United States war in Africa

This 2008 video says about itself:


AFRICOM: The expansion of US military interests on African soil

By John Pilger, Truthout:

US Combat Troops Descend on Africa

Thursday 20 October 2011

On October 14, President Barack Obama announced that he was sending United States special forces to Uganda to join the civil war there.

In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will “engage” only for “self-defence,” says Obama, satirically.

With Libya secured, a US invasion of the African continent is under way.

Obama’s decision is described in the press as “highly unusual” and “surprising,” even “weird.” It is none of these things. It is the logic of American foreign policy since 1945. Take Vietnam. The priority was to halt the influence of China, an imperial rival, and “protect” Indonesia, which President Nixon called “the region’s richest hoard of natural resources … the greatest prize.” Vietnam merely got in the way; and the slaughter of more than three million Vietnamese and the devastation and poisoning of their land was the price of America achieving its goal. Like all America’s subsequent invasions, a trail of blood from Latin America to Afghanistan and Iraq, the rationale was usually “self defense” or “humanitarian,” words long emptied of their dictionary meaning.

In Africa, says Obama, the “humanitarian mission” is to assist the government of Uganda to defeat the Lord’s resistance Army (LRA), which “has murdered, raped and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women and children in central Africa.” This is an accurate description of the LRA, evoking multiple atrocities administered by the United States, such as the bloodbath in the 1960s following the CIA-arranged murder of Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese independence leader and first legally elected prime minister, and the CIA coup that installed Mobutu Sese Seko, regarded as Africa’s most venal tyrant.

Obama’s other justification also invites satire. This is the “national security of the United States.” The LRA has been doing its nasty work for 24 years, of minimal interest to the United States. Today, it has fewer than 400 fighters and has never been weaker. However, US “national security” usually means buying a corrupt and thuggish regime that has something Washington wants. Uganda’s “president-for-life” Yoweri Museveni already receives the larger part of $45 million in US military “aid” – including Obama’s favorite drones. This is his bribe to fight a proxy war against America’s latest phantom Islamic enemy, the rag-tag al Shabaab group based in Somalia. The LRA will play a public relations role, distracting western journalists with its perennial horror stories.

However, the main reason the US is invading Africa is no different from that which ignited the Vietnam War. It is China. In the world of self-serving, institutionalized paranoia that justifies what Gen. David Petraeus, the former US commander and now CIA director, implies is a state of perpetual war, China is replacing al-Qaeda as the official American “threat.” When I interviewed Bryan Whitman, an assistant secretary of defense at the Pentagon last year, I asked him to describe the current danger to America. Struggling visibly, he repeated, “Asymmetric threats … asymmetric threats.” These justify the money-laundering state-sponsored arms conglomerates and the biggest military and war budget in history. With Osama bin Laden airbrushed, China takes the mantle.

Africa is China’s success story. Where the Americans bring drones and destabilization, the Chinese bring roads, bridges and dams. What they want is resources, especially fossil fuels. With Africa’s greatest oil reserves, Libya under Muammar Qaddafi was one of China’s most important sources of fuel. When the civil war broke out and NATO-backed the “rebels” with a fabricated story about Qaddafi planning “genocide” in Benghazi, China evacuated its 30,000 workers in Libya. The subsequent UN Security Council resolution that allowed the West’s “humanitarian intervention” was explained succinctly in a proposal to the French government by the “rebel” National Transitional Council (NTC), disclosed last month in the newspaper Liberation, in which France was offered 35 percent of Libya’s gross national oil production “in exchange” (the term used) for “total and permanent” French support for the NTC. Running up the stars and stripes in “liberated” Tripoli last month, US Ambassador Gene Cretz blurted out: “We know that oil is the jewel in the crown of Libyan natural resources!”

The de facto conquest of Libya by the US and its imperial partners heralds a modern version of the “scramble for Africa” at the end of the 19th century.

Kenya invades Somalia, blames Islamists: here.

Somalia’s president expressed unease over Kenya’s military intervention in his country today, a day after a Kenyan military official admitted that Western states are bombing and shelling armed opposition forces there: here.

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  4. Gulf Of Guinea: U.S. Africa Partnership Station Oversees Cameroon Training


    U.S. Navy
    March 21, 2012

    Cameroon Military Trains New Sailors, APS Staff Observes
    From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

    DOUALA, Cameroon: Cameroonian navy sailors made history as they took part in a three-day combat lifesaver course at the region two military hospital in Doula, Cameroon, March 19-21.

    This is the first course taught entirely by Cameroon military to their fellow service members, while members of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) medical training team observed, and is the second phase of a collaborative effort between the Cameroon military and APS.

    The APS staff visited Douala last week to provide a refresher course for the instructors and their roles have shifted from teacher to mentor.

    APS is an international security cooperation initiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships…


    Gulf Of Guinea: U.S. Air Forces Africa Inaugurates African Partnership Flight


    U.S. Air Forces in Europe
    March 18, 2012

    Week one wraps up at APF
    By Capt. Brooke Brzozowske
    U.S. Air Forces Africa Public Affairs

    ACCRA, Ghana: The first week of U.S. Air Forces Africa’s African Partnership Flight wrapped up at Ghana Air Force’s Camp Burma here March 16, 2012.

    The African Partnership Flight 12-2 is AFAFRICA’s two-week, military-to-military multilateral and regional engagement event…

    Servicemembers from Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Senegal and the U.S. participated in classroom instruction and hands-on aircraft training the first week at Camp Burma in Accra, Ghana.

    “The vision is for APF to become AFAFRICA’s premier semi-annual program for conducting building partnership capacity activities with our African partners, said Maj. Benjamin Dainty, APF assessments and lessons learned…

    The second week of APF 12-2 will conclude with a capstone event showcasing the participants’ collaborative skills in practical exercises.


    850 Sierra Leone Troops Headed To Somalia


    Daily Monitor
    March 19, 2012

    S. Leone army to deploy 850 troops to Somalia
    By Kemo Cham


    The military spokesman said the troops, drawn from various units in the army, have just concluded the pre-African Contingent Training Assistance course with the support of the Freetown-based International Military Advisory Training Team, a mainly British-led foreign forces, which has been training the Sierra Leone military since the end of the country’s 11-year civil war.


    Sierra Leone’s contingent of the UN’s Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia (Unisom) will deploy any time after June, Defence ministry spokesman Ken Jabbi told Africa Review on Saturday.

    At least 850 men and women have now been identified after undergoing months of pre-training exercise for deployment in the war-ravaged East-African nation where al-Shabaab Islamist forces are battling it out with pro-government forces who have the support of AU-backed foreign forces.

    Sierra Leone last year promised to send its men to beef up the Amisom troops.

    Defence Minister Alfred Paulo Conteh last month finally signed the agreement at the AU Commission in Ethiopia for the eventual deployment.

    The military spokesman said the troops, drawn from various units in the army, have just concluded the pre-African Contingent Training Assistance course with the support of the Freetown-based International Military Advisory Training Team, a mainly British-led foreign forces, which has been training the Sierra Leone military since the end of the country’s 11-year civil war.

    “They underwent training basically on the standards of international peacekeeping operations of both the African Union and the United Nations,” Maj. Jabbi said, adding that presently they were conducting training for commanders, to be followed by a fulltime training of the battalion until their departure date.

    Sierra Leone, together with Djibouti, Nigeria and Malawi, had promised to send in their troops to help contain the decade-long unrest in Somalia which has since transformed into a ‘war on terror’.

    Sierra Leone is banking on their experience in the civil war which ended in 2002.


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