Sunday, July 26, 2015

Kenyans Are Not Obama's Family

Africans were elated when Obama was elected president of the United States in 2008. Expectations were understandably high. After all, he was one of their own, a son of a Kenyan. However Obama focused his attention on America’s national security. He increased the presence of AFRICOM and expanded the use of drone – assassination against terrorists. Obama sanction for the NATO-led invasion of Libya destabilized the region, turning Libya and Mali into terrorist havens and strengthening terrorist organizations such as Ansar al-Sharia and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Obama’s economic policies in relation to Africa was let slip by GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, who explained the real motivations behind Obama’s visit to the current 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit: “We kind of gave Africa to the Europeans first and to the Chinese later, but today it’s wide open for us.” The goal, therefore, is to help U.S. corporations compete effectively in the scramble for African resources. The positive rhetoric about “partnership of equals” and “African goals and solutions” serves as a cover for looting Africa’s resources. 
In 2013 Senator Chris Coons of Delaware chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, said in a report issued by his office that “China, which has made dramatic inroads across the continent in recent years, may undermine or even counter value-driven U.S. goals in the region, and should serve as a wake-up call for enhanced American trade and investment.”

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