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The First Strategies of the Administration
Delegation to Rwanda and other concerns Developing Story: AFRICOM Team to Assess Situation in the DRC!!! New Concerns About Nigeria The Visit by the SECSTATE The Sudan Hearings What to Do With Somalia? How It Ends!! Two Amendments that were Suprising Reason For Optimism Two other Problem Spots Some Other News That You Might Be Interested In..... A Nigerian Trial in New York New Legislation and the Return of an Old Argument A Briefing in Farmville and A Call for Washington The More Things Change........ General Ward Visits Africa The Paradox Known as Zimbabwe Saving Captain Phillips Next Stop For APS: Cameroon Restoration of Badly Needed Funds Restoration of Badly Needed Funds US Air Force: No Plans for No Fly Zone over Darfur Yet.......... A New Undersecretary of State for Africa is nominated. Operation Objective Voice Another Movement Organizes in the United States Enter the Boxer Rising Tensions and Hopes for Peace A Good Day in Danville,Virginia Report: AFRICOM helped plan Operation Lightning Thunder An Envoy is Needed in Darfur Right Away The First Strategies of the Administration The African Policy of President Obama A Policy Reccomendation that Makes Sense Darfur and Piracy Report: US Special Envoy to Sudan Asked for Military Force A New Policy For the Horn? Outgoing and Incoming Epidemic = Endgame? Updating Somali Disappearance Story Problems Beyond Somalia and Zimbabwe Africa Partnership Station 09 Report: Somalis Missing from Minneapolis MARFORAF is Now Formed Ospreys Over Africa What will President Obama Do for Africa? Breaking News: Secretary Frazier Goes to Kinshasa !!! US Envoy: More Peacekeepers for Darfur by the End of The YEAR!!! Concern over Women Should Extend Further than the DRC Why is the US Silent Regarding the DRC? The US and Malawi The US Relationship With Malawi AFRICOM No Missions in Somalia but Trains Cameroonian and EG Soldiers New African Advocacy Group Launches in USA What will McCain and Obama do for Africa? General Nkunda Angers Washington What Will McCain and Obama do for Africa? A New Strategy towards Angola? Of Pirates and Despots that Washington has to deal with..... The State Department Religious Freedom Report 08 Developing Story: US to Increase Aid to Somaliland West Africa: Forgotten Front in the War on Drugs? A "Crucial Window of Opportunity" Somali Protests at the Republican National Committee Why Passing H Res 765 is an excellent Idea What is the Status of IVAW? IVAW Where is the Congress on This? Feds End Refugee Program Due to Fraud How Much will the DOD and STATE Spend in Africa the Next Fiscal Year? Small Arms in Africa Breaking News: US to Extend TPS to Sudan!!!!!!!! Senator Durbin Speaks Up in Support of Press Freedom!!! We Abstain US Increases Sanctions Against Zimbabwe Tyrants v Rule of Law Active Month for the US at the UN Zim Campaign begins with a new threat against the US Ambassador Why H Res. 1227 is a Great Idea Another Secession Movement Approaches Washington Other Areas that the US should be concerned about US Aims to stop Chinese Arms from reaching Zimbabwe... Finally! Hypocrisy over Child Soldiers? Americans Held in Zimbabwe and Presidential Runoff Created Congo Lobby Day in Washington State Department Report on Human Rights has been released Islamists on the March in Somalia? Kenyans Angry with Hillary Clinton A Tale of Two Peaces MEND asks for US Mediation: Should the Administration do it? Will Somaliland Independence Bill Get Any Support on Capitol Hill? President Bush: Africa Has been a Priority New African Legislation being Discussed in Washington Child Soldiers being used by US Allies???? President Bush to ignore Key Allies in African Trip Terrorists Moving Around West Africa At will? US and Europe Criticized over Zimbabwe Again..... This is not a recording US to recgonize Somaliland??? US Military Trains Ugandans in Somalia and in Uganda !!!!!! Election Results leave Kenya in Turmoil!!!! Has Congress Dropped the Ball for Africa Also??? New Era in US-Nigerian Relations?? Gambia: Is this a Crisis Under the Radar?? Rally for Southern Cameroon in New York A New Turn in US-Zimbabwe Relations? Drug War going to West Africa? Is Ethiopia Jamming the VOA? Africa, The US and Iran: Could a US Strike provoke a War? Darfur: Can the US Save the UN Mission? US to support Nigerian Efforts in the Delta Rally for HR 2003 in Oklahoma!!! Central Africa Ethiopia & Eritrea Tensions could this become a US Proxy War? Assault on the Zimbabwean Church? AFRICOM what is its real Mission? Contact the Eagle Article Page Contact Me Archives

Janurary 29, 2009
 
While the Mainstream Media here in the United States is more focused on the Economic Stimulus Plan the Administration has some plans underway.
 
It is believed that Two Crisis Situations will have Two different Plans for a US response.
 
One will be Military the Other One will be Diplomatic.
 
The Question now is How soon will they be Implemented?

The Diplomatic Route:
 
At the risk of sounding like a Broken Record it appears that the United States  will seek to once again have the Zimbabwe Crisis be placed on the Agenda of the UN Security Council.
 
Last Summer the US placed the Country on the Council's agenda when it held the rotating Presidency of the Council. One of the Goals that the US had was to have Sanctions placed on the Country. The US was thwarted in this effort by both Russia and China. Both Nations have considerable Financial Interest in the Country.
 
Currently the Southern African Country is being Hammered by Hyperinflation, A large HIV rate, Malnutrition, Poor Governance and a Large Cholera outbreak.
 
The Latest Figures indicate that over 3,000 People have perished due to the Outbreak which remains out of control according to Medical Specialists.
 
And there is not a functioning Government in place.
 
Current US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice is a Zimbabwe Specialist and was working on African Affairs under President Clinton.
 
Currently Victory is defined as getting Russia and China to Abstain. What about assisting those that are suffering in Zimbabwe?

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President Obama is already working on what concerns the US has in Africa.

The Military Option:
 
The Washington Note webpage had an interesting post yesterday that caught the attention of the Confused Eagle.
 
Quoting an Unnamed Source the site stated that between Election Day and the Inauguration that the Transition team was talking to Military Planners and Intelligence Operatives about the Potential of taking Military Action against the Somali Pirates.
 
Currently there is a Multinational Task Force in the Gulf of Aden that is attempting to rein in the Pirates. And the Pirates still hold the Ukranian Registered MV Faina and its cargo of 33 T-72 Tanks that were being shipped to the Government of Southern Sudan.
 
At this time the plan of action will call for an assault by US Special Forces against the Pirates.
 
The Task could be handed to Task Force 88. This is a Unit that has reportedly seen service in the Country in December 2006 to support the Ethiopian Incursion to prop up that Country's Government.
 
There is a risk to this potential strategy. First this could open up a third front in the region where hundreds of thousands of US Troops are currently engaged.
 
Also President Obama who is seen by some critics as being an Appeaser may have to take action to prove that he is in fact a strong leader. President Kennedy made a similar error during the Bay of Pigs fiasco.
 
The story also had one key point of interest. There may be a harbringer of a Potential US strike. The Deployment of Japanese Naval Elements to the Gulf of Aden region is very interesting.
 
In Crisis Situations Japan will not generally get involved unless it Feels that the US will be taking action soon.
 
The Iraq Conflict is proof of this.

Read the Washington Note at www.thewashingtonnote.com
 
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