Saturday, March 29, 2014

Nick Turse — Revealed: The U.S. military’s next shadow war

U.S. military ops -- including airstrikes, raids and proxy wars -- have surged by more than 200 percent in Africa
The numbers tell the story: 10 exercises, 55 operations, 481 security cooperation activities.
For years, the U.S. military has publicly insisted that its efforts in Africa are small scale. Its public affairs personnel and commanders have repeatedly claimed no more than a “light footprint” on that continent, including a remarkably modest presence when it comes to military personnel. They have, however, balked at specifying just what that light footprint actually consists of. During an interview, for instance, a U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) spokesman once expressed worry that tabulating the command’s deployments would offer a “skewed image” of U.S. efforts there.
It turns out that the numbers do just the opposite.
Last year, according AFRICOM commander General David Rodriguez, the U.S. military carried out a total of 546 “activities” on the continent — a catch-all term for everything the military does in Africa. In other words, it averages about one and a half missions a day. This represents a 217% increase in operations, programs, and exercises since the command was established in 2008.
Revealed: The U.S. military’s next shadow war
Nick Turse, Tomdispatch.Com

1 comment:

Ryan Harris said...

When Nigeria, North Korea or Pakistan begin ordering drone strikes to take out the lawless terrorists like Mc Cain, Koch Bros or Feinstein, I suspect the New Democrats will realize the flaw in their special ops strategy.