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05-18-2012, 12:56 AM

A brigade of U.S. combat troops will soon be assigned to the Pentagon’s Africa Command to be sent to countries around the continent to train indigenous state security forces and participate in military exercises.

The strategy is characterized by military aid to and reliance on brutish, undemocratic regimes, proxy militias, and targeted special operations as opposed to full-scale invasion and occupation. All of this is done without the consent of Congress or the American people.

The Obama administration has deployed Marines and assisted a spate of African tyrannies engaged in warfare. Murky justifications of al-Qaeda-like enemies color the stated mission, but these expansions of empire into Africa are a prime example of going abroad in search of monsters to destroy.

Through the Pentagon’s Africa Command, the U.S. is now training and equipping militaries in countries including Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia in the name of preventing “terrorists from establishing sanctuaries.” Antiwar


Gen. Raymond T. Odierno made the announcement at a Pentagon press conference as he outlined the Army's vision for the future to meet the tenets of the DOD Strategic Guidance signed by the president in January. He said the army will be transitioning to a leaner, more agile, adaptive, innovative, versatile and ready component of the joint force.

The regional alignments are part of that vision and the concept will begin with a pilot program involving a brigade combat team from the 10th Mountain Division aligned with U.S. Army Africa Command, Odierno said. This will be followed by more units aligned to other theaters, he said.

"The regionally aligned forces concept will be especially important in the Asia-Pacific region as we move forward, home to seven of the 10 largest Armies," Odierno said, adding that enduring commitments in some theaters may warrant rotational units in the future. army.mil