Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Back to War: Biden reverses Trump withdrawal, sends ground troops into greater Middle East

Posted by M. C. on May 17, 2022

First Ukraine, now Somalia.

Jordan Schachtel

President Biden has signed a non-public executive order deploying hundreds of American soldiers into the failed state of Somalia.

It’s official: America is back at war in the greater Middle East. In addition to the ongoing defense industry enrichment project in Ukraine, Somalia has been added to the client list. America’s military industrial cartel is back in the saddle under President Biden.

President Biden has signed a non-public executive order deploying hundreds of American soldiers into the failed state of Somalia. According to The New York Times, which was given exclusive access to the Biden order, the E.O. includes “standing authority” for the Pentagon to bomb the country on demand.

Charlie Savage @charlie_savageEXCLUSIVE: Biden secretly signed an order in early May authorizing the military to redeploy 100s of Special Forces into Somalia & to target about a dozen Al Shabab leaders. Reverses Trump’s last-minute decision to withdraw from Somalia. w/ @EricSchmittNYT Biden Approves Plan to Redeploy Several Hundred Ground Forces Into SomaliaThe president also signed off on targeting about a dozen Shabab leaders in the war-torn country, from which Donald J. Trump largely withdrew in his final weeks in office.nytimes.comMay 16th 2022324 Retweets570 Likes

The Times reports:

“Mr. Biden has approved a Pentagon request for standing authority to target about a dozen suspected leaders of Al Shabab, the Somali terrorist group that is affiliated with Al Qaeda, three of the officials said. Since Mr. Biden took office, airstrikes have largely been limited to those meant to defend partner forces facing an immediate threat.”

According to the report, Biden signed the order in “early May,” but we are now just hearing about it. 

The news comes just one day after a new president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, was “elected” in Somalia with a voting population of a mere 327 people, in a country of 16 million. Mohamud was previously elected president during the Obama years, with a term spanning from 2012-2017.

Surely, these two news items on back to back days are remarkable coincidences, and there is no further story to be found here. 

The BBC has fascinating details on the “election” within the failed state. 

Here’s a couple interesting tidbits from the report.

“​​Mr Mohamud was sworn in shortly after the final results were announced, prompting supporters in the capital to cheer and fire guns into the air. He will serve for the next four years.”

But wait, there’s more: 

“Explosions could be heard nearby as voting was taking place, but police said no casualties were reported,” the BBC report adds.

Life in Somalia is pretty much hell on earth.

See the rest here

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