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I noted here recently that two former Pentagon officials had pitched their services to the government of Guinea, which is accused of the massacre of over 100 civilians last September. The pitch from the two ex-officials — David Crane and Alan White, key figures in the 2003 indictment of former Liberian warlord Charles Taylor — included a Powerpoint presentation on “how to convert a repressive military force into a defender of the people that obeys the laws of armed conflict.”
The Foreign Policy story about the proposal (viewable at the link above) is titled “The Ultimate Idiot’s Guide to Being an African Junta.” Check out the Powerpoint and see why.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Percentage of British elementary-school students who think Isaac Newton discovered fire:
The earth once had three moons; the two lost moons may have crashed into the surviving moon, or been sucked into the sun, or flung out of the solar system to drift through deep space.
In Florida, an 87-year-old World War II veteran flying touch-and-go drills in a Cessna collided with an airborne skydiver. “There was a ‘woof’ sound,” said a witness, “like falling on your face into your pillow.”
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”