From Asia Times
...........''Thus, the first 100
US military "advisers" are being sent to Niger,
Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Togo and Ghana -
the six member-nations of the Economic Community
of West African States (ECOWAS) that will compose
an African army tasked (by the United Nations) to
reconquer (invade?) the parts of Mali under the
Islamist sway of AQIM, its splinter group MUJAO
and the Ansar ed-Dine militia. This African
mini-army, of course, is paid for by the West.
Students of the Vietnam War will be the
first to note that sending "advisers" was the
first step of the subsequent quagmire. And on a
definitely un-Pentagonese ironic aside, the US
over these past few years did train Malian troops.
A lot of them duly deserted. As for the lavishly,
Fort Benning-trained Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo,
not only did he lead a military coup against an
elected Mali government but also created the
conditions for the rise of the Islamists.''