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The US should be aware of the unintended consequences of the buildup of military forces there. Our intention may be to fight the occurrence of terrorism there, and we do have the capacity to readily kill terrorists. What we do not have is the capacity to prevent more terrorists from developing in the region. Just as in Pakistan, where we recently killed the major Pakistani Taliban leader, he was immediately replaced by an even more anti-American, violent-prone leader, and the killing lessened the chance of any peace negotiations being successful. Untended consequences! In Africa, non-military Western resources are certainly valuable and welcome to aid development in the impoverished region. But our military cannot pacify the area. It's colonial history, the number of dictatorial regimes that invite terrorist opposition, our own track record of failure in attempted benevolent interventions, suspicions of secondary gain of resources and profits from our involvement, all raise serious questions. One might ask, "What are we thinking?".
THE STARTLING SIZE OF U.S. MILITARY IN AFRICA