Donald Trump is the first American president in the twenty-first century who has never started a war somewhere. Both Bush and Obama initiated several disastrous wars, and it appears that Biden is continuing the tradition of pushing the US into regime change wars. He’ll start with Ethiopia, a country in the Horn of Africa with a vital location.
In Ethiopia’s northernmost area, Tigray, there is now a revolt. A faction known as the TPLF is leading the revolt. Isn’t this an Ethiopian domestic problem? However, the Biden administration believes that Ethiopian military and officials are violating human rights, and that the United States must intervene with a “humanitarian intervention.” Ethiopia, after all, borders nations like Djibouti, Somalia, and Sudan, all of which the US intends to expand its footprint there.
“Should those responsible for undermining a settlement of the situation in Tigray fail to reverse course, they should expect more steps from the United States and the international community,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned. “We call on other governments to join us in taking these initiatives,” he continued.
“The time for action from the international community is now,” Blinken continued.
After Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of planning an attack on a federal military post, the Tigray area descended into chaos. In addition to establishing a six-month state of emergency, the Ethiopian government sent the army into Tigray. The US is currently attempting to intervene in Tigray by using the country’s strategic location.
The US Secretary of State wants us to think that the US would invade Ethiopia to help resolve the country’s regional issue. The actual reason for the US engagement in Ethiopia, however, is geopolitical. The United States seeks a change of government in Tigray so that it can deal with regional developments.
Make no mistake: the United States is losing power in the Horn of Africa, which is positioned near the strategic chokepoint created by the Bab-el Mandeb Strait and serves as an entrance point into the continent of Africa.
Ethiopia borders Sudan to the southeast and Somalia to the west. Ethiopia is a landlocked country, although it shares borders with Djibouti and Eritrea, two African countries that, together with Yemen, create the Bab-el Mandeb Strait. The Bab-el Mandeb Strait connects the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea in the end, allowing access to Arab countries. As a result, Ethiopia is a crucial site.
The United States aims to build a foothold in Ethiopia and counter the increasing influence of Russia and China in the area. Russia and Sudan are now renegotiating an agreement for a Russian naval station in Sudan.
“We’re in the midst of renegotiating an agreement made between the former government of Sudan and Russia about a Russian military project on the Sudanese Red Sea coast,” Sudanese military leader General Mohamed Othman al-Hussein stated.
“The deal may be extended if we discover benefits and profits for our country,” Al-Hussein remarked.
Sudan, on the other hand, has a tense relationship with the United States. In 1998, the African country was attacked by the Clinton government in the United States. Following that, the US placed severe sanctions on Sudan, which Trump removed last year. Despite this, ties between the United States and Sudan remain strained, while Moscow seeks to expand collaboration with Khartoum.
The situation in Somalia is simply getting worse for the US. Beginning in September 2001, the United States’ so-called “war on terror” on Somalia strained US-Somali relations.
To fight the impact of Islamist organizations in Somalia, the US allied with a number of warlords. Somalian Islamists eventually overcame the US partnership with warlords. In Somalia, the US policy of enlisting Ethiopian soldiers to combat Somalian jihadists resulted in the formation of Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujaahiduun (also known as “Al-Shabaab”).
Iran now collaborates with Al-Shabaab to supply weaponry to the Houthis in Yemen. To keep the United States out of Somalia, Russia and Iran have been working closely together.
Finally, the US is aware that Ethiopia is near to Yemen, where Arabs are battling the Houthis, who are backed by Iran. Because the US already has a strong military presence in Djibouti, a renewed presence in Ethiopia may be utilized to maintain control over Yemen and the Bab-el Mandeb Strait.
Finally, Djibouti is a source of concern for the United States. China already has a military facility in this little African country, and Russia is interested in joining the small African country that is home to some of the world’s most powerful armed forces. Apart from keeping an eye on Russia’s rising military interest in the region, maintaining a solid presence in Ethiopia can assist the US handle China’s monetary and military expansion in the region.
What the United States is doing in Ethiopia has a number of geopolitical and geostrategic implications. However, the techniques used by the Biden administration to get access to Ethiopia reeks of the American Deep State’s proclivity for waging regime change conflicts to increase influence. Often, such “humanitarian intervention” sparks decades of regional conflict and violence.