Saturday, October 21, 2017

U.S. Will Expand Counterterrorism Operations in Africa

James "Mad Dog" Mattis

Oh yeah, Trump is bringing the troops home.

The military is shifting its counterterrorism strategy to focus more on
Africa, put decision-making authority in the hands of commanders in the field, and expand the ability to use lethal force against suspected terrorists, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told two senior members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Friday, reports the Washington Post.

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham told reporters that Mattis outlined the new rules of engagement during back-to-back briefings for Graham and Sen. John McCain, chairman of the panel. The super neocon Graham added that he supported Mattis’s plans.

“The war is morphing,” Graham said. “You’re going to see more actions in Africa, not less; you’re going to see more aggression by the United States toward our enemies, not less; you’re going to have decisions being made not in the White House but out in the field.”


  1. More people dying, more taxes, more crackdowns on civil liberties, creation of more resentment of the US and Europe in that part of the world

    1. Isn't there a James Madison quote that nearly mirrors what you are saying?

      "Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.

      War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.

      In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both.

      No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."

  2. This brings to mind Rothbard's sarcastic comment in one of his essays: "And so, since no other countries shape up to U.S. standards in a world of Sole Superpower they must be severely chastised by the U.S., I make a Modest Proposal for the only possible consistent and coherent foreign policy: the U.S. must, very soon, Invade the Entire World!'

    Penguins in Antarctica, watch out.