From nobody Mon May 5 22:35:47 2003
From: C R Spinner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: __War Is Inevitable
Date: Tue, 06 May 2003 00:49:44 -0700
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In a new indication that Washington’s anti-terrorism efforts may
continue to involve U.S. troops in Africa, President George W.Bush
from Pakistan to the Philippines to the Horn of
Africa, we are hunting down Al-Qaeda killers.
Events in Iraq are just
one victory in a war on terror that began
on September the 11, 2001—and still goes on, said Bush.
And discussing Nato reconfiguration earlier this week, Nato Supreme
Commander General James Jones, an American four-star general,
suggested in barely noticed remarks that the United States plans to
boost its troop presence in Africa, where there are
ungoverned areas. . .that are clearly the new routes of
narco-trafficking, terrorists’ training and hotbeds of
Jones was speaking at a Defense Writers Group breakfast, an organization which groups journalists covering the Pentagon.
A debate about Nato’s relevance and future among Nato allies
began heating up in the run-up to the Iraq war and continues to be a
hot topic now that the war is concluding. Nato has not yet reached any
conclusions as to what its future shape might be, said Jones.
has not found its form yet and maybe it won’t.
But if the organization does have a future, said General Jones, expect
Africa to be of greater importance to both Nato and the United
The carrier battle groups of the future and the
expeditionary strike groups of the future may not spend six months in
the Med[iterranean Sea] but I’ll bet they’ll spend half
the time going down the West Coast of Africa.
One of the changes Jones says he wants Nato to consider is the
establishment of temporary
forward operating locations that
could be used for brief training periods and for deployments in times
of crisis. Nato will debut a prototype quick-reaction force of about
2,000 to 3,000 fighters—encompassing ground, sea and air
forces—in October, said Jones. Troops in Djibouti in the Horn of
Africa may be a model for this. The largest U.S. troop presence in
Africa is located there—close to 2,000—as part of an
anti-terrorism effort in the Red Sea region and the Horn of Africa.
From waters just off the Djibouti coast, the
control ship USS Mount Whitney, launches helicopters and uses
electronics to fulfill its mission of defeating
terrorist groups threatening the mission area, which covers
Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Sudan, Kenya and Yemen.
Speaking to U.S. soldiers in Baghdad this week, Secretary of Defense
Donald Rumsfeld declared that the U.S.
now is systematically
working with our friends and allies around the world to examine our
footprint, to see where we are, how we want to be arranged for the