February 13, 2008


Bush's unfinished Africa legacy: He has done well with health and foreign aid, but his vision for a new US military role still needs defining (February 14, 2008, CS Monitor)

When AFRICOM was rolled out last February, its purpose was described as bringing peace and security to Africa by promoting health, education, democracy, and economic growth. That sounds like nation building – a job better handled by diplomats and aid professionals.

The Pentagon has since emphasized more conventional security roles – training African Union forces, helping to professionalize national militaries, assisting in humanitarian disasters (the US military spread a lot of goodwill when it helped after the Asia tsunami and Pakistan earthquake).

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 13, 2008 5:07 PM
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