After World War II, FDR refused repeated requests from France for assistance in reconquering its Vietnamese colony. But later abundant aid would come from a more aggressive Truman Administration, also soon to invade Korea. After the French defeat, and Eisenhower’s cancellation of elections in 1956, the US invaded Vietnam as well.
We learn now that France has requested and received US support in its efforts to reconquer Mali, its ultimate objective Algeria. There are no surprises here – it is natural fallout from the attack on Libya. As early as March of 2012, France had Algeria in its sights, and saw Mali as the pathway. From Theirry Maysson,
During the attack on Libya, the French and the British made wide use of the Islamists to fight the power structure in Tripoli, since the Cyrenaican separatists had no interest in overthrowing Muammar al-Gaddafi once Benghazi became independent. At the fall of the Jamahiriya, I was personally witness to the reception of the leaders of AQMI (Al Qaida in Islamist Mahgreb) by members of the National Transitional Council in the Hotel Corinthia, which had just been secured by British special forces who had come from Iraq for that purpose. It was clear that the next target for Western colonialism would be Algeria, and that AQMI would play its part, but at that time I could not see which conflict could be used to justify international intervention.
Paris has imagined a scenario in which war will enter Algeria via Mali.
No surprises here, and my how little things have changed since the warlike Truman replaced FDR.