U.S. EXPANDS SECRET WARS IN AFRICA

June 5, 2016 – 5:40 am

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The secret expansion of US military bases and special operations in Africa has initiated a new and lightweight style of warfare and welcomes the next phase of American military imperialism. By Justin Yun.

Unlike the highly publicized U.S. military “pivot to Asia,” the proliferation of drones, special ops, mercenary spies, classified bases, proxy fighters and cyber warfare constitute what the journalist Nick Turse calls a “new light-footprint Obama doctrine” that “seems to be making war an ever more attractive and seemingly easy option.”

A New Style Of Fighting

On any day, elite US forces conduct covert missions in an estimated 70 to 90 countries. According to Turse, special forces have been sent to an unprecedented 147 countries -  75 per cent of the world’s nations last year alone. This is a 145 per cent increase from the rate of operations conducted under the Bush administration.

Wars conventionally fought by large infantry forces and full-scale invasions of foreign countries have made way for a new style of fighting - one that has become increasingly dependent on special forces, drones and private defense contractors. Because of the confidential nature of special ops, the Pentagon can essentially keep foreign military involvement secret from the American public. The US has always had troops in Africa since the Cold War but the rate of its expansion dangerously indicates a lack of public accountability.

A Naive Claim

The shadow wars in Africa are now fought by members of the US Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) - a clandestine organization that carries out kill/capture missions. JSOC has been called “an almost industrial-scale counterterrorism killing machine” by counterinsurgency advisor John Nagl and many have described it as the president’s “private assassination squad.” The group reports directly to the White House. It is the military’s secret military.

The notion the US would someday pull its troops out of the Middle East is a rather naive claim considering the fact we have nothing short of a permanent war economy.

From main operating bases that house thousands of soldiers to single airstrips used by the CIA to taxi their blacked-out turboprops, the US continues to maintain over 800 to 1,000 bases around the world - making us the most expansive military empire in history. Nobody really knows the exact figure - not even the military experts.

The late scholar Chalmers Johnson wrote in his book, “The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic” on how the Pentagon and an uncontrollable military-industrial complex have turned the US into “a new kind of military empire - a consumerist Sparta.” Chalmers declares, “Another crucial characteristic that distinguished the American empire from empires of the past is that bases are not needed to fight wars but are instead pure manifestations of militarism and imperialism.”

Global Instability

Military expansion does not make us safe since it cultivates global instability. The uncontrollable growth into Africa has resulted in the funding and training of proxy armies with atrocious human-rights records and has attracted mercenaries such as Erik Prince - founder of the infamous Blackwater private army hired by the D.O.D to provide security to high-level diplomats during the Iraq war.

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.

Note: Justin Yun is a writer and apprentice for the Opinions section of the Chimes. The above article was posted at Information Clearing House.

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  1. 12 Responses to “U.S. EXPANDS SECRET WARS IN AFRICA”

  2. Drone bombing of innocent people will be Obama’s legacy. He must be the most bizarre president we have ever had.

    By Greg on Jun 5, 2016

  3. Though the shittiest one was Dubya.

    By Henry Briarstem on Jun 5, 2016

  4. First we had Bush Sr., who began NAFTA. Then you had Bill Clinton, who finished NAFTA, pushing it through. Then you had Dubya, who did nothing to terminate NAFTA. And now we have the oddball of oddballs, BO, who never even mentions NAFTA, which completely destroyed the job base in this country. I would blame the businesses, but when you have a government that collectively says, “hey, you can move your business out of this country, paying pennies per hour for third world labor, and then bring your product back in here scot-free, and make 4 times the profit…” then I must place the blame truly where it stands: the last 4 presidents. Go Donald Trump!

    By Greg on Jun 5, 2016

  5. Does that mean he won’t have his suits made in Mexico any more?

    By Jim Henderson on Jun 7, 2016

  6. According to the left wing nutcases, the all-powerful and all evil American Empire has been pursuing World domination since the 1950s, but never seem to make much progress.

    Does being an uninformed and wacky conspiracy theorist give these unstable people some cred in the circles they run in?

    Cool music and silly unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, a weird mix that is strangely satisfying as it gives me music to groove to while laughing at the silliness of the “writers.”

    By Jack on Jun 8, 2016

  7. Be careful guys or youll be getting a nuts on the chin response from our resident Obama worshiper Corey Moron, He trolls and insults everyone who is critical of anything he says or does,To him Obama is a king

    By Cool hand Howie on Jun 10, 2016

  8. Dont understand why the U.S has military bases in so many countries.this isnt world war 2 ,Why do we still have bases in Germany and Japan for Christ sake,Why do we have to be the worlds police?

    By Chuck in Texas on Jun 10, 2016

  9. How we have fallen in the leadership dept.From Bush to Obama and now either Trump or Hillary,is that the best we can do ? one is a total asshole Trump,the other a narcissistic power hungry dishonest Bitch who has ridden her husbands coattails ,dont know who is worse but if i had to vote i guess it would be Trump,Already had enough of the Clintons and the Bushes at least Trump is someone new

    By Elvin on Jun 10, 2016

  10. Better than that asshole and ex-Hilary donator Trump.

    By Zach Lavery on Jun 11, 2016

  11. They both suck and will be bad for the country,Trump or Hillary ? Those are the choices ? Sorry im sitting this one out,regardless of who wins ,its bad very bad

    By Elvin on Jun 11, 2016

  12. Hey Moron troll, im disappointed in you ,here you have a golden opportunity to pound those nuts on several chins .How can you let them talk about your hero Obama that way,cmon man give em all those nuts

    By Tony C on Jun 13, 2016

  13. Especially that Go Trump guy he deserves those nuts to explode on his chin go get em tiger

    By Tony C on Jun 13, 2016

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