The French, who have been fighting wayward Libyan rebels for some days now in Mali have requested assistance from the U.S. with air-refueling and C-17 airlifts. Incredibly, the Obama administration is demanding payment.
Until a few days ago, the Obama Administration was insisting that France reimburse us for all airlift and tanker missions flown in support of air ops over Mali. At the time, the bill was somewhere between $17-19 million dollars. Relative chump change, but the French were incensed. Officials in Paris are quick to point out their folks are doing the fighting (and dying) over there. All they’re asking from the U.S. is more airlift to get soldiers, beans and bullets into the war zone, and tanker support to sustain the air bridge to Mali. We should also point out that other NATO allies (notably Great Britain, Canada and Denmark) are providing support to the French without charge.
I can see Obama leading from behind the Greeks, but the French? I mean, really. That’s half of one of Moochelle’s vacations.