. . . Since 9/11, the U.S. military has been ramping up missions on the African
continent, funneling money into projects to woo allies, supporting and training proxy
forces, conducting humanitarian outreach, carrying out air strikes and commando raids,
creating a sophisticated logistics network throughout the region, and building a string
of camps, "cooperative security locations," and bases-by-other-names.
All the while, AFRICOM downplayed the expansion and much of the media, with a few
notable exceptions, played along. With the end of the Iraq War and the drawdown of
combat forces in Afghanistan, Washington has, however, visibly "pivoted" to Africa and,
in recent weeks, many news organizations, especially those devoted to the military, have
begun waking up to the new normal there.
While daily U.S. troop strength continent-wide hovers in the relatively modest range of
5,000 to 8,000 personnel, an under-the-radar expansion has been constant, with the U.S.
military now conducting operations alongside almost every African military in almost
every African country and averaging more than a mission a day. . . .
Nick Turse is an investigative reporter, a
fellow at The Nation Institute, the managing editor of TomDispatch.com, a contributing
writer at The Intercept, and the co-founder of Dispatch Books. He is the author, most
recently, of Next Time They'll Come to Count the Dead: War and Survival in South Sudan
as well as the New York Times bestseller Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War
in Vietnam, which received a 2014 American Book Award.
Smedley Darlington Butler, "'War Is A Racket',"
The Wisdom Fund, September 11, 2001
[While SEAL Team 6 has received extensive coverage, what could be considered the
military story of the twenty-first century, the massive, ongoing expansion of a secret
force (functionally the president's private army) cocooned inside the U.S. military -
now at almost 70,000 personnel and growing - has gotten next to none.--Nick Turse, "A Secret War in 135 Countries,"
tomdispatch.com, September 24, 2015]
[With military presence in 53 of 54 of Africa's nations, the American empire has emerged
to pick up where the former European colonial powers have left off.--Justin Yun, "U.S.
expands secret wars in Africa," truth-out.org, May 10, 2016]
[U.S. Africa Command boasts that it"neutralizes transnational threats" and"prevents
and mitigates conflict," while training local allies and proxies"in order to promote
regional security, stability, and prosperity." Rodriguez's tenure was, however, marked
by the very opposite: increasing numbers of lethal terror attacks across the continent
including those in Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote
d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria,
Somalia, South Sudan, and Tunisia. . . . In 2007, just before it became an independent
command, there were fewer than 400 such incidents annually in sub-Saharan Africa.
Last year, the number reached nearly 2,000.--Nick Turse and Tom Engelhardt, "The U.S. Military Pivots to Africa and That Continent Goes Down the
Drain," antiwar.com, August 3, 2016]
[Hawk Hillary has brought slavery back to Libya, . . .Then there was that 100 million
dollar donation to the Clinton Foundation, by Lundin for Africa. Um, is this charity?
Lundin is an oil and mining company based in Canada. There was also a 20 million
donation to the Foundation from Ethiopia's repressive leader Meles Zenawi. And ties to
businessman Gilbert Chagoury brought along shady land deals in Nigeria. Also of note is
her State Department arming of child soldiers in southern Sudan.--Nick Pemberton, "The Colonial Pantsuit: What We Didn't Want to Know About
Africa," counterpunch.org, October 12, 2018]
[AFRICOM is an occupying force that in no way functions to guarantee the security of
African people (see Libya, among others), but rather to guarantee the free flow of
resources out of Africa and into the Global North, particularly former colonial powers
like France and Britain, and of course the US.--Nick Pemberton, "AFRICOM: A
Neocolonial Occupation Force?," counterpunch.org, December 11, 2018]