Afrique offers a detailed "in-theater" intelligence brief on the extent of Chinese expansion in Africa. In the process, it uncovers several disturbing facts: (1) how America's current heroin deluge is due to a largely unimpeded drug conduit across Africa; (2) how the 1994 Rwandan genocide still goes on in the Eastern DRC; (3) how freedom has hit the skids in South Africa; and (4) how the U.S. has been deprived of natural resources essential to its own defense. But, at the same time, this book demonstrates how police investigative procedure would better ascertain the progress of America's arch-enemies than standard U.S. intelligence-gathering methods. That's because those enemies (the Islamists, Communists, and drug runners) all operate from the bottom up through thousands of tiny, seemingly inconsequential, razor cuts at the local level. Many of those cuts have additionally been disguised, so most never register with electronic surveillance or the mainstream media. With 54 nations under attack from those same enemies, modern-day Africa makes a perfect research model for such a conclusion. Near the end, Afrique talks about how the U.S. military could more effectively reverse those unhappy trends.
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About the Author
Through an inverted military career, H. John Poole has discovered a few things that more promotable people miss. After spending two of his first four years as a combat commander, he did his last seven as an enlisted tactics instructor. That allowed him to see why U.S. troops have always had so much trouble with counterinsurgency, and short-range combat in general. Their tactical techniques are quite simply outmoded. Those techniques are so unlikely to surprise any foe as to be "premachinegun" in format. This little oversight on the part of their commanders and how to correct it form much of the framework for Poole's work. Since retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1993, he has has traveled extensively in both Communist and Islamist worlds and written 15 other tactics/intelligence supplements. He has also conducted multiday training sessions for 41 U.S. battalions, 9 schools, and 7 special operations units on how to develop advanced infantry technique. As most U.S. intelligence personnel know too little about the Eastern thought process and evolution of squad tactics, these supplements provide currently deployed GIs with a rare glimpse into their enemy's intentions. Since 2000, Poole has gone to Russia, Mainland China (twice), North Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India (three times), Pakistan (twice), Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Tanzania, and Venezuela. Over the course of his lifetime, he has further traveled throughout most of the world. He has been in six African nations: Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, and South Africa. Between early tours in the Marine Corps (from 1969 to 1971), Poole worked as a criminal investigator for the Illinois Bureau of Investigation (IBI). After attending the State Police Academy for several months in Springfield, he worked out of the IBI's Chicago office on general criminal and drug cases.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Part One: The Dual Face of Foreign Expansion
Chapter 1: Most African Turmoil Still over Commerce
Chapter 2: Religious Beliefs Only Partially at Issue
Part Two: Communist Initiatives
Chapter 3: The Formerly Socialist Bloc of Nations
Chapter 4: China's "Cultural Revolution" in Africa
Chapter 5: The PRC's Building and Immigration Program
Chapter 6: Peacekeepers Wherever There Is Instability
Chapter 7: Communist China's New Modus Operandi
Part Three: Caliphate Formation
Chapter 8: African Parts of Former Muslim Empire
Chapter 9: Salafist Interest in Northeastern Africa
Chapter 10: Islamist Initiatives in Northwest Africa
Chapter 11: Any Changes to the Muslim Method
Part Four: Africa's Cross-Continent Drug Conduit
Chapter 12: Afghan Opiate Entrance to Africa
Chapter 13: Middle of the Smuggling Corridor
Chapter 14: The West Coast Portal to America
Part Five: Cooperation between Expansionist Entities
Chapter 15: Where Both Factions Work Together
Chapter 16: Intentional Instability
Chapter 17: The Jihadist Threat as a Diversion
Part Six: How the Trade and Strife Are Connected
Chapter 18: Oil & Mineral Removal through Aid Projects
Chapter 19: China's Sun-Tzu-Like Agenda
Chapter 20: Proof of PRC Drug Trade Involvement
Part Seven: Combatting the Main Attack
Chapter 21: The PRC's Overall Occupation of Africa
Chapter 22: Research Projection vs. On-Site Reality
Chapter 23: The DRC Situation Comes into Focus
Chapter 24: Countering China's Influence
Afterword: Wake-Up Call for Americans
Appendix: The Military Interface
About the Author
What People are Saying About This
"Poole is the consummate red teamer, and he proves it once again in this volume. He digs into ... both the past and the present to challenge status quo perceptions (and misperceptions) regarding Chinese and radical Islamic intentions in Africa. He supports his hypothesis with a wealth of insights and evidence. Why haven't more observers connected the dots? Perhaps [it's] because the implications are so troubling."
"We have growing security interests in Africa. We are ... dealing with the threats to those interests in a meager, ineffective way.... Poole offers a well thought out course of action that focuses on everything from a strategic understanding of what we face ... to the tactical requirements for small units ... on the ground. We should heed his sage advice and look to adopting his recommendation."
"Author ... Poole summarizes the expanding Islamic and Chinese presence ... in Africa in ... "Afrique." He describes the challenges confronting the United States and outlines strategies and tactics to counter the insidious threat. Unless we act, ... the Dark Continent ... will become the Lost Continent."
"In the mid 1960's, as America was ... mired down in ... Vietnam ..., the People's Republic of China was getting involved in eastern Africa with railroad building and foreign aid to buy influence.... In using ... Islamic radicals to keep America's attention, China has moved back into Africa in a major league way. Wars are primarily fought over futuristic needs of raw natural resources (just look at Japan & Germany in the 1930's and 40's) and the next war is already taking shape in Africa.... Poole signals a clarions call to wake up before its too late!"