While You Were Otherwise Distracted

While the world was losing its small mind over refugees…..Russia has made in-roads into the Middle East…..for good or bad they are there…..or maybe you were buying into the falsehoods that the candidates are spreading……and then there is the most recent terrorist attacks in Paris……

My point is while you were letting the MSM do your thinking for you a development is taking place in Africa….and no this is not a post about Boko Haram or some other equally disgusting group….nope this is China.

China is establishing its first military base in Africa, according to a top U.S. general, providing yet another sign of its growing reach beyond the Asia-Pacific.

“They are going to build a base in Djibouti, so that will be their first military location in Africa,” U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, the commander of U.S. Africa Command, recently told defense reporters.

Setting up a military base in Africa makes perfect sense given China’s vast economic presence in the region, said J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council. The base would be cheaper than China’s current, temporary arrangements that allow for docking ships at Djibouti ports to conduct naval patrols, he said.

The base also gives China an airfield that could significantly improve its intelligence gathering capabilities over the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Eastern Libya and well into Central Africa.

The move into Africa represents a challenge to the dominance of the United States, which has its own military base in Djibouti, at Camp Lemonnier, from which it conducts intelligence, counter-piracy and counterterrorism operations.


China is spreading its wings into areas that they have never been interested in……why?  Now China is on the Horn Of Africa…..that puts them very close to the Middle East……

The answer to that question could be found in a “white paper”…….In a May white paper, China said its army would “adapt itself to tasks in different regions, develop the capacity of its combat forces for different purposes, and construct a combat force structure for joint operations.”

This move should give the war hawks all they need to expand our interests and actions to try and control this situation…..

All that while you were otherwise distracted……and now you know…..so return to your normal viewing pleasure……

This concludes my day……if you are on the road for the holiday please be careful and be safe I want to see you all Monday…..I will be around for the next 4 days….just not as blog active as usual……

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7 thoughts on “While You Were Otherwise Distracted

  1. First, chuq, I have to say, what follows has NOTHING to do with this article’s content in any way, other than the way it contributed to my thoughts, which went as follows, when I looked at the map…Until then I though Dijbouti was a city somewhere

    My first thought was “Dijbouti? Dijbouti? What the fuck is a Dijbouti?” Then when I looked at the map, I saw it was a country, of which, in my 65 years; on this planet, I had NEVER HEARD! Hell, I’ve never heard that word, to my knowledge, and I speak & read several languages. None are African in origin, so I thought it was a city, until looking at the map

    I laughed and laughed, as my first thought was a plaintive, “I CAN’T KEEP UP!” When the fuck did this happen? When I also look at where and how the map indicates the location sits on the global map, I get why they both want bases there. I’d just NEVER heard of the country at all. I probably knew it as something else, which changed when I wasn’t looking or paying attention….

    Otherwise, good stuff…. just stimmed my self-amusement for a while, as I once again thought of everything I don’t know….

    That’s why I’m….

    gigoid, the dubious

    1. Aha, I was right! It’s a city too!

      I looked closer, and googled it. it’s both, BOTH of which I’d never heard of…..

      Amazing.. pathetic too….

      Which is why I had to laugh….


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