Africa: Next US Oil War Venue <http://blackstarnews.com/?c=122&a=3227>
The Pentagon does not admit that a ring of permanent US military bases
is operating or under construction throughout Africa. But nobody doubts
the American military buildup on the African continent is well underway.
>From oil rich northern Angola up to Nigeria, from the Gulf of Guinea to
Morocco and Algeria, from the Horn of Africa down to Kenya and Uganda,
and over the pipeline routes from Chad to Cameroon in the west, and from
Sudan to the Red Sea in the east, US admirals and generals have been
landing and taking off, meeting with local officials.
They've conducted feasibility studies, concluded secret agreements, and
spent billions from their secret budgets. Their new bases are not bases
at all, according to US military officials. They are instead "forward
staging depots", and "seaborne truck stops" for the equipment which
American land forces need to operate on the African continent. They are
"protected anchorages" and offshore "lily pads" from which they intend
to fight the next round of oil and resource wars, and lock down Africa's
oil and mineral wealth for decades to come. BAR caught up with Chicago's
Prexy Nesbitt, one of the architects of the US anti-apartheid movement
in the 1970s and `80s. We asked Dr. Nesbitt about the importance to
Africans and African Americans of George Bush's Feb. 7 announcement of
AFRICOM, the new Pentagon command for the African continent.