US Setting Up African Quagmire

by | Mar 14, 2016


While much attention is focused on the United States government’s decades of military intervention in the Middle East, the US government is behind-the-scenes developing another huge intervention quagmire in Africa. In a Tuesday interview with host Scott Horton on the Scott Horton Show, international affairs writer Eric Margolis presented some of the steps taken so far to repeat in Africa the US intervention failures of the Middle East.

In the interview, Margolis, a Ron Paul Institute Academic Board member, addresses the state of US intervention in Africa, saying:

Under President Obama, the US has become, every week, more deeply involved across Africa — East Africa, West Africa, major fighting in Somalia in these recent days, US forces in Niger, in Burkina Faso. What is the American army or special forces doing in Burkina Faso?! This is the new hot thing for the military: They all want to go to Africa and be Rambos. It’s a sure sign that the US is going to get stuck in Africa and have trouble extricating itself.

Listen here to the complete interview, in which Margolis also discusses matters including US past and future intervention in Libya, as well as how a President Donald Trump may deal with the US military, which Margolis refers to as “the fourth branch of government” with “a lot of influence in Washington, above and beyond what it is supposed to have.”

For some in-depth discussion of groundwork that has been laid for US military intervention in Africa, read journalist Nick Turse’s September of 2013 article “AFRICOM: The US Pivot to Africa.”


  • Adam Dick

    Adam worked from 2003 through 2013 as a legislative aide for Rep. Ron Paul. Previously, he was a member of the Wisconsin State Board of Elections, a co-manager of Ed Thompson's 2002 Wisconsin governor campaign, and a lawyer in New York and Connecticut.

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