U.S. engaged in protecting French-owned uranium interests in Niger

THE SHINBONE STAR

A C-130 U.S. Air Force plane lands as Nigerien soldiers stand in formation during the Flintlock military exercise in Diffa, Niger March 8, 2014.

ROT, my colleague Macinelli’s cleverly coined acronym for Republicans For Trump, probably didn’t have time to sigh in relief because the imbroglio in Niger slipped into back-page oblivion. Who wants to talk about a war out of view when there are so many battles being fought on the White House lawn? One of them is even over Canadian uranium and who did what to whom while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

While the story percolated, folks learned which Trumpsters were heading for the dumpster. Ironically, nailing those thugs seriously trumped the secret war in Niger, part of a much loftier American effort across Africa to obtain mineral rights and beneficial treaties with the warlords and tribal kings running most of “the Dark Continent.”

Before the…

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