Keep in mind that David Hogg is going to Harvard in the fall.
I guess his 1270 SAT score makes sense when you realize that reading comprehension is not his strong suit.
Alexa, what does US military imperialism look like? https://t.co/p0awbnnDgO
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) April 23, 2019
Well… What does the article say?
Just after the attack, U.S. Africa Command said U.S. troops were providing “advice and assistance” to local counterparts. Later, it would become clear that those troops — the 11-man Operational Detachment-Alpha Team 3212 — were working out of the town of Oullam with a larger Nigerian force under the umbrella of Operation Juniper Shield, a wide-ranging counterterrorism effort in northwest Africa.
Until poor weather prevented it, that team was supposed to lend support to another group of American commandos who were trying to kill or capture Islamic State leader Doundoun Cheffou as part of Obsidian Nomad II.
Most of the these missions in Africa are like this. Small special forces teams, rarely more than a few dozen of our elite military personnel, training and working with local forces to counter the many Islamist or ISIS inspired terrorist groups in Africa.
Like the Islamic group in Nigeria that is committing genocide against the local Christian population. The genocide the media is ignoring.
The code-named operations cover a variety of different military missions, ranging from psychological operations to counterterrorism. Eight of the named activities, including Obsidian Nomad, are so-called 127e programs, named for the budgetary authority that allows U.S. special operations forces to use certain host-nation military units as surrogates in counterterrorism missions.
Used extensively across Africa, 127e programs can be run either by Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), the secretive organization that controls the Navy’s SEAL Team 6, the Army’s Delta Force and other special mission units, or by “theater special operations forces.” These programs are “specifically designed for us to work with our host nation partners to develop small — anywhere between 80 and 120 personnel — counterterrorism forces that we’re partnered with,” said Bolduc. “They are specially selected partner-nation forces that go through extensive training, with the same equipment we have, to specifically go after counterterrorism targets, especially high-value targets.”
So the whole point of our being in Africa is to help stabilize local governments against terrorism.
Now we turn to Merriam-Webster to define imperialism.
im·pe·ri·al·ism | \ im-ˈpir-ē-ə-ˌli-zəm \
Definition of imperialism
1 : imperial government, authority, or system
2 : the policy, practice, or advocacy of extending the power and dominion of a nation especially by direct territorial acquisitions or by gaining indirect control over the political or economic life of other areas
broadly : the extension or imposition of power, authority, or influence
The original meaning of imperialism was a simple one: “imperial government,” that is, empire in the classical sense (such as existed in ancient Rome, China, and Greece).
Okay, now let Merriam-Webster to define empire.
em·pire | \ ˈem-ˌpī(-ə)r \
Definition of empire (Entry 1 of 2)
1a(1) : a major political unit having a territory of great extent or a number of territories or peoples under a single sovereign authority
especially : one having an emperor as chief of state
(2) : the territory of such a political unit
b : something resembling a political empire
especially : an extensive territory or enterprise under single domination or control
2 : imperial sovereignty, rule, or dominion
It seems to me that neither the definition of imperialism or empire is a proper fit to the US sending our men and our resources to help bolster foreign governments’ defenses against terrorism.
Considering that ISIS is trying to create a Caliphate, the US is being anti-imperialistic against an Islamic Empire.
Since David Hogg neither read the Yahoo article nor understands the definition of imperialism, he is simply farting social justice jargon out of his ignorant asshole.
Normally I wouldn’t care what some stupid high school kid says, except that he has been hailed as the future of America, rewarded for his ignorance with a Harvard placement, and will upon graduation (you cannot fail out of Harvard, this is a fact) will be given a spot at some think tank or as an aid to some politician with all the financial benefits that come with it.
He has no incentive to be anything less than a jargon farting ignorant asshole, it’s gotten him a lot farther than being a “C” student with a mediocre SAT score ever has.