Crude, Capital and China #Africom

by Garakai Chengu

All considerations about whether or not to release the dogs of war begin and end with the spoils.

Uganda sits atop the geo-strategically important intersection of seven oil rich African nations which Senior US Dept of Energy Analyst Sally Kornfeld has called “the future Gulf” ”I am amazed by what I have seen in Uganda, it might rival Saudi Arabia” she notes.

Mr. Kony is a bad, bad man and last year at the height of #Kony2012 fever were hundreds of US Navy SEALs running around the African bush to try and stop him or to secure the biggest African onshore oil discovery in recorded history? 2 billion barrels no less.

After the recent “Friends of Somalia” meeting – also on the back of an oil discovery – I cant help but muse that if only Palestine could discover… More on the spoils – lets remember that AFRICOM was created for two main reasons, oil and China. This century America will look to cart 3 Cs out of Africa: Crude, Capital and China. Stopping Kony is/was as much about killing an evil man as it is/was about stopping China’s advance into the continent.

‘In the Horn of Africa, the vast majority of U.S. forces deployed in Africa are at a major French military base in Djibouti, a tiny country sandwiched between northern Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

While U.S. officials will not comment in detail on what happens at the base, experts say it has provided a staging post for occasional special forces deployments and drone and air attacks against Islamist militant targets in Somalia.

Dramatic as those actions are, smaller U.S. operations and outreach programs often with only a handful of troops are key to the strategy of winning influence in a continent where China has surpassed the United States as the No.1 trade partner and has huge mining, energy and infrastructure investments.’ 
With multiple missions, U.S. military steps up Africa focus

China controls 97% of the Rare Earth Element (REE) market. US Geological Survey says Central Africa is home to high-grade full spectrum REEs not to mention diamonds, gold, platinum, copper, cobalt, tin, phosphates, tantalite, magnetite, uranium etc etc etc

smaller U.S. operations and outreach programs often with only a handful of troops are key to the strategy of winning influence in a continent where China has surpassed the United States as the No.1 trade partner and has huge mining, energy and infrastructure investments.‘ With multiple missions, U.S. military steps up Africa focus

Ok so America is going in partly for oil, I knew that and isn’t it worth it to leave with Kony’s head on a stick?” I hear you say.

Well, no.

Fact is the three previous US military Ops in Uganda – Operation North (1991) Operation Iron Fist (2002) and Operation Lightning Thunder (2008-2009) – were unmitigated disasters, the military equivalent of poking a bee’s nest with a stick – Kony escaped, and in the ensuing reprisal and rampage 1,900 civilians were butchered and over 100,000 were displaced. As a consequence, local tribal, religious and community leaders all unanimously say military intervention is not the way. Mr Tomahawk will make things worse.

They proposed all stakeholder seven nation talks, a regional force, pressure on Mr. Kony and eventual dialogue to end the nightmare. But alas, that kind of solution remains a dream so long as you have a puppet President, America. #Kony2012 was the most sophisticated propaganda machine in history and for a while managed to drown out local voices of reason.

limited missions, U.S. officers say, have gone a long way to reducing initial African skepticism over Germanybased AFRICOM, set up in 2008 to bring all U.S. military activity in Africa under one unified command, rather than dividing responsibility between commanders in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

“We are focusing on building human capital,” says Major General Charles Hooper, head of strategy and plans at AFRICOM. “The smaller missions can be some of the most effective when it comes to gaining trust.”
With multiple missions, U.S. military steps up Africa focus

Stop Kony! Stop Kony! Stop Kony! – by the time anyone sits down to discuss HOW to stop Mr Kony, they’re tarred as a “political prostitute” a “dictator’s bum boy” or other such accolades my ilk have were showered with.

invisible_children_holding_weapons_in_ugandaIn short, lets “Stop Kony!” and any brutal killer of innocent people but lets do so by listening to the locals, regarding non US military solutions. And for goodness sake lets not wait for oil to be discovered in Palestine, Soweto or Qatar before we free the people. Oh oops.

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Garikai Chengu endeavours to utilize his intellectual and financial capacity to develop Zimbabwe. He has conducted Zimbabwe focused research for Columbia University’s Institute for African Studies, Stanford University’s Centre for African Studies and Harvard University’s W.E.B Du Bois institute for African and African American Studies and is a Harvard Postgraduate.He has worked for Goldman Sachs and is the Founder and Chairman of Chengu Gold Mining Pvt. Ltd., one of Zimbabwe’s fastest growing indigenous private gold companies. More importantly he is directly involved in several projects designed to directly benefit the people of Zimbabwe.

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