US Military Presence In Africa In One Chart

Tyler Durden's picture

Last week President Obama explained "Africa also happens to be one of the continents where America is most popular," and added that the US is "deeply interested in working with Africa, not to extract natural resources alone." We suspect, one glance at the following map answers the why (so popular) and the what (aside from natural resources)...


Source: The FT

Johnnie Carson, a veteran US diplomat in Africa and assistant secretary of state for the continent until last year, warns...

"We should not take ownership of another country’s problems. We don’t need to put boots on the ground in response to every extremist threat that emerges. We also have to be careful not to identify and attach an international element to every extremist threat that emerges."


"Some threats are indigenous and grow out of issues of political and economic marginalisation and are not linked to the international network of jihadis. If we start linking all of these things it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy."

As The FT humorously notes,

The hum of US drones is becoming more familiar over African skies.

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Bloppy's picture

Michelle Obama now says she doesn't care what people eat for lunch! It's a laff riot:

knukles's picture

Billy Shakespeare (no relation to the fishing guy in Kalamazoo) said it best concerning the "not to extract natural resources alone" comment:

"Methinks the lady doth protesteth too much"


If ya don't wan peeplz ta see yer penis, put it back in yer pants

Ms. Erable's picture

Translation: we be goin' balls deep into Af'ca cuz alla ewe ess aay banks done missed out onna first round o' colonial rapin' an' pillagin' in dem ayteen hunnerts.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Don't those Islamic Groups respect international borders?  Geez.

Seems like every single one of them is straddling atleast one border.  What Africa needs is more laws, that prohibit Islamic Groups from disregarding national borders.  Hopefully sarc tag is not required!  (you never know)

On a serious note, this is a well-known ploy...  These African countries all have designated massive 'conservation areas' which are often 'transfrontier' AKA international.

Conservation areas are different from game reserves or national parks!  Figure it out!

nmewn's picture

Wait a minute, I thought Emperor Obama's storyline is, he couldn't get to his "good friend, Chris" in Benghazi in time to save him?

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Drone `em back to the stone ages.     Just like we did in Nam.     It worked once, it'll work again.  

Bloppy's picture

Why don't we track China's presence in Africa? That's the rising power on the continent, we are fading fast

McMolotov's picture

"Africa also happens to be one of the continents where America is most popular." —Obama

Strange how one of the continents where we've intervened the least is also one of the continents where we're most popular. I wonder if there's something to be learned from that...

Escrava Isaura's picture

Because Africa, after WW-2, was supposed to be a European colony.

knukles's picture

It was a European colony before WW2....  Miracles do happen.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Belgium claimed the Congo, French were all over Algeria, Italy had Tunisia and  Ethiopia.

Germany claimed a couple areas and got stuck with Southwest Africa AKA Namibia.  Portuguese and Angola, Brits w/ Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya...

Escrava Isaura's picture

I was addressing McMolotov statement about Americans being popular.

The messages to the Europeans are clear, American wants Africa too, now… and ‘the Europeans better’ learning about it.


AnAnonymous's picture

It is somehow different. 'American' lieutnants(european countries) to the 'american' ganglord(the US) can no longer make the job of keeping outsiders like China and India outside the turves perimeter, so the ganglord must step in and take charge.

Indeed, as lieutnants are relieved of their charge because of their unproficiency, they also lose their privileged access to their former turves.

Over the former bosses, the new ringleaders in the area must be the US of A and Israel.

Freddie's picture

Do let your kid or relative join the military unless you want to see them killed dead.

runswithscissors's picture

according to biden its the "nation of Africa"...they love all 57 states of the USA


Groundhog Day's picture

We need to lend them some fiat conjured out of thin air so we can take over those resources. Then start a wars between all these countries so we can supply them with military equipment

Groundhog Day's picture

They need some democracy over thier

Dr. Engali's picture

Don't drone me bro.....

I thought Johnny Carson was dead.

Curious Gorge's picture

There was a severe loss when Johnny and George Carlin finally rested. No one left to challenge the political theatre with realism and relativism, thus I weep. Perhaps one day Jimmie Fallon will take on real issues, but I highly doubt that. The end game is being played and all we can do is get ready. 


I would say Molon Labe, but hell, you get the idea. 


Why does a Scotsman wear a kilt?



Because sheep can hear a zipper from a mile away. 

T-NUTZ's picture

Africa would make a good 51st state

Winston Churchill's picture


The UK has its hands full with the 57 right now.

runswithscissors's picture

the nation of Africa become the 58th state?

stuman's picture

Sorry but that's Mexico 

Rusty Shorts's picture

al Qaeda in the middle of Sahara desert lol 

Ghana boys making lite of it,  al Qaeda is a girl hard to get...

ThisIsBob's picture

At least Obama is engaged in something for which he is well qualified, and which got him where he is today:  Blown' smoke up the niggah's ass.

IndianaJohn's picture

Will we have to abandon our soldiers when they contract Ebola?

Greenie's picture

Indiana, US only abandons their soldiers when Muslim extremists attack. Just ask Hillary

22winmag's picture

Two words: Agent Orange

covertress's picture

CDC patented Ebola anyone?

22winmag's picture

Gives the term "spread thinly" a whole new meaning.

general ambivalent's picture

Bring back our girls (and we'll allow you to continue the machete wars over rare metals).

Fictitious gold to Zion!

alexcojones's picture

One Out-going Empire (USA) always tips its hat, or helmet,

To the newest In-coming empire (China)

Africa is one of those dusty continents where empires pass.


rwe2late's picture

Did Obama answer


What were and are US bio-warfare researchers doing in the Ebola hot zone?

A Dollar Short's picture

They are making sure the virus hits America bigtime.  Lots of military there and business people.


What a great event into an election!

Emergency Ward's picture

Why does Barack Obama hate Africans so much?

A Dollar Short's picture

You kidding, he hates everyone that is not Muslim!

AnAnonymous's picture

Because he is a servant to the 'american' middle class and that his passions must reflect his master's passions?

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

El Presidente is trying to do Africa on the cheap and it won't work. We could throw a couple of divisions in there with very little effect. We should just walk away and tell the Europeans "you fucked it up, it's your problem".

Dugald's picture

Eric Margolis via David Stockman's Contra Corner blog,

The 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I is upon us.

OT. I sent the above article to my cousin who is keen although amateur military historian and
this is his take on things.

The view of the historian as to causes of WWI is interesting but a little histrionic. Like all such points of view one can agree with some statements and disagree with others but such is the nature of theses things. That is what sells an ever expanding library of books on the subject. The decision of Germany in building a High Seas Fleet to challenge the British Fleet is conveniently overlooked. The fact that Britain possessed only a minute army unfit for operations against continental giants is also overlooked. The desire for a Greater Serbia is indeed a real cause of the dispute but it is interesting that the Black Hand Gang assassinated the one person in the Austrian Empire who was arguing for a measure of Serbian Autonomy a la Hungary and who would in the nature of things succeed to the Austrian Throne in the not too distant future.

History is full of ifs and buts and every nation has its own agenda usually manipulated by the money men. The truth is wars make people rich and those people don't care who bleeds as long as their pockets are being filled. It runs from the top to the bottom. Those who pay the ultimate price are the manipulated poor who are shepherded into the military forces of all nations to fight against each other in a quarrel that is not their own though they may initially agree with some of the arguments that are laid before them. Each of the contesting nations bore culpability but it would be fair to say that the war was inevitable. France was simmering at Germany over the loss of Alsace - Lorraine in 1870. Germany wished to rival Great Britain by building a Modern High Seas Fleet and extending her Empire in Africa and wherever else she could gain influence. Russia wished to extend her influence in the Balkans at the expense of the lands which owed suzerainty to Austria Hungary and unreasonably influenced the Serbs not to give a full written appology to Austria for the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, which was all Austria asked for. The Turks did not wish for Russia to gain further foothold or influence in the Balkans as that would undoubtedly impinge on their crumbling empire. Where did Britain stand. As ever as aloof as possible. She wished for no great change in the balance of power in Continental Europe and her guarantee to Belgium and France was to avoid the possession of the North Sea and Channel coast by an agressive and non compliant power.  Her military prowess consisted in detaching small numbers of men to settle empire disputes by policing actions. The Boer War had shown how difficult even that task could be for her.  The only army on the continent of Europe that was capable of major and protracted war was that of Germany because it was armed and had planned for such an event since the end of the 1870 war with France. France while strong on paper had poor military forces and a ridiculously inefficient mobilisation plan. Russia was militarily moribund while Turkey was effective only in defense of its own boundaries. Italy when it threw its hat in the ring was a joke requiring British support which it was unable to give effectively. America was only dragged into the affray reluctantly but not innocently as it did not mind selling whatever necessary to the protagonists in the meantime. In such a maelstrom of motives one may argue almost any point of view with a reasonable degree of coherence but the real underlying cause was the awakening of national and ethnic identities in the European Bloc and the desire of the existing powers to subdue any fragmentation of their own area of influence while promoting that of others.  The most difficult question to answer is with WWII a direct result of the inequitable settlement of WWI and the Iron Curtain and its subsequent collapse towards the end of the 20thC what will be the effect on the 21stC? We have the four great power blocs competing over world resources of which there are insufficient for future needs. Who will stamp their foot in a major way first? Your turn!!!. Glyn
ted41776's picture

you want that experimental ebola vaccine, don't you!? take the exponential interest loan to pay for it and give up all your resources, and fix all your problems... fools

A Dollar Short's picture

Emergency room for nothing, and the check's in the mail..Ebola, damn, lots of check's on their way.



IronForge's picture

Tylers Durden:

May we have an Comparison/Overlap Map of Team_CHN CIVILIAN PROJECTS in and around the Continent?

P.S.  You forgot Libya.  TEAM_USA-MIC were there - even if only via Air Mail of Bombs and the alleged Gun Running in Ben Ghazi; and their effects still linger on in all the Civil Warfare going on over there...

yellowsub's picture

Is any of those stationed looking for the kidnapped girls?

AnAnonymous's picture

The Ebola is going to send 'americans' back home.