May 22, 2024

U.S. AFRICOM Leader Admits Coup Leaders “Share Core Values” with U.S. Military

U.S. Marine Corps General Michael Langley, commander, U.S. Africa Command, delivered the 2023 U.S. Africa Command posture statement before the Senate Armed Services Committee March 1
U.S. Marine Corps General Michael Langley, commander, U.S. Africa Command, delivers the 2023 U.S. Africa Command posture statement before the Senate Armed Services Committee March 1

During a congressional hearing last March, General Michael Langley, the leader of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), admitted that coup leaders trained by the U.S. military “share core values” with the U.S. forces. His comment came in response to questions from Congressman Matt Gaetz regarding the training and equipping of African military personnel by the United States.

According to General Langley, the U.S. military has trained approximately 50,000 African military personnel over the past decade. While he insisted that a very small percentage, less than 1%, of those trained have participated in coups, he could not provide any data to support his claim. Congressman Gaetz highlighted the cases of two coup leaders in Guinea and Burkina Faso, both of whom were trained by the U.S. military.

In Guinea, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya led a coup in 2021, just months after being photographed with U.S. service members outside the U.S. embassy. When asked if the U.S. shares core values with Colonel Doumbouya, General Langley replied, “Absolutely.” However, he later clarified that leading coups is not part of the U.S. military’s curriculum.

General Langley maintained that the purpose of the training programs is to instill core values in the trainees and help them establish democratic norms and values in their countries. Congressman Gaetz, however, questioned the effectiveness of the training programs, given that two governments have been overthrown by individuals trained by the U.S. military.

In response to these concerns, Congressman Gaetz sought and received unanimous consent to enter two articles into the congressional record: “Another US trained soldier stages a coup in West Africa” by The Intercept, and “U.S. forces trained the Guinean colonel behind the recent coup in West African country.” The articles highlight the issue of U.S.-trained military personnel leading coups in Africa.

The discussion raises questions about the effectiveness of U.S. military training programs in Africa and whether taxpayers should be funding the training of individuals who may later participate in coups against their own governments.

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