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Orwellian_Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 10:32 PM
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4. If this is not neo-colonialism, then what is?
AFRICOM: Wrong for Liberia, Disastrous for Africa

Ezekiel Pajibo and Emira Woods | July 26, 2007

Just two months after U.S. aerial bombardments began in Somalia, the Bush administration solidified its militaristic engagement with Africa. In February 2007, the Department of Defense announced the creation of a new U.S. Africa Command infrastructure, code name AFRICOM, to coordinate all U.S. military and security interests throughout the continent.

This new command will strengthen our security cooperation with Africa, President Bush said in a White House statement, and create new opportunities to bolster the capabilities of our partners in Africa. Ordering that AFRICOM be created by September 30, 2008, Bush said Africa Command will enhance our efforts to bring peace and security to the people of Africa and promote our common goals of development, health, education, democracy, and economic growth in Africa.

The general assumption of this policy is that prioritizing security through a unilateral framework will somehow bring health, education, and development to Africa. In this way, the Department of Defense presents itself as the best architect and arbiter of U.S. Africa policy. According to Navy Rear Admiral Robert Moeller, director of the AFRICOM transition team, By creating AFRICOM, the Defense Department will be able to coordinate better its own activities in Africa as well as help coordinate the work of other U.S. government agencies, particularly the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Competition for Resources

This military-driven U.S. engagement with Africa reflects the desperation of the Bush administration to control the increasingly strategic natural resources on the African continent, especially oil, gas, and uranium. With increased competition from China, among other countries, for those resources, the United States wants above all else to strengthen its foothold in resource-rich regions of Africa.

Nigeria is the fifth largest exporter of oil to the United States. The West Africa region currently provides nearly 20% of the U.S. supply of hydrocarbons, up from 15% just five years ago and well on the way to a 25 share forecast for 2015. While the Bush administration endlessly beats the drums for its global war on terror, the rise of AFRICOM underscores that the real interests of neoconservatives has less to do with al-Qaeda than with more access and control of extractive industries, particularly oil.

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  -The War on Terror Spreads to Africa Orwellian_Ghost  Nov-23-07 08:55 PM   #0 
  - AFRICOM is actually a fairly decent idea  SharkSquid   Nov-23-07 08:59 PM   #1 
  - If this is not neo-colonialism, then what is?  Orwellian_Ghost   Nov-23-07 10:32 PM   #4 
  - Yeah this reeks of Journalistic Integrity  SharkSquid   Nov-23-07 10:36 PM   #5 
     - What factual material  Orwellian_Ghost   Nov-23-07 10:48 PM   #10 
        - Yeah I am sure us "leaving" Africa is going to go over  SharkSquid   Nov-23-07 10:54 PM   #11 
           - The "vested interest in security in Africa" that you speak of  madeline_con   Nov-23-07 11:12 PM   #16 
              - Your g-d damn right it is our economic interest at stake  SharkSquid   Nov-23-07 11:16 PM   #20 
                 - Puh-leeze!  madeline_con   Nov-23-07 11:33 PM   #24 
                    - Got another talking point for me  SharkSquid   Nov-23-07 11:35 PM   #25 
                    - Eat, drink and be merry, pal.  madeline_con   Nov-23-07 11:36 PM   #27 
                       - Peace out  SharkSquid   Nov-23-07 11:40 PM   #29 
                          - I hope you stay safe.  madeline_con   Nov-24-07 05:50 PM   #40 
                    - BIngo! n/t  malaise   Nov-24-07 01:39 PM   #36 
  - more bases = expanding bases.....we are not the world's police.  spanone   Nov-24-07 08:21 AM   #33 
  - The 'war on terror' itself is the biggest terrorist...  Amonester   Nov-23-07 09:00 PM   #2 
  - The Shock Doctrine!  Joanne98   Nov-23-07 09:06 PM   #3 
  - you want a real joke?  wuushew   Nov-23-07 10:39 PM   #6 
  - It is in Germany until a good site can be found in Africa  SharkSquid   Nov-23-07 10:41 PM   #7 
  - The United States knows franchising.  Lord Wortherington   Nov-23-07 10:45 PM   #8 
  - Nothing to do with arms dealing  SharkSquid   Nov-23-07 10:58 PM   #12 
     - Propaganda  Orwellian_Ghost   Nov-23-07 11:05 PM   #13 
     - Well I am in the Military  SharkSquid   Nov-23-07 11:11 PM   #15 
     - That does not make you any more knowledgable than the  madeline_con   Nov-23-07 11:15 PM   #19 
        - It makes me fairly knowledgeable about the motivations for  SharkSquid   Nov-23-07 11:17 PM   #21 
        - Care to explain to me why Israel is in EUCOM  Lord Wortherington   Nov-24-07 12:21 AM   #30 
           - For the same reason that Egypt is in CENTCOM  SharkSquid   Nov-24-07 07:56 AM   #31 
        - In fact, just as a note, I once wrote a pretty extensive  SharkSquid   Nov-23-07 11:21 PM   #23 
        - Yeah, and I could talk up "No Child Left Behind"  madeline_con   Nov-24-07 06:10 PM   #41 
        - Several DUers  Zorro   Nov-24-07 07:15 PM   #46 
     - But you keep screaming propaganda everytime I make a point  SharkSquid   Nov-23-07 11:13 PM   #17 
     - Do you have any clue what those "operations" are? n/t  madeline_con   Nov-23-07 11:13 PM   #18 
        - I "have a clue" about many of them yes  SharkSquid   Nov-23-07 11:18 PM   #22 
           - Petroleum interests are opening up in a big way.  madeline_con   Nov-23-07 11:35 PM   #26 
           - Fine, you keep painting your hands red and crashing  SharkSquid   Nov-23-07 11:38 PM   #28 
              - That wasn't me.  madeline_con   Nov-24-07 05:47 PM   #38 
                 - I remember my political arrest  SharkSquid   Nov-24-07 05:48 PM   #39 
                    - A lot of people are arrested lately for exercising free speech  madeline_con   Nov-24-07 06:13 PM   #42 
           - Major General Smedley Butler on Interventionism  Orwellian_Ghost   Nov-24-07 08:54 AM   #34 
              - MAJGEN Butler has his opinion  SharkSquid   Nov-24-07 02:11 PM   #37 
                 - These are not merely opinions  Orwellian_Ghost   Nov-24-07 07:03 PM   #44 
                 - And perhaps you're looking at things from a different  tnlefty   Nov-24-07 09:16 PM   #48 
  - War on Terror?  HooptieWagon   Nov-23-07 10:47 PM   #9 
  - Can you say petroleum, kids? n/t  madeline_con   Nov-23-07 11:09 PM   #14 
  - Heck we'd nuke 'em for their bananas.  dailykoff   Nov-24-07 08:19 AM   #32 
     - kick  wuushew   Nov-24-07 01:34 PM   #35 
  - A dreadful idea, appropriately rejected by the most important countries in Africa  HamdenRice   Nov-24-07 06:38 PM   #43 
  - Emm not so sure about  spokane   Nov-24-07 07:14 PM   #45 
  - Emm......,ot so sure bout this one  spokane   Nov-24-07 07:44 PM   #47 

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