• Mercenary: Mr. Van Buren is rooting for an al-Qaeda takeover in Africa

    January 25, 2014

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    Posted in: Military

    Well, I’m not rooting for an al-Qaeda takeover in Africa, just to get that straight, though a “private military contractor,” a mercenary to the trade, or PMC to themselves in their fantasy world, thinks I am.

    Our PMC friend wrote the following (below) on a private PMC site, in response to an article I posted on Fire Dog Lake, titled “Any More U.S. “Stabilization” and Africa Will Collapse.” An acquaintance from Iraq with ties into the PMC world was kind enough to forward the comments to me.

    I think the comments speak for themselves, albeit with highlighting added, so let’s tuck into them:

    What is there to say about Peter Van Buren here except that he appears to be out of his depth:

    He makes many statements but provides no substantiation, e.g. Libya was democratized? When was that?

    He writes “many were more focused on the underlying U.S. motives, isolating the rest of Sudan as part of the war on terror, and securing the oil reserves in the south for the U.S.” but offers no proof as usual. If one looks at http://www.eia.gov/countries/cab.cfm?fips=SU they will see NO US company getting oil from South Sudan. BS from Van Buren.

    He offers empty words about US Special Forces in South Sudan and Santa Claus but nary a word of proof.

    He cites numerous examples given by Nick Turse of the U.S. military in Africa, e.g. training some forces in countries around Somalia and logistical support for Amisom. SO?? SO WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT?

    Is Mr. Van Buren unaware of the al Qaeda link with al Shabob in Somalia? Is Mr. Van Buren asleep at the wheel?

    Then he shows even more ignorance with his “the government of Niger fell to its military”?! NO IT DIDN’T. What is Van Buren talking about?

    He incorrectly compares the US’s experience in Iraq and Afghanistan to that of nascent South Sudan.

    Quite simply apples and oranges and way too soon to make any serious observations on South Sudan. Van Buren further shows his illogic by comparing what the US did re the “coup”in Egypt to President Obama’s words of warning of any government toppling in South Sudan.

    Could you show us the double-down hypocrisy in the following words?? How is that warning about South Sudan a doubling-down of hypocrisy??

    “Obama, apparently unwilling to remember how he stood aside while an elected government recently fell apart in Egypt, went on to double-down on hypocrisy by stating in regards to South Sudan, ‘Any effort to seize power through the use of military force will result in the end of long-standing support from the United States and the international community.’ ”

    Van Buren writes, “Chaos has replaced stability in many places, and terrorists have found homes in countries they may have once never imagined.”?? More empty rhetoric from empty Van Buren. Could you cite some of those countries, Mr. Van Buren, or is that expecting too much scholarship from you?

    Apparently, Mr. Van Buren is rooting for an al-Qaeda takeover in Africa as that is what the US is there to prevent. His fulminations remind me of “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.” Shakespeare’s Macbeth

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    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      An alternative viewpoint:

      Dear Mr Van Bureau,

      I am used to be de private military contractor for de Prince of Scot-a-land, he say to me “General Amin! You are worth MANY shillings!” Dis is de troot, complete-a-lee!

      But now, HAHA! (Two minutes of hysterical solipsistic laughing…) See what happen to Charles so-called Prince of Scot-a-land? NE-VAH be King! Because I tell you de troot, he don’t know General Amin’s WEIGHT! Wit my WEIGHT I crush him and de British! Now Prince Charles back on welfare, living wit his Mother.

      And THAT is why…(long solipsistic pause)…THAT is why, come-plete-ah-lee, I LOVE AMERICA! De Americans, dey CRUSH de British Zionist imperialists in de revolution, and Uganda must be a REVOLUTIONARY country! Like America!

      Dat why I say, send more Americans to Africa! We make revolution together! I pay you many shillings, Prince Charles still owes me!

      Sincerely yours,
      General Idi Amin Dada,
      9th Ward of Purgatory’s Lunatic Asylum
      (PS, letter transcribed by General Amin’s roommate, Lawrence of Arabia)

      01/25/14 1:44 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      General, thank you for your support. Freedom isn’t free.

      01/25/14 2:05 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Same as it never was…baloney

      America’s paranoia has mutated from the great Communist menace in Vietnam to the great terrorist menace in Africa.

      AFRICOM Commander General Carter Ham “explained” the reasoning behind U.S. operations on the continent:

      “The absolute imperative for the United States military is to protect America, Americans, and American interests; in our case, in my case, to protect us from threats that may emerge from the African continent.”

      What Ham doesn’t want US to know is “fighting them over there, so we don’t need to fight them here” is just baloney. Eat enough of it and it will kill US.

      01/25/14 3:09 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      Peter wrote, to Idi Amin (through me):

      “General, thank you for your support. Freedom isn’t free.”

      In reply, General Idi Amin and I say:


      01/25/14 7:49 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      And then there’s this, a bit more information for American “Private Military Contractors” in “Africa”:


      01/25/14 7:59 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Yep, our adventure in Africa will end better than Afghanistan. It sure can’t end worse:


      01/26/14 2:14 AM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      What it boils down to for this American “Private Military Contractor” is that if his business in Africa is shut down, he’ll have to return to America and work at Wal-Mart, if he’s lucky enough to find any job at all.

      That’s what Americans have been reduced to in the quarter century since the end of the Cold War: The only Lands of Opportunity left for them are now caves in Afghanistan or snake-pits in “Africa”.

      01/26/14 5:34 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      melov said:

      quote”And THAT is why…(long solipsistic pause)…THAT is why, come-plete-ah-lee, I LOVE AMERICA!”unquote

      Hahahahahahahaahahaha! You must have wrote the script for this…


      btw melov, I think that’s the first time I’ve seen your humorous side. SNL needs you. 🙂

      quote:”Dat why I say, send more Americans to Africa! We make revolution together! I pay you many shillings, Prince Charles still owes me!”unquote

      yeah, well his Mother is holding the purse strings…


      Speaking of generals..Amin’s got nothin up
      on this guy(hint hint.General Atomics)

      ..but he’s got nuthin up on the Throne of England..



      THAT is why we’re in Africa. The Big Club..and me and you ain’t in it.

      Ya know…the more I learn about the REAL world I live in, the more I realize how utterly, despicably evil the ruling class is.

      bartender..let’s toast to the Big Club…may they
      rot in the 9th Ward of Purgatory’s Lunatic Asylum
      for eternity.

      01/26/14 1:42 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      btw melov..that 9th ward bit was fabulous!

      01/26/14 1:45 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      Thanks Pitch. General Amin will reward you.

      01/26/14 3:57 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      I propose the creation of the “Dennis Rodman Award” for such purposes.

      01/26/14 4:05 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      “I propose the creation of the “Dennis Rodman Award” for such purposes.”

      Oh great. Just what I need. I’ll add it to my Drinking for Drill trophy and Great Moments in Nonsense award. 🙂

      01/26/14 5:59 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...


      Funny how al Qaeda pops up in every country we want to invade. It’s like magic mushrooms, how the movement grows and grows in the dank darkness, somehow sprouting up here and there, appearing in new and heretofore unseen shapes, resistant to the continued assault of military Round-up which we apply with lavish and indiscriminate abandon. Funny how al Qaeda is on our side in one conflict, while still the enemy in another. We might well call our military adventures the Magical Mystery Tour.

      And we are to believe that this group is THE threat to democracy, despite the fact that they live in countries so impoverished that the people cannot afford food or adequate shelter. These poor countries are going to somehow buy massive quantities of weapons, field major armies of al Qaeda recruits, and then deploy them globally to threaten America and Europe? Really? How many articles have we read where we have “killed leading members of al Qaeda” while they were gathering firewood, sleeping on their rooftops in the summer heat, or holding tribal meetings under the baobab tree? Mightn’t these phrases in the articles suggest to the sentient reader that we are talking about places where there are no electric appliances, no air conditioning and few major buildings?

      And how convenient that al Qaeda is able to shape-shift in such amazing fashion; one day affiliated with the Taliban in Afghanistan, then with the Sunnis (or was it the Shia? Who knows, who cares? That’s furrin’ politics and irrelevant) in Iraq, then with some group or another in Libya and Syria, now with the Shebab movement in Somalia – my, they sure lack coherent ideology for such a “fundamentalist” group.

      Also funny how this lop-sided global military action manages to cost the US about a trillion bucks a year. One might almost think that the whole point was to enrich Raytheon and Lockheed, who sell arms to both sides, and Halliburton and Bechtel, who get no-bid contracts to rebuild all the shit we blow up, because surely we can’t be spending this much jack to “seek out and destroy” such a destitute enemy.

      But bomb everyone, we will. We just fielded a missile strike in Somalia. Is it officially a war yet? Hoo-rah!


      Anyone ever feel kind of suckered? Kind of taken in by the bullshit that is flung by the US media? But as the Good Book sayeth, “Ye saw I was a stranger, and ye took me in.”

      01/27/14 2:45 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      Well, take heart teri..at least we have all the latest news on the Grammys to keep us occupied.

      fuck… ‘Murica’s tribute to LoonyTunes and those narcissistic so called “artists” that now fill the airwaves of Halfwitland.

      We need a new award show.. something like..oh..I don’t know. Maybe something like..

      The Droneys…or ..The Capitolists.. or The WarMongers… or maybe..I know…The NSA’s..yeah.. I can just see the categories..

      And this years award for Best New NSA Agent to Tip off the FBI goes to…

      youbetcha..a HIT I tell ya..’merica will go nuts.

      01/27/14 3:42 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      01/29/14 12:46 AM | Comment Link

    • Dustin Langan said...



      I think that al-Qaeda and the groups that explicitly associate themselves with the name try their very best to wrest control away from governments wherever they can, and seriously destabilized countries obviously provide the best targets for them. If they can frustrate or co-opt Western regime change projects at the same time, all the better, but radical violent Islamism is not simply reactive to those projects and it is not imaginary. In a real way, it has finally coalesced into the coordinated, international agglomerate that US intel had initially and wrongly imagined it to be.

      01/30/14 3:21 PM | Comment Link

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