Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began an 11 day visit to Africa that includes stops in seven key African countries including: Kenya, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Angola. The trip comes on the heels of President Obama’s visit to Ghana in June and sends the message that the administration considers Africa a key foreign policy priority. Ernest Aryeetey, director of the Africa Growth Initiative, says African nations view Secretary Clinton’s trip so early in her term as a smart move, adding her visit there instills a sense of optimism about U.S.-Africa relations.
At the end of the day, as we all know thorny national security issues don’t just involve the military; political-military considerations invariably bleed into them. If the senior military’s leadership views are going to be just constrained to military advice … who is thinking about issues from that broader perspective?