Africa Rising: The Military-Industrial Complex Gets to Work
By Staff News & Analysis - May 28, 2014

U.S. Training Elite Antiterror Troops in Four African Nations … United States Special Operations troops are forming elite counterterrorism units in four countries in North and West Africa that American officials say are pivotal in the widening war against Al Qaeda's affiliates and associates on the continent, even as they acknowledge the difficulties of working with weak allies. The secretive program, financed in part with millions of dollars in classified Pentagon spending and carried out by trainers, including members of the Army's Green Berets and Delta Force, was begun last year to instruct and equip hundreds of handpicked commandos in Libya, Niger, Mauritania and Mali. The goal over the next few years is to build homegrown African counterterrorism teams capable of combating fighters like those in Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group that abducted nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls last month. – NY Times

Dominant Social Theme: Africa needs to be tamed. But it is not nation-building. It's anti-terrorism.

Free-Market Analysis: We've often pointed out that there seems to be a globalist plan to swap in Africa for Japan and China when it comes to creating nation-states and regions that can buy US Treasuries.

We have named this meme "Africa Rising," and you can see some of our articles here:

Africa … Next China?

The African Investment Meme Continues

More Signs That Africa Is the Next China/Japan

Telegraph: Africa Emerges

Jaw-Dropping African Promotion Continues

The mechanism of the modern buying binge emerged – from what we can tell – when the Reagan administration struck a deal with Japan in the 1980s that resulted in Japan buying ever more aggressive amounts of US Treasuries.

In turn, US officials arranged for Japanese products, especially cars, to be introduced prominently into US consumerist culture. US citizens then purchased Japanese goods and services at a high rate, thus repatriating some of the cash that the Japanese government had spent on US securities.

The money the US government received from Japan in return for its Treasuries helped the military-industrial complex continue its expansion and further strengthened US hegemony around the world.

When Japan's economy imploded from printing too much money, US officials made the same kind of deal with China, a deal that continues to this day even though the Chinese economy is in danger of the same kind of downward spiral that Japan experienced.

Because the Chinese economy has been undermined by printing so much money, the West's globalist community that organizes these sorts of manipulations has been actively working on ways to create the same sort of consumerist and monetary swapping with Africa.

There is a good deal of propaganda involved with these sorts of dealings. Both China and Japan – at the height of their prosperity – were hailed as examples of countries that had adopted "capitalism" and thus, the wise rulers of these countries had provided their citizens with the wherewithal to become prosperous.

Of course, in reality, the kind of monetary mischief that was imposed on Japan has impoverished that country for nearly 30 years now. Japan, in other words, never recovered from money printing that at one point saw the Emperor's palace and grounds valued more highly than the entirety of California.

China these days is building whole empty cities in a desperate attempt to contain the torrents of money it has printed and sooner or later that country will probably be faced with the same kind of ruinous trends that Japan has encountered.

Now the idea, apparently, is to bring this mechanism to Africa.

The trouble with Africa, however, is twofold. First, Africa is not a single nation. And second, Africans generally are tribally oriented (many of them).

In other words, the culture doesn't necessarily lend itself to the kind of factory operations necessary to produce what the West needs to sustain its consumerist culture and generate cash to repatriate to Africa.

However … the power elite behind these globalist manipulations is well aware of the challenges it faces in turning Africa into the next China. But it is apparently determined to try. Now they are turning to military force to reshape these societies so as to generate the kind of populations necessary to create a "new" and "prosperous" Africa.

Here's more from the article excerpted above:

"Training indigenous forces to go after threats in their own country is what we need to be doing," said Michael A. Sheehan, who advocated the counterterrorism program last year when he was the senior Pentagon official in charge of Special Operations policy. Mr. Sheehan now holds the distinguished chair at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.

As the United States military seeks to extend its counterterrorism reach in Africa, President Obama is expected to appear at West Point on Wednesday to emphasize a foreign policy that would avoid large land wars, like those in Afghanistan and Iraq, and instead stress the training of allied and partner nations to battle militants on their own soil.

Since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has slowly built a multipronged counterterrorism strategy in Africa: It has carried out armed drone strikes in Somalia from its only permanent base on the continent, in Djibouti; backed African proxies and French commandos fighting Islamist extremists in Somalia and Mali; and increasingly trained African troops to combat insurgents.

Under the new Africa plan, the Pentagon is spending nearly $70 million on training, intelligence-gathering equipment and other support to build a counterterrorism battalion in Niger and a similar unit in nearby Mauritania that are in their "formative stages," a senior Defense Department official said.

… In the past decade, the Bush and Obama administrations put a premium on training and equipping foreign troops to combat terrorists and other Islamist extremists and persuaded Congress to approve funding for those programs. The new program to train small counterterrorism forces in Africa resembles larger efforts by American Special Operations troops carried out in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There is some sort of fairly ancient strategy being followed here. Apparently, nation-building includes finding a rationale for injecting troops into a given area with the idea of dominating the local culture and building new traditions that better mesh with invading forces.

Long ago, religion seems to have been a primary justification for nation-building. Now apparently the "war on terror" is the justification for a comprehensive military-industrial realignment in a given region.

There is also a further complicating factor as another series of African wars seeks to oust sectarian leaders in Northern Africa and the Middle East in favor of Islamic-oriented regimes. The idea behind this is apparently to set up an Islamic crescent that can engage in a Hegelian dialectic with the West that will eventually result in a social and industrial synthesis with it.

But the "Africa Rising" gambit is distinctly different, from what we can tell. In this case, the troops are to be used to instruct local leaders about ways they can steer their citizens in directions that the West wants them to go.

The idea will surely be to further regiment tribal societies and to use public education to create a new generation of African people. These individuals may be more amenable to Western style consumerism and the industrial blueprint that must be implemented to produce it. Africans, in other words, are to be re-educated for purposes of factory work.

Will it happen? Our perspective is that all these world-spanning manipulations are gradually grinding to a halt in this Internet Era. It is not so difficult to manipulate people and their cultures in secrecy – so long as you have the vast money power of central banking behind you.

But it is much more difficult when the mechanisms of control are themselves widely disseminated and the actual operations are being exposed within a real-time context.

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  • Dave Meekhof

    The social engineers have been busy breaking the culture down by creating and arming both sides of civil wars and genocide. The largest conflicts were the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the 1972 Burundian genocide, and the 1996 first and 1998 second Congo wars. As the tribal men of the Hutu and Tutsi tribes perished, women were installed in newly formed governments and given prominence. Quite possibly, the next generation, a crop of boys raised without their traditional role models are ripe for the picking, to carry on with the dirty deeds of elitist nation building.

    • Interesting, David.

      And before we forget, a tip of the hat to Hugo who brought this article to our attention.

  • Earl

    I’m disappointed that The Daily Bell continues to state “the attacks on 9/11” inferring that these were caused by 19 terrorists. Until The Daily Bell (and other responsible organizations) is willing to acknowledge the truth about 9/11 our society will continue to accept what our government tells as truth and will continue to be duped by such lies.

    • Sorry, Earl, there evidently was an attack. And in numerous articles we’ve called for a new and impartial committee to examine what really happened and who did it. Of course, we’re not holding our breath …

      • Earl of Isadore

        The “Earl” above is not me; I have posted here under “Earl” for quite some time. I log in via Disqus and that person must use a different online ID system?

        • Probably. Why don’t you add an additional identifier?

          • Earl of Isadore

            Okay, thanks!

  • General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned – Seven Countries In Five Years

    “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” I said, “Is it classified?” He said, “Yes, sir.” I said, “Well, don’t show it to me.” And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, “You remember that?” He said, “Sir, I didn’t show you that memo! I didn’t show it to you!”

    British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the House of Commons that “Al Qaeda” is not really a terrorist group but a database of international mujaheddin and arms smugglers used by the CIA

    Twelve Years of War, Lies and Deception Global Research, September 11, 2013


  • saintgeorge5

    The words of President Eisenhower, on Military industrial Complex on his retirement speech should be enshrined in stone
    just to prove how right he was, all those years ago.

    • Well … how about the “military-industrial-government” complex?

    • Yes indeed he was! BBC coverage of President Dwight Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, in which he warns the United States of America against the rise of the Military Industrial Complex

      Eisenhower Farewell Address — Military Industrial Complex

      He had previously been a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe; he had responsibility for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45 from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first supreme commander of NATO.

  • Earl of Isadore

    DB said: “Long ago, religion seems to have been a primary justification for nation-building.”

    If one accepts that the modern religion is unquestioning faith in the idea of government, then it still is.

  • Hugo

    Hi DB,

    Nice analysis on the piece indeed. On thing I wonder what the DB thinks thoug. This kind of training reminds me a bit of what the so called ”School of the America’s” did for many to be dictators in the South America before and after they grabbed power (usually in a violent coup). Could this be a prelude to something more sinister? Just speculating and thinking out loud.

    Thanx for the hat tip below btw, is appreciated.

  • The Terrorism Statistics Every American Needs to Hear May 19, 2014

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    McClatchy reported in 2010: There were just 25 U.S. noncombatant fatalities from terrorism worldwide. (The US government definition of terrorism excludes attacks on U.S. military personnel). While we don’t have the figures at hand, undoubtedly more American citizens died overseas from traffic accidents or intestinal illnesses than from terrorism.

  • Alice Maxwell

    Excellent exposition!

    Africa is on the way to being a consumer society, thanks to the giving of clothes from all our charitable groups since WWII.
    Most of the clever people there learned early about labels, even on second hand garments, and they set the pattern for all the young entrepreneurs to follow. This opens doors for the installation of cottage producers and augmenting that, the large chinese influence throughout that continent in small stores everywhere, it offers a great market for what China produces in small objects any emerging society enjoys as it encounters the brave new world shown in all our glossy media.

    The so called elites are on to something since they can offer exchange credits as an inducement for “co-operation in the leverage of our US securities”. The Nigerians have been financed from London to make waves in that direction and their scams were great training grounds for the touts to follow! The Clinton’s son in law is the heir to that bit of business for which his Dad went to Federal prison after misusing his congressional seat to expedite the monies involved in that business.

    We live in great times where the biggest scoundrels mass the most and are greeted by adoring fans.

    • Bruce C

      My hope is that Africans reject the Western model, or at least can’t/won’t tow the line like the Asians have.

  • Joelg

    “US armed forces are now involved in 49 out of 54 African states, along with the former colonial powers of France and Britain, in what’s becoming a new carve-up of the continent: a scramble for resources and influence in the face of China’s growing economic role, underpinned with an escalating military presence…”

    Link [] [Also reprinted on David Stockman’s site, where I first read it.]

    Could not help feeling that after his West Point speech, that POTUS would be on the phone calling for the Caped Crusaders (Batman and Robin):

    link []

    “Obama reaffirmed his belief that there were moral and national security motives for intervening in extreme circumstances…”When a typhoon hits the Philippines, or girls are kidnapped in Nigeria, or masked men occupy a building in Ukraine – it is America that the world looks to for help. The United States is the one indispensable nation.””

    Also: “In one of the few concrete policy proposals of the speech, Obama gave an example of alternative ways to protect US national security from threats such as terrorism by calling on Congress to support a new $5bn Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund to train and support partner countries in areas such as the Sahel.”

    $5 billion was exactly the same amount that Victoria Nuland said the USA spent buying the Ukraine coup. Maybe the Re-Colonization of Africa will come on the cheap, like Iraq paying for itself with its oil. This is the old Colonial strategy ala the divide and conquer of the British Empire or Cortez and the Spanish Empire. Christianity or buying Treasury bills, what’s the difference? Both are just excuses for exercise of raw power and that old DB theme of gaining CONTROL.