In the shadows of what was once called the “Dark Continent,” a scramble has come and gone. If you heard nothing about it, that was by design. But look hard enough and—north to south, east to west—you’ll find the fruits of that effort: a network of … [Read more...] about The US Military’s Best-Kept Secret
Sometimes, the real news is in the details—or even in the discrepancies. Take, for instance, missions by America’s most elite troops in Africa. It was September 2014. The sky was bright and clear and ice blue as the camouflage-clad men walked to the open door and … [Read more...] about How Many Missions Has the US Military Carried Out in Africa? No One Knows For Sure.
Gen. Thomas Waldhauser sounded a little uneasy. “I would just say, they are on the ground. They are trying to influence the action,” commented the chief of US Africa Command (AFRICOM) at a Pentagon press briefing in March, when asked about Russian military personnel … [Read more...] about Secret US Military Documents Reveal a Constellation of American Military Bases Across Africa
Here’s my 21st-century rule of thumb about this country: If you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so. Which is why I’d think twice every time we’re told how “exceptional” or “indispensable” the United States is. For … [Read more...] about Everyone Knows the US Military Is Failing—So Why Won’t Washington Bring the Troops Home?
We walked in a single file. Not because it was tactically sound. It wasn’t—at least according to standard infantry doctrine. Patrolling southern Afghanistan in column formation limited maneuverability, made it difficult to mass fire, and exposed us to enfilading … [Read more...] about A US Military Officer Explains Why Another Surge in Afghanistan Is Not a Good Idea