Vietnam and Mali, and some historical parallels....
After WW2, the French were anxious to re-occupy French Indo-China after the Japanese occupiers were gone. The problem was that the people of French Indo-China didn't want them back. They fought the French. Meanwhile, in Korea, the US got involved in a very hot "action". It eventually ended in an armistance of sorts, at least that's they say.
U.S. military trainers are expected to arrive in West Africa this weekend to train local military forces to fight Islamist insurgents including those now battling French and local government troops in Mali, State Dept. spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says in Washington.
U.S. now providing intelligence, airlift to French troops fighting insurgents in Mali
No U.S. troops to operate in Mali; U.S. barred from providing direct assistance to Mali military ...and pigs fly
Now Nigeria is important: very important. Or rather, Nigerian light sweet, one of the highest quality crudes in the world, is. And thanks to the "bungled" French peacemaking attempt, the US now has a critical foothold in what is the most strategically placed stretch of desert in Western Africa, a place where US "military trainers" will now be deployed at will.
Be on the lookout for curious escalations in violence around the capital Abuja, and key port city Lagos, in the coming months once the current Mali fracas is long forgotten.
Charles de Gaul asked Eisenhower for armed military help. Ike refused, but agreed to provide logistical support. The first American casualties were two pilots killed flying cargo to French troops near Hanoi. That was 1954.
In the next few years, the Chinese Communists began attempts to stage coups in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Ike, and then Kennedy, sent in "military trainers" and "advisors".
Thus began Operation Ambidextrous, Operation Hotfoot, and Operation White Star under the aegis of the CIA.
In 1964, Johnson declared war after a staged event in the Gulf of Tonkin. The rest is history.
I cry for my country.