If you want to understand why our government is so worked up about Ukraine, a good place to start is with U.S. actions in Yugoslavia some 25 years ago.
Last Saturday, U.S. military operatives carried out raids in Libya and Somalia. Coincidentally, the raids took place one day before the 37th anniversary of a major terrorist act for which the United States has never held anybody accountable.
Before the Westgate attack, Kenya had successfully thwarted a number of terrorist plots. The coming days and weeks are likely to see more beefed up, continent-wide efforts to counter terrorism.
The language the administration is using to argue for an attack on Syria is morally bankrupt power politics, not humanitarianism, and would violate international law.
In a runoff presidential election on August 12, former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita easily beat engineer Soumaila Cisse.
On June 18, the interim government of Mali and the Tuareg separatists of the National Movement of Azawad signed a tentative peace deal.
On February 28, Germany's Bundestag members of most political parties voted to send German troops to Mali.
The situation in the West African country of Mali continues to get more difficult and complex.
The bloodshed may be just starting.
Troops from Mali, France and other African nations have captured the cities of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu in Mali's arid Northeast.