Recentnewsitems indicate the Trump administration is considering plans to reduce the U.S. military footprint in Africa. Judging from his previousstatements regarding his reluctance to have America’s soldiers on foreign lands, President Trump’s presumed rationale is:
(6) Instability in Africa hurts our key allies like Nigeria, Egypt, and Morocco, among others.
(7) Russia, and China and Iran, will fill any voids that we the U.S. leave open.
(8) Any unilateral disarmament sends a signal to key enemies like Iran, competitors like China and Russia, and “frenemies” like Turkey that we can be pressured to stop protecting our allies.
(9) It is unethical for the U.S. to not help protect our numerous Christian and Muslim national allies, who generally share our values.
(10) Destabilizing Africa will eventually hurt Americans, on our homeland, 1-3 years later, through increased terror and illicit drugs.
Further reducing four already-small contingents of 7,000 soldiers in Africa is a repudiation of the Trump administration’s “America First“ strategy to firmly protect the U.S. It’s also hardly good politics, just before the November elections.