveillance planes to spy on rebel communications, but the White House so far hasn’t responded to that request either."

    What time did that request come in? Do they expect to disturb the king in Riyadh at any hour? Besides, 0'Bama prefers armed drones for controlled theater, as in puppet theater operations. Helping the French deliver live munitions might piss off the critical Sunni supremacist allies.

  • Edward Cline

    Obama hates the West. He wants it to lose. Islam is more to his liking. Sure, he and his gross wife can chow down on bufflo bison at inauguration dinners and use all the civilized silverware and have friendly chats with neighboring scarfers of taxpayer funded dinners, but he'd much prefer to see France defeated, and the black flag of jihad flying over Big Ben in London, and American school kids reciting the Koran just like he did in Indonesia. The man is a nihilist zero.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Obama hates the West"

      He hates the West as it is, and loves the West as a future source to suck wealth from, because it has all of these money trees stolen from the colonies, and from Muslims who were never colonized but were victimized by colonialism somehow.

      Collectivism makes the world so simple, if that's how you want it to be.

  • Mary Sue

    Now it's obama that's being the cheese eating…

    • objectivefactsmatter

      I don't know about the cheese eating (if Halal I suppose he might), but he sure is a surrender…something not racist.

      Be very careful what you say. It's ok to call the French monkeys, but…any non-white labeled as a monkey will lead to you being labeled.

  • JacksonPearson

    I could fully understand Obama not helping France in Mali. Because it wouldn't fit into the/his overall scheme of reestablishing his divine Middle East Caliphate. I just hope most European governments are watching the happenings from North Africa, to Syria, a little bit closer.

  • FPF

    France thinks Hussein Obama is an ally, but when red meets the green, Hussein would rather choose the green. Hussein would rather send money to Morsi, PLA, Hamas, and Hezbollah and lots of them. When Mali falls into the hands of the green, he will send money to them too.

  • Joseph De Maistre

    Frenchmen have proved they're braver than Americans. Over a million of them marched in the streets of Paris to protest homosexual "marriage." When is such a thing going to happen in the U.S.?

    • Ghostwriter

      Hmmm,pretty soon,monsieur.

    • EarlyBird

      We not only allow equal rights for our citizens that we may not be comfortable with, Froggie, but we also allow people to say wretched things even when we don't agree with them. It's called the American Way. God bless the USA.

  • Gamaliel

    Obama just allocated 5 hundred million to increase diversity in the sciences.

  • Matt

    He wants deep cuts at the DOD, too. So that is another reason to have a policy that says the wars are over and al-Qaida is finished. Whether the US is involved in Mali or not, if the threat is still there you have trouble getting cuts to the military.

    it is not that the US does not want to be involved, they don't want anyone else involved. You had the US trained officers coupe, then Rice blocking the French plan, then even the limited assistance after the French started, first it was legal concerns why they can't help even limited, then they wanted France to pay 19 million. Having trouble get assistance from other allies, the Germans, making sure that France has trouble sending weapons. They tried to stop it and then have been hindering it. They have been calling for negotiations and even Ban at the UN say there can't be negotiations yet. You can't negotiate with al-Qaida anyway and the talks with the Taliban are a non event. So why will it be different in Mali.

    It is a policy, the wars have ended, al-Qaida is finished and the terrorist in Mali are not a threat to the US. But clearly what is occurring in Mali shows that not to be the case and France have gone against that narrative, shows it not to be true. Now if no one goes into Mali, no one looks at it like Afghanistan in the 90's you can push that narrative and even if they are not a threat now like Afghanistan they will be so the Admin can kick the can down the road to the next Admin. So the current Admin can focus on domestics issues. That is what people heard the decade of war is over, gay marriage, gun laws, climate change, social issues and programs, immigration. But these are problems that all countries face, so there is more too it, see the march in France over gay marriage, they are still in Mali fighting al-Qaida. So it is not just the wish to focus at home. But is does not really matter because the Mali operation has gone ahead.

    Obama has said the US can cope with another 9/11 type attack, this is not knew in the 90's al-Qaida attacked the US numerous times, the WTC, the African embassy bombings and the US did not really respond. It was only late in Clinton's Admin they started to focus on al-Qaida and Afghanistan. Lower intensity attacks you cannot respond, but al-Qaida just raise the intensity of the attacks to force a response you end up with a 9/11.

    They can still use planes as missiles, if you can get on a plane with a bomb in your underpants, you can seize the cabin or blow up the plane trying.

    • Matt

      The other thing I will add is as McChrystal said about Afghanistan the US did not in the beginning have a full understanding of the country and the problems. You can see this again when they asked Algeria to send troops. Now the Algerians say to themselves, these people either do not understand our country or the region. Or if they do, they are trying to our country harm. So whatever policy the US are using on Mali and al-Qaida, there may not be malice, it could just be lack of knowledge and understanding.

    • EarlyBird

      The Obama admin has never said al Queda is finished. Panetta and Clinton warned very recently about its emergence in N. Africa, in fact.

      The Joint Chief said that the biggest threat to US security is not an army or terrorist group, but our budget deficit.

      We also have a military bigger than the next 10 combined, and among those 10, eight are our allies.


      So, where to cut? Food stamps? Street lights? Police? Judges? Schools? Medicare? Social Security? The Military? I would say all three of the latter since they gobble up the majority of federal funds.

  • rangerrebew

    George Bush would have been savaged by the press for ignoring a request for help from an ally. Of course, George Bush was trying to get rid of al-Qaida and Obama is trying to save them.

  • LibertarianToo

    "Protecting the Mali government by fighting the Islamists is the opposite of Barack Hussein Obama’s foreign policy agenda."

    Exactly. If the French want US assistance, they will have to wait four years. Of course, the world map will look considerably different by then.

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    No US help in fighting Al Qaeda but Obama and John McCain want us to send help to Al Qaeda in Syria to topple the gov't there. Hmmm….whose side are we on again? I forget. However, one thing the French will surely forget: how much they wanted Obama to be elected.

  • doc

    Nothing like a refreshing dose of trash news to drum up another war.

  • Mutantone

    It is just a continued advancement of the Muslim Brotherhoods' agenda in the Middle East as Obama started with his inclusion of members inside of the Nations government in Homeland Security and The White House as well as the Office of the Secretary of State. Know intelligence on the Benghazi incident even though the CIA's agents in the region had been outed, Named hunted down and killed thanks to inside information. Not to mention the 125 M1A1 tanks and supporting systems, the new F-16 fighter attack jets , and the arranged sale of two new German submarines to Egypt. Just look at all the Tax Payers Money he has sent to the region. Treason say I, he and his minions have sold the US out!

  • JCS

    Obama is the new surrender monkey. My respect for the frogs has gone up.
    Obama is like Nero fiddling while Rome burned.
    The Beatles wrote a song that could be about Obama when there's a crisis.
    "He's a real Nowhere Man…"

    • EarlyBird

      If we fight every terrorists everywhere we will soon go bankrupt and become a second tier power. For God's sake, read some history. That's how all great powers become second rate – overextension.

      The French are taking care of things just as well as they need to be taken care of for the moment.

  • Adolf Hitler

    Obama hussain barackus usamadidinas will soon send support for the french in fighting the al queda. Cigarettes. ;)

  • Arlie

    Wait, Wait, Wait, Kuwait?? Didn't Bush Sr. with U.S. Companies save their burning oil fields? Where is the gratitude? The French, "cheese monkeys" are only staying in Mali until an all African force can be assembled. Debka. The jets in the photo are awesome.

  • Ghostwriter

    The French did the right thing in fighting the terrorists. President Obama should be supporting the French.

    • EarlyBird

      Let me guess, Ghosty: everywhere there is a terrorist, the US should have military assets and troops, right? Well, that's just what Bin Laden explicitly stated he wanted: to draw us into endless wars abroad and simply bankrupt and bleed us to death. That's how great nations become has-beens.

      Let the French and other Euros do some heavy lifting for once, and wish them well.

  • Rose King

    Obama quite simply does not like the French. With a petty ruler, pettiness rules. So goes the Obama Regime.