Wrong on Africa

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Your April 16 editorial “African Adventure” on the expansion of military activities in Africa by the Defense Department is cherry-picking at best and misleading at worst. To suggest, as you do, that the Africa Command or the Defense Department is spending $750 million on operations in a vacuum is downright laughable. Like them or not, these operations were approved beforehand by the White House, the State Department and perhaps the CIA to carry out this administration’s foreign policy initiatives, however amateurish they may be.

You may not agree that the money is being spent wisely in a region of the world that has little apparent national security implications, and I would tend to agree. But I find it ironic that the amount of money we’re talking about here is roughly the same amount that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, testifying before Congress last December, said had been allocated for IT services ($677 million) for the still-malfunctioning Obamacare website, a discussion of which your newspaper is apparently loath to carry.

What am I missing here?

JOE TRANCHINI
Jefferson Hills


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