American Humvee on the streets of Baghdad
Do you want foreigners, or anyone, driving like this in your city? in your country?

I don’t blame these soldiers for driving like this, they don’t want to be blown up. I would do the same thing in their circumstances. But they shouldn’t be there. This does not make the US any friends. This is a pointless and unnecessary war chosen by the Bush administration. No country can trust their motives or their word. And Ghana will not benefit if Americans bring arrogance and their enemies with them into Ghana. Most Americans are decent people, but the Bush administration takes the worst, and makes it even worse.

Military bases around the world are the way America maintains a colonial empire. This is more true than ever under Bush, as his administration pushes everywhere to make Americans exempt from other nations’ laws. It is something for Ghanaians to keep in mind, if Kufuor, or anyone else, is thinking of inviting the US to build a base in Ghana. Chalmers Johnson writes:

America’s version of the colony is the military base . . .
Interestingly enough, the thirty-eight large and medium-sized American facilities spread around the globe in 2005 — mostly air and naval bases for our bombers and fleets — almost exactly equals Britain’s thirty-six naval bases and army garrisons at its imperial zenith in 1898. The Roman Empire at its height in 117 AD required thirty-seven major bases to police its realm from Britannia to Egypt, from Hispania to Armenia. Perhaps the optimum number of major citadels and fortresses for an imperialist aspiring to dominate the world is somewhere between thirty-five and forty.

According to William Arkin, who writes on national and homeland security for the Washington Post:

What is more, the creation of a military command to handle Africa will have the opposite effect of creating more security. A new African focus? Sure. But a new command with a new be-medaled envoy? Surely that will send the wrong message to the world.

The Pentagon planners are:

New tree, same monkeys.
Africa Command though isn’t just a waste of resources: It does the wrong thing and sends the wrong message. We will build a multi-million dollar headquarters somewhere, organize a permanent staff overseen by a dozen flag officers; build bases and institute “force protection”; organize new meetings, conferences, exercises and operations. We will be ever so pleased that we have put all of Africa under one unified organization, with one commander. We will talk about the need for non-military solutions, for economic development, improved health care and support for democracy. Our Africa specialists will finally feel satisfied that they have had their day and joined the senior varsity. Our adversaries and the skeptics of American power will just see it all as another example of empire and military domination in the making.