Michael Shank: Barack Obama's Africa Trip Misses Military Mission Creep on Continent
Huffington Post - over 3 years
This week, as President Barack Obama travels to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania, he will miss much of America's mission creep into the African continent. Not merely in the more obvious military interventions into Libya, Mali or Somalia, or military bases in Niger or Djibouti, but through growing security partnerships in places including Kenya, Nigeria and even Mauritania. Not on President Obama's oversight agenda: The troubling ramp up of military and counterterror assistance to these countries and the human rights abuses committed by these same actors. It should be.
While President Barack Obama's recent counterterrorism speech failed to address these problems, ongoing events in Nigeria have spurred Secretary of State John Kerry to express "deep concern" around human rights abuses committed by the Nigerian military, a major U.S. counterterror partner. But given that a recent U.N. report also found U.S.-trained Congolese troops guilty of mass rape and other atrocities,
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