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    New Pentagon effort will send Army teams to Africa as terror threat grows

    A U.S. Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists and give the U.S. a ready and trained force to dispatch to Africa if crises requiring the U.S. military emerge. The teams will be limited to training and equipping efforts, and will not be permitted to conduct military operations without specific, additional approvals from the secretary of defense.
    The sharper focus on Africa by the U.S. comes against a backdrop of widespread insurgent violence across North Africa, and as the African Union and other nations discuss military intervention in northern Mali.
    The terror threat from Al Qaeda linked groups in Africa has been growing steadily, particularly with the rise of the extremist Islamist sect Boko Haram in Nigeria. Officials also believe that the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which killed the ambassador and three other Americans, may have been carried out by those who had ties to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
    This first-of-its-kind brigade assignment -- involving teams from the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division -- will target countries such as Libya, Sudan, Algeria and Niger, where Al Qaeda-linked groups have been active. It also will assist nations like Kenya and Uganda that have been battling al-Shabab militants on the front lines in Somalia.
    Gen. Carter Ham, the top U.S. commander in Africa, noted that the brigade has a small drone capability that could be useful in Africa. But he also acknowledged that he would need special permission to tap it for that kind of mission.
    "If they want them for (military) operations, the brigade is our first sourcing solution because they're prepared," said Gen. David Rodriguez, the head of U.S. Army Forces Command. "But that has to go back to the secretary of defense to get an execute order."
    New Pentagon effort will send Army teams to Africa as terror threat grows | Fox News

    What are your thoughts on this?

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    The teams will be limited to training and equipping efforts, and will not be permitted to conduct military operations without specific, additional approvals from the secretary of defense.
    Yeah... in Vietnam those were called "advisors". Pretty sure we've seen this show before. The ending sucked.
    -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup. --

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    The current moron in charge would be much better off sending in unfettered black CIA spooks, rather than military personnel. At least they can blend in and do not have to walk around with a target on their backs.

    "But that has to go back to the secretary of defense to get an execute order."
    This sounds too much like Benghazi. That worked really well.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Quote Originally Posted by robjones View Post
    Yeah... in Vietnam those were called "advisors". Pretty sure we've seen this show before. The ending sucked.
    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    The current moron in charge would be much better off sending in unfettered black CIA spooks, rather than military personnel. At least they can blend in and do not have to walk around with a target on their backs.


    This sounds too much like Benghazi. That worked really well.
    In what mess are we going now? Like if it wasn't enough already.

    Where come from the money for this? 35 countries that's all? Endless wars or conflicts have always been the fatal end of empires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natural Elements View Post
    Where come from the money for this? 35 countries that's all? Endless wars or conflicts have always been the fatal end of empires.
    We have to borrow the money to pay for it, which puts the USA further in debt. We are currently borrowing $0.46 out of every dollar that we spend.

    Perhaps you have not noticed, but the destruction of this country appears to be the goal of this administration. His gang of Marxists might be thrilled if he could tear this country down so far that we could never again be a superpower. What he didn't accomplish in the first term, he now has 4 more years to finish.

    I am ready to pull our troops out of Afghanistan, South Korea, Iraq and every other country that does not share our world viewpoint. We should also not be paying 75% of the cost for NATO. It is about time that the EU spent more money for their own defense. Ron Paul claims that we have bases in 130 countries. I don't see a strategic need for anything more than a handful of overseas bases.

    If you don't think we are pissing away enough money, check out the taxpayer cost for the current Obama vacation. The estimated taxpayer cost of this vacation is $4 million. This is their 15th vacation since taking office as president.

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    Does this appear to be a president that is concerned about the financial health of his country?
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I am ready to pull our troops out of Afghanistan, South Korea, Iraq and every other country that does not share our world viewpoint. We should also not be paying 75% of the cost for NATO. It is about time that the EU spent more money for their own defense. Ron Paul claims that we have bases in 130 countries. I don't see a strategic need for anything more than a handful of overseas bases.
    I really hope that the Republicans learn from Ron Paul, because many Democrats were ready to vote for him. If the Republicans take a big part of the Ron Paul Guidelines, I am sure they will win the next election. In the mid time, I guess a lot of Democrats are going to lose some seats after their assault on the 2nd Amendment and their tentative to re-establish the "assault weapons style ban" which was far from effective the first time and what I hear about version 2 is even worse for political gain. Now I have also heard that we are going to leave 10,000 troops in Afganistan. I am surprise that no one or no reporters made public the total spending overseas, including the money given to totalitarian regimes. With this money we could have our health care system paid without charging the employers for that, and our school police to protect our kids.

    Does this appear to be a president that is concerned about the financial health of his country?
    If he had been more concerned by finance and job creations, he would have already made the decision to block or to reduce importations. The low cost business model will have a toll sooner or later in our societies. Juste to take an example, in Europe they are reversing the trend and many manufacturers have come back home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natural Elements View Post
    I really hope that the Republicans learn from Ron Paul, because many Democrats were ready to vote for him.
    The odd thing about Ron Paul's followers is that he pulls a lot of Democrats into his fold. I noticed that when he ran for president in 2008. Most of his devout supporters were obviously young Democrat radicals. It appears that Obama also learned that when you promise to transform the system, you pick up a lot of votes. What people do not want is, "more of the same." The problem with Obama's plan for transformation is that it leaves us much worse off than with the current system.

    Quote Originally Posted by Natural Elements View Post
    Now I have also heard that we are going to leave 10,000 troops in Afganistan.
    Not a surprise at all. Obama criticized McCain for his statement that we could be in Iraq for 100 years when he was comparing it to our bases in Germany and Japan. A lot of people think we pulled our troops completely out of Iraq, but Obama has kept non-combat troops there. He just redefined them as non-combat troops. Notice that when he talks about his withdrawal of troops, he always refers to the troops withdrawn as "combat troops." Obama also quietly sent a Special Ops team to Iraq last September and he is trying to send more troops.
    U.S. Troops Deployed in Iraq Again

    Quote Originally Posted by Natural Elements View Post
    Just to take an example, in Europe they are reversing the trend and many manufacturers have come back home.
    We should do the same here, but too many people are making money from Chinese products. A lot of people do not realize that cheap Chinese products wiped out entire industries in the USA. For example, we no longer have any light bulb manufacturers in the USA. The last US light bulb manufacturing facility was shut down by Sylvania a couple of years ago. We are dependent upon China for hundreds of common use products.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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