Obviously the grade has to be a mixed bag. The Administration has done a horrible job sheparding the Independence of South Sudan. The Electorate of South Sudan in their wisdom voted to elect Salva Kiir as their President. The Administration has taken several steps, some covert others blatently obvious to throw their support for Reik Machar. The question has to be will US Policy towards South Sudan change when a new administration takes office in Janurary 2017?
Another issue that people have with this administration is that it has cozied up with several African Despots. The Ethiopians are a shining example of this. Not holding this Government accountable for its repression of Human Rights will be seen as a glaring oversight. Also a glaring oversight is the failure to support the Civil Society and the Political Opposition in Gambia
It is felt that the Pentagon has taken control of the Policy towards Africa. With the horrendus handling of the Libya with the use of Air Strikes to remove the Qaddafi regime should we consider that to be the exception that proves the rule? The Special Ops Command did assist the authorities in both Mali and Burkina Faso in the aftermath of the Terror Attacks that hit those countries over the past winter.
Another area that was not implicity addressed is the failure of the State Department when it comes to Nigeria. This is an issue that Hillary Clinton should have to answer for. The Administration did suspend direct Military to Military contacts. This may be the reason why the drones which were sent to Nigeria after the kidnapping of the Chibok Schoolgirls were removed after a short period of time.
It is felt that the Power Africa Initiative could be a benefit to Africa as well
A Small Team of US Marines was recently in Cameroon. Their goal was to train the Cameroonian Military in specific tactics that could be used in an effort to rein in the Boko Haram insurgency that plagues the region.
There is a new issue within the Gambia also. Within the last 24 hours several people including one who hold US Citizenship has been sentenced to Prison regarding the protests that occurred earlier this year.