There is actually a country in Africa called “Niger.” No, you don’t pronounce it like that. The ‘G’ is soft like a ‘J.’ But you can’t blame people for making that mistake, as the country exists as a post-colonial afterthought and essentially to fill a gap on the map.
Right now you might be wondering what vital interests the United States has there after the news came out that a group of Green Berets, one of the elite special forces of the American Empire, had been ambushed, with four killed — one more was just added to the three initially reported.
Niger is one of the poorest and most backward countries in the world, but thankfully it is literally in the middle of nowhere, so none of that should be a concern for anyone besides the people who have the misfortune to live there, or possibly their neighbors like Chad. Yet, it seems that elite US troops were sent there to provide target practice for a group called Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb, while the local government did all it could to hamper US forces.
Fox News learned the dead and injured soldiers were taken from the firefight by French Puma helicopters. Only one U.S. helicopter was available to pick up the Green Berets. It is not clear why it wasn’t used.
A senior Marine Corps general declined to comment on the lack of air cover at a Pentagon news conference Thursday.
“We are not prepared to go into details right now,” said Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The Pentagon has built two drone bases inside Niger, but the local government doesn’t allow armed drone flights to protect U.S. troops, despite repeated requests from the U.S. military.
The question thus arises, WTF were they doing there?
Answers like “spreading democracy,” “protecting our allies,” or “keeping America safe” will rightly get you laughed at. That piece of scorpion-infested sand will never be a democracy, a friend to anyone, or a threat to anywhere let alone America. Also, there is not much in the way of oil. A little, yes, but hardly enough to justify military operations and a steady trickle of American deaths.
So, what possible reason is there for US special forces to be at risk there?
The only possibility is that some autiste in the State Department had a look at the map, thought there was a ‘G’ missing, and called his friends at the Pentagon to go and have look for it. I really can’t think of any other reason why the US is there.
Also, did they find it? The taxpayers need to know if their money is being well spent.