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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
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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