Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Hey, remember that time we declared war on Africa?

Hey, remember that time we declared war on Africa?

Me neither -- which makes me wonder why I'm seeing a story splayed across the top of the Wall Street Journal that says, "U.S. Boosts War Role in Africa":

The U.S. is markedly widening its role in the stepped up French-led military campaign against extremists in Mali, providing sensitive intelligence that pinpoints militant targets for attack, U.S. and allied officials disclosed.

U.S. Reaper drones have provided intelligence and targeting information that have led to nearly 60 French airstrikes in the past week alone in a range of mountains the size of Britain, where Western intelligence agencies believe militant leaders are hiding, say French officials.

The operations target top militants, including Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the mastermind of January's hostage raid on an Algerian natural gas plant that claimed the lives of at least 38 employees, including three Americans. Chad forces said they killed him on Saturday, a day after saying they had killed Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, the commander of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's Mali wing.

This is the kind of thing that is making me very, very unconfortable. The entire "war on terror" has been the worse case of "mission creep" in the history of civilization. We drift from Iraq to Yemen to Mali and elsewhere in Africa -- on what basis? It's time for Congress to repeal the vague and never-ending Authorization for Use of Military Force, which was enacted under Pearl-Harbor-day-of-infamy conditions on Sept. 14, 2001, but is way past its expiration date. When it comes to this stuff, I giess I'm just a small government guy.

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