Apr 06 2008

Ethiopia: the 51st state?

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The Economist in its new issue examines the peculiar relationship between the U.S. Department of Defense and the government of Ethiopia, whose armed forces occupy parts of Somalia at the behest of the Bush administration. Quietly, the U.S.-Ethiopia military alliance has become the most important in sub-Saharan Africa. The Economist tallies some of the relative costs and benefits of the relationship. Unasked is the question, will it endure the change of administrations in Washington? Democrats have questioned the special treatment given to Ethiopia by the Pentagon under Bush. Come January, the Democratic rhetoric may turn into action — and spell the end of the alliance with Ethiopia.

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