By Thomas Gaist wsws.org: The
near-total silence of the Trump administration over its plans for the
African continent has become something of a cliche among commenters on
African politics. Indeed, the US government is maintaining
military-style secrecy over its foreign political activities not only in
Africa, but in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and
elsewhere around the globe.
Despite the relative secrecy, the general outlines of Trump’s Africa
policy can nevertheless be deduced from his administration’s opening
moves on the continent, when these are understood as the outgrowth of
the crisis of American imperialism and the worldwide militarist
offensive it has waged since the dissolution of the Soviet Union more
than a quarter century ago.
From the outset, the selection of key leadership positions overseeing
various US operations on the continent has underscored the hardline
corporatist and militarist character of Trump’s agenda in Africa.