By CJ Radin
The Long War Journal, November 18, 2012
The Islamist takeover of two-thirds of Mali this year has spurred the West as well as concerned neighboring countries in Africa to find a way to restore Mali to its democratic path and drive out jihadist elements. Islamist groups in Mali currently include Ansar Dine, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which is considered one of the most dangerous of al Qaeda’s affiliated groups.
Phi Beta Iota: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) both lack any measures of merit for specific US plans, programs, and budgets. There is no metric for assuring the public of any return on investment for their hard-earned income taxes. This is something that needs to change in the 21st Century.