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Black People Politics : Here's what is likely behind Obama's decision to send special forces to Uganda.

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  1. oldsoul

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    (I have quoted quite a bit of this article because I believe the information is vital for us to know and evaluate. And, while President Obama is the one fronting the situation, please note that this started long before he became President.)

    Has Obama Just Kicked Off Another Oil War -- This Time in Africa?


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    On Friday, October 14, President Barack Obama announced he would be sending 100 Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) forces to Uganda to "remove from the battlefield" (meaning capture or kill) the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony. "I believe that deploying these U.S. Armed Forces furthers U.S. national security interests and foreign policy and will be a significant contribution toward counter-LRA efforts in central Africa," wrote Obama in a letter to U.S. House Majority Leader, John Boehner, R-OH.
    The LRA, whose horrific deeds have been have been well-documented by scores of human rights reports and the documentary film, Invisible Children, can best be described as a Christian cult militia engaged in violent armed rebellion against the Ugandan government, located primarily in northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan. An arrest warrant was issued in 2005 by the International Criminal Court against the LRA leadership for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Kony, the LRA ringleader, possibly has over 80 wives (i.e. sex slaves), according to a 2009 story by the Guardian, and has fathered over 40 children.
    The mainstream media, at least those who have covered this new U.S. military adventure, have taken the Obama administration at face value on its stated claim that JSOC troops are necessary in Uganda and neighboring countries, for the purpose of murdering the elusive and brutal war criminal-at-large, Joseph Kony.
    But is this the true motive for sending JSOC troops into the region? A probe into the last several years of geopolitical posturing in Africa by the United States reveals another tale. It is the tale of a 21st century "scramble for Africa" for the procurement of oil, using imperial tools, such as drones, mercenaries and military bases, in a desperate effort to gain control of this valuable commodity.
    In October 2008, AFRICOM, the United States Africa Command, became the U.S. military's sixth regional Unified Combatant Command center, joining those already housed in South America (SOUTHCOM), North America (NORTHCOM), Europe (EUCOM), the Middle East (CENTCOM), and the Pacific (USPACOM). The Unified Combatant Command centers serve as regional strategic hubs for the U.S. military planners to plot and implement the ways in which the U.S. will dominate these various regions for whatever it might deem to be in line with the national interest or national security purposes.
    AFRICOM, though, did not come out of the blue and was years in the making before its realization. Not long after 9/11, in early January 2002, a key symposium titled "African Oil: A Priority for U.S. National Security and African Development" took place in Washington, DC; it was hosted by the neoconservative think-tank, the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (IASPS).
    IASPS is most famous for its authorship of a paper called "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm," a 1996 paper that, among other things, called for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, foreshadowing the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the neoconservative-lead Bush administration foreign policy team.
    At the symposium, then Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Walter Kantsteiner III, stated, "African oil is a national strategic interest...[and] it's people like you who will...bring the oil home."
    Later, in May 2004, Kantsteiner chaired a congressionally funded Africa Policy Advisory Panel report titled, "Rising U.S. States in Africa," in which he stated, "African oil is of national strategic interest to us, and it will increase and become more important as we go forward."
    In the midst of these summits, the U.S. set up crucial military bases -- in spring 2003 in Djibouti, a base called Camp Lemmonier, and in 2004 at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda.
    Not long after AFRICOM became a reality, multinational corporations also flocked into Uganda to search for oil.
    The search was a flaming success story, with 2.5 billion barrels of oil now having been discovered, but still to this date, not yet procured. The royalties accompanying the oil's usage could reach up to $2 billion a year by 2015, reported the Economist in May 2010.
    This oil is located off of Lake Albert in northwest Uganda, a lake shared by both Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
    Salim Saleh owns a 25-percent stake in Saracen. "[Saracen International] was formed with the remnants of Executive Outcomes, a private mercenary firm composed largely of former South African special operations troops who worked throughout Africa in the 1990s," explained the New York Times in a January 2011 article.
    Saleh, now Museveni's military adviser, is a former high-ranking official for theUganda People's Defence Force, the military of the Ugandan government. He is also a well-connected mercenary, as seen through his ownership stake in Saracen.
    Saracen, in turns out, also maintains an important relationship with Blackwater USA founder and CEO, Erik Prince.
    Blackwater, under Prince's leadership, has been involved in the game of guns-for-hire in the Horn of Africa since February 2009, according to a WikiLeaks cable. The cable reveals that Blackwater won a contract to operate an armed ship, called McArthur, from a port in Djibouti, the country which is also home of the U.S. military's Camp Lemonnier base.
    The cable also reveals that McArthur "will have an unarmed UAV" (Unarmed Vehicle, aka a drone), "will likely engage...Kenya in the future," and that Blackwater "has briefed AFRICOM, CENTCOM, and Embassy Nairobi officials." In other words, this means the Prince and Blackwater mission had the blessing of top-level U.S. military and diplomatic officials.
    Could Prince's and Saleh's guns-for-hire be teaming up with JSOC forces in the Albertine basin to guard oil rigs? History provides some highly relavant precedent.
    Erik Prince, Blackwater USA and Oil: History Repeating Itself?
    Prince's Blackwater has been involved in such engagements before. Rewind to Azerbaijan and Iraq, where Blackwater was tasked with guarding crucial oil pipelines and oil wells for the world's wealthiest oil and natural gas corporations.
    Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, in his book Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, revealed that "Blackwater USA was hired by the Pentagon...to deploy in Azerbaijan, where Blackwater would be tasked with establishing and training an elite...force modeled after the U.S. Navy SEALs that would ultimately protect the interests of the United States and its allies in a hostile region.
    "Blackwater joined a U.S. corporate landscape [in the region] that included...corporations such as Bechtel, Halliburton, Chevron-Texaco, Unocal and ExxonMobil ... Instead of sending in battalions of active U.S. military to Azerbaijan, the Pentagon deployed...Blackwater...that would serve a dual purpose: protecting the West's new profitable oil and gas exploitation in a region historically dominated by Russia and Iran, and possibly laying the groundwork for an important forward operating base for an attack against Iran."
    In Iraq, as revealed by the Guardian in a March 2004 article, Blackwater, via a Pentagon contract, recruited Chilean "commandos, other soldiers and seamen, paying them up to $4,000 a month to guard oil wells against attack by insurgents...many of [them] had trained under the military government of Augusto Pinochet." Pinochet, many will recall, was the brutal dictator who came to power after the CIA-initiated 1973 coup of Salvador Allende.
    Iraq, like Uganda and Azerbaijan, is home to vast amounts of oil. Major syndicates ranging from BP America, ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron and ConocoPhillips have all flocked to Iraq in the mad dash for Iraq's resources since the 2003 onset of the ongoing U.S. occupation of Iraq.
    Though ExxonMobil and Tullow Oil lost out on the corrupt oil bid in late 2009, while exploration has been done, drilling has yet to occur in Uganda. In that vein, 100 U.S. JSOC troops, likely teaming up with Erik Prince, Salim Saleh and Yoweri Museveni-backed mercenaries, have swooped into the Lake Albert area to secure the prize, oil, before its rival does.
    The opponent? China.
    ...it is vital to bear in mind the bigger picture, which is that the United States and China have been competing against one another in the new "African Scramble" for Africa's valuable oil resources.
    Serge Michel and Michel Beuret, in their 2009 book China Safari: On the Trail of Beijing's Expansion in Africa, write, "China's advances in Africa's oil-rich regions have been viewed with concern bordering on paranoia in the United States....[It] could...deteriorate into a a head-to-head clash between China and the United States, prompting the kind of open conflict that some see as inevitable by 2030."
    Do not be surprised if, months from now, ExxonMobil or another U.S. oil industry superpower walks away with drilling rights in the Lake Albert region and CNOOC, the current main possessor of Uganda's Lake Albert oil resources, is sent packing.
    Also don't be surprised if Erik Prince and Salim Saleh lead Saracen International, working alongside JSOC troops, who work closely with the Central Intelligence Agency, are working as "security forces" off of the Albertine oil basin.
    These are not only likely scenarios, but probable ones. Joseph Kony and his LRA allies might be taken down, but the people of Uganda, on the whole, will not benefit from this "humanitarian intervention."
    Things, unfortunately, will probably only worsen for the people of Uganda as time progresses.
    The rest: http://www.alternet.org/story/15297...er_oil_war_--_this_time_in_africa?page=entire
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    Thanks for posting this elder Oldsoul.

    Looks like these devils have perhaps played us once again. Lately I've been thinking about the over all timing/purpose of Obama's (the 1st black) presidency. It sure has made it easier for US to accept, excuse, ignore, or simply not recognize.. and for THEM to successfully execute their plans to re-colonize mother Afrika. that is of course with such a beautiful black 1st family leading the way.:thinking:

    Elder Oldsoul my heart aches with so much pain it's almost unbearable.
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    If we only understood the dept of confusion, betrayal and future repercussions of the "first black president of the USA" leading the charge to assassinate one of the last standing independent Afrikan presidents.
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    Would this have happen regardless of whomever was President of the United States during this time. Why lay this at Obama's feet? Please enlighten me. He's POTUS, and happens to be BLACK!! You make it sound like he's doing something that is not for the betterment of this country. Am I wrong? Im not speaking of his race, what he has or have not done for us. Im speaking on the whole. Im bewildered as well.
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    Good morning...

    But let us pray for Uganda too...

    And thanks for your latest reality check/wake up call...
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    Thanks for sharing this article. Business as usual.
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    The question I have for you is are Obama's actions in the best interest of African people?
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    And I ask you...'are they any worse than anyone elses'? My point is, if I have/am constantly not be served by Whites over the years, and nothings changed but the color of the man's skin,........if that man looks like me....im for him! He is not just our (Blacks) President. He is POTUS and all that entails. Its funny how we still woud rather take IT from MASSA, then give one of our own a break. I read/hear and feel what you're saying. The crab barrel effect, even at the highest post in the land.SMH. It must end somewhere. Can it not be with us. Give him our feedback AND support, keep his feet to the fire. I have no problem with it. Not knowing what he's up against in this position, and him wanting 4 more yrs....give him that chance. Maybe thats what hes needed, for America to wake up, see who is controlling things, get on the bandwagon letting their voices be heard so he can do something. GOD knows we've give the MASSA those chances. Just one BLACK WOMAN'S opinion....and I thank those who fought before/and for me that I have one and can voice it.
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    Would this have happen regardless of whomever was President of the United States during this time.
    sista butterfly#1, "during this time" the system of capitalism as we have known it is unsustainable (due to the heighten political, social and economic awareness of the masses..thanks in part to modern technology...the ability to share and receive information). In addition, we must consider the geopolitical realities this dying beast faces as it scrambles to prevent it's life support plug from being pulled (virtually free and uncontested resources, markets, labor, etc...enters from stage right, china).

    So to answer your question above, yes, "during this time" the think tanks representing the beast fully recognized (some time ago) the urgent need to step up their final and desperate stage of imperialism (desperate times call for desperate measures). Which is why i stated that: Lately I've been thinking about the over all timing/purpose of Obama's (the 1st black) presidency..

    Why lay this at Obama's feet?
    I totally agree, the actions of the puppeteer trump those of the puppet. And the role of the puppet as it relates to symbols, figure heads, neo-colonialism, etc is a matter of public record, hence my thought: It sure has made it easier for US to accept, excuse, ignore, or simply not recognize.. and for THEM to successfully execute their plans to re-colonize mother Afrika. that is of course with such a beautiful black 1st family leading the way.

    Please enlighten me. He's POTUS, and happens to be BLACK!! You make it sound like he's doing something that is not for the betterment of this country. Am I wrong? Im not speaking of his race, what he has or have not done for us. Im speaking on the whole. Im bewildered as well.
    keeping my response/question in context, exactly how should I view the re-colonization of our ancestral homeland, complete with complimentary rape, plunder, murder, division, destruction, theft, further under development, covert genocide, etc as something better for this country?
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    Do you feel this is destined for this country anyway? Are there things/actions in place to prevent these actions? What I am trying to say (maybe not too clearly) is that if plans are not in place to abort/avert what you speak of. Then why vilify Obama. Are we speaking America, I am. We have always excepted, excused, ignored or simply not recognized the actions of the puppeteer before. Since I guess you're saying that they're recognized and understood now. Im not as deep into some of this as some of you. And theres lots of us out here whose trying to understand. Where, if someone else is elected President, according to your thinking will we be. Better, if so, how? About the same, worse, we don't know that? I merely asked for clarification and was asked questions rather than given answers. I think regardless of whomever is president. They will do no more for us than Obama could do if given the chance.
    If you're speaking motherland as in Africa, it takes more than talk by mere lay persons in America to effect change there. I see no boats loading or stampede of people going back to help. We're not prepared to live there either! I am asking for Obama to be given 4 more years, then history will write his story. Blacks built this country, let one run it! Give him the same amount of years others got. Either way, since the wagons are not circling and we're not coming together, whats the difference?
    The same goes for whats happening with China! Whatever they're tyring to accompish, is Obama not being re-elected going to stop their progress?
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    the Global Oligarchy thinks more in terms of Global Africanism then we do!

    Neo-colonization survived in Africa for as long as it has because the white faces on top were replaced with black faces on top and we looked at the image rather then the policy.

    Now that the international bankers have repeated what they did after the League of nations, that is to loot the hell out of Europe, bringing a wave of immigrants and then loot the hell out of the US that caused the great depression,

    the focus they desire both the US and the EU to have right

    now and in the future is to loot Africa,

    and that is why there is primacy placed in the vision of the world and particularly, the largest population of the Black world, on the ascendency of the Black image whether Democrat or Republican!

    Do we actually think that Perry was being himself at the republican debate, or was he simply putting on a show impersonantion of George Bush's stupidty and idiocy? Think about it!
    The only republican candidate that speaks as though he has sense (to conservatives) is Black?

    When Africans saw another "African" here in the US in fact 2 one the president the other the republican candidate, say it was all fine and dandy to colonize Libya,
    what do you think went through their minds?

    Sad but true Africa's problem is that their leaders admire, adore and seek power, more so then unity,
    or the upliftment of their citizenry.