Not long ago, Barack Obama decided to send a detachment of 100 US troops to Uganda to combat religious extremism in the face of the Lord’s Resistance Army, led by the self-proclaimed “prophet” and war criminal Joseph Kony. It is possible to conduct military operations on the territory of four states - the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, the Central African Republic and South Sudan.
The implication is that American soldiers will not be directly involved in combat operations, taking weapon solely "in self defense." According to the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, the country has enough of its own forces, so the participation of Americans in the fighting can not be considered.
In this regard, the conclusion suggests itself that the true goal of the United States is to further increase the contingent and establish control over the territories through which new oil pipelines lie. Apparently, Washington is seeking to take control of oil export routes from South Sudan, which will become operational in the very near future. Recall that South Sudan - a tumor on the world map, separated from Sudan in July this year. Americans have been pushing the idea of creating a sovereign South Sudan in the international community for several decades in a row, supporting supporters of independence in the civil war in Sudan. At the same time, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was declared an Islamic radical sponsoring international terrorism.
The main oil fields of the previously united Sudan are located in South Sudan. The modern oil pipeline goes from South to North, to Port Sudan. And with the emergence of an alternative southern route, Muslim North Sudan will lose the huge sums that this country is currently receiving for the transit of oil through its territory.
There are, however, three main views on the reasons for the arrival of Americans to Africa: the first version is extremely simple, we have practically voiced it - this is the version of the continuation of the US struggle for oil.
The second version belongs to the chairman of the Islamic Committee of Russia, Heydar Jemal. In his interview to the correspondent of the Free Press website, Heydar Jahidovich suggested that the US goals in the region are somewhat different: the Americans need not only and not so much control over resources, but control over the region as a whole. Americans are playing a much more complicated game than it might seem at first glance: they subtly use the contradictions that exist between representatives of various branches of Islam and the Islamic and Christian radicals of the region, whose goal, oddly enough, is to get support from Muslims. After all, it is far from a secret that anti-American sentiments are now very strong in Muslim Africa. In addition, Jemal believes that today the United States needs to carry out serious changes in the political system: the United States is looking for an excuse that allows the transition to a more rigid format of governing the country, up to the introduction of an emergency. And to do this without relying on a combination of external and internal instability is very difficult. Mr. Jemal suggests that America will face a new civil war and the abolition of the current constitution, making it possible for the United States to turn into a "clean" empire.
The third version of the reason for the arrival of the United States in the region is to counter the so-called "yellow threat". During the period of conducting the USA's expensive and, by and large, unsuccessful wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Chinese companies successfully mastered the African market. The Chinese built hydropower plants in Ghana, developed oil fields in Angola and Gabon, concluded multimillion-dollar contracts for the extraction of minerals in the Congo and Zambia. The Chinese came to Africa not only for resources. Africa is also a huge growing market.
In addition, there is another fact that is little covered in the media: the deployment of Chinese soldiers in Africa. Officially, China does not have military bases outside its territory, but lately it is China that has become one of the main suppliers of force to support UN peacekeeping missions.
Now the United States can not oppose China in the African direction. And although the trade between Africa and the USA is increasing, the main commodity is resources exported from Africa to the USA.
In this case, the only point of the US military presence throughout Africa is the Camp Lemonier base in Djibouti, which serves the fleet and marines. Naturally, the emergence of a US military base in Central Africa, somewhere in Uganda or the Republic of the Congo, could significantly change the balance of power.
How Americans will use such a military base, given that the Chinese are acting peacefully, constantly increasing their presence in the region, is not yet clear. The most logical explanation would be the argument that the American authorities were simply tired of watching one of the main strategic opponents of the United States establish control over the whole continent, and the White House decided to take the usual measures: to place in Africa even a small but capable military contingent , whose very presence will compete competitors in one way or another to reckon with a formidable overseas power.
However, the cunning Chinese were much more far-sighted, and the decision of the Americans to deploy a small group of military is unlikely to have the desired result. After all, while the US continues to saber-rattling, China is already actually feeding millions of Africans and doing even more than the entire G-8 combined. While representatives of the G8 are thinking about the possibilities of conquering the African market, the Chinese simply come and go to work. The United States, with its clumsy approach, will find it extremely difficult to influence the outcome of this orientally played game.