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Bush's Africa visit - attempt to further militarize the continent and consolidate US holding.

George Bush Visits to Promote the US Africa Command

One year after the announcement that he United States government was going to accelerate the militarization of Africa, President George Bush is embarking on a journey to Africa to coerce African societies to align themselves with the neo-conservative agenda of the present US administration. President George Bush will visit five African countries between February 15 -21. The countries are Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda and Tanzania. George Bush is a lame-duck President who cannot visit real global players so this visit to Africa is an effort to shore up the credentials of the neo-liberal forces in Africa while promoting the conservative ideas of abstinence as the basis of the fight against the HIV -AIDS pandemic.

……We should remember the statement of the columnist of the New York Times, Thomas Friedman who had written, 'The hidden hand of the market will never work without the hidden fist - McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley's technologies is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.'

http://allafrica.com/stories/200802140986.html



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I believe it is continuation of his trip to the Mid East

He is hawking is wares - weaponry. Trying to raise money.

It could have something to do with China

There in there big time in an economic sense. They have a lot of resources that China needs.

This is the "official" version -Bush traveling to improve image

He is traveling to "improve his image"

Morning Edition, February 15, 2008 · President Bush leaves Friday for a six-day trip to Africa. The president is traveling to Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana and Liberia. All have benefited from U.S. aid to save lives and develop their countries.

Bush is hoping his trip changes his image — from a president who takes his country to war to a leader who helps countries.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1907217...

it's true

it's true