One, France has all the airlift capability it needs, with Transall, Hercules and A330 aircraft. The reason is political, so that all can share in the workload and France can claim it's an international effort, thereby justifying its intervention . UK and Canada are also contributing C-17s. You don't understand the political reasoning of these decisions.Hey Jacques, can you explain why France needs U.S.A.F. C-17's to transport their military less than 2,000 miles to northern Mali? If France is such a great country, why do the need us for a mission in THEIR sphere of influence?
Mali only gained is freedom from France in 1960 but they still rely on France to some extent. And France relies on Uncle Sugar!
In Afghanistan and Iraq, did the US not assemble a coalition also, as France is now tryng to do? How many countries joined the US in Irsq both times and Afghanistan. Could such a great country as the U.S., as you've just labelled France, not go it alone? It could, but it was also a political move. You don't get it. Stay with the joystick.