Wednesday, August 03, 2005

MAURITANI-WHO?

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The CIA Gidget clones: Saddam and Taya. Both become, via coups, dictators of oil pumping countries we want to control or influence. Both ruled over restive Muslim populations. Both ruled despotically. What amuses me is that they look like they were cloned in Scotland along with the famous sheep.

Well, our puppet in Mauritania is now looking for a tax haven to camp out and live off the funds he squirreled away in Aruba.

From the BBC:
President Taya took power in a bloodless coup in December 1984 and has been re-elected three times since.

Correspondents say he later made enemies among Islamists in the country, which is an Islamic Republic.

Critics accuse the government of using the US-led war on terror to crackdown on Islamic opponents.

Mr Taya has also prompted widespread opposition by establishing links with Israel.

Earlier this year, nearly 200 people, including former President Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidallah, were put on trial for a series of alleged coup plots.
Ah, see our own future! The only way we will change governments will be via this method. Unless we clean up our own acts. As bin Laden foresaw, the American/Israeli hegemony efforts worked like magic to alienate and infuriate Muslims and created conditions for vast wars. This country is another key in the Chinese plans to be the powerful alternative to American hamfisted hegemony.

If this coup can hang on, and it appears they are very popular with the people there, then expect either Hu or Wen or before them, the ever busy, good buddy of Bush, Tang, will be hopping a flight to Mauritania to glad hand and make offers of protection and mutual friendship and of course, the oil.

We snapped at China when they followed the rules and made Unocal an sweet offer. Instead, the shareholders will take a $1,000,000,000 hit in the wallet and the Chinese won't bother doing this anymore but go about the planet picking up the shattered remains of our little world girdling empire.

Now for a true story: many years ago, my parents were flying across Africa with a head of state. They were coming back from America after the head of state visited the White House. When they landed at the airport, they were greeted by tanks and machinegun nests. For two days, my father negotiated with the coup members through proxies until my mother got sick from the heat. So dad strode out to the door of the plane, called over to the gunners to fetch the French ambassador.

He then explained about my mother needing help so they took her out to the embassy. Then my dad arranged for the President to fly to Paris, too. As they flew away, the gunners shot at the plane and bullets "went right through the wings! But none through us!" my father exclaimed.

I always worried when they went overseas.

From an amusingly demented right wing site:

June 11, 2005

2,000 US Troops Dispatched to Mauritania
So far, I've only seen this AKI report which claims the US has dispatched 2,000 troops to the small Western Sahara nation of Mauritania. Last week, members of the Salafite Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), an al Qaeda linked group which has been fighting secularists in Algeria for some time, killed 17 Mauratian troops.

I know I've said it a dozen times, but if you want to find the hot bed of Islamic radicalism look to Africa. Also, the 2,000 US troops might also want to keep an eye out for Osama bin Laden while they are there. If I had to make a bet on where he is, I'd place it on Africa.

Via Open Source Intelligence this AKI story:

Following the recent slaying of 17 government soldiers in a terrorist attack on a military base in northern Mauritania, the United States has sent a contingent of 2,000 soldiers, as well as helicopters, to the area, the United Arab Emirates daily 'Al-Kalheej' reported on Friday. The US troops will use military bases set up in the desert in Mauritania and Mali three years ago as part of the war on terror.
The US battalion's mission is to help Mauritanian troops patrol the country's northern border with Algeria, where militants from the Algerian extremist formation, the Salafite Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), have been entering the country. The GSPC claimed responsibility for last Saturday's deadly attack on the remote military base, although the Mauritanian authorities maintain the attack, in which 17 soldiers were killed, was the work of Mauritanian and Mali extremists, linked to a few GSPC and smugglers operating along the borders between Algeria, Mali and Mauritania.

Posted by Dr. Rusty Shackleford at June 11, 2005 12:47 PM | TrackBack | Blogroll mypetjawa
Yes, we have troops there. After interacting with our troops, the Mauritanian troops want to get rid of us as fast as possible. Once again, waving flags and screaming, "USA, USA" doesn't make friends with anyone. The right wing is steadfastedly anti-internationalist while wanting to meddle in all and sundry nations and people no matter how hostile.

From Afrol News:
23 September - While abandoning much of its Cold War-era bases in Europe and Asia, the US military is relocating to Africa and the Middle East to "fight terrorism" and "protect oil" resources. In Africa, US bases are to focus on Uganda, Djibouti, Senegal and São Tomé and Príncipe, where flexible, small-scale "jumping off points" exist or are to be built.

The US Pentagon is in a period of major restructuring, in particular regarding American military bases abroad. While enormous bases in Germany and South Korea are abandoned or detracted, new and more flexible bases are constructed or planned all over the world, in particular in the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe.

The concept is creating strategically placed "jumping off points" with very few permanently stationed troops but with the infrastructure in place to rapidly launch major regional operations, according to a report published today by the US new agency Associated Press (AP). Bases are to cover all the world's regions where the US government is concerned over potential instability or terrorism, or simply wants to protect key resources such as oil.
Forget the jumping off stuff, we are being jumped on. The geniuses running our foreign affairs like Bolton or Condi think a good punch in the nose will make everyone love us. All experiments in this form of diplomacy have blown up in our faces which is probably why they are so determined to continue.

Obviously, someone wants another 9/11 on 9/11. Looks better and better for this "winning trifecta" to come along and make Bush wildly popular.

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