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.
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 are a couple of 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. The country has long been controlled by factions of theocratic gangs, and there is no real functioning government. Major powers in Somalia include Al Shabaab, the Islamic militant group that’s allegedly linked to Al Qaeda. Previous U.S. administrations have leveraged the Al Qaeda link claims to utilize the post 9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and deploy troops into the country without the consent of Congress.
In addition to the political issues, Somalis face extreme poverty and food shortages countrywide.
In December 2020, President Trump announced and executed a full withdrawal of the 700 or so American troops in Somalia. In a statement to The Times Monday, a National Security Council spokesman declared Trump’s action a “precipitous decision to withdraw.” Prior to that, the U.S. had a consistent presence in Somalia since 2007, launching hundreds of airstrikes throughout the nation.