March 06, 2010
The Warhogs

Just this one more little cigarette and then I promise I’ll quit for good….

From the New York Times:

…But it seems there has been a genuine shift in Somali policy, too, and the Americans have absorbed a Somali truth that eluded them for nearly 20 years: If Somalia is going to be stabilized, it is going to take Somalis.

“This is not an American offensive,” said Johnnie Carson, the assistant secretary of state for Africa. “The U.S. military is not on the ground in Somalia. Full stop.”

He added, “There are limits to outside engagement, and there has to be an enormous amount of local buy-in for this work.”

Most of the American military assistance to the Somali government has been focused on training, or has been channeled through African Union peacekeepers. But that could change. An American official in Washington, who said he was not authorized to speak publicly, predicted that American covert forces would get involved if the offensive, which could begin in a few weeks, dislodged Qaeda terrorists.

“What you’re likely to see is airstrikes and Special Ops moving in, hitting and getting out,” the official said.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 06, 2010 09:52 AM
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WTF! Perhaps it would make things easier if someone would list those countries where the U.S. military is not operating. At least, perhaps, the list would be shorter. (snark attempt)
I am intrigued by the logo at the bottom of this post. Could you comment on its significance? And where might I find a copy to download?
I may have found an avatar.

Posted by: John Gall on March 6, 2010 11:45 AM

Back when Cheney and Bush were lying us off to war with Iraq, I took to referring to that whole sociopathological bunch as Warhogs, a term that never managed to catch on with anybody else. For those early postings, do a site search for warhog. I was hoping that I could retire the logo, but no such luck. America is full of Americans, and we just love our little soldier boys and our little wars, and Obama knows it.

You can find a full-sized version of the warthog skull here:

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on March 6, 2010 12:30 PM

Somebody plese send word to Joe Bageant that his reader's question was just answered by the snake expert.


Posted by: Buck on March 6, 2010 5:47 PM

You can count me as another American that doesn't love our little wars.
And thanks for the pic. Don't know exactly why it tripped my trigger. Maybe it's from a very old memory - many many years ago, I was put up a tree by a huge feral sow that I spooked while walking in the north Florida piney woods on a deer hunt. She didn't have tushes in any way similar to those in your pic - maybe my mind made a leap - it did scare me as much as if they had been that large. Heh. It must have been funny to watch, at least from this remove, but I sure wasn't laughing back then. Was a couple of years before I told anyone about it.

Posted by: John Gall on March 6, 2010 7:58 PM
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