Should U.S. intervention in Sudan be supported? A Closer Look
by Ken Morgan
Originally posted 3/30/2007
U.S. Role in Africa
The U.S. involvement in Africa over the last 40 or so years is quite revealing. The year 1961 saw the U.S. and its imperialists friends interfere in the Belgian Congo. The fingerprints of the U.S. remain all over the assassination of Patrice Lumumba. In 1965, CIA backed military coup overthrew President Joseph Kasavubu and ushered in Joseph Mobutu to power. In 1966, the U.S. backed overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana. Between 1976 and 1992 US CIA support for Angolan South -African backed rebels in their attempt to overthrow the legitimate government of Angola. In 1978, the U.S. helped to foment war between Ethiopia and Somalia. The U.S. continued to support apartheid South Africa almost up to the very end of the apartheid system and the triumph of the Nelson Mandela led ANC. The U.S. provided support for Rhodesia in its battle to maintain minority rule in what is now Zimbabwe. The Clinton administration bombed Khartoum and destroyed a pharmaceutical factory in the name of fighting terrorism in 1993. The U.S. most recently in January 2007 facilitated the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia under the guise of fighting terrorism.
The lure of oil, protecting oil and the supposed war against terrorism has drawn a growing U.S. military presence in Africa. The Gulf of Guinea is one such example. Reasoned speculation exists that U.S. interest in Sudan is increased dramatically because Sudan is the third largest African oil producing nation.
The U.S. Army recently set up an African Command and over the years stepped up its military presence in Africa. The U.S. trained Djibouti, Ethiopian and Keya military forces according to the October 21 issue of USA Today. This past January, U.S. helicopter gun ships bombed southern Somalia, to defeat the retreating Somalian forces.
Current bases in Africa are located in Entebbe Uganda, Djibouti, and Dakar, Senegal as well as smaller operations in Liberia and Mauritania. S