The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run
As Ed Krayewski has pointed out, Niger, where four American commandos were recently killed, is a scandal, not least of which because there’s no clear, compelling national interest to justify a U.S. presence that started in 2005.
That’s when George W. Bush dispatched forces to train local military and to support French efforts to combat terrorism. In 2013, Barack Obama sent more troops, for the same basic reasons. In the wake of the new deaths, Bonnie Kristian writes,
Donald Trump seems content to stay the course of under-the-radar escalation. A major U.S. base is under construction to serve as a hub for drone activity throughout the region, while American boots on the ground in Niger are significantly occupied with the arrival of extremists from neighboring Libya, which remains in chaos since the U.S.-facilitated ouster of strongman Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.
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