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MALI UPDATE – AT 10:45 A.M. ET:  Would someone please send President Obama a memo that the decade of war is not over?  It would be helpful.  It would also be helpful if he'd stop misleading the country.  He might consider reading a biography of Neville Chamberlain.  From Fox:

KONNA, Mali – The United States will provide additional support to the French military in its war against Al Qaeda-linked militants in Mali by conducting aerial refueling missions, the Pentagon announced Saturday.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has told the French defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, that U.S. Africa Command will provide the aerial refueling support, according to Pentagon spokesman George Little.

Little said the two defense officials discussed the refueling missions and other topics during a phone conversation Saturday.

"The leaders also discussed plans for the United States to transport troops from African nations, including Chad and Togo, to support the international effort in Mali," Little said in a statement released by the Pentagon late Saturday.

U.S. aerial refueling planes would be a boost to air support for French ground forces as they enter areas of Mali that are controlled by al-Qaida-linked extremists.

The announcement comes a day after the Obama administration announce it has requested an additional $32 million from Congress to train African troops to fight Islamic extremists in Mali.

COMMENT:  I don't see what other choice we have.  Al Qaeda is now operating big time in Africa, and we know that some of its fighters and equipment are coming from the wrecked country of Libya.  We recently saw the Al Qaeda-linked attack on our embassy in Benghazi and the Al Qaeda-linked strike at an oil installation in Algeria.

We cannot wish the war on terror away.  It appears, actually, to be growing.   The French consider Mali important because northern Africa is on Europe's doorstep.  We're glad to see an awakening.

January 27,  2013