Friday, February 15, 2008

Liberia might be choosen as location for Africom...

President Bush, embarking on his second trip to Africa on Friday said that Liberia might be chosen to be a new location of U.S. military command for Africa, local mass media reported Friday.President Bush said the possible shift of the U.S. military command for Africa to the continent from its current home in Germany will be on the agenda as he meets with leaders of five African countries.
"If there is going to be a physical presence on the continent of Africa in the forms of a headquarters ... obviously we would seriously consider Liberia," Bush said in an interview with foreign media on Thursday and released on Friday. The U.S. attention to Africa has been growing in recently years amid concerns that some African countries could become safe havens for militants seeking to base operations and plan attacks on the United States.Liberia has publicly offered to host a headquarters, while other African powers like Nigeria, and South Africa, have reservations about where the command would be based and whether it would give the U.S. too much influence.
Mainwhile back in Liberia, the Government has accelerated a major clean-up of the capital, Monrovia, ahead of President Bush's visit to Liberia on February 21,The main streets are being swept and makeshift structures on the roadside are being demolished.
While America's standing in much of the world has diminished because of the Iraq war and other Bush administration policies, A recent Pew poll of 47 nations found that America's popularity is exceptionally high in Africa, where some hold the U.S. in higher regard than Americans do themselves, America's popularity verges on exuberance especially in Liberia,a nation founded in 1847 by freed U.S. slaves, many Liberians remember the sight of U.S. warships off the Liberian coast and Bush's call for former President Charles Taylor, accused of orchestrating war crimes, to leave, they believe that president bush was very instrumental in helping to end the the Liberian civil war. Liberians are also grateful to Bush for the recent cancellation of the country's debt.

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