Malian soldiers stand guard as Mali's President Dioncounda Traore speaks to French troops at an air base in Bamako. (Photo:REUTERS/Joe Penney)
(This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the audio to hear it.)
Washington is keeping the conflict in the West African nation of Mali at arm's length. American officials say they are providing intelligence to France and are considering deploying American aircraft to land in Mali for airlift or logistical support. But there are no plans to send American troops.
George Friedman is CEO of Stratfor, a global intelligence company based in Austin, Texas. He speaks with anchor Marco Werman about his recent article "Avoiding the Wars that Never End".