Is Mali a new flashpoint?

Romney singles out the rapid spread of instability and extremism in northern Mali -- twice -- in the opening minutes of the debate. Who would have thought that the landlocked, impoverished North African country would have received top billing at a debate over the most pressing security threats facing the United States?

Craig Whitlock covers the Pentagon and national security. He has reported for The Washington Post since 1998.

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