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L. Paul Bremer: The ultimate Ugly American
(Sartre, The Online Journal, April 7, 2004)
An Ugly American is a pejorative term for Americans traveling or living abroad who remain ignorant of local culture and judge everything by American standards. So what do you call an administrative occupier who wants to transform a foreign culture into a colonial tool of neocon aims and goals? The ultimate is often overused, but in this context, Bremer has demonstrated that he is prominently in the running for such a dubious title. Refusal to see the morass that is American Middle East foreign policy is the fatal legacy of this era of unrestrained intervention. Losing in Southeast Asia was inevitable; it was a civil war. Avoiding another defeat is possible, by admitting that the occupation intensifies ingrained tribal conflicts. Nation building is a nightmare that arrogant fools dream. The deaths in Fallujah are symptomatic of a terminal disease. Contractors alter into security guards and mutate into mercenaries. Blackwater Security Consulting is in the business of recruiting legionnaires. "We employ only the most highly motivated and professional operators, all drawn from various U.S. and international Special Operations Forces, Intelligence and Law Enforcement organizations". Paying $15,000 a month for services, seems to qualify for Have Gun Will Travel. So why dodge the factual in pursuit of an ignoble veneer that conceals the true nature and purpose of civilian hired guns? There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.
posted by An Old Curmudgeon 2:41 PM