France stumbling badly in Mali

The recent French incursion into Mali, with insufficient troops, insufficient logistical support, insufficient intelligence and insufficient drone capabilities while targeting a determined insurgent Muslim terrorist organization reportedly affiliated with Al Qaeda is a stark reminder of just how inept the French government can be. The French military cannot bear the sole responsibility, since no military man in history would go into another nation unless they believed that they had complete military superiority.  Civilian leaders of nations (read: politicians), on the other hand, almost invariably think that they can "smart" there way out of any difficult situation - even one of their own creation.  The French have called on NATO allies to aid them in this effort.  Of course that call for help in invading another nation came after the invasion had begun.  The call for aid ignores the fact that the NATO treaty is an agreement among NATO allies to come to the...(Read Full Post)