Obama loves his drones and refuses to let congressional authority stop him. Wonder if this qualifies Obama for another worthless Nobel Peace Prize?
WASHINGTON — About 100 U.S. troops have deployed to the West Africancountry of Niger to help establish a drone base for surveillance missions, in the latest step by the United States to aid French forces battling Islamic militants in neighboring Mali.
So much for Obama’s claim of bringing the troops home. He never promised he would keep them here.
In a letter to Congress on Friday, President Obama said the deployment would “provide support for intelligence collection and will also facilitate intelligence sharing with French forces conducting operations in Mali, and with other partners in the region.”
Just your typical usurping of Congressional powers from the Dear Leader.
The last 40 American troops in the deployment arrived in Niger on Feb. 20 with the consent of the government, Obama said.
The consent of the Nigerian government, not the consent of Congress who represents US.
A senior U.S. officer described the troops as a security unit that will protect crews flying and maintaining U.S. Air Forcedrones now operating from an airfield near the capital, Niamey. The force includes drone pilots, intelligence liaison officers and aircraft maintenance personnel, the officer said.
“We’re basing drones there to help the French, and this deployment is the security element,” the officer said.
He spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the operation publicly.