Opinion: Obama's goal in Africa: Counter China
June 26th, 2013
09:35 AM ET

Opinion: Obama's goal in Africa: Counter China

By Peter Bergen, Special to CNN

There is a one-word subtext to President Obama's trip to Africa: China.

After 9/11, the United States became embroiled in more than a decade of wars in Asia and the Middle East. As a result, U.S. engagement in Latin America and Africa largely atrophied.

Meanwhile, China saw an opportunity. China has now displaced the United States as the largest trading partners of two key Latin American countries, Brazil and Chile.

China's economic rise is particularly marked in Africa; it quietly surpassed the United States as the continent's largest trading partner four years ago.

Editor's note: Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst and a director at the New America Foundation.

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  3. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  4. Splice

    China is out sourcing.

    June 26, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  5. Atossa


    If only he would stay in Africa.


    June 26, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @Atossa,sounds like a fine American name,here long and from where if I may ask!!Why don't you go back to where you and your family came from if you know which rock it is and stay there,the world would be better place without you,idiots!!Always complaining like your republican party does but never when put on a spot to fix it and do you have answers,NO,out of touch and inheriently imbecilic !!

      June 27, 2013 at 8:59 am | Reply
      • Atossa


        Scotland ?

        If Scotland had a righteous Christian King, maybe I would.

        In the meantime, I'll stay in Texas.

        By the way... Atossa is my internet name... not my real name.

        Apparently you are not a student of history.

        Atossa was an ancient Aryan queen. She was the daughter of Cyrus,
        wife of Darius and mother of Xerxes.


        June 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
      • Pete

        @atossa,any blood line to Hitler he was aryan as well!!

        June 27, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
      • Pete

        @atossa,a Scot taking on a Persian name,relative of Xerxes ruler of ancient Persia ..Battle of Thermopylaes against Spartan King Leonidas,the battle of 300 Spartans against 7000 Persians,that atoosa!!

        June 27, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
  6. acdcguy

    Obama's only goal is to destroy America and he's doing a fine job......about the only thing he's accomplished

    June 26, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply
    • Okay1515

      Oh yea, how so?

      June 26, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @acdcguy,yah bud just how is this president the most fiscally responsible one mind you destroying this country,only in the delushional mind of a complete idiot!!He's trying to pay down debts incurred from the previous administration that put everything including Medicare Part D,tax cuts to the 1%,2 unfunded wars created by lies and 800,000 checks monthly to the unemployed for him crashing the economy on Americas charge card and convienently walked away from the most disasterous presidency ever in American history next to another republican in Hoover that had the Great Depression to his credit and you blame Pres.Obama,boy get your head examined you need help..He's spent less money factually than all presidents in our modern era including Pres.Clinton that mind you left a surplus your imbecile in Bush just gave right away before crashing our economy...So tell me ole wise one and all republicans back up your ignorent,racist mouths with facts or go crawl back in the holes you came,trypical out of touch republicans ,members of the party of NO nothings!!!!

      June 27, 2013 at 8:49 am | Reply

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