The creation of AFRICOM
AFRICOM, literally known as ”The United States Africa Command”(USAFRICOM) is one of nine Unified Combatant Commands of the United States Armed Forces headquartered at Kelley barracks, Stuttgart in Germany.
AFRICOM was created by George W Bush by Presidential Order in 2007 to coordinate US military activities throughout Africa and is directly responsible for U:S military operations and military relations with 53 African nations – an area of responsibility covering the whole of Africa except Egypt.
In mid-2006, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld formed a planning team to advice on requirements for establishing a new Unified Command for the African continent. In early December, he made his recommendations to President George W. Bush
On 6 February 2007, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced to the Senate Armed Services Committee that President George W. Bush had given authority to create the new African Command and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Robert Moeller, the director of the AFRICOM transition team, arrived in Stuttgart Germany to begin creating the logistical framework for the command. On 28 September the U.S. Senate confirmed General William E. “Kip” Ward as AFRICOM’s first commander and AFRICOM officially became operational as a sub-unified command of EUCOM with a separate headquarters. On 1 October 2008, the command separated from USEUCOM and began operating on its own as a full-fledged combatant command.
The Combatant Commander AFRICOM reports to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Defense reports to the President of the United States. In individual African countries, US Ambassador continue to be the President’s personal representatives of AFRICOM.
AFRICANS ARE DECEIVED BY (AFRICOM’s military objectives) Ghana is being brainwash
Deter or defeat al-Qaida and other violent extremist organizations operating in Africa and deny them safe haven.
Strengthen the defense capabilities of key African states and regional partners. Through enduring and tailored engagement, help them build defense institutions and military forces that are capable, sustainable, subordinate to civilian authority, respectful of the rule of law, and committed to the well-being of their fellow citizens. Increase the capacity of key states to contribute to regional and international military activities aimed at preserving peace and combating transnational threats to security.
Ensure U.S. access to and throughout Africa in support of global requirements. This raises the question of why.
Be prepared, as part of a whole of government approach, to help protect Africans from mass atrocities. The most effective way in which AFRICOM would do this is through sustained engagement with African militaries.
When directed, provide military support to humanitarian assistance
WHAT THE US EMBASSY IN GHANA HAVE TO SAY
The United States Embassy in Ghana state that the US government is planning to establish a military base in Ghana, “This year, the United States of America is investing over $20 million in training and equipment for the Ghanaian armed forces. Ghana is also once again preparing to train U.S forces – as it did in 2017. The United States and Ghana are planning joint security exercises in 2018, which require access to Ghanaian bases by US participants and those from other nationals when included”.
It said it is only planning joint security exercises with Ghana, which will require that US military personnel are allowed access to Ghana’s military facilities.
The Government of Ghana on Tuesday presented before Parliament for ratification, a Memorandum of Understanding on defense cooperation between Ghana and the United States, that will give the Americans some space in the country to set up a base for its military forces.
The document sighted by busibrains.com said Cabinet approved the MoU on March 8, 2018, and recommended to Parliament to ratify the agreement to allow the US forces and their equipment unhindered access into Ghana.
Among other things, the US military will be exempted from paying taxes on equipment they will bring to Ghana.
They will also be allowed to set up a telecommunication system on Ghana’s radio spectrum for free.
Although many Ghanaians have expressed resentment over the clauses of the agreement, the Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, said the agreement is in the best interest of Ghana.
He said that the US personnel will only be given a few buildings to operate in, contrary to media reports that a portion of land was going to be allocated to them for the establishment of a base.
AFRICOM’s secret objectives ( MAIN REASONS THE US ARE COMING TO GHANA)
To increase the USA’s access to Africa’s oil , gas and other mineral resources such as Gold, Diamond ,Coltan under the pretext of waging Global War on Terrorism. But this military mission is 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 e.g Gaddafi and the people of Libya. The discovery of massive oil in Ogaden region of Ethiopia, in Somalia stretching all the way to Yemen has attracted the US attention in the region. And since Ghana now discover more oil, the US are coming to Ghana because of our natural resources.
The need to occupy Nigeria in 2013 because of it has the highest quality oil in the world. Shell is the world’s largest oil company and the biggest and most dominant foreign oil company in Nigeria. The Rothschild’s is the largest shareholder of Shell and basically controls it. The Rothschild make up the majority of the Loby group in the US Congress.
The U.S. secret warfare in Africa is alive
In addition to its military command in Africa (AFRICOM), America has been deploying Special Forces all over the continent:
“Small teams of special operations forces arrived at American embassies throughout North Africa in the months before militants launched the fiery attack that killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya. The soldiers’ mission: Set up a network that could quickly strike a terrorist target or rescue a hostage.” (Kimberly AP, October 2, 2012.) Dozier, White House widens covert ops presence in North Africa.
The U.S. is spreading its clandestine army all over Africa. As reported by Nile Bowie (Global Research, April 2012), the goal is to “balkanize” the African continent:
Under President Obama, in fact, operations in Africa have accelerated far beyond the more limited interventions of the Bush years: last year’s war in Libya; a regional drone campaign with missions run out of airports and bases in Djibouti, Ethiopia, and the Indian Ocean archipelago nation of Seychelles; a flotilla of 30 ships in that ocean supporting regional operations; a multi-pronged military and CIA campaign against militants in Somalia, including intelligence operations, training for Somali agents, a secret prison, helicopter attacks, and U.S. commando raids; a massive influx of cash for counter terrorism operations across East Africa; tens of millions of dollars in arms for allied mercenaries and African troops; and a special ops expeditionary force (bolstered by State Department experts) dispatched to help capture or kill Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony and his senior commanders. And this is just the beginning of Washington’s fast-expanding plans and activities in the region.
Why use AFRICOM to recolonise Africa?
The USA has its western allies have been bogged down in endless and costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and do not have the fund to finance and fight more wars in Africa.
Training and using African soldiers under US command to change leaders in Africa who say no to their economic, financial and foreign policies is viewed as more cost effective because the US and its allies will not have to deploy their own soldiers on the ground in Africa thereby reducing military costs.
The Western powers prefer wherever possible to get other people from other countries to do the fighting, kil
BY AUSTINE OPPONG
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