WASHINGTON, D.C. – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, and U.S. Africa Command Commander Army Gen. William E. Ward, right, stand next to the flag during the activation ceremony of U.S. Africa Command in the Pentagon, October 1, 2008. (DoD photo by U.S. Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess) AFRICOM Photo ID 20081002085926

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US launches AFRICOM

For the past 500 years, Africa has been a target for exploitation of both human and natural resources. With the establishment of AFRICOM, the Pentagon attempts to increase access to Africa’s oil and to wage a new front in the Global War on Terror without regard for the needs or desires of African people. Enabled by oil companies and private military contractors, AFRICOM serves as the latest frontier in military expansionism, violating the human rights and civil liberties of Africans who have voiced a strong “No” to U.S. military presence. U.S Government spending – our tax dollars – should not enable the Department of Defense to pursue its Middle East agenda in Africa.

For more on AFRICOM as a manifestation of the American corporate predator state, see my previous post, and be sure to check the comments there for more highly relevant information.