Meanwhile, in Africa ...

One of those little news snippets that somehow or other never seems to make the 10 o’clock news:
Niger suspends military cooperation with US: Spokesman | Politics News | Al Jazeera

The official view is that the whole world is united behind the Biden* Administration in its fight for “democracy”, in the Ukraine and elsewhere. But the facts may suggest something different:

The decision, announced on Saturday, came after senior US officials – led by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee and US Africa Command head General Michael Langley – visited the West African country earlier this week to discuss democratic transition. …

“Niger is the centre of US operations in west and north Africa, notably at its Air Base 201, the most expensive construction project ever undertaken by the US government. It’s there for war on terror operations but it’s really there also for great power projection against countries like Russia and China.” …

The military government “forcefully denounces the condescending attitude accompanied by the threat of retaliation from the head of the American delegation towards the Nigerien government and people”, spokesman Abdramane added.

I am old enough to remember when we were all assured that the world would be a much better place when women were in charge – females being so much better at understanding others and finding shared ground than mere males. It seems that someone forgot to tell that to Molly Phee. Or is that unfair to women, and “Molly” is just another of the Biden* Adminstration’s men in women’s clothing?


That must be some airbase considering some of the US government’s construction projects.