How to Avoid Making ‘the Afghanistan Mistake’ in Africa

    Lyle J. Goldstein

    Security, Middle East

    An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted drone aircraft performs aerial maneuvers over Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, U.S., June 25, 2015. Picture taken June 25, 2015. U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Cory D. Payne/Handout via REUTERS

    Drones and special forces are no more likely to “end” terrorism in Africa than they have in Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East.

    Africa policy is back in the news for all the wrong reasons. The president’s dreadful remark during the immigration discussion has not improved his standing among diplomats and does indeed threaten to cast Washington’s Africa policies under a new pall. However, this most recent blunder seems quite trivial in comparison to the four U.S. servicemen killed tragically in Niger during early October.

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