The first democratically elected president in the history of the West African nation of Guinea, 83-year-old Alpha Conde, was overthrown and abducted last Sunday in a military coup.
The attack on Conde's elected government has Washington's fingerprints all over it. The White House is publicly disavowing the violence, but the coup's leader, Col. Mamadi Doumbouya (pictured above), was trained by the United States in Burkina Faso.
More evidence of US involvement can be seen in video obtained by National Justice,showing members of US Special Forces accompanying Col. Doumbouya's forces in the capital city of Conakry.
Flight patterns registered on Radarbox of what appears to be a CIA plane show that it departed from Andrews Air Force base and was flying all over Africa last week, with a witness claiming to have seen it land in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
When asked for context on the video above, a source in the Special Forces community told National Justice that his theory is that the CIA did a poor job coordinating both Guinean forces and the American personnel's mission so they were caught red-handed on the scene.
Washington's motive for taking down the government is related to Conde's close ties with China, marking an escalation in the Cold War over African resources, mostly iron ore and bauxite in Guinea's case. After winning the country's first free and fair election in 2010, Conde rejected the terms of Western financial aid and chose infrastructure oriented developmental cooperation with China instead .
Most of the neoconservative and neoliberal think-tank establishment appears to be justifying the coup by fixating on the supposed hypocrisy of his relationship to China, which has strongly condemned the coup.
Both the United States and NATO have been furious at Africa's deepening ties in recent years. Many African states have stated that they prefer dealing with China over the US and Europe due to the fact that Beijing's trade agreements are straightforward -- developing infrastructure in exchange for resources -- while not intervening their domestic political affairs or trying to re-engineer their cultures through liberal NGOs.
Rather than change failing diplomatic overtures to be more appealing to African nations, the "rules-based liberal order" looks like it may prefer to simply overthrow popularly elected governments instead. If scenes like Guinea repeat themselves in other states, China may be forced to deepen its engagement with Africa beyond its simple roads-for-minerals strategy.