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As a prolific news junkie, there are some stories that I’m tired of reading about and the Niger investigation has become one of those stories. Not because the news about Niger is especially horrible or specifically newsworthy, or because we’re seeing more and more expansion by AFRICOM into new corners of Africa; obviously, both those things are true. My frustration with this is because of the fallout people connected to this news must live through.
The families of these soldiers deserve to fully understand how their loved ones died and what reason the US government says is the prevailing rationality for these soldiers to be in Africa at all. But the lies and subterfuge continue, most recently in attempting to largely lay the blame of the ambush on the soldiers who died. And I expect more from our military leadership; I shouldn’t, but I do. These men died being told they were serving their country, but all I see here is lies and propaganda.
Here, Danny and I break down recent headlines out of Africa and discusses the immense number of military members who have family that served. You wouldn’t think that would be a problem, but for diversity of thought and experience, it’s really important.
00:50 – Danger pay for areas in AFRICOM, new base in Somalia and updates on the Niger ambush
18:06 – Vice chief comments on the US military becoming a caste onto itself through multi generation service
DoD approves danger pay for Niger, Mali, Cameroon – Tara Copp – Military Times
EXCLUSIVE: MASSIVE MILITARY BASE BUILDUP SUGGESTS THE U.S. SHADOW WAR IN SOMALIA IS ONLY GETTING BIGGER – Christina Goldbaum – Vice News
Military Leaders Sent Them On A Hasty, Ill-Planned Mission — And Are Now Blaming Them – Paul Szoldra – Task and Purpose
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FOH is hosted, written, and produced by Chris ‘Henri’ Henrikson and Danny Sjursen
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