US imperialist domination of the African continent, is an essential front of its world war (GWOT) for maintaining global rule. Its final attempt at a "comprehensive" sweep to salvage its defeats belies its strategic weakness and desperation at losing world-destroying supremacy because that will be the end of US finance capitalism based on its post WW2 '"international world order"
The deep merger of hard-soft power exposes its bipartisan ruling class dependence on the deadly 'electoral' freedom trap
"If war aims are stated which seem to be solely concerned with Anglo-American imperialism, they will offer little to people in the rest of the world. The interests of other peoples should be stressed. This would have a better propaganda effect."
1941 Private memo from The Council of Foreign Relations to the US State Department, 1941
"...Africom was fashioned as a template for a new interagency structure to coordinate "hard" and "soft" U.S. power...."
U.S. Africa Command Trims Its Aspirations
U.S. Africa Command, designed to boost America's image and prevent terrorist inroads on the continent, scaled back its ambitions after African governments refused to host it and aid groups protested plans to help expand U.S. military in regional development. AFRICOM due to begin operations Oct. 1, will now be based for the foreseeable future in Stuttgart,
Through our assistance programs, USAID plays an active and critical role in the promotion of U.S. foreign policy interests. The investment we make in developing countries has long-term benefits for America and the American people. Development now takes its place alongside defense and diplomacy as the three essential components of American foreign policy.
Which Office is Right for You? - U.S. Department of State