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Old January 4th, 2016, 10:10 PM   #201
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Originally Posted by Skyliner123 View Post
I wonder how some of you interpret this because I'm not sure if the Al Shabaab threat has been eliminated yet. Or perhaps, Al Qaeda in general is fading while IS is becoming more of a threat thus those resources are probably needed in Syria. By the way, as the US leaves Arba Minch, there are also simultaneous reports that Ethiopia is shipping troops, tanks, and helicopters to Kis Mayu.
Obama administration budget cut on military, the US have been closing military bases overseas and implementing cuts throughout the last 5 years, its was all over the internet , Arbaminch is just a tiny military post , located in the tiny Arbaminch civilian airport , where most probably used as a listening and military intelligence post, this base fades in comparison , both in its geostrategic or military importance, to the bases the US have been shutting down in Europe and Asia in recent years..

But i guess to some of our self proclaimed diaspora activists, it is a sign the US took the side of the bigoted opposition and dumped its good relations with the Ethiopian government .

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Old January 5th, 2016, 12:44 AM   #202
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America does not do passive aggressive moves such as closing a base without mentioning distaste to the ET govt if there is any being the 'alleged' reason for closure. If you (a govt) is messing around, America will let you know directly and threaten sanctions or even take military action whether via proxy etc, if relations go that poor. If America ditches the ET govt it will take more than unrest in Western Oromia and what we've seen in the past 3 weeks. I mean look at Saudi, all those HR violations and they still cool, I know Crude oil plays a part but the ET govt is the most reliable in the Horn for the US's interests at the moment. This closure is over analysed. Arab spring like moves by the Ethiopian ppl will be what can change relations between the two imo.

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