In Mali, bad things will happen if we don’t intervene and bad thing will likely happen if we do. The thing is, Europe needs to get its act together and do something effective instead of us having to save their bacon, again. You’ve had a fun 50 years of the US subsidizing your military so you can spend more on your social experimentation, now it’s time to man up and pay for your own defense. This may mean you have to reduce public pensions and assistance, which you can’t really afford anyway. Well, hard decisions are part of being a grown up country.* Time to make some.
*this also applies to the US.