American Power and the New Mandarins by Noam Chomsky

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Under the leadership of this "new breed of politicians-intellectuals," America has become "the creative society; the others, consciously and unconsciously, are 30 i I II I I"'"' I • II I I !!! I! ; I ~ !! i.... 1!! We see this, for example, in mathematics, the biological sciences, anthropology, philosophy, cinema, music, historical scholarship, and so on, where other cultures, hopelessly putqistanced, merely observe and imitate what America creates. " It would hardly be rewarding to try to disentangle Brzezinski's confusions and misunderstandings.

Thus we understand that the "real revolution" Is the ,,. " What is needed, clearly, is better training for American officials, and of C01Jrse, true national dedication to this humanitarian task. " The pacification program in Vietnam represents an attempt to meet our responsibility" to foster democratic institutions abroad, through rational methods of material and human resources control. Refusal to d~di8tte ourselves to this task might be described as "a policy nilire selfish and timid than it was broad and enlightened,"23 to use the terminology of an earlier day.

After the fall of Diem, matters became still worse: ". . " 22 By 1966, the Vietcong seem so well entrenched in rural areas that "only a highly imaginative and comprehensive counterinsurgency campaign, with nearly perfect execution and substantial military support, would be capable of dislodging 38 .. ·. " A major difficulty we face is the "progressive social and economic results" shown by the Vietcong efforts. An AID report in March 1965 explains the problem. Comparing "our 'new':life l1amlets' " to the Vietcong hamlets, the report comments as follows: The basic differences are that the VC hamlets are well organized, clean, economically self supporting and have an active defen9,e system.

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