Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:47 PM
MadHound (34,179 posts)
Next stop Africa?
Over the past couple of years the Obama administration has started making some serious moves into Africa. First, there was the notification a year and a half ago that 100 troops would be deployed to central Africa. Just a couple of months ago, it was revealed that four thousand troops were going to be deployed throughout all of Africa. Then today it was quietly announced that another one hundred troops were going to deploy to Niger, not just to provide a boots on the ground presence, or participate in military training, but also as part of the drone base we are building in that country.
Of course the excuse for a lot of this deployment is that wonderful catch all, the War on Terra. The thing is, Sudan and Somalia have seen reduced numbers of Al Qaeda over the years, and there are few instances of any other al Qaeda activity in sub Saharan Africa. So why this sudden interest in Africa?
Oh, yeah, resources. Africa is still a treasure trove of natural resources, and with China quickly moving in to scoop them up, there is consternation among the US power elite. Furthermore, with the move by China into Africa, the petro dollar is under attack. We already went to war with Iraq for daring to threaten the petro dollar, we're punishing Iran for doing the same, so is it any wonder that we would put our military into Africa to avert the decline of the petro dollar there? After all, this is China we're talking about, the country that has established dollar free trade zones in both Asia and South America, and probably will likely do the same in Africa.
Furthermore, this move into Africa continues to feed the MIC in this country. After all, there are the lost revenues from Iraq to be make up, and with the draw down in troops in Afghanistan looming, I'm sure the MIC wants to have another hop spot in the world on deck and ready to go as soon as possible.
Of course this is foolishness on our part. Not only is it a dangerous game to be going all over the world playing the global cop, it is costing us not just our dollars, but the well being of our society at large.
Besides, don't you think that over the couple of hundred years Africa has had enough meddling in its affairs by outside influences? Don't you think it is time to leave them in peace and let them forge their own future? One would have hoped that a president whose father was as stridently anti-colonialist as Obama's that the president would hesitate before sending troops to Africa. I guess anti-colonialism isn't a dream that Obama shared with his father.
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