Sunday, May 3, 2009

Mary Carlin Yates in Kenya for AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command

Mary Carlin Yates, U.S. AFRICOM Deputy-to-the Commander for Civil-Military Activities.

On May 2, Africa Press Agency announced that Africom's Ambassador Mary Carlin Yates, U.S. Africa Command Deputy-to-the-Commander for Civil-Military Activities was on her way to Kenya. Her visit follows the April 2oth Land Forces Symposium in Mombasa, Kenya, an annual huddle of military commanders from the U.S., the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia, and, the April 28th huddle, the "first ever," between Kenyan DOD, Africom, and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa(CJTF-HOA) ---i.e., after more of the relentlessly dismal U.S. and European military maneuvering and strategizing in the Horn of Africa, a highly militarized zone used to prosecute the overt wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the covert war in Africa.

Nevertheless, and, despite Obama's promise to "halt the rise of piracy, let's hope that Yates is not in Kenya to plan another outright U.S. invasion of Somalia, as urged by former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton in April, after the U.S. Navy Seals executed three of the famous Somali Pirates and captured a fourth, sixteen-year-old Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse, who now faces trial as an adult in the United States.

Kenya is so central to the success of Africom, that Yates may well be in a what-to-do huddle about Kenya's worrisome, ongoing instability.

What is Kenya, to the U.S.?

1) One of the U.S.A.'s closest military allies in Africa.

2) Somalia's southern coastal neighbor in the Horn of Africa . Seven Somali Pirates are now on trial in Kenya, in accordance with an agreement with the U.S.

3) One of the Northeast African nations within what once was the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), before the creation of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). It includes a naval base on the Kenyan coast, from which U.S. battleships can make their way into the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Oman, and, the Persian Gulf.

3) One of the "focus countries" of PEPFAR, the President's Emergency
Plan for AIDS Relief

4) Home of the radioactive waste processing facility at Oloolua , even though Kenya does not have a nuclear power plant generating rad waste.

5) A predominantly agricultural country, exporting tea, coffee, flowers, and petroleum products, almost none of which go to the U.S., which values Kenya primarily for its geostrategic military significance. When Kenya is not in dangerous turmoil, tourism contributes most to its GDP, and half the population is engaged in subsistence farming.

6) Barack Obama's father's homeland:

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