Obama’s hit regime relentlessly expands and grows, on a country, conflict and individual basis, this time moving its sights towards Algeria and Mokhtar Belmokhtar, and, of course, whatever family members, comrades in arms or innocent bystanders might happen to be nearby.
“Adding the Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar to a U.S. targeted-killing list would represent a significant U.S. expansion into northwestern Africa, extending the reach of the U.S. program of drone strikes and other lethal counterterrorism operations, which have concentrated on Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan.
Until now, the U.S. has focused on feeding intelligence to allies about Mr. Belmokhtar and his terrorist group, which is an offshoot of al Qaeda's North African affiliate. That strategy has helped the U.S. maintain an arm's-length approach to counterterrorism operations in northwest Africa, where Islamist militants have carved out a haven.
The push by U.S. military and intelligence officials to list Mr. Belmokhtar as a target comes as the militants face a potential guerrilla war with French and African military forces in northern Mali, a base of operations for the Algerian.
U.S. officials said that Mr. Belmokhtar, whose group has armed itself in part with Libyan weapons, stands as a key example of the dangers of unchecked terrorist aspirations and capabilities in the wake of the Arab Spring, which saw several iron-fisted dictatorships give way to more-chaotic elected governments.”
Oh, the irony. Obama seeks to use assassination to counter the effects of the Arab Spring insurgency that was armed, sanctioned and supported by none other than the President himself. His tangled web will come back to haunt us domestically when one day, in the not too distant future, retaliatory drone strikes will be launched against political targets in the good ole USA. For all the aura of secrecy, mysticism and high tech surrounding the drones, they are little more than gliders powered by lawn mower engines, flying below the radar. Good luck USA.