Abolish AFRICOM (the U.S. Africa Command)

June 8, 2022

On October 3, 2018, Netfa Freeman and the Black Alliance for Peace published the following demands:

  1. the complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Africa,
  2. the demilitarization of the African continent, and
  3. the closure of U.S. military bases throughout the world.

When I’m elected, I will work with my colleagues in both dominant parties to implement these just, reasonable and sensible demands.  The Black Alliance for Peace and Netfa Freeman provide many reasons to do so:

“Although U.S. leaders say AFRICOM is ‘fighting terrorism’ on the continent, in reality AFRICOM is a dangerous structure that has only increased militarism.  The real reason for its existence is geopolitical competition with China.

When AFRICOM was established in the months before Barack Obama assumed office as the first Black President of the United States, a majority of African nations — led by the Pan-Africanist government of Libya — rejected AFRICOM, forcing the new command to instead work out of Europe.  But with the U.S. and NATO attack on Libya that led to the destruction of that country and the murder of its leader, Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011, corrupt African leaders began to allow AFRICOM forces to operate in their countries and establish military-to-military relations with the United States.  Today, those efforts have resulted in 46 U.S. bases as well as military-to-military relations between 53 out of the 54 African countries and the United States.  U.S. Special Forces troops now operate in more than a dozen African nations.”

The article continued:

“Vice Admiral Robert Moeller (who served as the first Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations, U.S. Africa Command, from October 2007 to April 2010) declared in 2008, ‘Protecting the free flow of natural resources from Africa to the global market is one of AFRICOM’s guiding principles.’

“AFRICOM is the flip side of the domestic war being waged by the same repressive state structure against Black and poor people in the United States.  The Black power and civil rights movement of the 60s and 70s was met with the repressive response of the FBI in the form of its COINTELPRO or Counter Intelligence Program that effectively obliterated these movements for social justice and self-determination.  While in the very same era on the continent of Africa, the CIA conspired with other colonizing powers to do the exact same things, exemplified by the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana the and the assassination of Patrice Lumumba in the Congo.”

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