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US looks to expand Africa military aid

2012-06-25 21:44

Washington - The top US military commander for Africa says America is carefully expanding efforts to provide intelligence, training and at times small numbers of forces to African nations, to help counter terrorist activities in the region.

General Carter Ham, head of US Africa Command, says co-ordinated moves by several Africa-based terrorist groups to share their training, funding and bomb-making materials are very worrisome.

He says US surveillance in central Africa to try to ferret out rebel leader Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army is the type of thing the US can do, but only when invited in to partner with African nations.

President Barack Obama sent 100 US forces into central Africa last year to help regional militaries track Kony.

Comments
  • andile.nokhetshe - 2012-06-25 22:26

    How about sending some to Syria?

      Dikgang Selading - 2012-06-25 22:54

      good question

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-26 02:26

      Kony vanished 6 years ago yet they sent 100 soldiers after him. Syria has been at war with its own citizens for over a year amd hardlu anything has happened

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-06-25 22:32

    Is this military aid only restricted to countries with oil? When will the Yanks learn that you can not fool the whole world all the time ?

  • Richard - 2012-06-25 22:33

    There goes the neighbourhood. Seriously, only fools would take this aid. The pattern is clear... No American military aid = peace, American aid ala chief Jonathan of Nigeria, that pipsqueak Odinga in Kenya, Uganda etc = war.

      sterling.ferguson.5 - 2012-06-25 23:13

      Most of Africa countries are failed states and ripe for terrorists to take over these countries. If these countries don't get outside aid there will be mass killing in these countries. Nigeria and Kenya are two countries that the Muslims want to take over and rule. You should take your head out of the sand because Africa is weak and vulnerable for a take over by these groups.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-25 23:34

      The pattern is clear to those holding obsessive anti-US prejudices, while typing on their US-invented keyboards on the US-invented internet.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-06-26 00:40

      @Richard Author Garry Wills has commented on this American benevolence toward foreigners: "We believe we can literally 'kill them with kindness', moving our guns forward in a seizure of demented charity. It is when America is in her most altruistic mood that other nations better get behind their bunkers." The US will not accept Arabs and Africans killing each other, but will willingly do it for them.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-06-26 00:50

      Who invented bread? Yet we all eat it

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-26 02:22

      What a childish response, Fred Feaser. You have an internet conmection. Read up a bit more

  • Adil Smit - 2012-06-25 22:54

    Bad news.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-25 23:35

      Are you in favor of women being stoned to death, and girls not being allowed in school?

      Adil Smit - 2012-06-26 07:57

      I am not in favour of thousands of innocent civillians( esp women and children )dying in the wars for oil. Do you believe women and children in Iraq, Afghanistan etc have been liberated?

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-06-25 22:59

    Stay OFF our continent and we'll do the same..

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-25 23:36

      What does this mean? Africa is going to invade the US? Silly.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-06-25 23:57

      Do yourself a favour.. READ \Confessions of an Economical Hitman by John Perkins then call me \silly\ again... Duh!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-26 00:25

      I didn't call you silly. I called your idea silly. I know about John Perkins. His perspective well meaning but largely nonsense.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-06-26 00:29

      @Sally Well put, and am currently reading Rogue State, A Guide to the World's Only Superpower by William Blum. Pages 67 reads thus: "Why, in the face of decades of terrible publicity, increasingly more militant protests, thousands of arrests, and sharply decreasing Congressional support, has the Pentagon clung to the School of the Americas? What is it that's so vital to the military brass? The answer may lie in this: the school and its students, along with a never-ending supply of US military equipment to countries around the world, are part of a package that serves the US foreign policy agenda in a special way. The package is called "access". Along with the equipment come American technicians, instructors, replacement parts and more. Here is the testimony before Congress of General Norman Schwarzkopf, Commander in Chief, US Central Command (CENTCOM), in 1990." Security assistance leads directly to access, and without access afforded by our friends we cannot project U.S. military forces into [an] area and stay there for any appreciable length of time...[If] our military assistance programs diminish, our influence will erode and we will come to the point where we will have little or no ability to control the use of the weapons or the escalation of hostilities...The second pillar of our strategy is presence. It is the symbol of America's continued interest in and commitment to stability in the region..." Stay out of Africa! No to AFRICOM!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-06-26 00:37

      "Thus it is that military aid, military exercises, naval port visits, etc.—like the School of the Americas—means repeated opportunities to foster close ties, even camaraderie, between American officers and foreign military personnel; and, at the same time, the opportunity to build up files of information on many thousands of these foreigners, as well as acquiring language skills, maps and photos of the area. In sum total: personal connections, personal information, country data bases—indispensable assets in time of coup, counter-coup, revolution, counter-revolution or invasion."

      sally.lewitt - 2012-06-26 00:44

      @fidel.mgoqi?, spot on! You hit the nail right on its little head. Voila!

      sterling.ferguson.5 - 2012-06-26 00:59

      Does that means stop paying for SA AIDS treatment program?

      sally.lewitt - 2012-06-26 01:03

      @fidel.mgoqi.. I'll be sure to read it! Thanks for the recommendation.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-06-26 01:27

      Another good read is "THE BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY", by Greg Palast. Will also appreciate it if you have some recommendations. Both are available online in pdf format.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-06-26 01:30

      @Fred John Perkins' account is a historical fact, with real people and real places, not some made up "nonsense" as you profess. Denying the truth never made it go away.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-26 02:29

      '...well meaning but largely nonsense' - LOL. I'm guessing the actual truth is the official govt and mainstream media version?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-26 03:22

      There's some truth in it. Mostly it's untrue.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-26 03:24

      John Perkins, that is.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-26 03:29

      I still don't get what you mean by "stay off our continent and we'll stay off yours". What does it mean.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-26 03:47

      What do you suggest be done about the Jihadists attacking Nigeria and Somalia right now?

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-06-26 00:49

    America should stay out of other countries, it only leaves death and destruction, that's when it leaves.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-06-26 00:57

      think of all the ammo used looking for weapons of mass destruction, good turned over on ammo to um.. say the least.. Oh and not forgetting the rich mineral deposits on this here continent of ours.. Propaganda is dangerous. One has to be blind not to see what is really going on..

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-06-26 01:20

      I guess this makes you a commie loving conspiracy theorist, you know, daring to question the establishment's propaganda and not lapping up everything the MSM regugitates. Watch what they do and not what they say!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-06-26 01:32

    What is depressing here is the US response to China's expanding links with Africa. Set up Africom. See it as essentially as a military threat rather than a normal process of trade. Refer to everything as weapons, and use the language of war to describe trade.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-26 04:52

      ""rather than a 'normal' process of trade"" That is totally rubbish,and you don't have to start quoting so and so, who said this in October 2003, and this on the 16th January 1998, or read page 36 of 'The earth upside down Mary Pokkins, or any irrelevant BS like that. Just open your eyes. Anyone who gives a damn about Africa, realizes that to get this continent out of its poverty and misery, it needs investments which is beneficial to BOTH the country and the investor. And what HAS to go along with this ,is 'AID' for many years to come. To deny the above, one cannot possibly have any interest in this continent. America and Europe have provided this investment, and through this, job creation for many decades to Africa. There must be a few hundred thousand Africans directly or indirectly working for Western companies. ( Just Coca Cola employs 20 / 30 000 'locals' throughout our continent.) But what do radicals say; No , this is not important, we must first find our rightful place on the International scene, and be members of BRICs and so forth. What a load of CRAP. BRICs is as useless, if not more , than that other irrelevant talk shop, the AU. Africa should stay right out of International politics. Not only, that it has no benefits, it is actually detremental to its health. Russia has NO economic interest in Africa. It does not invest, hardly , if any, buys any of its minerals, and creates not even one job.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-26 05:13

      China, does want to invest and trade with Africa, but only on THEIR terms. ( A recent dispute with the Ghana government re a mineral rights contract is a good example. "We invest, but for 25 years, we pay no tax !!. Take it or leave it !!" ) China does not create employment in Africa, it actually DESTROYS jobs. Brazil; why do we need Brazil in a BRICs structure. Just this week, our good relationship with Brazil was threatened, with a 'chicken' dispute , which has now been send to the WTO. What a lot of good this BRICs has done here....!!! If ever a country has been 'used' by the super powers, it is SA with BRICs. But tell this to the radicals; They will come and talk BS, about what Mr Peterson said in 2008 and to read page 31 of 'The dawn in Pakistan' and tons of futher BS and CRAP

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-26 06:23

      China doesn't take over countries they buy them. Slowly. The ANC wants to sell Telkcom and Eskom to the Chinese

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-26 18:13

      William, Let's stay with 2012, if there is any nation 'plundering' Africa, it is China !!!!!

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-26 02:30

    This is not good news. It won't end well. It never does with the USA

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-26 03:45

      That's a matter of opinion and, in your case, personal prejudice which never leads to higher truths.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-26 05:00

      History is on my 'opinion''s side. If reality does not lead to a fact, then everything in life is an opinion. As for my so-called prejudice, what does questioning politics have to do with prejudice?! What am I prejudiced against, the white house? LOL!

      Adil Smit - 2012-06-26 08:00

      Saw a documentary a while ago about the USA spraying dioxin(agent orange) on Vietnamese people during that war and how people there( innocent people) are still being born with terrible deformities and disabilities. At that time the USA felt it was justified.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-26 06:19

    They just looking for african courtiers rich in oil, that's why they have gone to 'help' out Zim

  • herman.heil - 2012-06-26 06:37

    Africa, the lost continent.......

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