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US Aircraft, UN Helicopter Attacked In South Sudan

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With a wave of detente spilling over the Middle East, following the surprising US overture to calm relations with Syria and Iran just months after it nearly launched an offensive war in the country over a few fabricated YouTube clops Looks like Africa will be the next geopolitical hotspot. But while France is the figurehead leading the offensive over west Africa, focusing on Mali and the Central African Republic, where they are "peacekeeping" (with the support of US drones), east Africa appears set for a full-blown flare out, with the Sudan area emerging as the dominant zone of instability and future escalation. Which is perhaps why not only a US aircraft, but a UN helicopter, both came under fire in the Sudan over the past 24 hours in what is assured to generate an "appropriate" response by the US. 

First, Reuters reports about a U.S. aircraft which was by gunfire in South Sudan:

A U.S. aircraft came under fire on Saturday on a mission to evacuate Americans from spiraling conflict in South Sudan and four U.S. military service members were wounded.


Nearly a week of fighting threatens to drag the world's newest country into an ethnic civil war just two years after it won independence from Sudan with strong support from successive U.S. administrations.


The U.S. aircraft came under fire while approaching the evacuation site, the military's Africa Command said in a statement. "The aircraft diverted to an airfield outside the country and aborted the mission," it said.


Hundreds of people have been killed in the fighting that pits loyalists of President Salva Kiir, of the Dinka ethnic group, against those of his former vice president Riek Machar, a Nuer who was sacked in July and is accused by the government of trying to seize power.


Fighting that spread from the capital, Juba, has now reached vital oilfields and the government said a senior army commander had defected to Machar in the oil-producing Unity State.

And just to assure a condemning social response is generated, and the public mood against the South Sudan is sufficiently negative, the AP just reported that a UN helicopter in the region had been downed also following gunfire by local militant:

Two officials have told The Associated Press that a U.N. helicopter trying to evacuate peacekeepers and civilians was fired on and sustained significant damage on Friday in the same restive South Sudan state where a U.S. helicopter was hit Saturday.


Rob McKee of Warrior Security said the U.N. helicopter was hit by small arms fire and made an emergency landing while trying to evacuate personnel from a base in Yuai in Jonglei state. A second official who insisted on anonymity because the information hasn't been released said the helicopter was abandoned and remains unable to fly. No injuries were reported.


A U.N. spokesman didn't answer a phone call or email seeking comment.


U.S. aircraft were fired on Saturday in Bor, the capital of Jonglei. Four U.S. service members were wounded.

Of course, the question is why the US (and, laughably, French) scramble to get involved militarily in Africa now? The answer is easy: as we reported in June 2012, in the rush for Africa China has a multi-year head start in the colonization race. So what short cuts is a self-determined superpower to do to catch up - why find one pretext after another to send a military force and achieve through brute force what China has been able to attain through infrastructure and domestic investing over the past several years.

From June 2012:

"The Beijing Conference": See How China Quietly Took Over Africa

Back in 1885, to much fanfare, the General Act of the Berlin Conference launched the Scramble for Africa which saw the partition of the continent, formerly a loose aggregation of various tribes, into the countries that currently make up the southern continent, by the dominant superpowers (all of them European) of the day. Subsequently Africa was pillaged, plundered, and in most places, left for dead. The fact that a credit system reliant on petrodollars never managed to take hold only precipitated the "developed world" disappointment with Africa, no matter what various enlightened, humanitarian singer/writer/poet/visionaries claim otherwise. And so the continent languished. Until what we have dubbed as the "Beijing Conference" quietly took place, and to which only Goldman Sachs, which too has been quietly but very aggressively expanding in Africa, was invited. As the map below from Stratfor shows, ever since 2010, when China pledged over $100 billion to develop commercial projects in Africa, the continent has now become de facto Chinese territory. Because where the infrastructure spending has taken place, next follow strategic sovereign investments, and other modernization pathways, until gradually Africa is nothing but an annexed territory for Beijing, full to the brim with critical raw materials, resources and supplies. So while the "developed world" was and continues to deny the fact that it is broke, all the while having exactly zero money to invest in expansion, China is quietly taking over the world. Literally.


More from Stratfor:

In late July, Beijing hosted the 5th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, during which China pledged up to $20 billion to African countries over the next three years. China has proposed or committed about $101 billion to commercial projects in Africa since 2010, some of which are under negotiation while others are currently under way. Together, construction and natural resource deals total approximately $90 billion, or about 90 percent of Chinese commercial activity in Africa since 2010. These figures could be even higher because of an additional $7.5 billion in unspecified commitments to South Africa and Zambia, likely intended for mining projects. Of the remaining $3 billion in Chinese commercial commitments to Africa, about $2.1 billion will be used on local manufacturing projects. While China has proposed $750 million for agriculture and general development aid and about $50 million to support small- and medium-sized business development in addition to the aforementioned projects, it has been criticized for the extractive nature of its relationship with many African countries, as well as the poor quality of some of its construction work. However, since many African countries lack the indigenous engineering capability to construct these large-scale projects or the capital to undertake them, African governments with limited resources welcome Chinese investments enthusiastically. These foreign investment projects are also a boon for Beijing, since China needs African resources to sustain its domestic economy, and the projects in Africa provide a destination for excess Chinese labor.


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Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:34 | 4266633 jerry_theking_lawler
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Why are American soldiers in South Sudan?

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:47 | 4266659 markmotive
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These freedom fighters/rebels/enemy combatants can run circles around our billion dollar warplanes.

The Empire's strength is it's biggest weakness.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:13 | 4266704 knukles
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And now, for the proof statement.
A obscure YouTube clip, vehemently anti Muslim, racist and bigoted in nature made by an obscure Californian Tea party member and registered Libertarinan 33 years ago was cited by Vallerie Jarhead as proof positive of the necessity to invade the country and "kill lots and lots of brown children".
The move was extolled by Bill Gates as good for the planetary burden.
When informed of the news Hillbillary Crinton was quoted as saying "Oh goodie!"

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:23 | 4266729 IridiumRebel
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Vaccines for all!

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 16:12 | 4266979 mjcOH1
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Not our dog, not our fight.

Pull out the military.  
Cut off aid.
Let them kill each other or not as they see fit. 

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 17:24 | 4267070 Deo vindice
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"...over a few fabricated YouTube clops..."

You really have to be careful about those You Tube "clops".

They are dangerous.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 19:15 | 4267179 SolarSystem1932
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I repeat, the data stream has been corrupted.

Exactly, what does the following mean?

"First, Reuters reports about a U.S. aircraft which was by gunfire in South Sudan:"

See, the NSA is f! with the verbs and nouns.

Do I need to clarify?

"..which was by gunfire.."


Which was WHAT by gunfire...

If this is my browser, somebody please let me know...



Sat, 12/21/2013 - 19:47 | 4267227 knukles
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Just think if it was in cursive.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:15 | 4266712 Arius
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His hat reminds me of Deng when he first visited this country .... to think some people make a great living dreaming up this shit ....

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:16 | 4266718 Bangin7GramRocks
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Weekend Tyler, why hasn't there been a story about the NSA buying access to RSA encryption? $10 million bought access to everything. Anyone who believes that anything transmitted on the internet is safe from the NSA is just crazy.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:18 | 4266827 Crawdaddy
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Never trust a man who doesn't own a hat with sweat stains.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:24 | 4266914 Seer
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Still an amazing make-over, GW Bush. (Obamy's make-over didn't come with as many physical props)

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 18:00 | 4267096 Element
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"The Empire's strength is it's biggest weakness."


Q: What were the most prevalent weapons US and Allied forces faced in 1963?

A: The AK-47, the RPG7 and land mines.

Q: So what are the most prevalent weapons US and Allied forces face in 2013?

A: The AK-47, the RPG7 and IED land mines.

Q: Are these still extremely effective weapons, today, on the battlefield (by which I mean the urban environment)?

A: Yup

Q: So we need better weapons to counter them then?

A: Nope

Q: So I take it we always win?

A: Nope, we always lose.

Q: ... W.T.F. ?!!

A: Weapons are for making money not for winning wars.


"Mission Accomplished!"

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:51 | 4266668 IridiumRebel
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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:24 | 4266730 TeamDepends
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And I get on my knees and pray....

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:25 | 4266916 Seer
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One of the greatest songs ever!  Only later on in life did I really come to pick up on it...

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:07 | 4266806 Emergency Ward
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I had to think twice about that, then I got it (I think).  Good call.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:15 | 4266716 Emergency Ward
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"Look, to help you combat terrorism, I'm gonna blah, blah, blah, drone-murder, no-fly zone, blah, blah, blah.....What, would one African-American lie to another African-American?!?"

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:46 | 4266765 Rusty Shorts
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How Environmentalism Is Used to Create War, Destabilization, Genocide

This modus operandi was/is essential to keep continents like Africa and South America in a continual state of weakness, conflict and destabilization. This model is now slowly coming to Europe and North America, as these territories fall into economic depression, destitution, and general human and social degradation.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:42 | 4266932 Seer
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"Environmentalism" was originally coined by Murray Bookchin.  Bookchin later came to regret this and turned against it (realizing that it was a great mechanism for those in power to set aside the environment for protection for future exploitation- he coined "social ecology").  Love him or hate him, Bookchin's views on this are dead-on, and, all the "deniers" out there actually argue alongside Bookchin's concerns over it being more about harnessing the control over exploitation (though with the "deniers" it's more about them being cut out of the exploitation market- cognative dissonace needs to be practiced in order to get by the FACT [look over at China] that humans are fucking up their nests).

Just because there are folks profiting from something (folks that might be on the other side of the Party Pussy coin) that does not mean that that something is, in its essence, incorrect/bogus/scam.  Dynamite is a good thing, yet bad folks (power trippers) get ahold of it and kill people: the fact that those bad guys are killing people with it doesn't mean that dynamite was based upon this.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:26 | 4266848 Blazed
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@ hedgeless_horseman,

What was that......Kimbo Slice meets Obongo Vice?

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:56 | 4266957 resurger
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LEts have a "selfie" Nikka?

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 17:55 | 4267101 BanksterSlayer
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Gaddafi spinning in his grave.


South Sudan President Meets With Obama

Sept 21, 2011

photo op with President Salva Kiir
Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:40 | 4266647 thunderchief
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My guess is it was a C-17, from Charlsten SC.  There were a few of them parked in Entebbe, Uganda the past few days, and probably going to Juba!

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:42 | 4266648 markmotive
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2 attacks. Some sources report 20+ dead...but I guess only UN soldiers make the MSM

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:44 | 4266934 Seer
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First I'd heard was US soldiers...  I suppose that the lenses one is wearing makes the difference with how one sees things...

BTW - I could give a fluying fuck about any of this.  Everyone involved signed on to it.  And, again, the US ought not be fucking around outside of its borders.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:46 | 4266764 ArrestBobRubin
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It's a National Security thing, we are critically low on sand

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:51 | 4266770 savagegoose
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Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:59 | 4266964 Seer
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United States Africa Command, (U.S. AFRICOM) is one of six of the U.S. Defense Department's geographic combatant commands and is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for military relations with African nations, the African Union, and African regional security organizations. A full-spectrum combatant command, U.S. AFRICOM is responsible for all U.S. Department of Defense operations, exercises, and security cooperation on the African continent, its island nations, and surrounding waters. AFRICOM began initial operations on Oct. 1, 2007, and officially became an independent command on Oct. 1, 2008.

TRANSLATION: We realized that there's a lot of oil there so we decided it, um, the people needed to be protected from it.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 22:00 | 4267428 Canadian Dirtlump
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I am a v.p. of an oil and gas company.  One of our supervisors just came back to us after a stint in Angola. He remarked how many Chinese people he saw while there. That is your answer. 

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:37 | 4266634 q99x2
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Didn't know the United Nations had a helicopter. Thought it was a nice caring planning committee.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:48 | 4266660 ZH Snob
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if you want to attack the US, great, get in line, but attack the UN?  these guys obviously have no respect for their overlords.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 21:27 | 4267385 Tsukato
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What I don't understand is this: the economy's in shambles, too many unemployed youth in Europe and USA, china's getting into everything, need to have a big war for all the benefits, without all the risks of engaging nuclear powers, need to control more resources, and serve the chinkies a little humble pie, and what is the west doing? Fucking nothing smart. It's time to blitzkrieg Africa and Latin America!

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:35 | 4266635 stormsailor
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ok, now lets blow some shit up.  10 bucks says the missiles that shot them down were from the united states through libya, and now to militant african muslims.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:52 | 4266666 Shad_ow
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Actually if I was President I would blow the place that attacked our men right off the map every last time it happened.  Bet it would stop happening.  The problem then would be "how would our government overlords keep us terrieid of terrorism?"  Think of all the trillions that would save.

"Speak quietly but carry a big stick."

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:08 | 4266702 TBT or not TBT
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And beat anyone who looks at you funny to a pulp, publically.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:21 | 4266724 Bangin7GramRocks
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So thousands of innocents die because of a few militants? What a vicious, vulgar people we have become. But hey, as long as we keep the Christ in Christmas.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:19 | 4266725 Bangin7GramRocks
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So thousands of innocents die because of a few militants? What a vicious, vulgar people we have become. But hey, as long as we keep the Christ in Christmas.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:05 | 4266802 l8apex
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Another internet tough guy.  So impressive.  But not just tough, I'm sure you're also smarter than average, and any bomb you would send would only injure/maim/disfigure/dishearten combatants.  Screw anybody else who might just be in the area.  After all, they're not 'mericuns.

How about we just stay the fuck out of other countries and their business?  

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:05 | 4266890 Mr Pink
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Shad ow , the Yahoo comment section is that way ------>

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:47 | 4266938 Seer
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Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:46 | 4266936 Seer
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Shh!  You're not supposed to give away the plot! (there's lots of money yet to be made on the ticket sales!)

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:37 | 4266637 Cognitive Dissonance
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"Fighting that spread from the capital, Juba, has now reached vital oilfields and the government said a senior army commander had defected to Machar in the oil-producing Unity State."

If it were just sand or jungle the USA would not have any aircraft or personnel within 300 miles.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:00 | 4266682 CrashisOptimistic
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Ahem.  CiO's rule #1:

View all things thru the prism of oil and you will understand all things.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:46 | 4266941 Seer
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When you limit it to oil you pull out all the "peak oil deniers."

Sun, 12/22/2013 - 02:43 | 4267928 dunce
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If you are right and you likely are , then we are screwed because China has locked up most of the resources. there is no way we are going to war with china over this. This may be all for the best because the resources will be put on the world market and the Chinese will not tolerate mnokey shines.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:13 | 4266705 TBT or not TBT
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Kosovo has no sand or jungle and we've been there since Clinton I. Vietnam was kinda jungly, in the Hollywood depictions I've seen.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:14 | 4266707 TBT or not TBT
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Afghanistan comes across more kinda just dusty, ramshackle, and mountainous.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:58 | 4266959 formadesika3
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Vietnam was a tar baby, Kosovo a token and Afghanistan is a CIA profit center.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:29 | 4266737 Bangin7GramRocks
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Vietnam was Cold War bullshit and Kosovo has white people. The only exception to the oil rule is white people. Did you hear about that awful tsunami that hit the resorts in Thailand a few years ago. It killed hundred of blond Northern Europeans. Horrible tragedy!

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:50 | 4266943 CrashisOptimistic
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I suppose you could also make the case that Rome vs Carthage wasn't about oil.

Oil's prominence arrived in the 20th century and grew slowly.  It did not cause WW I, but it caused the Pacific part of WW II.  It didn't cause the Korean War or Vietnam, but it likely caused the evaporation of the Soviet Union (because their output collapsed).  Time passed and oil stopped being infinite. 

It caused the Libyan war.  It caused the Iraq war(s).  Most maneuvering taking place in the world now short of war is oil derived.

This is not rocket science.  It's just the way the world is and is going to be on the way down. 

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 20:56 | 4267331 TBT or not TBT
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Oil caused saddam, and supported 20x the population at 20x the GDP per head those shiity Arab dust owls would otherwise have permitted.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:51 | 4266945 Seer
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Vietnam was about RESOURCES.  The "Cold War bullshit" is about covering up this fact: it was/is a war "theme," the marketing propaganda and not the main reason/driver (but, sure, when you go to war you have competition/an opponent, in which case the U.S.S.R. was absolutely in the picture).

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 19:29 | 4267197 August
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>>Kosovo has no sand or jungle and we've been there since Clinton I.

The purpose of the US involvement in Kosovo is to show the world that the Great White Policeman is perfectly happy to crack some Christian skulls (particularly if they are in a nation which orbits Russia), in order to enhance self-determination and self-esteem among Muslims.  This underscores the US being a fair broker in the Mideast, and deserving of Muslim support (particularly if they are in a nation which controls mucho hydrocarbons).
Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:16 | 4266713 max2205
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Must.....keep......oil prices high....'Ben There Is No Inflatio Bernanke Shackles'

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:54 | 4266951 Seer
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Helps support the creation of the infrastructure to exploit the shitty tar sands and oil shale.  And, who knows, mayne this is one of the big reasons? (when you run out of energy you're pretty much fucked; and all the "leaders" have continually denied the existence of "peak oil," in which case when we're staring at each other all huddled and cold it'll be like "what the fuck?")

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:53 | 4266638 22winmag
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Better get some new CIA guys...

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:56 | 4266955 Seer
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"Trainers!"  It's much more professional sounding; AND!, it's more Helpful sounding :-) (gotta educate those ignorant people why their lives would be so much better if they'd allow us to depelete their resources)

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:36 | 4266640 stormsailor
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bullish,  now there is an order for a new helicopter.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:48 | 4266662 FieldingMellish
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This is how America reaches 4% GDP growth. That or: break a window, fix a window.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:12 | 4266708 A Nanny Moose
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This is going to be a good xmas for Kruggybear.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:36 | 4266641 Seer
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Thank god there's no oil involved there else things would really get ugly...

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:47 | 4266658 FieldingMellish
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Loads of oil in South Sudan.

Oh, I see.... /sarc right...

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:43 | 4266651 dick cheneys ghost
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lots of debt to be created and labor to be stolen by the mafia, i mean banksters, In Africa

party on.........

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:44 | 4266656 Tall Tom
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Just Another Oil Driven Clusterfuck.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 15:56 | 4266958 Seer
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Please!  Let's not tarnish oil's image! (I still have lots of work to do and I'm not ready to do it without diesel!)

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:47 | 4266663 AreaMan
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Ahh the last country mentioned by General Wesley Clark on the HIT LIST OF HEGEMONY.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:53 | 4266669 Normalcy Bias
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Rumour has it that them thar Sudanese fellers have been buyin' them some yellercakes. INVADE!

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:07 | 4266694 Falling Down
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WOAR, baby, WOAR!





Sat, 12/21/2013 - 23:59 | 4266695 Falling Down
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Sun, 12/22/2013 - 00:02 | 4266696 Falling Down
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Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:28 | 4266733 TBT or not TBT
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Quick, send a faux super sekret blond "spy"'s third tier diplomat husband down there to drink tea with the locals.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:14 | 4266818 booboo
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Where is Richard Armitage when you need a leak?

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:52 | 4266671 ebworthen
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Africa is an absolute quagmire.

Let the Chinese have it.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:04 | 4266691 NIHILIST CIPHER

EB        I rarely disagree with you but if China had control of the African continent , you could be assured most of the African population would die and China would strip resources . Russia would not be happy with that plan nor would US MIC .

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:19 | 4266722 ebworthen
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No worries.

I know; and all the wildlife would be killed too.

I was being flippant - but I'm tired of my tax money going into that black hole (as in space, not race) - I certainly don't want to see any more of our kids die there or anywhere else for the MIC.

The real problem is too many people and too much technology; but we'll solve that problem for ourselves 'ere long.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:59 | 4266776 Rusty Shorts
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I've been to West Africa several times, for the most part it's a great place to be, as in an amazing place to be...lots of opportunities and friendly people and beautiful ladies.


 - edit. It really is sickening the Media spin they put on Africa, until one has gone there for himself/herself, one has no idea of what it's really like in Africa.'s some video I shot on one of my trips, if you watch closly, you might see a huge gold vein..

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:58 | 4266876 NIHILIST CIPHER

EB    Sorry, missed the sarc in your words. Too many of  our kids and others on this planet die for the criminal cabal, true. I'm really uncomfortable with Chicoms becoming so powerful. Look at what they have done to their own people, mass murder ,taking the children away at a young age from the parents for indoctrination. What chance does the round eye have if China wants to rule the world? 

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:22 | 4266726 knukles
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Just throw in several genetically modified strains of Ebola targeted to decimate those of Chinese genetics.

Long drug companies

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 16:10 | 4266971 Seer
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How is it going to turn out any differently otherwise? (we're going to trash the planet, and then die as a consequence- it's written in our DNA)

I don't think Russia cares all that much.  I'd think that they understand what over-reach means (the U.S. still hasn't gotten that Afghanistan lesson learned) and are content to sit back and watch folks exhaust themselves.  That's a LONG supply line to Africa from any of the Big Players.

I agree that the US MIC is the thing. (I'm sure that they really started licking their lips when AFRICOM was created-> job security!).

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:59 | 4266675 NIHILIST CIPHER

HH called it right. Same scenario different day........but then one day....

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:58 | 4266678 Reaper
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Luckily, we have our brilliant masterminds, Obama, Kerry, Hagel, Rice and Power implementing plans. The Chinese attracted Africans with investment, while our planners offer their personal charisma and military threats.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:39 | 4266752 TBT or not TBT
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Charisma? Africans see another white guy in Obama.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 16:11 | 4266973 Seer
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If only McNasty had been elected!

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:06 | 4266698 W74
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Oooo, we should get Catholic Charities to move these folks to Kansas or Minnesota while getting a tax write off. Yeah, 'cause that totally makes sense!

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:20 | 4266721 knukles
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I think you got the wrong branch of Abraham

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 16:11 | 4266976 Seer
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Catholics don't displace, they work in-place. (need to retain more of that traveling money for the Popemobile)

But, yes, religious institutions will help give legitimacy (who is going to refuse to send aid to some kid whose arm has been blown off [by a U.S. rocket]?)

Gott mit uns?

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:17 | 4266717 max2205
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China equities at 2004 levels...hummm

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:28 | 4266738 smacker
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It wont be long before we see a new variety of humans: Chinese facial features and black skin.

I wonder what language they'll be speaking...

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:16 | 4266826 booboo
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Sun, 12/22/2013 - 08:41 | 4268170 lakecity55
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Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:38 | 4266747 buzzsaw99
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the worst part about invading/droning other countries is all the damned terrorists /s

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:08 | 4266808 shutdown
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... all the damn freedom fighters, I mean terrorists, that we create.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 16:14 | 4266980 Seer
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Not if you're working for a "defense" contractor!

Sun, 12/22/2013 - 08:40 | 4268169 lakecity55
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The pay for Ronin and job opportunities are top level in that part of the globe.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:39 | 4266749 Payne
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They did not have the appropriate Flight approvals from Local Government !!  The local equivalent of the FBI determined that the Aircraft were the work of subversives and took appropriate action.  

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 13:42 | 4266753 falak pema
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Before Mandela became Madiba he was "the Black pimpernel". Fredoom fighter.

I guess we will see many versions of the Sons of the Black Pimpernel riding around South and East Africa.

Sad, but the race of the black Pimpernels has been bought, with copyright laws imposed by the oligarchy corporates from all major nation states.

The word goes around the UN circles : "My black Pimpernel is more efficient than yours! "

The photo from Hedgeless's post  says it all very eloquently.



Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:05 | 4266773 Emergency Ward
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USA NeoConservativeProgressives are a very responsible bunch of military cultists.

R2P-- responsibility to protect "friendly" tinpot dictators.
R2I-- responsibility to intervene where natural resources are found.
R2T-- responsibility to topple yesterday's "friendly" tinpot dictators.
R2PAAA-- responsibility to punish anybody, anytime for anything.
R2PWB-- responsibility to punish whistle-blowers for exposing war crimes.
R2SIT-- responsibility to secretly imprison and torture.
R2A-- responsibility to avenge attacks on illegally-occupying US troops.
R2SG-- responsibility to spy globally.
R2LTAMIC-- responsibility to lie to advance military-industrial complex.



Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:02 | 4266796 shutdown
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What the USA did in Vietnam, Laos, Korea, Lebanon, Afhganistan, Iraq, and elsewhere is the only road to a true, lasting peace. I don't understand the delay. Sudan, Syria and Iran must be bombed and bombed and bombed, again. Them invaded and occupied by thousands of US soldiers so we can claim the moral high ground and then victory! 

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:05 | 4266801 dow jones 20000
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It bothers me that the recent increase in violence in the central region of Africa was preceeded by massive U.S. and U.N. troop build-ups in that exact region over the last few months. Incredible foresight, or is something more malicious taking place?

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:10 | 4266810 l8apex
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Is that a rhetorical question?

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 16:17 | 4266983 Seer
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Look up AFRICOM.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 16:26 | 4266999 Emergency Ward
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If you ask the Administration, they will deny any knowledge of any military build-ups anywhere and deny the existence of Africa itself, if pressed for specifics.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:06 | 4266804 MollyHacker
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"China has proposed or committed about $101 billion to commercial projects in Africa"

China will defer (to western nations) any counter terrorist cost for maximum profit revenues (flushing responsable incurred cost & liabilities).

Further more, any failed terrorist interdiction cost expense (both blood & treasure) are passed back at the US and EU elected goverments for expressing responsible 'failures' (a for-runner-for overall globalization planning).

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 16:18 | 4266986 Seer
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And of course, those "costs" are paid in purely ficticious currencies.  So, I suppose the real joke is only on those poor suckers who happen to be standing on the resources that belong to the Big Players... same as it ever was.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:15 | 4266822 muleskinner
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40,000 Chinese workers were evacuated from Libya when Kadaffy was having trouble retaining his power and position.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 16:17 | 4266989 Seer
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I assure you that all is much better now...

Sun, 12/22/2013 - 08:38 | 4268166 lakecity55
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Under Khadafi, Libya was building an infrastructure Independent of the Cartel.

That was a no-no and now Mo is no mo.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:25 | 4266832 tony wilson
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china may very well pay western countries for security or so called stabilisation.

but many of these problems are frank kidson style low level operations as used and refined in northern island.

muslims actors  are a perfect scapegoat for intervention and resource control.


china invests in buildings and industries in africa.

cia ,mossad and mi6 invest in psycho footsoldiers.

real mercenary rapists and killers  who pretend to be muslim.

thus providing heavy heavy military africom rothschild boots on the ground.

to take control of the rare earth resources

china dones nothing as all the billions of investments go up in smoke.


Sat, 12/21/2013 - 16:21 | 4266993 Seer
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You clearly know the story well! (how many people were paying attention when AFRICOM was commisioned?)

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 14:25 | 4266850 Joebloinvestor
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They just got arguement #1 against mothballing the A10.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 16:14 | 4266977 ThisIsBob
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The United States doesn't have a clue about what is going on in Africa as cell phone and internet usage there is very low.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 16:20 | 4266994 Seer
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You wouldn't be implying would you, in some off-hand way, that Bitcoin isn't doing well there?

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 17:09 | 4267057 kchrisc
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They must have had some of "our freedom" in one of those aircraft.

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 18:54 | 4267159 lindaamick
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When you spend 900billion dollars a year on military you have to have jobs for the employees.

Chaos and instability create a market for munitions.  It also creates opportunities for booty.

I do agree that China's early foothold in Africa could not be tolerated by the Western Cartel.

As usual the children suffer the most. 


Sun, 12/22/2013 - 08:35 | 4268162 lakecity55
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The International Cartel is using western military forces to keep the peace so the Chinese can protect their investments.

The PRC is building an infrastructure in resource-rich Africa and has to have security to protect it. They do not have the armed forces needed with the technical abilities western military forces can provide.

If you look at this purely from an investment angle, it makes sense.

Sun, 12/22/2013 - 18:04 | 4269239 Ms No
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"Ethnic civil war" sounds bullish.  Gonna go take a selfie now.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 00:44 | 4270039 tony bonn
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this conflict is two satanic creeps facing each other off in a grudge match.....the us provoked the is the focus of attention because of minerals and china's growing and chinese troops have been at war in africa for at least 2 years.....that war is also being hidden by the criminal usa government.

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