Let us take a look at some of the points mentioned on this map of Africa by the United States Africa Command. AFRICOM being a military organisation, one should presume they want to solve these issues militarily.
“Across the Continent: Poor Governance”. Presuming for the sake of argument that is supposedly true for all African countries: does AFRICOM really think that United States wars for regime change are the answer? After what happened in Iraq, Libya, etc. after United States armed forces attacks?
‘Depletion of Fishing Grounds‘: if AFRICOM is really serious about that, then they should attack the overfishing big ships owned by multinational corporations, often based in countries which are military allies of the Pentagon.
‘Trans-Sahel: Transnational Extremism’: to a large extent, caused by the Pentagon’s and NATO’s war on Libya, with Al-Qaeda-ish militias as allies; which, after their victory, killed the US ambassador to Libya, spread out to other African countries, and started killing each other in Libya.
‘West Africa / Gulf of Guinea: Influx of Illegal Drugs’: Yeah right, after the gigantic ‘success’ of the War on Drugs of the United States government in the Americas, and in Afghanistan, and in Iraq, let’s have one more War on Drugs, destroying lots of buildings and people in Africa with Pentagon gunfire.
‘West Africa / Gulf of Guinea: Oil Theft’: presumably, there being a close relationship between the Pentagon and Big Oil, with this, AFRICOM does not mean theft by big multinational corporations of African oil. It means that sometimes Africans, whose land and water are polluted by leaking pipelines owned by multinational corporations, take some oil from the leaks for their lamps etc. According to a corporation like Shell, Big Oil does not cause oil pollution in countries like Nigeria. Supposedly, the Nigerian people, with their ‘oil theft’, do. Only recently, Shell admitted that their pollution, not ‘oil theft’ pollution, was very much bigger than what they had said before. Does AFRICOM indeed want, once again, ‘blood for oil’, this time in Nigeria?
‘Southern Africa: HIV/AIDS‘: like other points on this AFRICOM slide, AFRICOM seems to think diseases are a problem which should be solved by firing guns at it. Why not, instead of sending soldiers to African countries where there is Ebola, helping African doctors and nurses? Or sending doctors and nurses of one’s own instead of soldiers, like, eg, Cuba does?
By Thomas Gaist in the USA:
US AFRICOM commander calls for “huge” military campaign in West Africa
2 February 2015
US Africa Command (AFRICOM) head General David Rodriguez called for a large-scale US-led “counterinsurgency” campaign against groups in West Africa during remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC last week.
The US should prepare for operations in at least four West African countries as part of a “huge international and multinational” response aimed at forces affiliated with Boko Haram, Rodriguez said.
AFRICOM is already preparing an “across the board response to the threat,” Rodriguez said.
Echoing recent comments from US Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit to Lagos, Nigeria that the US is ready to “do more” militarily in Nigeria, Rodriguez called on the Nigerian government to “let us help more and more.”
In similar remarks at a the US Army West Point academy last week, US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) chief General Joseph Votel said that US commando teams must prepare for new deployments against Boko Haram and the Islamic State.
“[Boko Haram] is creating fertile ground for expansion into other areas,” Votel said.
“While it isn’t a direct threat to the homeland, it is impacting indirectly our interests in this particular area and creating another area of instability,” the top US special forces officer said.
Votel warned that radical Islamic groups are gaining tens of thousands of new fighters.
Votel cited ongoing SOCOM operations in the Philippines, begun in 2002, as a model for how US commandos can project US power by building relations with allied militaries. Votel will travel to Norway in early February to talk with NATO allies about US war preparations, including new military operations in the Arctic directed against Russia, according to Defense News.
Rodriguez and Votel’s statements coincided with plans announced by the African Union last week to deploy a 7,500-strong multinational force in the name of fighting Boko Haram and “other extremist groups.”
The AU multinational force will serve as the vehicle for further infiltration of US forces into West Africa, while providing support for and legitimizing the already significant US military presence in the strategically crucial, resource region. The intervention will proceed amidst elaborate war game exercises led by US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), known as Operation Flintlock, to be coordinated with a number of West African and European militaries beginning in mid-February.
US Congressional leaders are also pushing for a new war in Nigeria and the surrounding region. Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce was scheduled to meet with the Nigerian ambassador to the US today, Ade Adefuye, known to be a strong advocate of US military intervention in Nigeria, according to Nigeria’s the Guardian.
Representatives Patrick Meehan and Peter King demanded that the US implement “a comprehensive strategy to address Boko Haram’s growing lethality” in letters to Secretary Kerry posted in mid-January.
The Obama administration is also preparing to approve the sale of Cobra jet fighters to Nigerian government, according to the Guardian.
Last week, Chadian jet fighters and ground troops launched cross-border attacks against the Nigerian towns of Gamboru, Kolfata and Malumfatori, reportedly driving Boko Haram fighters out of the area. Boko Haram launched repeated assaults against northern capital of Maiduguri, home to some 2 million residents, reportedly utilizing heavy weapons including RPGs and artillery. The Nigerian military claims that hundreds of Boko Haram fighters were killed during the attacks.
South African mercenaries are fighting alongside Nigerian troops against the militants, according to reports late this week.
US-NATO war games prepare massive military escalation in West Africa: here.
The US Defense Department (DOD) began deployment of at least 300 additional troops to the West African country of Cameroon this week, the White House announced on Wednesday: here.
How the Pentagon Bombs Budget Estimates to $mithereens: here.
US Africa Command (AFRICOM) dispatched dozens of US Marines to South Sudan’s capital of Juba last week: here.
US intensifies military training operations across Africa: here.
The number of American commandos fighting in Africa grew by 600 percent between 2006 and 2010, and by another 1000 percent between 2010 and 2016, according to documents authored by General Donald Bolduc, head of the Pentagon’s Special Operations Command-Africa (SOCAFRICA): here.