US-Africa Summit: The Apogee of African Distress
To say that Africa is a continent in distress will be an understatement.
Ebola is threatening the very fabric of life within the West African region; there are endless wars in the DRC, South Sudan, CAR amongst others; Boko Haram has made Africa’s biggest economy a security nightmare. In the midst of all these travails, African demagogues, strongmen and clueless leaders have been flocking to Washington to hold a summit? What do they really think can come from the USA that will solve any one of Africa’s woes?
Obama in 2009 in Ghana was bold enough to say “we don’t need strong men, we need strong institutions”. His Secretary of State John Kerry followed up with that line of argument with he met with Joseph Kabila few months ago and spoke on the importance of not changing the constitution.
During this summit, Obama has met with almost all the strongmen of Africa and there has been little talk of strengthening institutions. One would have thought that with some like Paul Biya of Cameroon (who changed the constitution in 2008 amidst violent crackdown of protesters) being booed, some sense of decency will make Obama think about his words in Ghana a few years ago. Unfortunately, this was not the case as John Kerry went as far as praising Kabila during a press conference.
Far from being surprising, this should have been expected. No country in the world today can compare with the US when it comes to double standards and hypocrisy.
My heart bleeds rather for the blindness of those who call themselves African leaders. It is evident to any discerning person that the US called this summit not because it is intrinsically interested in African development but because it serves her purpose perfectly. The main focus is clearly to curb China’s influence and gain access to Africa’s resources. With 6 out of the 10 fastest growing economies in Africa, a new scramble for the continent is underway.
The US started its anti-China campaign since the early 2000 when The Heritage Foundation hatched a plan to militarise the continent, a plan which Obama has been executing… Having drones hovering over African countries and ensuring the rapid spread of AFRICOM despite an initial rejection by 14 African countries is just another phase of this wider plan. The US is therefore doing the one thing it knows best, create disorder and wars!
If one were stupid enough to think for a moment that the US was seriously considering a viable strategic trade alliance with African countries, let that person ask the one question, WHY WAS AFRICA SO CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT FROM ANY DISCUSSIONS DURING THE LAST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES ON FOREIGN POLICY?
The answer is simple – Africa is not considered important in its own right, but is only useful as part of a wider strategy to ‘go after China’. So at the end of the day, Africa will be the battleground for the imperialist power play.