The War On Terror Spreads to Africa: U.S. Sending Troops to 35 African Nations

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The U.S. is sending troops to 35 African nations under the guise of fighting Al Qaeda and related terrorists.

Democracy Now notes:

U.S. Army teams will be deploying to as many as 35 African countries early next year for training programs and other operations as part of an increased Pentagon role in Africa. The move would see small teams of U.S. troops dispatched to countries with groups allegedly linked to al-Qaeda, such as Libya, Sudan, Algeria and Niger. The teams are from a U.S. brigade that has the capability to use drones for military operations in Africa if granted permission. The deployment could also potentially lay the groundwork for future U.S. military intervention in Africa.

NPR reports:

[A special American brigade] will be able to take part in nearly 100 separate training and military exercises next year, in nearly three dozen African countries

Glenn Ford writes:

The 2nd Brigade is scheduled to hold more than 100 military exercises in 35 countries, most of which have no al-Qaida presence. So, although there is no doubt that the U.S. will be deeply involved in the impending military operation in Mali, the 2nd Brigade’s deployment is a much larger assignment, aimed at making all of Africa a theater of U.S. military operations. The situation in Mali is simply a convenient, after-the-fact rationale for a long-planned expansion of the U.S. military footprint in Africa.

Timothy Alexander Guzman argues:

AFRICOM’s [the U.S. military's Africa command] goal is to eliminate China and other countries influence in the region.  Africa’s natural resources is another important element to consider because it includes oil, diamonds, copper, gold, iron, cobalt, uranium, bauxite, silver, petroleum, certain woods and tropical fruits.

In a must-watch interview, Dan Collins of the China Money Report agrees that the purpose of the deployment is to challenge China’s rising prominence in Africa:

(Indeed, the U.S. considers economic rivalry to be a basis for war).

In reality – as we’ve repeatedly noted – the U.S. sends in the military to fight “terrorists” in any country which has resources we want (and see this).


And the U.S. is not shy about backing our “mortal enemies” to topple those standing between us and resources we pine for.

Anthony Carlucci argues that the overthrow of Gaddafi (largely through American support of terrorists) was really the opening salvo in the war for African resources:

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etresoi's picture

Since the end of World War II, the U.S. has launched attacks against Panama, Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia, Serbia, Iraq, Kuwait, Sudan, Haiti, Granada, Afghanistan, and Somalia, supposedly in pursuit of stopping drugs, or defending freedom, or pushing back Communism. In the great majority of cases these objectives have not been achieved. The single most consistent result has been the building of hostility toward America. These countries are the best enemies money can buy.  And now, the U.S. is going to protect the Africans from themselves.


Why?  Because the U.S. government needs an image of an outside enemy and it does not have one.  As far as America's missing image of the enemy, the lesson is a hard one: you are on your own. Nobody wants to destroy you (especially since you are doing such a bang-up job of it yourself). Nobody wants to play with you and nobody wants to play against you. To figure out why that is, go lock yourself in the bathroom and spend a long while looking at yourself in the mirror, because at this point your image of the enemy is nothing but a reflection of you.

newdoobie's picture

Just what Obama wants "a Short Victorious War" (War for the purposes of profitable conquest)

David Weber

Cathartes Aura's picture

excellent description of "americanism"  etresoi.

sun tzu's picture

More like a description of the powers that be and their lame stream media propagandists

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


excellent description of "americanism"  etresoi.

Far superiour to ananother description of 'americanism' that I'm used to seeing.


Omen IV's picture

+ Vietnam + Cambodia + Laos + Libya (air war only) + Yemen

etresoi's picture

Correct.  It is impossible to remember and name all.

Omen IV's picture

the people who died have no memory - the people who made money.... remember the money!

e_goldstein's picture

We have always been at war with...


dunce's picture

This is utter nonsense, just like the idea that we went into Iraq for the oil or Libya. We just buy what we need on the open market and let others deal with the theft,sabotage and general corruption. Why are they there? It is another stupid political ploy that is doomed to failure. Our military is not any good at nation building or modifying. It may well be that no outside organization can affect change for the better in these puddles of pestilence.

Omen IV's picture

"Our military is not any good at nation building or modifying."

there really not supposed to be  - notwithstanding the mission propaganda - the only objective is MIC profit  - after it's all drained - on to the next victim in perpetuity  with endless bad guys to be created out of whole CIA cloth

knukles's picture

"Our military is not any good at nation building or modifying."

Militaries are supposed to only be good at killing people and blowing shit up.  The rest of the crap is for departments of State and the like.

mkkby's picture

You really are a dunce.  Ask yourself why is the US in Saudi?  Because oil companies invested and their property and profits must be protected.  So they keep friendly (puppet) govs in power who enslave their people but let western corps extract their resources and profit.

This is from page 1 of first grade text.  You really need to wake up.

sun tzu's picture

Western oil companies are not allowed in the lucrative Saudi fields. The entire thing is owned by Saudi Aramco, which makes Exxon look like a flea on an elephant. 

George Washington's picture

You're right ... Oh, wait:

The Iraq war was really about oil, according to Alan Greenspan, John McCain, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Chuck Hagel, a high-level National Security Council officer and others.

Dick Cheney made Iraqi’s oil fields a national security priority before 9/11.

The Sunday Herald reported:

Five months before September 11, the US advocated using force against Iraq … to secure control of its oil.


Congressman Ed Markey said:

Well, we’re in Libya because of oil.

Senator Graham agreed.

rwe2late's picture

 and not just the simple acquisition of oil

but the CONTROL and dominance over oil resources,

control necessary to maintain global financial dominance through the

petrodollar extortion racket.

By means of the petrodollar, the fiat is backed, and the world is finagled into supporting US profligacy and militarism.

The "oiligopoly" of the gulf sheikhdoms must be maintained as part of that racket. Taking the major oil-rich Iraq and Iran out of the market is what limits oil suppliers to US-dependent sheikhdoms.

The global military is the biggest single user (and polluter) of petroleum products and is easily and self-interestedly convinced that control of foreigner's oil is a "vital" interest. That hubristic logic leads into a "necessity" to gain full spectrum dominance over the world and all its resources.

That "necessity" meshes seamlessly into the drive of global capitalism to privatize the world and all within it. 

Oldrepublic's picture

Celente makes a good case that WWIII has already started. Africa was really important for the outcome of WWII, as

Shinkolobwe was the name of the mine in  ex- Zaire, now Congo which the US got most of the uranium for the Hiroshima  bomb

kchrisc's picture

Wern't the Europeans doing this same sort of hing in Africa leading up to WW I?

Of course the funny thing here is that the US is a paper tiger who's in hawk to the very nation it is trying to out maneuver in Africa.

HardlyZero's picture

WWx was a different world.  And now they are Fighting over the Resources.  It keeps the machines well oiled and may even be a profit center. /sarc

q99x2's picture

Arabs first, now blacks, Asians and Whites next. Who are these terrorists that control the financial system of the West?

WTFx10's picture

BAKUNYIN, MIKHYL. 19th century Russian revolutionary. 

"Marx is a Predator and is surrounded by a crowd of little, more or less intelligent, scheming, agile, speculating Predators, just as Predators are everywhere, commercial and banking agents, writers, politicians, correspondents for newspapers of all shades; in short, literary brokers, just as they are financial brokers, with one foot in the bank and the other in the socialist movement, and their arses sitting upon the German press. They have grabbed hold of all newspapers, and you can imagine what a nauseating literature is the outcome of it.
Now this entire Predatorish world, which constitutes an exploiting sect, a people of leeches, a voracious parasite, Marx feels an instinctive inclination and a great respect for the Rothschilds. This may seem strange. What could there be in common between communism and high finance? Ho ho! The communism of Marx seeks a strong state centralization, and where this exists there must inevitably exist a state central bank, and where this exists, there the parasitic Predatorish nation, which speculates upon the labor of the people, will always find the means for its existence...
In reality, this would be for the proletariat a barrack regime, under which the workingmen and the working closely and intimately connected with one another, regarless not only of frontiers but of political differences as well - this Predatorish world is today largely at the disposal of Marx or Rothschil. I am sure that, on the one hand, the Rothschilds appreciate the merits of Marx, and that on the other hand, women, converted into a uniform mass, would rise, fall asleep, work and live at the beat of the drum; the privilege of ruling would be in the hands of the skilled and the learned, with a wide scope left for profitable crooked deals carried on by the Predators, who would be attracted by the enormous extension of the international speculations of the national banks... (Polémique contres les Juifs)

This startling piece of prediction is particularly impressive to those who have observed the Soviet scene and notice its strange relationship with capitalist financiers - overwhelmingly Predatorish - since the revolution. The line runs from Olof Aschberg, self-described "Bolshevik banker" who ferried to Trotsky the huge sums raised for the revolution by financiers in Europe and America, to Armand Hammer in the 1970s, who has specialized in multimillion-dollar trade concessions with the now supposedly 'anti-Semitic' commissars.

WILHELM II. German Kaiser.

"A Predator cannot be a true patriot. He is something different, like a bad insect. He must be kept apart, out of a place where he can do mischief - even by pogroms, if necessary.
The Predators are responsible for Bolshevism in Russia, and Germany too. I was far too indulgent with them during my reign, and I bitterly regret the favors I showed the prominent Predatorish bankers." (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, July 2, 1922)

HENRY FORD in (The Dearborn Independent, 12-19 February 1921 

"Predators have always controlled the business... The motion picture influence of the United States and Canada... is exclusively under the control, moral and financial, of the Predatorish manipulators of the public mind."

GRANT, USYSSES S. 19th century American general, politician. While in command of the 13th Army Corps, headquartered at Oxford, Mississippi, he became so infuriated at Predatorish camp-followers attempting to penetrate the conquered territory that he finally attempted to expel the Predators:

"I have long since believed that in spite of all the vigilance that can be infused into post commanders, the special regulations of the Treasury Department have been violated, and that mostly by Predators and other unprincipled traders. So well satisfied have I been of this that I instructed the commanding officers at Columbus to refuse all permits to Predators to come South, and I have frequently had them expelled from the department, but they come in with their carpet-sacks in spite of all that can be done to prevent it. The Predators seem to be a privileged class that can travel anywhere. They will land at any woodyard on the river and make their way through the country. If not permitted to buy cotton themselves, they will act as agents for someone else, who will be at military post with a Treasury permit to receive cotton and pay for it in Treasury notes which the Predator will buy up at an agreed rate, paying gold. (Letters to C. P. Wolcott, assistant secretary of war, Washington, December 17, 1862)
1. The Predators, as a class, violating every regulation of trade established by the Treasury Department, and also Department orders, are hereby expelled from the Department.
2. Within twenty-four hours from the receipt of this order by Post Commanders, they will see that all of this class of people are furnished with passes and required to leave, and anyone returning after such notification, will be arrested and held in confinement until an opportunity occurs of sending them out as prisoners, unless furnished with permits from these headquarters.
3. No permits will be given these people to visit headquarters for the purpose of making personal application for trade permits.
By order of Major Gen. Grant Jno. A. Rawlings, Assistant Adjutant General (General Order Number 11, December 17, 1862)

The expulsion order was immediately countermanded by the general-in-chief, H. W. Halleck, in Washington. Apparently the expelled Predators had immediately contacted their kinsmen there and had pressure brought to bear.



JR's picture

The vast area of northern Mali is occupied obviously by many innocent families and villages that now come face to face with jet aircraft, U.S. drones and global sanctions. IOW, the new world order meets the innocent people of the world. One more step, not to liberation, but to enslavement.

No matter the issue, Is modern barbarism of mass starvation and incapacitation by sanctions, as listed below, to be the fate of innocent mankind? Is all of mankind, in the new order of world affairs, to be tamed into obedience by the threat of Palestinianization or Iranianization?

Civil wars and rebellions are perfect arenas for the western banking powers to ride to the rescue, kill many innocents and secure the resources for the Empire. Thus, War Is a Crime .org reported in April of 2012:

“That was not enough for ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), an economic and military bloc with ties to the U.S. Meeting April 2 [2012] in Dakar, Senegal, the alliance's members closed their countries' borders with land-locked Mali and imposed severe sanctions, including cutting off access to the regional bank, raising the possibility that Mali will soon be unable to pay for essential supplies, including gasoline. Meeting the following day in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the 54-member African Union imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on Capt. Sanogo and his associates. Also on April 3, the United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting on the Mali crisis and declared its support for ECOWAS' efforts “to restore order in Mali. U.N. political affairs chief Lynn Pascoe told the council on Tuesday that ECOWAS had placed some 3,000 troops on standby to deal with the coup and rebellion in Mali.” (2)

(2) “U.N. council alarmed by al Qaeda presence in Mali” - Reuters,

The Guardian African network had an interesting take this weekend on Mali developments. With the ECOWAS providing the boots on the ground, “it’s a perfect solution: France and the U.S.A. get the intervention they are so keen on without the risks…everyone wins in theory. Except, perhaps, Mali and the region as a whole.”

Also see UN Security Council sanctions Mali Islamist militants 2012-12-06

As you say, banzai: "Interesting..."

falak pema's picture

Françafrique calling now... before USA comes in to Mali. THe US already has cornered : Nigeria, Angola (the big boys) in west, already buys the oil from the two small ones from French run Gabon/Congo, and also controls the current civil war in Kinshasa Congo the big ex-belgian colony along with its play in South Soudan, Kenya etc. 

Its a mad race to RMs. 

blindman's picture

@" Timothy Alexander Guzman argues:

AFRICOM’s [the U.S. military's Africa command] goal is to eliminate China and other countries influence in the region. Africa’s natural resources is another important element to consider because it includes oil, diamonds, copper, gold, iron, cobalt, uranium, bauxite, silver, petroleum, certain woods and tropical fruits."
comment: i don't think so. the u.s. , china etc ...
are partners on these war deals. we had the republican,
democrat dichotomy, now we have the east west....
it is the hearts and minds formed by the bankers system
of 21 century virtual compensation. china's productivity
and development is not the adversary of the ongoing system.

JR's picture

You’re right, blindman. It’s always the same, isn’t it? The would-be rulers of the world see everything in the fundamentals of resources, labor and military power. It’s the Kissinger philosophy: totalitarian regimes such as China can be convenient partners through bribery and a share in the spoils.

Thus,  new-world-order advocate, Henry Kissinger, sat down with Chairman Mao in 1970 to discuss opening up China back when America was at the peak of its power, and  the international bankers proceeded to export America’s manufacturing base and capital to China, i.e., America’s strength, to Communist ideologues.

And the Rothschild strain still will maintain the strings of control.

First, the hand shake; then the bankers arrive, then the resources are nailed down, and then the rights of the citizens dissolve into debt service. This appears to be what’s happening with the Africa projects.

And, the propaganda continues. In 2011 as the Communist Party of China confidently celebrated its 90th anniversary, Kissinger was back in Beijing passing the baton of global leadership on to his hosts. Opening a conference of China's most important think tank on globalization, Kissinger compared China today to the prowess of the U.S. in 1947…

“Kissinger told his hosts that while this transition from one system to another will likely take another 30 years, China's role will only grow because it is obliged by its own self-interest to shape the global system that has shifted away from its ‘North Atlantic pole’ toward China and the emerging economies.”  Those are the words of Nathan Gardels, editor of the NPQ, Global Services of the Los Angeles Times Syndicate/Tribune Media, who views Kissinger as “the great statesman.”

knukles's picture

There is something terribly fucking wrong here....


(another graveyard of empires)

Widowmaker's picture

What, ghosts in the desert can't be black?

Bush doctrine insists there are terrorists under every spec of sand.

W took a magic walk on a beach with none other than Billy Graham so he knows sand.

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture

granted permission. The deployment could also potentially lay the groundwork for future U.S. military intervention in Africa.

Too funny.
And they do mean invasion,not intervention,right...???

The USA Gov. is a terrorist organization.
Plain and simple to see.

dolph9's picture

The expansions of the U.S. military are funded by the same fiat system that has you running on a treadmill, punching those alarm clocks to get to "jobs" so you can do your part in keeping the biggest Ponzi scheme in the history of mankind going a bit longer.

The goal is to get as many real resources from Africa as possible for the benefit of big banks and corporations, before China or (God forbid) the Africans themselves get to them.  Once the resources have been dug up and fed through the system - with the profits flowing to a few connected oligarchs and our own Africans here at home who have to be placated with handouts to maintain the general order -  the resulting debts are to be paid by your kids who you tuck away at night and who go to school the next morning and pledge allegiance to the land of the free and the home of the brave.

diogeneslaertius's picture

i think the goal is to divvy africa up behind closed doors while creating a perfect killing field that does several things

1) like iraq creates people who are "down with the cause" of kicking in doors and shooting families that can then be used as militarized police to help make remaining hold out countries more fascistic

2) offers a physical location for continued perpetual war because the middle east is used up/disadvantageous as a killing field moving forward for various reasons its pointless to go into

3) the animating contest of pitting two divisions of Slavery, Inc. against one naother in the region will provide the perfect cover story for the post-conflict reality


i mean i completely agree with everyone's analysis in this thread PLZ DONT GET ME WRONG :D


i just feel like we may spend all our time studying this or that tree, right down to the cell structure of the organism itself, and while this process is valuable, we may be losing sight of the big picture, we may not be seeing the forest for the trees etc.


" keeping the biggest Ponzi scheme in the history of mankind going a bit longer"


my fear is people may not be prepared to accept the possibility that they have created an Infini Ponzi model and a Holographic $4Q Economic Deathstar that simply means they can string us all along indefinitely, bleeding us out to death for every drop along the way for generations to come while they prepare the THX-1138 and Brave New World systems architecture etc.


all there is now is the ponzi grid of hyper-fractional algorithms trading with each other


its completely decoupled from the real economy on some level and i think this is why competing currencies, physical stacking to expose the COMEX hologram etc. are such important tacks for us to take


anyways great report GW and really nice comments everyone :D



back to work :/

diogeneslaertius's picture


Africa: Destroyed by Design etc.

resource rich Africa is a favorite kick me dog of the NWO


the US and CHN are mere adjuncts now with only the US possessing a somewhat free peoples (read: not entirely under our thumb)


the clash of civilizations is being prepared (currency wars > trade wars > real wars, keiser/celente et al.) and the actual grounds of the physical conflict will be irrelevant (africa is one locale), although clearly, Africa is a huge vector


it is important not to get bogged down in limited geopolitical analysis as though the nation states really existed still in any proper sense - it is a global order and this process is more internalized than ever before


the war on terror is a mere pretext to turn the planet into a borg beehive with viceroys running the show at the district level, where every human is tracked, traced, and databased into a single grid - Africa has proven to be culturally resistant in many areas and thus can and must still be cooked down with open viscera, in a few decades it will be time to open more of the south-africa worm can - actually creating new laboratories etc.


in many regions (sierra leone is a good example) this is already largely underway, and nearby mali shares all of the appropriate, similar target criteria - it is tragic when one stops to think about how the Germ of Liberty should have spread and what the intention for Liberia was - 1776 across Africa shouldve happened in the early 1800's but we all know how it actually shook out right up until the creation of south africa


the hydrocarbon geology is a major factor of course and Anadarko's activity off the west coast is a good indicator


f16hoser's picture

This is all happening because the US Dollar is a piece of shit. The TBTF Banks need more debt. Thank you US Military Industrial Complex.

DaveyJones's picture

US Dollar is a piece of shit

and the people "supporting" it

diogeneslaertius's picture

i have to say that feels to me like a reaction which takes The Movie seriously - as if the MIC, TBTFs, FRS, BIS, NATO, UN, JPM, GS, PBOC, and US, CHN governments werent one giant incestuous tyranny love-in


its like a bunch of gangster at an illegal craps game, sure they occasionally argue and shoot one another, but the moment Anyone threatens THE GAME ITSELF....


ebworthen's picture

The U.S. has already lost the war for Africa by off-shoring productive employment to China, and by letting them buy all our debt.

The Chinese aren't stupid, but the U.S. sure is, as well as corrupt as HELL.

When our children and grandchildren are little more than consumptive and physical slaves to Asia will anyone have the guts to hang the guilty?

Doubt it, but the sooner we start the better.

diogeneslaertius's picture

CHN is the new Home Base forthe NWO for the next century


they wrote books bragging about it

the US is being destroyed by design because were too rich and too upitty - any country that is comfortable gridning its people to dust is going to win big in the NWO


they were building ford car mfg plants in China before WW1

mkkby's picture

You guys are just so wrong it's pathetic.  Obviously the US is the enforcement arm of the NWO.  The US will be kept strong to do all the dirty work (killing) that needs to be done.

World central banks, especially China, are allowing the US to deficit spend to the moon with little to no consequences.  That's a $trillion a year in gov services that does not have to come from taxes.  And it will never be paid back, because it can't.  So if you are an American, you should be thanking China for making all your goods, taking printed paper for thier back breaking labor, and suffocating in the pollution that it creates.

Cathartes Aura's picture

in an already global system, even if the details are yet to be fully real-ised, the volunteer US enForcers are playing the role they're hired to embody, your perspective makes sense.

else why would uberCrusader Erik the Prince be stationed in Saudi Arabia, and on the "payroll" of China, to "open up" Africa for China??

. . .according to the South China Morning Post, which published an exclusive interview with Mr. Prince yesterday. The paper says Mr. Prince has founded an investment company called Frontier Resource Group earlier this year as an "Africa-dedicated investment firm partnered with major Chinese enterprises, including at least one state-owned resource giant that is keen to pour money into the resource-rich continent."

Frontier Resource Group - how very Davy Crockett, so coon-skin-cap nostalgic, wild frontiers, riches for the pickin'

Some people might say that our suspicions are not founded just based on an individual, with Erik Prince’s background, to invest in Africa, especially when coupled with the Chinese who are already very active in Africa.  But we should be suspicious of an individual who has already attempted to destabilized the continent with a mercenary force not approved by the African Union or the United Nations, but funded by Arab countries.

the above article in the African Sun Times mentions the words. . .Trojan Horse.

as Carlin says, it's a big club & you ain't in it.

Winston Churchill's picture

Maybe you should read a little(or a lot)of history before accuse the commentators

of being pathetic.This 'Great Game" of empire has replayed many times.

Pax Americana is toast ,just awaiting ejection from the toaster.

The only question is,will  it will be nuked toast ?

tip e. canoe's picture

or whether it be left to mold while suffering in the illusion of its past Greatness like the UK?

Winston Churchill's picture

I'm afraid that Pax Americana has no intention of going quietly into the long

goodnight,as the Brits did(Suez excepted).We will see if homo sapiens survive

its passing,but pass it will.This further folly into Africa will not end well for them or us.

The Chinese will not sit idly bye as the US tries to take the fruits of their investment.


Terminus C's picture

You call World War One and Two "quietly into the long goodnight"? 

Winston Churchill's picture

Neither were instigated by them.

The Boer war was the last one really in that regard.

Referring nore to the transition from Brit to the US which was greatly

helped by an (almost)common language, and a common foe.

The American historic  xenophobia over the Chinese is not going to help

matters much eithher..

tip e. canoe's picture

i'm afraid you're correct.   respect your viewpoint as you've the experience from both sides of the pond.    

wrote a profanity-laced rant 2 nights ago (since deleted) that if the MI(CB)C initiates a war in Africa, it will be the last war they ever start.   one should never light a match in the forest in the middle of a drought.   no matter what one thinks of the MoQ, destroying major pieces of the Great Manmade River Project in Libya was seriously bad karma.

we must remember that the Chinese do not view warfare with the same lens as the West.    where we see explosion, they see implosion.    for the sake of innocents, i would view implosion as a desired objective in this case.

we must also remember that a Pax Chinacana will be no better for the world than a Pax Americana, Pax Britticana or a Pax Romana.    it is not necessarily the particular flavor of empire that must be opposed, but the concept of Empire itself.

TyrannoSoros Wrecks's picture

So we can all probably agree that al-qeada is just the cover story for these deployments.
Are we positioning troops for a regional war involving Israel vs. Muslimes, or are we going there to provide support to the next domino that falls in the Arab Spring/Muslime Brotherhood take over?

I'm having a hard time believing were going there to bump chests with China over natural resourses, but who knows? I need a few days to think about this.

Great powers in the world are on the move.


OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

You guys are stuck in post-colonial thinking. In the past nations invaded countries in a grab for resources. To the winner went the spoils. Today the spoils are not the point: it's the war-making itself that is the point. The US spent a coupla trillion in Iraq but did not get ANY oil concessions. Instead the US got things like no-bid contracts for FedEx to ship pallettes of bottled water from Seattle to Baghdad. Halliburton got a juicy contracts building KFCs at every military base. Boeing got tons of orders for aircraft; Raytheon has the best scam of all: they sell the US military highly complex technological machines that are completely destroyed the first time they're used (missiles) and must be replaced.

The nation in question and it's resources are no longer the point, they're a pretext at best. It's the Perpetual War Machine that is the point. Keep those tax dollars flowing, yeah, sure 35 countries in Africa, sounds good.