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Give Us Hagel for Christmas
We've been good, says Kelley Vlahos
Private Murders and Government Murders
Michael Tennant deplores both
Pyongyang Is Still Deterred
Relax, advises Ted Galen Carpenter
 No Christmas in Rebel-Held Northern Syria
Prayers for peace, but conspicuous lack of celebration
Israel: 1,200 More Settlement Houses
Expansion continues despite international condemnations
US to Send Troops to 35 African Nations
Odierno plans for fast deployments anywhere in the world
 Those Mad, Mad Mullahs
Please give Flynt Leverett a break
America's Really Stupid Syria Policy
Philip Giraldi on the worsening situation
What Bill of Rights?
John Knefel on the lawless police
Into Africa: US to Send Troops to 35 Nations Next Year
Odierno Touts Plan for Fast Deployments Anywhere in the World
by Jason Ditz, December 24, 2012
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The creation of the US African Command (Africom) of course pointed to US involvements in wars on the continent, and indeed the US has since fought a war in Libya, deployed troops of Uganda​, and is planning for another war in Mali.
But what they don’t have compared to, say, CENTCOM, is an established collection of nations with US troops stations waiting for wars to break out. That will soon change, as the Army is planning to send troops to “as many as 35 African nations early next year.”
The numbers will be small, at least at first, but done with an eye on Gen. Raymond Odierno’s “Regionally Aligned Forces” plan, giving the US the ability to quickly deploy troops anywhere on the planet.
The comparative lack of things for the US military to do in Africa has long kept the US out of Africa. Since the establishment of Africom, officials seem to figure that with enough troops and enough countries involved, the question of what wars and where can be worked out at their leisure.
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Highlights
Give Us Hagel for Christmas
We've been good, says Kelley Vlahos
Private Murders and Government Murders
Michael Tennant deplores both
Pyongyang Is Still Deterred
Relax, advises Ted Galen Carpenter
Breaking News
No Christmas in Rebel-Held Northern Syria
Prayers for peace, but conspicuous lack of celebration
Israel: 1,200 More Settlement Houses
Expansion continues despite international condemnations
US to Send Troops to 35 African Nations
Odierno plans for fast deployments anywhere in the world