There are moments when one examines the Middle East wondering where next for ISIS or any of the dozens of other terrorist organizations. It is clear that ISIS is moving into Libya. Remember the days when Libya was run by the two bit dictator Gaddafi? Seems like in the old days there were dictators who sort of ran a tight ship, they put thousands into prison, tortured, and made certain that religious extremists understood there was only one big shot in town. France is still reeling from the horror of terrorism and has decided that Libya is just as good as any place to once again take on terrorists.
French special forces are in Libya although the French government denies their presence. France has now established military bases in Libya, but the new norm is to deny there are any western nations engaged in ‘nation building.” So, the French secretly arm people they assume are “good” guys and seek to get some sort of revenge. These days, it is best to pretend there is a war in the Middle
East in which western troops do any fighting.
Of course, Russia does not play the same game. Putin boasts Russia is fighting and killing. I wonder what President Trump would do? Follow the French model of secrecy or just send in the troops and let them die?