July 26, 2005

DEMOCRATS WANT TO AIRLIFT THEM CONDOMS (via Kevin Whited):

U.S. Pushes Anti-Terrorism in Africa: Under Long-Term Program, Pentagon to Train Soldiers of 9 Nations (Ann Scott Tyson, July 26, 2005, Washington Post)

The U.S. military is embarking on a long-term push into Africa to counter what it considers growing inroads by al Qaeda and other terrorist networks in poor, lawless and predominantly Muslim expanses of the continent.

The Pentagon plans to train thousands of African troops in battalions equipped for extended desert and border operations and to link the militaries of different countries with secure satellite communications. The initiative, with proposed funding of $500 million over seven years, covers Algeria, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Nigeria, Morocco and Tunisia -- with the U.S. military eager to add Libya if relations improve.

The Pentagon is also assigning more military officers to U.S. embassies in the region, bolstering the gathering and sharing of intelligence, casing out austere landing strips for use in emergencies, and securing greater access and legal protections for U.S. troops through new bilateral agreements.


The few mildly serious Democrats are meeting at that DLC shindig, but not even a single one of them has moved on from the Atlanticism of last century.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 26, 2005 9:20 AM
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You would think that if even "60 Minutes" can figure out the growing threat of recruitment of potential terrorists by Islamic radicals in northern and north-central Africa, at least a couple of Democrats would have watched the show and noted the same problem (and on a side note about the DLC shindig -- what's with Joe Lieberman and the beard?)

Posted by: John at July 26, 2005 9:34 AM
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