[Marxism] The Phoenix Program, Afghanistan and the NY Times

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 10 12:59:08 MDT 2009

>  The Phoenix Program Was a Disaster in Vietnam and Would Be in
> Afghanistan--And the NYT Should Know that By Jeremy Kuzmarov
> clip --
> As best expressed in Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman’s seminal 1989 work,
> *Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media*, the *New
> York Times*, has been a consistent champion of U.S. militarism and empire
> over the course of at least the past half-century along with the neo-liberal
> free-trade policies driving its expansion. The paper hit a new low this past
> Friday in running an op ed<http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/04/opinion/04moyar.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=mark%20moyar&st=cse>by Mark Moyar, a professor at the U.S. Marine Corps University, in which he
> heralded the CIA trained Provincial Reconnaissance Units (PRU) in Vietnam as
> a model irregular guerrilla force, which the U.S. should strive to recreate
> in Afghanistan in order to wage the war more effectively.
> In actual fact, the PRU’s served as one of the most brutal and corrupt
> colonial proxies of the United States in its history. They were notoriously
> ineffective in fulfilling American imperial ambitions and participated in
> the torture and killing of thousands of innocent civilians. The PRU’s were
> trained by the CIA and USAID’s Public Safety Division as “hunter-killer”
> squadrons to carry out the notorious Phoenix operation whose central aim was
> to eliminate the “Vietcong” infrastructure (VCI) through use of
> sophisticated computer technology and intelligence gathering techniques and
> through improved coordination of military and civilian intelligence
> agencies. Phoenix had its roots in earlier psychological warfare and police
> counter-terror operations designed to “bring danger and death” to “Vietcong
> functionaries.” It employed methods such as the use of wanted posters,
> blacklists, spies and disguises as well as violent acts of intimidation and
> terrorism.
> full article ---     http://hnn.us/articles/116462.html

>  The late Brazilian bishop Dom Hélder Câmara said it well: “When I give
> food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no
> food, they call me a Communist.”

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