by Joe Scarry
One word: Vietnam.
|“U.S. Adviser Planning Operations with South Vietnamese Troops”
From The U.S. Army in Vietnam: Background, Buildup, and Operations, 1950-1967
Isn’t “adviser” just another word for “pre-escalation”?
For the full 1963 Bobbie Lou Pendergrass letter to JFK and more, see: Military Advisers in Vietnam: 1963 – Lesson plan at JFKLibrary.org
For alert Americans, the announcement that “As part of the deal with Manila, the U.S. is promising to step up military assistance and training with the Philippine military . . . . “ is worrying. The first question to ask is this: how many “military advisers” is the U.S. putting in the Philippines, and what is it leading to?
I don’t know how this strikes other people, but it seems to me like theSchool of the Americas (SOA) model has been transferred to Afghanistan. The SOA model is to use U.S. money and ideas to enable power holders in another country to persecute and kill ideological enemies, while denying that the U.S. is engaging in violence in that country, much less exposing U.S. combat troops to violence in that country, and making every effort to disavow the consequences of U.S. guidance of the violence (and crimes) being carried out in that country.
There is a very dangerous tendency to justify military intervention in Africa as “humanitarian.” This is particular true in light of recent history, in which the international community failed to intervene successfully in violence like the genocide in Rwanda. We have a lot of confusion about the need to intervene, the definition of humanitarian, and the temptation to use power, force, violence.