The U.S. Military Swarms Over Africa
> Glen Ford
Global Research, January 13, 2013
"The 2nd Brigade's deployment is a much larger assignment, aimed at making
all of Africa a theater of U.S. military operations."
2013 is the year the U.S. kicks off its wholesale military occupation of
Africa. The escalation should come as no surprise, since the
xt-year-060812/> Army Times newspaper  reported, back in June, that a
U.S. brigade of at least 3,000 troops would become a permanent presence on
the continent in the new year. On Christmas Eve, the Pentagon announced that
3,500 soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade, in Fort Riley,
Kansas, will be sent to Africa, supposedly to confront a threat from
al-Qaida in Mali, where Islamists have seized the northern part of the
country. But the 2nd Brigade is scheduled to hold more than 100 military
exercises in <http://rt.com/usa/news/us-deploying-troops-order-749/print/
35 countries , most of which have no al-Qaida presence. So, although
there is no doubt that the U.S. will be deeply involved in the impending
military operation in Mali, the 2nd Brigade's deployment is a much larger
assignment, aimed at making all of Africa a theater of U.S. military
operations.The situation in Mali is simply a convenient, after-the-fact
rationale for a long-planned expansion of the U.S. military footprint in
The Pentagon's larger purpose in placing an army brigade on roving duty all
across the continent is to acclimate African commanders to hosting a
permanent, large scale U.S. presence. This is a very different kind of
invasion - more like an infiltration-in-force. The Pentagon's strategy is
designed to reinforce relationships that the U.S. Africa Command has been
cultivating with African militaries since the
> establishment of AFRICOM 
during George Bush's last year in office. As an infiltrating force, AFRICOM
has been a phenomenal success.
"Militarily, the West Africans are totally dependent."
Militarily speaking, the African Union has become an
ca> annex of the Pentagon . The AU's biggest operation, in Somalia, is
armed, financed and directed by the U.S. military and CIA. The 17,000
African troops on so-called peace-keeping duty in Somalia are, for all
practical purposes, mercenaries for the Americans - although poorly paid
ones. Ethiopian and Kenyan forces act as extensions of U.S. power in the
East Africa. U.S. Special Forces roam the Democratic Republic of Congo,
Uganda, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic - ostensibly looking
for the fugitive warlord Joseph Kony but, in reality, establishing a web of
ublic/5317655> U.S. military infrastructures  throughout center of the
continent. Uganda and Rwanda keep the eastern Congo's mineral riches safe
for U.S. and European corporations - at the cost of 6 million Congolese
lives. Their militaries are on the Pentagon's payroll.
In northwest Africa, the 16 nations of the region's economic community await
the intervention of the <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20801094
United Nations  - which really means the United States and France - to "
> expel the Islamist
forces"  from Mali. Militarily, the West Africans are totally dependent.
But, more importantly, they show no political will to escape this dependency
- especially after the demise of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi.
The creeping, continental U.S. expeditionary force, soon to be spearheaded
by the 1st Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade, will bunk down in African
military bases throughout the continent, not as invaders, but as guests.
Guests who pay the bills and provide the weapons for African armies whose
mission has nothing to do with national independence and self-determination.
Three generations after the beginnings of decolonization, the African
soldier is once again bowing to the foreign master.
For Black Agenda Radio, I'm Glen Ford. On the web, go to
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