Ingenious: Threatened by Esper’s Proposed Drawdown AFRICOM Makes Up Iranian African Threat

AFRICOM claims Iran will seek to attack them so of course they can't retreat now

In the wake of tit-for-tat attacks between Iran and the United States, both sides seemingly decided not to further escalate the matter militarily. Despite this, US officials continue to talk up the idea of Iran as a grave enemy, and the end-all, be-all military adversary. The US is accusing Iran of planning attacks in Africa, and diverting humanitarian aid.

Special Envoy Brian Hook confirmed the first ever transaction into Iran’s new humanitarian channel. The channel is meant to allow aid deliveries despite US sanctions blocking most of them.The transaction will provide drugs for Iranian cancer patients.

Hook claimed Iran was diverting money from humanitarian aid to “finance warfare in the gray zone,” and selling such goods on the black market. What was supposed to be good news about humanitarian aid ended up, instead, a chance to lay allegations against Iran without evidence.

But there’s no point in that if you can’t use allegations to drive military policy. To that end, AFRICOM head Gen. Stephen Townsend claimed Iran is plotting to attack Americans in Africa as a way of retaliating over the US assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Gen. Townsend claimed there was intelligence behind the claim, but it’s not hard to see where this actually came from. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been highly publicizing his planned Asia pivot, and has said some of those troops would be transferred from Africa to the area around China.

Some in Congress were expressing opposition to taking the troops away from AFRICOM, because there were years of emphasizing Africa as a terrorism haven to justify putting them there in the first place. Making it even tangentially about Iran is Gen. Townsend’s best chance to keep his troops, and it has been a popular tactic within the Pentagon to try to keep their share of military assets and funding. Iran isn’t always the excuse, but right now it seems to be the favorite one.


  1. Brion Adair says

    Funny how Terrorism and Colonialism are pretty much interchangeable?

  2. Garry Compton says

    Some one should try to find that Veterans Affairs document that said over 73,000 US soldiers died in the M E by 2007 and 1.6 million had applied for Veteran disabilities by then, also. I know several Alt. media sites put out articles on it but my IP address is like – unwanted – when looking for that doc. It’s time to remind the Public. Spacibo A E.

  3. thomas malthaus says

    Interesting that China and Russia aren’t mentioned as potential adversaries in Africa.

    America’s Middle East troop losses.

    1. Garry Compton says

      Yep, 73,000 by 2007 might help wake up a few more Americanos – what’s the numbers today – 2020 ?

      1. thomas malthaus says

        I’ll have to say I was shocked by that number after reading you earlier post. Only by luck or serendipity did I come across the article that reflected that number.

        While I might question the numbers of deaths, it makes some sense in that US proxies are the norm with a minimum of US troops as “trainers.”

        The policy may be to destroy indigenous populations by whatever method.

  4. cechas vodobenikov says

    consortium news currently has an interesting interview that addresses the incompetence of amerikan policy makers as it pertains to Russia…perhaps anti-empire can republish it

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