FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Naval Forces Europe, Africa Says Successful Africa Partnership Station Evolving

Naval Forces Europe, Africa Says Successful Africa Partnership Station Evolving

Comments on this to come.

Questions that need to be answered:

APS, what's the point?
What are the long term strategic goals for APS?
Does the United States seek to lead APS for the foreseeable future?
What European partners would it like to see increased their participation in both assets and personnel?
Which Africa country is poised as the ideal leader of APS in a long term plan?
How constructive is the APS planning from the African POV?
What could be done better?
What are the greatest hurdles to APS?

1 comment:

  1. America's Navy. "A Force for Good." Horrible stuff. This makes me feel like an extra on this week's episode of BEN 10. Is APS a wonderful thing in its own realm of showing the African nations how to fish/protect their fisheries? Yes. Should it be the stuff of recruiting videos? No. No one joins the navy with a desire to build schools or teach a Nigerian how to fix an outboard. These things are well and good, but I do not think it should be the Navy's label. It is so pompous of us to think the we are doing "good" wherever we go. A better slogan - "A force for America", or "Secure the Seas, Secure your Credit", or "America, @#$% YEAH!!!. - El Diablo