Do you know what the U.S. military has been doing recently in your name?
Unless you work in the military, there's no way that you can answer that question.
But every once in a while we get a glimpse of what our generals have been up to.
Thanks to a South African Mail & Guardian investigation, we now have a better idea.
In 2019, US Special Operations forces were deployed in 22 African countries: Algeria, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte D’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania and Tunisia.
This accounts for a significant proportion of US Special Operations forces’ global activity: more than 14% of US commandos deployed overseas in 2019 were sent to Africa, the largest percentage of any region in the world except for the greater Middle East.
That's very interesting, but the Mail & Guardian buried the lead. The real story is a little further down.
An interview with Donald Bolduc, a retired brigadier general and head of Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA) until 2017, shed further light on these operations. He said that as of 2017, US Special Operations forces had seen combat in 13 African nations. America’s most elite troops continued to be active in 10 of those countries — Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Somalia and Tunisia — last year.
WTF! We've been engaged in thirteen wars in Africa, under Obama, and continue to be engaged in ten wars under Trump, and no one has bothered to tell the American people!
Do these wars even have names?
What exactly have these 6,000 troops at 29 bases located in 15 different countries been up to? What are they doing in our name?
Their presence in African countries is rarely publicly acknowledged, either by the US or host nations; citizens are not told what these elite troops are doing on their land.
The US military is tight-lipped about exactly what its elite forces do in each country, but special operators have long conducted missions that range from capture-or-kill commando raids to training missions.
So they are killing people in secret wars in Africa, as opposed to spending the money on preventing millions of Americans from becoming homeless. Just great.
Wait! There's more news from Syria.
When you last heard about Syria the Democrats had a meltdown because Trump wanted to pull out our troops. So what have they been up to since?
Operation Inherent Resolve officials want to double the size of some proxy forces in Syria and finish training a 2,200-man “oilfield guard” unit in the northeastern part of the country, according to an OIR inspector general report released Aug. 4.
... And “the critical petroleum infrastructure security forces” that protect sites in northeastern Syria “will number 2,200 once fully-manned and trained,” the IG report added.
The oilfield guard force is under the PRISF, which “undertake a broad range of border security tasks,” as well as security at ISIS prison sites. The PRISF have a desired end-strength of approximately 22,000, but it is not clear how close they are to reaching that goal.
So we are building a proxy army in Syria to protect Syrian oil from the Syrian government. Under what authority, exactly?
And who will manage the oil?
James Cain, a former US ambassador to Denmark during the George W. Bush administration and one of the co-founders of Delta Crescent Energy.
Cain's two other partners in the company are James Reese, a retired Delta Force Army officer who used to run his own private security firm, and John Dorrier, a veteran oil executive with years of experience operating in the Middle East.
The trio formed the new company for the sole purpose of securing this deal in Syria and have worked intensely with State Department officials for more than a year, sources tell CNN. In April, the company received a license from the Treasury Department exempting it from the vast sanctions regime the US has placed on Syria in order to isolate the Assad regime, sources told CNN.
The State Department and the Pentagon have officially sought to distance themselves from the project, but sources tell CNN that behind the scenes the State Department was active in making the deal happen.
Yeh, that doesn't look sketchy at all. It's totally not pillaging and illegal under international law.
As for the SDF, the guys who we are building that proxy army with, the Pentagon had this to say recently.
On Thursday, the Lead Inspector General issued a report on Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), launched by a US-led international coalition against Daesh in Syria and Iraq, indicating that the SDF militia continues to arrest and recruit children from refugee camps in the areas it controls in north-eastern Syria.
Nice. What are the chances that these child soldiers are part of that proxy army we are building?