The big news last week was the expansion of the War on Terror in Africa. The conflict against Islamists in Mali — remember when everyone laughed at Mali coming up during the Presidential debates — spilled over into Algeria with a hostage situation which was … eventually … resolved with about 50 of the hostages killed in the process.
US involvement, so far, has been thankfully minimal. I’m not sure that there’s much we can do. At this level, we are really talking about a gang of Jihadi Whack-A-Mole, with attempted revolutions and terror acts popping up in random parts of the globe. I do appreciate that we don’t want Mali to fall to Islamists. But can we defend every weak regime in the world? Should we?