While awaiting the arrival of the AFISMA-promised troops, the French have reclaimed both Goa and Timbuktu. The Islamist jihaddist terrorists seem to have headed to the protection of the mountains on the Algerian border with Mali rather than stand and fight to achieve their martyrdom.
If nothing else, the terrorist invaders unmasked the weaknesses of the make-believe government of Mali.
After this military reaction and reclaiming of towns/villages, will the Frenchies or their promised African allies want to invest in chasing terrorists over the desert terrain of northern Mali which is the size of Tejas and where the tuaregs still want a recognized autonomy or will they just pack up and go home and allow the mess to fester? My guess is that Libya is now a safe haven for Islamist terrorist jihadists and until the world recognizes that the Arab Spring has sprung some unintended consequences in North Africa, it is going to be a long protracted anti-terrorist campaign. All IMHO.
Don't pretend to be able to read H's mind, but I am guessing that his new secretaries at State & Defense will cheer on the frogs and continue to support their anti-terrorism efforts. Like intelligence-gathering, transport, drones, and air-refueling. The Eurowimps colonized Africa and then decolonized it, but all of them still have economic interests on that continent to mind and mine. Don't really know about American economic penetration into the natural resources of Africa other than black gold.
Know somebody who still hankers for adventure as a mercenary? My guess is that whatever it is called, The French Foreign Legion will be chasing Islamist jihadist terrorists for a few decades. All IMHO.