Muslim rebels have taken over a northern Mali town. France is waging war on the Islamists. The U.N. Security Council meets today to discuss the turmoil.

The Brits offered support this weekend.

Canada is pitching in.

And late Sunday night, President Obama dropped this letter on Capitol Hill.

On January 11, 2013, French forces conducted an operation in Somalia in which they attempted to rescue a French citizen being held hostage by al-Shabaab. United States forces provided limited technical support to the French forces in that operation, but took no direct part in the assault on the compound where it was believed the French citizen was being held hostage. United States combat aircraft briefly entered Somali airspace to support the rescue operation, if needed. These aircraft did not employ weapons during the operation. The U.S. forces that supported this operation left Somalia by approximately 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 11, 2013.

I directed U.S. forces to support this rescue operation in furtherance of U.S. national security interests, and pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.

I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148). I appreciate the support of the Congress in this action.

People on both sides of the pond are wondering:  “What are we doing in Mali?”

https://twitter.com/C_A_JONEStechno/status/290385893544570880

For their part, the jihadists have vowed to fight a “long war” with the West.

New Holy War, same as the centuries-old old Holy War.

  • Brent Guthrie

    Occupy Timbuktu!

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Oh, bravo!

  • TheAmishDude

    What was so bad about George W. Bush again, lefties?

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Uh . . .. uh . . .. . uh .. . . BUSH SUX, huh huh durrr

      *drags knuckles/picks nose*

    • RblDiver

      He was bad because he got us involved in foreign wars WITHOUT first getting his Nobel Peace Prize, obviously!

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Don’t the ruddy French have that Maginot Line rehabbed yet?!?

    • James Atkins

      Lol, what did Patton call that? A monument to stupidity?

    • James Atkins

      Lol, what did Patton call that? A monument to stupidity?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

    Oooooh LOOK…the mainstream media is all over this!!! Heh, made you look made you look…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

    Oooooh LOOK…the mainstream media is all over this!!! Heh, made you look made you look…

  • susan schneider

    Why do we need to be in Mali? Thought this Pres. had these people on the Run ? And doesn’t he have to go to Congress to get permission for this?

  • susan schneider

    Why do we need to be in Mali? Thought this Pres. had these people on the Run ? And doesn’t he have to go to Congress to get permission for this?

  • vino veritas

    Why are U.S. forces involved there? For the same reasons Mitt Romney tried to bring up during the debates which were reflexively mocked and ignored by obama’s leftist media drones/hollywood sycophants:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/01/14/Leading-From-Behind-Part-II-France-Intervenes-in-Mali-After-US-Strategy-Collapses#disqus_thread

  • Colonel_Bat_Guano

    Does anyone else recall what happened the last time we got involved with the French in a far off conflict in one of their former colonies?