The New Military and the New Paradigms
The spirit of the American military has changed since the days of the World War II movies. In those days the US military was a citizen army of draftees and volunteers protecting the shores of the US and its allies after a clear act of aggression by a foreign country.
These days the military has become a publicly funded career option for professional soldiers and soldier bureaucrats. The military no longer confines itself to the defense of the US. It has taken an active role in the internal struggles of other countries, often working closely with the Central Intelligence Agency to shore up military juntas and autocratic regimes against the citizens of those countries.
These actions are largely covert and illegal and often aimed at civilians. Killing Hope by William Blum documents 55 such military-CIA interventions in foreign countries since the Second World War.
So-called "surgical strike forces" are sent on hundreds of missions a week throughout the world, without declaration of war. According to The Tampa Tribune, March 1, 1996, the Special Operations Command, made up of covert operations units in the four services, works closely with the CIA and performs 280 missions a week. These are the "black bag" operations.
At home, the military is expanding its role in the post-Cold War era. "Much of the military's intrusion has been accomplished without public notice," says Sam Smith, writing in The Progressive Review On-Line Report, March, 1996, in an article entitled "Mission creep: militarizing America."
The Progressive Review cites the appointment of General Brian McCaffrey, former commander of the US Southern Command (Southcom), as drug czar. Southcom provided military backup for US Latin American policy--a policy long linked with support of dictatorships, suppression of dissidents, human rights abuses, and death squads.
Like all vested interest groups, the US military is seeking to expand its employment opportunities. The way to do this is to create new markets for services. One such suggested market for use of soldiers was social services work (The Washington Times, May 10, 1995).
A more likely avenue of employment for the US military, however, is warfare against civilians, in the manner of the Latin American juntas. Drug Czar McCaffrey's background in Latin America has doubtlessly prepared him well to play an important role in the war on civilians here in the US.
Commandos used in actions against civilians are recruited by the Special
Operations Command. The United States Air Force Statistical Digest for
fiscal year 1994 (extract below) shows that squadrons of aircraft devoted
to Special Operations rose from 11 in FY 1991 to 16 in FY 1994, while conventional
bomber squadrons shrank from 18 in FY 1991 to 12 in FY 1994.
|US Air Force Squadrons||FY 91||FY 94|
|Special Operations Forces||11||16|
Contemporary US soldiers train for civilian warfare on Military Operations Urban Training facilities (MOUT). A MOUT facility is a full scale mock-up of a modern small town, used to train soldiers to shoot and kill civilians. In one army base in Camp Lejeune, the Marines have constructed a 31-building town with a city hall, a church, a hotel, a business district, and condominiums. MOUT facilities sometimes have several hundred yards of built-in sewers to give the soldiers practice invading and occupying civilian areas.
According to Marines Get a Taste of Urban Warfare Against 'Enemies' at Home, which appeared in Los Angles Times, July 11, 1995, "what to do when guerrillas are hiding behind women and children" is one of the problems confronted during MOUT training. In these scenarios, "guerrillas" are the adult male civilians the soldiers are trying to kill.
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Many people who distrust the mainstream media have turned to alternate news sources, some of which are Internet based. Unfortunately, many of these alternate sources of news simply promote an alternate series of lies. These alternate lies are of course dressed up as "exposés." But you can easily tell the phonies from the real thing. The information in the Waco Holocaust Electronic Museum is an acid test.
Does your news source promote Mike McNulty's video, Waco: The Rules of Engagement or wring its hands because the Davidian law suit against the government failed? (See Waco Documentary Is A Hoax! and Waco Suits for Waco Suckers.) Does your alternate news source carry promotional pieces about rebuilding the Davidian church in Waco and mouth nice words about "healing"? (See The Cover-up Church.)
Remember, since ancient times, inquiries into questionable deaths have started with the bodies of the victims. If your news source won't give you an honest and full account of the forensic information on Waco, or if it does not have a link to the Waco Holocaust Electronic Museum ... your alternate news has failed a fundamental acid test.
All original material is copyright 1996-2000 by Carol A. Valentine,
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This page last updated February 28, 2001.