The biggest news story out of Mali in the past week was that the grateful dark people have presented Hollande with a new camel.
This is to replace the last camel that the grateful dark people presented to Hollande, which was unfortunately eaten by the (obviously hungry) dark people entrusted with its care.
Dark people will do that.
But where are the spurs?
When Hollande launched this ill-advised adventure, the unctuous imbecile BHL was crowing about Hollande's remake as a man of action. Hollande was "earning his spurs."
That struck me as fatuous nonsense then, and it remains fatuous nonsense.
Hollande's poll numbers at home are plummeting. In Mali they eat his camel. His allies have abandoned him. His stretched-too-thin boots on the African ground keep liberating the same towns over and over again.
And all the while his treasury bleeds red ink.
At least he has a new camel for consolation.