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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 11:45 AM
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Africa Command plans approved by Bush, DOD officials confirm


http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=42476

President Bush has approved a plan for an Africa Command, defense officials said Friday.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen mentioned the move during a visit Thursday to Naples.

The President, on the 15th of December, made the decision to stand it up, Mullen told sailors. There was a working group for about the last, the last several months, to look at all of the issues that are associated with that.

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As it stands, the UCP has most of Africa falling under the purview of Germany-based U.S. European Command; the Horn of Africa under the responsibility of U.S. Central Command; and Madagascar and other African Islands off the continents east coast under U.S. Pacific Command.

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Still, Chester Crocker, professor of strategic studies at Georgetown University, said just the act of creating an Africa Command, whatever its timetable or structure, is an important symbolic move.
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so now we can watch on TV Africans throwing stones as the US military uses shock and awe on them

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dave_p Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 11:50 AM
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1. ?
"There was a working group for about the last several months"

Good to know they've clearly given it a lot of thought.
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 11:51 AM
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2. Well if you're gonna have proxy wars
you might as well make the working group into something more permanent...
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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 11:53 AM
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3. There's oil in Africa.
Oil the great unequalizer.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 12:31 PM
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4. Look out Niageria/
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