Yup. So what's the EXCUSE now for--LIBYA...and let's see...where's the latest "send in the US troops"..<quoted text>
You realize that more than a decade later we're still in Afghanistan??? That OBL is dead??? Not to mention that we're nowhere close to paying for the mess???
The creation of the US African Command (Africom) of course pointed to US involvements in wars on the continent, and indeed the US has since fought a war in Libya, deployed troops of Uganda, and is planning for another war in Mali.
But what they dont have compared to, say, CENTCOM, is an established collection of nations with US troops stations waiting for wars to break out. That will soon change, as the Army is planning to send troops to as many as 35 African nations early next year.
The numbers will be small, at least at first, but done with an eye on Gen. Raymond Odiernos Regionally Aligned Forces plan, giving the US the ability to quickly deploy troops anywhere on the planet.
The comparative lack of things for the US military to do in Africa has long kept the US out of Africa. Since the establishment of Africom, officials seem to figure that with enough troops and enough countries involved, the question of what wars and where can be worked out at their leisure....
Ditz, J. Into Africa: US to Send Troops to 35 Nations Next Year
Odierno Touts Plan for Fast Deployments Anywhere in the World. AntiWar.com 12/24/2012