Monday, November 19, 2007

Making the case for Liberia to host Africom.


The US government announced early in the year that the Defence Department was creating a US Africa Command headquarters to coordinate all American military and security interests throughout the continent, but a lot of African powers Including Nigeria, South Africa, and Libya have expressed reservations about a move that could signal an expansion of U.S. influence on the continent. Why is it that so many African powers are against The United states setting up its African commend on an African soil? the answer is simple, African nations, at least those run by dictators, like Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe don't want more Americans, and their democratic ideas, upsetting the status quo. and in their effort to stay in power, and continue stealing from their country's Treasury, they have come up with pitiful excuses like, any AFRICOM facilities on African territory, will be a magnet that will attract terrorist to attack their countries.
Liberia on the other hand, has announce publicly that it is willing to host Africom, coming out out of almost two decades of civil war, and with our infrastructure, and economy in shambles, there is no telling that Several hundred, or even thousand, well paid American soldiers and civilians, would work wonders for the economy. and not to mention the huge financial incentive, and the creation of thousands of jobs that would come with Africom requests for basing rights.
Another reason we Liberians should welcome Africom is because it would give pause to any future rebel group, or military commanders contemplating a coup.
There is no reason what so ever to fear Africom, i believe they will be a force for good on the continent, that's why we wholeheartedly support our President, to not only bid that Africom be base on the continent, but we also support her effort to have Liberia host Africom.

3 comments:

AFRICA SPEAKS said...

i respect your views but you are unfortunately being brainwashed with the sweet words of imperialist.

Why will US decide to establish AFRICOM when we very well know they cordinate their deeds already from europe?
You are unfortunately surrending your country in the hands of white people thinking it is only in their hands Liberia could have peace?

Where was US when ECOMOG was fighting to stop the war in Liberia?

Who were the sponsors of Doe in Libeia? Was it not the US? Did they not support Charles Taylor?
The development and sustainance of peace in Liberia belongs to the people of Liberia. PERIOD.!

You should have self confidence that you can make it.

Beauty said...

In his excellent speech at the OECD World Forum in Istanbul, Hans Roslings unveiled the Beauty of Statistics and pointed out that we cannot simply apply the same rules to solving African issues. Its problems are too big and diverse. This is why I will accept that United States needs to take the long view in its dealings with Africa.

These are Dangerous Times For Africa and the US should seek to reinforce and strengthen indigenous efforts as well as impose externally-originated solutions including basing AFRICOM on African soil. Extrinsic rewards for selfish interests in spades but if obtaining outcomes in that area can generate a win-win for all. Why not? We have lost too much already.

forevah said...

@Beauty. I have been tracking your vociferous support for US afrcom on several threads. Remember you and your fellow supporters are in the very minority including pupet Sirleaf. I dont know where you are from, but it is obvious you are not looking at from it from an African point of view. It appears after 160 years of Liberian-US friendship, people like you are still carrying "the American can, will provide for Liberia virus."