Atheo News
July 3, 2009

African Contingency Operations Training Assistance

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, said President Barack Obama’s administration will provide more military observers, police, and staff to enhance global ‘peacekeeping’ operations, especially in African nations in response to appeals for support in assembling better equipped and rapidly deployable forces. The United States does not provide troops for U.N. peacekeeping forces, which would mean putting American soldiers under U.N. command.

In a June 29, State Department Briefing Rice lays out guidelines:

“We will urge the [Security] Council to continue to weigh the full range of responses to a given challenge. Poorly armed and disorganized gangs, rebel groups, and others outside a peace process should not be allowed to thwart a peacekeeping mandate or block a UN deployment. Peacekeepers are often authorized to use appropriate force to defend themselves and fulfill their mandate, including protecting civilians under imminent threat of violence. They must be willing and able to do so. […]

Peacekeeping missions are not always the right answer; some situations require other types of UN- authorized military deployments, such as regional efforts or multinational forces operating under the framework of a lead nation.”

In these situations regular U.S. soldiers could operate along with ‘willing’ coalition partners under U.S. command. With the acquiescence of the Security Council U.S. military forces would become involved in any number of armed conflicts:

“The United States will engage in longer-term discussions about how best to increase the interoperability and supply of rapidly deployable, brigade-sized forces-the very forces that could join, reinforce, and buy time for UN peacekeeping operations in an hour of crisis.”

The neocon pipe dream of a strong U.S. military presence in Africa, through the Africa Command (AFRICOM) and other military programs, germinated under Rice’s tenure at the Clinton State Department in which she served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

Rice appears to be currently engaged in the implementation of what Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford foresaw in April:

“Obama operatives like UN Ambassador Susan Rice have for years been “eager to blockade Sudan’s ports” and to launch “selective” bombing raids against Sudan. When imperial doctrine claims the right to intervene whenever disasters overtake sovereign countries - and proceeds to create and exacerbate those disasters - then no government is safe against regime change. President Obama appears to be fine-tuning a ‘humanitarian’ interventionist doctrine…

“Under the Obama administration, a military interventionist doctrine is rapidly crystallizing around the concept of “Responsibility to Protect,” or R2P, which holds that nations have a responsibility to forcibly intervene when a state is judged to be unwilling or unable to protect or otherwise fulfill its responsibilities to its people – responsibilities that can be broadly or narrowly defined. United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice and Samantha Power, a member of Obama’s National Security Council, are leading advocates of a broad and unilateralist interpretation of R2P. Both are very close to President Obama, and can be assumed to reflect his thinking on foreign policy.”

Susan Rice, who is African American, is not related to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice but there is a connection between Condoleeza Rice and Susan Rice’s godmother, Madeleine Albright. Condoleezza Rice was Dr. Joseph Korbel’s star student at the University of Denver. Madeleine Albright is Korbel’s daughter.

Rice has been involved with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) a hawkish pro-Israel think tank which has been a home for many of the neocon architects of the invasion of Iraq. WINEP’s advisory board has included militarists such as Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Edward Luttwak, James Woolsey (who is also ostensibly a Democrat), and Mort Zuckerman. Susan Rice took part in a WINEP “2008 Presidential Task Force” study which resulted in a report entitled, “Strengthening the Partnership: How to Deepen US-Israel Cooperation on the Iranian Nuclear Challenge”. WINEP was founded in coordination with the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).