My regulars know that I am always watch conflicts around the world……because in some way the US will become involved up to our ears….and that means death and destruction.
How many out there saw the movie “Black Hawk Down”?
A movie about the US limited deployment to the East African country of Somalia….and our involvement did not end well. Military deaths occurred and we did what we did in Lebanon in the 1980’s….we cut and run as quickly as possible.
I bring up this sad part of our military history because of something I read the other day……
President Trump’s recommendations from the Pentagon are starting to trickle in, and they seem to everywhere involve more escalations of US involvement and increased flexibility for the Pentagon to order airstrikes in various countries to target “apparent threats.”
And while it’s not as high profile as recommendations expected later this week in places like Syria, that’s the case for Somalia as well, where the Pentagon is seeking increased aid for the Somali Army, moving US special forces closer to the front lines, and loosening up restrictions on airstrikes.
AFRICOM chief Gen. Thomas Waldhauser described Somalia as “our most perplexing challenge,” saying that the US needs to shift its focus toward weakening al-Shabaab enough that the African Union forces that have been in Somalia for a decade can finally defeat them.
Despite being presented as a “fresh perspective” on the long fight in Somalia, the Pentagon recommendation is their go-tell plan in wars everywhere: more direct US involvement, more embedding of forces, and more airstrikes with less restrictions, a plan which hasn’t worked well anywhere else.
The US is setting up a possible replay of the 1990’s situation….the only thing that makes sense is Einstein’s quote.