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My Lai American Foreign Policy Military intervention and deployments have been persistent components of U.S. foreign policy (text). Government policies, U.S. strategy, military training, and the nature
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of war contributed to the atrocities committed by U.S. soldiers in My Lai during the Vietnam War. The impact of that horrible event can still be seen in current American Foreign Policy. American administrators continue to use military force to defend international law, promote democracy, and protect human rights (text). Today’s military has drastically changed, yet many military tactics and training procedures not shaped on the guarding of human rights are unfortunately still being used by troops currently fighting in the Middle East. The dark fog of war can be as cloudy in the desert as it was in the jungle. U.S. soldiers in Iraq, like U. S. soldiers in Vietnam, our fighting on a foreign battlefield with undefined lines and a hard-to-identify enemy. The nature of these two wars only multiplies the mayhem that often overwhelms soldiers placed in these conditions. The U.S. military tactics used in these unconventional environments alone have perplexed, confusing, and widely defined standards of procedure. Troops on the ground face enemy tactics uncontrolled by any law, while they remained governed by rules of war. It’s a dual-standard necessary for the leaders of the free world to uphold. Guerrilla warfare used by the Viet Cong and Iraqi Insurgents is designed to demoralize the will of their enemy (Vietnam). Frustrations build from hit and run tactics and the small but numerous losses take its toll on the U.S. military trained to engage and fight. Counter insurgency procedures were developed in Vietnam and later adjusted to Iraq. In both wars the U.S. aligned itself with governments emplaced to rule in cohesion and allied against a broader cause, these governments had limited backing from the population within their territory and combat between the standing government and the political rebellion leaves these counties very unstable. Counter insurgency involves aspects of propaganda, economics, politics, and psychology. The military and
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course PSYC 64358 taught by Professor Goodman during the Spring '08 term at MATC Madison.

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