Listen to what General Ham had to say about Mali…and our training the leader of…

Defending US initiatives in the region, General Carter Ham, who heads Africom, says events that precipitated the Mali coup, led by a US-trained captain, were prompted by unique circumstances. But speaking last month at a think-tank in London, he recognised that something might have gone amiss in the US approach.

“One of the things I think we’ve learnt is that it’s not sufficient to focus exclusively on tactical activities. We’re very, very good in training and technical matters,” he said. But, he added: “We’ve got to spend more attention at the senior leader levels to talk more about the real role of militaries in free societies.”

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