Referring to statements made by a South African military leader, Chossudovsky writes:
What these official statements imply is that The Republic of South Africa is slated to participate in US-NATO sponsored “humanitarian interventions” directed against other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, which have been tagged by Washington as “unstable nations”.However, if you examine the statements made by another South African commander, I think one can arrive at another objective which we have seen obtained elsewhere by US forces, most recently, in Egypt: the cultivation of social ties between US military officers and their counterparts in the target countries.
Col. Vuka Sean Mahlasela, 44th Parachute Regiment commander, South African National Defense Force, or SANDF, said the exercise helped both forces learn to cooperate with each other and improved the relationship between U.S. and South Africa.
“Joint and multinational operations have become the norm of the day. The national defense forces play a very significant role to be able to operate with regional, international and multinational forces to test tactics and share skills and knowledge as well as to learn from each other as multinational forces,” Mahlasela said.Of course, we can expect such social ties to be strongly reinforced with military aid and other perks of a more personal nature such as junkets to the US. This results in the integration of top military leaders of the targeted country with the US Empire which the directors of the latter can use against resistance forces within the targeted country as we see in Egypt.