“To wage war, become an anthropologist”
Brian McKenna writes in CounterPunch that he wants to work for the Army War College. Here’s an excerpt:
“To wage war, become an anthropologist.” That’s the opening line from a 2007 article in the U.S. Army War College journal “Parameters.” The feature, by Oxford educated historian Patrick Porter, says, “from the academy to the Pentagon, fresh attention is being focused on knowing the enemy.”
Today anthropologists are busy at work for the CIA and Pentagon…. I agree with the idea that “to wage war, become an anthropologist.” The trouble is that it turns out that we are on different sides of the war. “Human Terrain” anthropologists are with imperialism. I’m with Gramsci. …
McKenna goes on to outline a 10-day curriculum for soldiers. For example:
Day 3: NACIREMA: Discussion Where is this? What is capitalism? Discussion of Marx’s labor theory of value.
Day 6: How to keep from Dying: Are you safe? Discussion of April 17, 2008 RAND report which details 101,000 U.S. casualties a year. See “Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery.” Other Readings: Grand Theft Pentagon: How they made a Killing on the war on Terrorism.
Day 4 is a fieldtrip to the US Veteran’s administration hospital; Day 7 includes discussion of the Geneva Convention. Read the rest at http://www.counterpunch.org/mckenna05282008.html