If you were wondering where in the future would America send its sons and daughters to fight in expensive and needless wars, look no further than the so-called “Dark Continent” of Africa. TomDispatch investigative reporter Nick Turse reports:
Unbeknownst to most Americans, the Pentagon has set up bases all over Africa, in places like Nzara, South Sudan; Manda Bay, Kenya; and Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. In my latest article, I’ve tried to map out these American outposts and the shadow supply network, which the military privately calls “the New Spice Route,” that has been created to service them. The Pentagon told me that its operations in Africa were small and limited in nature. My research suggests otherwise.
Turse’s full report details just how expansive the build-up has been and how most of it is being done without the knowledge or consent of the American public. Privately dubbed as “the New Spice Route” by the American military, the extensive infrastructure crisscrossing the continent will not be used to transfer goods or spices, but weapons and military equipment. It is logistical web made up of spy planes, drones, and U.S. ground troops. And all of it for the American Empire’s secret war against secret enemies funded by the blood of innocent people and American wealth.
The occupation of Africa, albeit a small one currently, will no doubt lead to future conflicts which will pit the United States against Africans rightly resisting Western imperialism. It looks like we have yet learn from our mistakes and we are blindly, eagerly making the same ones in Africa. While China busies itself with trade and beneficial relationships with African countries, the United States is creating a future battlefield into which to waste even more resources.
This post originally appeared in Young Americans for Liberty.