06 March 2010
The NYT has a really interesting article up today about how the US is providing some support for an upcoming Somali TFG offensive in Mogadishu against Shabab and related groups. However, it makes only passing reference to some of the foreign policy failures of the past two decades such as the invasion in the 90s, the CIA campaign to back warlords against the ICU prior to the Ethiopian invasion, and backing the Ethiopian invasion. Helpfully though, the online article does provide links to some of those old NYT stories. This sort of gives you a clearer understanding of how the current foreign policy problem is a product of past foreign policy mistakes. It's a case study in how not to approach failed states and possible terrorist havens.