The Pentagon’s new Africa command raises suspicions about U.S. motives

The fledgling command’s image problem, at home and abroad, is cause for concern because of Africa’s growing importance to the United States.

The Department of Energy says that 17 percent of U.S. crude oil imports now come from Africa, more than the U.S. gets from Persian Gulf countries. But rising powers such as China have strengthened their ties with Africa and become a powerful counterweight to American influence.

Pentagon officials reject claims that Africom is about oil or China, but those perceptions remain strong in Africa.  >>>>>

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