USA Loses Ethiopia; Biggest Strategic Blunder Since Loss Of Iran

By Thomas Mountain

With the failure of the US backed TPLF Terrorist coup attempt against the democratically elected government of Ethiopia the USA is facing it’s greatest strategic blunder since losing Iran in 1979.

The Ethiopian Army and its allied militias have in the last 10 days of fighting regained all the territory it lost in several months to the TPLF Terrorist coup attempt. By all reports from the front lines the TPLF Terrorists are on the run with thousands of their conscripted fighters heeding Ethiopian PM Abiy’s call to surrender.

Ethiopia was once the USA’s “Policeman” in the Horn of Africa, with the strategically critical Red Sea and its chokepoint gateway Baab Al Mandeb between the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean being key to control of the enormously important shipping lanes between Europe and Asia. Statements made repeatedly by the Ethiopian government have made it abundantly clear that there is no going back to a neo colonial relationship with the west and that Ethiopia has turned to China for economic and political support.

To make matters worse the US General in command of their base in Djibouti, lying at the entrance to the Red Sea, made it clear that the US was prepared to attack Ethiopia from Djibouti, leaving Ethiopia little choice but to quietly begin preparations to force Djibouti, economically dependent on Ethiopia, to close down this threat.

At one point the western neo colonialists unleashed the full force of their media lackeys to try and undermine Ethiopia’s democratically elected government, with CNN broadcasting a fabricated claim that the TPLF terrorist forces were on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa.

Slanderous fabrications by the western media backed by the UN and the Human Rights Mob of “genocide” and “aid blockades” in the home province of the TPLF terrorists were shot down by no other than the UN’s own Human Rights clique in a report issued in cooperation with the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission.

The recent rapid advances on the battlefield by the Ethiopian Army led by PM Abiy Ahmed have pretty much silenced these pack of presstitutes and imperial lackeys and left that “Blinken Liar” being “alarmed” by these developments. Now that it is clear that it is no longer IF but WHEN the TPLF terrorist clique will be defeated militarily the LiarsForHire in the western media, the UN and the Human Rights Mob have grown remarkable silent.

Of course the military defeat of the TPLF terrorist gang is not the end of this problem for they saw the backbone of their army defeated mainly by the Eritrean intervention in November of 2020 at the request of PM Abiy. The Ethiopian army had been hollowed out by the withdrawal of about 80% of its most experienced fighters when the TPLF withdrew it’s military supporters to its home province of Tigray in 2019/2020. With the weakness of the Ethiopian military being well known the US threw its weight behind the TPLF coup attempt in November 2021 thinking that with a successful attack and capture of the Ethiopian Army’s main national arms depot in Tigray the TPLF terrorist clique would have little opposition in marching on the capital Addis Ababa and overthrowing PM Abiy’s government.

What they didnt take into account was Abiy Ahmed’s close relationship with Eritrea and its President Issias Aferwerki, who, at Abiy Ahmed’s request, quickly mobilized Eritrean mechanized and artillery brigades into Tigray that destroyed the backbone of the TPLF’s fighters and leadership in a matter of a little over two weeks culminating in the wiping out of almost 80% of the top leadership of the TPLF with the capture of the capital Mekele at the end of November 2021.

Though their army was defeated almost 100,000 TPLF fighters survived and melted away with their small arms back to their villages and communities. Knowing the futility of trying to fight terrorists on their home soil without the active support of the Tigrayan people PM Abiy withdrew his troops from Tigray and called for a unilateral ceasefire.

The point of doing this was to force the Tigrayan people to experience first hand just how corrupt and brutal the TPLF terrorists really were and to let them learn the hard way just how destructive to the interests of the people of Tigray the TPLF was.

With a mass wave of forced conscription and child soldiers the TPLF mafia assembled a large armed force and began invading the neighboring Amhara and Afar regions.

This resulted in an unprecedented outpouring of Ethiopian national pride and support for PM Abiy’s democratically elected government and when Abiy Ahmed took direct personal command of the fighting the TPLF terrorists suffered major losses in territory and personnel. It is expected that with in a matter of a couple of weeks the Ethiopian Army and supporting militias will once again be on Tigrayan soil with the imminent military defeat of the TPLF terrorist forces.

The main question remaining is what will the people of Tigray do? After seeing their children dragooned to be cannon fodder for the TPLF and slaughtered in their thousands will the Tigrayan people turn against the TPLF, remain silent or even continuing a reduced level of support for them. Until this question is decisively answered by the actions of the Tigrayan people themselves peace in Ethiopia is not assured.

The one thing that is clear is that the US has seen its Ethiopian bastion of neo colonialism turn against it and as so many Ethiopian at home and in the diaspora have made clear “Ethiopia Will Never Kneel Down”.

I have long predicted that the day the USA loses control of the strategically critical Red Sea/Baab Al Mandeb marks the beginning of the end of Pax Americana’s dominance of the world. With this blunder against Ethiopia the USA has shot itself in the foot, leaving itself increasingly weakened and no longer viewed by the people of Africa as an omnipotent force that can do what it pleases.

Thomas C. Mountain is an educator and historian with a specialty in the Horn of Africa going back almost 40 years. You can reach him at thomascmountain on twitter or thomascmountain at g mail dot com

 

3 thoughts on “USA Loses Ethiopia; Biggest Strategic Blunder Since Loss Of Iran”

  1. No I don’t think the long enduring friendship between USA and the old country is all lost. It is just a temporary but aching bruise and hick up it is experiencing at this moment. It is not beyond repair. As far as I am concerned I would like to see the USA maintains its presence and influence in that part of the world. I’m not an expert but it may take a new set of advisors on both sides to fix it all up. The way I see it is Ethiopia has shown since 2018 to be democracy aspiring country and USA is a country with well entrenched democracy. I really think it is adjustable in a friendly way. What is miserably lacking in the old country is a viable and strong peaceful opposition party/alternative. That is the problem I see and what the west is having with the old country. The opposition is fractured and astray seemingly beyond immediate repair. Just think about it. If you have the authority to let the Abiy group go who will you put in his place? Who? Our culture of compromise is so damaged there since the onset of that demonic ideology of Marxism/Leninism in the 1960’s. It is all like ‘I am the only to lead and you are supposed to follow’. That country will continue to suffer until such bankrupt conviction dominates the political landscape. That country needs healing from this type debilitating disease. A country that has been unable to get rid of the scabby that has been ravaging its citizens for centuries but it has more than 80 political ‘parties’. Go figure! Just picture a group of ‘nobody tells me what to do’ dudes of more than 80 parties in one room. Just try to imagine that. It is going to be a screaming match and the end of the day nothing will be accomplished. Such dysfunction will leave a trail of disinterest and disillusion among the public that will lead to a total breakdown of law and order. Then you wouldn’t know who stole what. It is called fishing in troubled water. The solution rests on the opposition to get its act together, unite and present/avail itself as a viable alternative. Period!

  2. A highly exaggerated and kind of misleading way of thinking . This kind of narratives makes people wrongly believe believe that external actors are much more challenging and dangerous than their own highly dishonest brutal ruling elite of a highly toxic and deadly political system of ethnocentrism . It is very embarrassing that it is not only ordinary citizens who have been fooled and keep being fooled by these kinds of highly exaggerated analyses but also many Ethiopian intellectuals . Is it not sad ? To my understanding , it is !

  3. It is obvious that the pro-TPLF policy of the Biden administration has undermined the long standing relationship between Ethiopia and the US. The relationship was also at its lowest level during the Mengistu regime and the cold war. The US facilitated the take over of power by the TPLF and continued to support and finance the fascist rule. Except periodic reports by the US state department on the human rights violations of the fascist rule of the TPLF, the US has not been seriously concerned about the rule of law and human rights in Ethiopia under the TPLF. The genocide cases being brought up in some US political circles are not serious. Because the US never spoke against the genocide the TPLF committed against the Amhara, Somalis, Sidamas and Agnuaks in Gambella. The divide and rule politics of the TPLF which above all empowered and benefited the Tigrayans in the economic and political lives of the country has laid the ground for genocide. Blessing the TPLF `s genocidal rule and appearing concerned about it now is superficial and hypocritical

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