"The Pentagon’s recent announcement that it will send troops to 35 countries in Africa in 2013 confirmed the existence of a costly and foolish plan to occupy the violent and oft-troubled continent for decades to come. Ostensibly to address emerging threats from Islamic groups spreading across the Dark Continent, the real purpose is to counter growing Chinese influence throughout Africa.
Since 2007, Pentagon planners have secretly enhanced the U.S. military footprint across Africa, by dispatching special intelligence units, drone-launching technicians and Special Forces teams to “dark” bases in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. Since then the U.S. has been rapidly increasing its presence, which could be used to strike at groups allegedly threatening U.S. interests, which effectively means oil and mining operations. It has become clear, however, that the U.S., using its military and technological assets as well as mercenaries and Special Forces teams from “friendly” African countries, would not be in a position of dealing with tribal and ethnic conflicts, which have always defined much of the violence across Africa." (thanks Steve)