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 Ă˘â‚¬â€ť 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."