Jacobin, Qaddafi, AFRICOM and me
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Louis Proyect
2014-10-20 17:53:08 UTC
Jacobin needs to hire a fact-checker, especially when it links to
something I wrote.

This is by someone named David Mizner, a "a novelist and freelance
journalist". I guess the fiction side of the ledger spilled into the
nonfiction side.


The article states:

"The get-rid-of-Qaddafi motive and the United States African Command
(AFRICOM) motive aren?t mutually exclusive; the Libyan ruler, along with
other African leaders, resisted the growth of AFRICOM."

The words "along with" are linked to an article I wrote about Qaddafi
and AFRiCOM that has exactly the opposite analysis. My article refers to
AFRICOM, the devil itself, issuing a statement on the peachy-keen
collaboration with Qaddafi:



Sep 28, 2009 ? A delegation of three senior Libyan military officers
visited U.S. Africa Command headquarters as part of an orientation
program to explain the command?s mission, Sept. 21-24, 2009, as the two
countries continue to build their military relationship.

The officers held meetings with senior staff members to discuss the
command?s programs and activities, met General William E. ward and his
two deputies, and traveled to Ramstein Air Base to meet Major General
Ron Ladnier, the U.S. Air Force Africa commander, and his staff.

The command hosts African military delegations frequently, but
?certainly with regard to Libya, it is quite historic,? said Kenneth
Fidler, Africa Command Public Affairs Office, which hosted the Libyan team.

Two of the officers in the delegation write for the official magazine of
the Libyan armed forces, called Al-Musallh. Colonel Mohamed Algale is
the chief editor, and Colonel Abdelgane Mohamed is the space and
aviation editor. The third member of the party, Colonel Mustafa Washahi,
represented the Libyan Ministry of Defense.

The officers also toured AFN-Europe studios in Mannheim, Germany, and
met with editors of the European Stars and Stripes in Kaiserslautern,

?They (Africa Command officials) clarified everything,? Abdelgane said
in an interview with AFN-Europe. ?And they are making our mission easier
? to rise up the level of understanding between the militaries ? and to
move for further cooperation to the benefit of both countries.?

In January 2009, Libya and the United States signed a defense
cooperation memorandum of understanding, which provides the framework
for a military-to-military relationship and cooperation on programs of
mutual interest.

After the signing of the MOU, a forum called the Council of Colonels met
for the fourth time since 2007. These meetings set the tone for
Libya-U.S. military relations and is the primary venue for discussing
potential security cooperation opportunities, such as ship visits and
information exchange programs.

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