October 31, 2012
The U.S. is pushing for military intervention in Mali to hose out a new al-Qaida enclave. Undoubtedly it needs to be done. But so much for the White House’s facile claim to having terrorists on the run.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Algeria Monday, pleading with its government to support a U.S.-France-led military mission to destroy al-Qaida’s latest conquest in northern Mali, an impoverished African state along the Sahara.
Fine, but this was a preventable crisis that has a lot to do with White House hubris about ending the war on terror before it was actually done.