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  1. DarrylS

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    All over the news this AM, the US is bankrolling Somalia Warlords who are in opposition to Islamists... Aren't the warlords the folks who brought down the Blackhawk about 10 years ago?? This sounds like one of those better be careful what you sow deals, similar to many conflicts we have gotten involved in which backfire later on. I find it hard to understand spending money on warlords, but not stepping up relief efforts in Darfur... do not understand the focus of this administration...I guess anything that has to do with Islam get involved with, and ignore the rest of the issues...

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002999151_somalia17.html

    Is U.S. backing warlords against Somali Islamists?
    By The Associated Press;Emily Wax and Karen DeYoung

    More than a decade after U.S. troops withdrew from Somalia following a disastrous military intervention, officials of Somalia's interim government and some U.S. analysts of Africa policy say the United States has returned to the African country, secretly supporting secular warlords who have been waging fierce battles against Islamic groups for control of the capital, Mogadishu.

    The latest clashes, last week and over the weekend, were some of the most violent in Mogadishu since the end of the American intervention in 1994, and left 150 dead and hundreds more wounded. Leaders of the interim government blamed U.S. support of the militias for provoking the clashes.

    U.S. officials have declined to directly address on the record the question of backing Somali warlords, who have styled themselves as a counterterrorism coalition in an open bid for American support. Speaking to reporters recently, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the United States would "work with responsible individuals ... in fighting terror. It's a real concern of ours — terror taking root in the Horn of Africa. We don't want to see another safe haven for terrorists created. Our interest is purely in seeing Somalia achieve a better day."
     
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    Like father, like son.
    Didn't we back S. Hussein when he was fighting the Iranians and Osama Bin Ladin and the Mujahadeen (who became the Taliban) when they fought the Russians in Afghanistan?

    From the Farewell Address of our greatest president resonate the words over the centuries, still true today. If we only had the sense to listen to them :( :

    "Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. But that jealousy, to be useful, must be impartial, else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people to surrender their interests.

    The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop."
     
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    Tony Snow pretty much confirmed this yesterday in his meeting with the Press...

    http://www.thinkprogress.org/

    The Bush administration is “backing the warlords as part of its global war against terrorism,†even though some of these warlords “reportedly fought against the United States in 1993 during street battles that culminated in an attack that downed two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters and left 18 Army Rangers dead.â€

    At today’s press briefing, Tony Snow all but confirmed the report:

    [Y]ou’ve got instability in Somalia right now, and there is concern about the presence of foreign terrorists, particularly Al Qaeda, within Somalia right now. In an environment of instability, as we’ve seen in the past, Al Qaeda may take root, and we want to make sure that Al Qaeda does not in fact establish a beachhead in Somalia. […] The United States - we will continue to work with regional and international partners wherever we can to crack down on terrorism and also to try to prevent its rising.
     
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    Not surprised the House of Chimp confirms it. Why wouldn't they? I'll bet no more than 20% of Americans could associate Somalia with the "Blackhawk Down" incident. I'll bet no more than that would know that Somalia is in Africa. There's ZERO risk for the white house on this issue, especially since there's no troops there. Historical links and geography mean nothing to Americans any more so the government has the ability to do what they want geopolitically.

    This is leadership if your idea of leadership is the equivalent of the shepherd and the flock.
     

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