A political commentator says the United States has escalated military interventions in Africa in order to prevent China from gaining influence in Africa and maintain its dominance over the continent.
The Pentagon, along with the Central Intelligence Agency as well as the National Security Agency, want to prevent China and other countries from gaining influence in Africa and “in a vain attempt to maintain US dominance” over the continent, Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, told Press TV on Monday.
“This of course, in the long run will not work because the US will be faced crises, as we see today in Somalia and as we see also in Kenya,” he added.
“The United States, under both the previous government of George W. Bush, as well as the current regime of President Barack Obama, have started, and also escalated the intervention of the Pentagon in various African states,” the analyst said.
A recent study has revealed even deeper US penetration in the African continent, Azikiwe said.
“All of these interventions by the United States are clearly related to the strategic interest of the US in regard to the African continent,” he said.
The Pentagon is reportedly preparing a list of targets for possible military strikes in Kenya and some other African countries aimed at targeting militants involved in Sunday’s deadly attack on a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi.
Somalia’s Al-Shabab fighters have reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it is in retaliation for Kenya’s military actions inside Somalia.
Azikiwe also said that the US and other European powers have been “exploiting” East Africa’s oil and gas resources in recent months. He said these natural resources are “guiding US military policy towards the continent.”
Mr. Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire, is one of the frequent contributors for The 4th Media.