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"New Spice Route" boosts U.S. military in Africa
07-15-2012, 05:38 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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It's a long article, but interesting.

Quote:They call it the New Spice Route, an homage to the medieval trade network that connected Europe, Africa, and Asia, even if today's "spice road" has nothing to do with cinnamon, cloves, or silks. Instead, it's a superpower's superhighway, on which trucks and ships shuttle fuel, food, and military equipment through a growing maritime and ground transportation infrastructure to a network of supply depots, tiny camps, and airfields meant to service a fast-growing U.S. military presence in Africa.

Few in the U.S. know about this superhighway, or about the dozens of training missions and joint military exercises being carried out in nations that most Americans couldn't locate on a map. Even fewer have any idea that military officials are invoking the names of Marco Polo and the Queen of Sheba as they build a bigger military footprint in Africa. It's all happening in the shadows of what in a previous imperial age was known as "the Dark Continent."

In East African ports, huge metal shipping containers arrive with the everyday necessities for a military on the make. They're then loaded onto trucks that set off down rutted roads toward dusty bases and distant outposts.


In a recent speech in Arlington, Virginia, AFRICOM Commander General Carter Ham explained the reasoning behind U.S. operations on the continent: "The absolute imperative for the United States military [is] to protect America, Americans, and American interests; in our case, in my case, [to] protect us from threats that may emerge from the African continent." As an example, Ham named the Somali-based al-Shabaab as a prime threat. "Why do we care about that?" he asked rhetorically. "Well, al-Qaeda is a global enterprise... we think they very clearly do present, as an al-Qaeda affiliate... a threat to America and Americans."

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-215_162-5747...in-africa/
07-15-2012, 06:19 PM #2
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Oh ffs gaah.gif sheepsies will get sucked in by the rhetoric too. Holy ğck 9/11 worked well for them didn't it?
07-15-2012, 06:41 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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Like a charm... bored.gif
07-15-2012, 06:46 PM #4
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Amazing. sad2.gif

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07-15-2012, 09:39 PM #5
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07-15-2012, 11:23 PM #6
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İmage

İmage

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07-15-2012, 11:31 PM #7
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just more $$$for the war lordsgaah.gif
07-15-2012, 11:55 PM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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US, Europe, Russia, China... Everybody's looting the hell out of Africa and keep the corrupt despots in power. It's a sad state of affairs for sure.
07-16-2012, 03:31 PM #9
yankees skier
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(07-15-2012, 11:23 PM)Prometheus Wrote:  İmage

İmage

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Biere.
07-16-2012, 04:49 PM #10
Kreeper Griobhtha
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It sure is a blessing that they are there to protect us from third world countries that are so evil they don't feed their children so they can have the money to buy stealth bomber to attack American freedoms.

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At least when the USSR was our evil nemesis they had the ability to actually attack us.


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I'm starting to think the whole threat from cave dwelling people is a test to see how gullible we have become and if they need to up the meds.


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Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor
07-16-2012, 04:57 PM #11
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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lmao.gif the litmus test.

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07-16-2012, 05:05 PM #12
Kreeper Griobhtha
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Our pharma levels obviously aren't high enough.


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Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor



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