US cooperation with Ethiopia
...It looks like the US investment in helping Ethiopia has paid huge dividends. Their effective assistance to the Somalia transitional government has turned the tide much more quickly than anyone anticipated. Ironically, as I was calling the calls for a cease fire ridiculous, many in the African Muslim media were suggesting that the refusal was ridiculous. Now their hysteria looks pretty ridiculous.
The U.S. was apparently providing the Ethiopians with satellite and aircraft photos of Islamic Courts positions. The U.S. has a large counter-terror force to the north, in Djibouti. The U.S. may be supplying Ethiopia with cash (to pay for all the gas the Ethiopians are burning in their operations). For years, the U.S. has been training Ethiopian troops for operations like this.