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    Re: Obama Sends U.S. Troops to Central Africa to Aid Campaign Against Rebel Group

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    This screams "Blackhawk down" Redux.
    Why? Because it's in Africa?
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    Re: Obama Sends U.S. Troops to Central Africa to Aid Campaign Against Rebel Group

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Why? Because it's in Africa?
    Because last time we had a mission like this it ended in ****ing disaster.
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    Re: Obama Sends U.S. Troops to Central Africa to Aid Campaign Against Rebel Group

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Because last time we had a mission like this it ended in ****ing disaster.
    This mission is entirely different.... For one the troops are only to act as advisers, not the case in Somalia, and secondly the size, scale, and execution are entirely different.

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    Re: Obama Sends U.S. Troops to Central Africa to Aid Campaign Against Rebel Group

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon W. Moon View Post
    Are we spreading democracy again?
    yeah, what a crime.

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    Re: Obama Sends U.S. Troops to Central Africa to Aid Campaign Against Rebel Group

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    This mission is entirely different.... For one the troops are only to act as advisers, not the case in Somalia, and secondly the size, scale, and execution are entirely different.
    And Libya was going to be over with in a matter of days.

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    Re: Obama Sends U.S. Troops to Central Africa to Aid Campaign Against Rebel Group

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    And Libya was going to be over with in a matter of days.
    Ya that is also completely different, George Lucas also said the new Star Wars would be good, see what I did there? By the way I don't think anyone said Libya would be over in days.

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    Re: Obama Sends U.S. Troops to Central Africa to Aid Campaign Against Rebel Group

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    Ya that is also completely different, George Lucas also said the new Star Wars would be good, see what I did there? By the way I don't think anyone said Libya would be over in days.
    Yes, it's always "different" when it's your guy.

    American forces will be transitioning to a "support and assist" role in the international coalition within a matter of days, he promised. U.S. ground troops will not be sent into Libya, he stressed.

    White House defends Libya response - CNN

    The Pentagon confirmed Monday that some U.S. troops are on the ground in Libya, according to Fox News.

    Read more: Pentagon Confirms Presence Of (Four) U.S. Troops On The Ground In Libya - Business Insider


    WASHINGTON -- The four-day air assault in Libya will soon achieve the objectives of establishing a no-fly zone and averting a massacre of civilians by Moammar Gadhafi's troops, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, adding that despite squabbling among allies, the United States will hand off control of the operation to other countries within days.

    "When this transition takes place, it is not going to be our planes that are maintaining the no-fly zone," the president said at a news conference in El Salvador as he neared the end of a Latin American trip overshadowed by events in Libya. "It is not going to be our ships that are necessarily enforcing the arms embargo. That's precisely what the other nations are going to do."


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...032201396.html

    U.S. expands efforts to secure Libyan anti-aircraft missiles

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/14/world/...raft-missiles/
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    Re: Obama Sends U.S. Troops to Central Africa to Aid Campaign Against Rebel Group

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon W. Moon View Post
    Are we spreading democracy again?
    Like Buttah

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    Re: Obama Sends U.S. Troops to Central Africa to Aid Campaign Against Rebel Group

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    This mission is entirely different.... For one the troops are only to act as advisers, not the case in Somalia, and secondly the size, scale, and execution are entirely different.
    Uh huh. I can only pray you are right.
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    Re: Obama Sends U.S. Troops to Central Africa to Aid Campaign Against Rebel Group

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    This mission is entirely different.... For one the troops are only to act as advisers, not the case in Somalia, and secondly the size, scale, and execution are entirely different.
    I'm gonna second this. Doesn't mean we can't screw this up, but I do not see Somalia parallels at this point.

    I am also not against this move. Not quite for it either. I was SF and Special Ops many moons ago. Properly deployed, they can take care of themselves.

    Here is why I am not necessarily against it. In the early 90's, after the Russians got their butts out of Afghanistan, we igored the place. There were a small covey of CIA and intel folks who said we needed to stay more active there, precisely because they saw the opportunity for the rise of Arab Muslim jihadists in that vacuum. Bush the Elder did not pay attention. Neither did Clinton. And the rest is history ... still being written, but at such a cost.

    I do not know that we are going to get all the info on these assclowns in Africa, and what is up. But it is entirely logical that this needs to be nipped in the bud now, with us playing a role. This ain't our Daddy's war, or world, anymore.

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