by Ezra Van Auken
With United States officials itching to occupy another region of the world, they’ve set their sights on Africa. Since the installment of AFRICOM or the United States African Command in 2007 there has been an increased military presence in areas of Africa. Some of the nations include Uganda, Libya and as U.S. officials announced less than a month ago, Mali by next year.
As AntiWar.com reports, “But what they don’t have compared to, say, CENTCOM, is an established collection of nations with US troops stations waiting for wars to break out.” However, the thought of numerous nations being occupied in Africa is about to transform. The AssociatedPress has detailed a plan by the Army to start deploying small units into “as many as 35 African nations”, which is being justified as a part of training against extremists.
The AP noted, “The sharper focus on Africa by the U.S. comes against a backdrop of widespread insurgent violence across North Africa, and as the African Union and other nations discuss military intervention in northern Mali.” Gen. David Rodriguez, head of the U.S. Army Forces Command told the AP, “If they want them for (military) operations, the brigade is our first sourcing solution because they’re prepared”.
While the mainstream media remains empty-gutted about the upcoming “fiscal cliff”, it seems the military, U.S. officials and defense contractors are rather lax about the thought of an economic collapse; even though these operations will probably cost the American public tens of millions, it’s a risk worth taking when a profit is being received on the other end.