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By Geoff Simons

Historians and political analysts argue complete realizing of the "Vietnam Syndrome" calls for a formal appreciation of the most important parts in Vietnamese and American background. The complicated results for the us of the yank defeat and humiliation within the Vietnam battle and its effects for next U.S. international coverage are explored right here, with comparisons of U.S. involvement in El Salvador and Iraq.

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Thousands of Guatemalans had been killed by the pro-US regime, as well as (by 1971) several North Americans having died in the mounting conflict. As with Vietnam, the US understanding of the war was 'misconceived, misinformed and mistaken, with the resulting interference ... serving only to exacerbate' the problem. A cited Rockefeller report (1969) recommended f See Geoff Simons, Cuba: From Conquistador to Castro (Macmillan, 1996). The Melvilles incurred the displeasure of the Church by supporting Guatemalan land reform and by marrying.

The President and Congress should join together in an effort to remove these self-defeating restrictions ... \ 7 7 The War Powers Act and the other associated pieces of legislation were not the only institutional outgrowths of the Vietnam Syndrome. In addition, conscription was abolished in favour of all-volunteer armed forces; some covert CIA operations were restricted, while the lowintensity warfare option was encouraged; and pragmatic alliances with surrogate 'policemen' ('gangsters', 'vigilantes') - such as Israel, Iran (under the Shah) and South Korea (under various military regimes) - were fostered.

Thus H. Norman Schwarzkopf, later to earn distinction for the comprehensive slaughter of Arabs, claimed with hindsight to know how America was being harmed by its Vietnam The Shaping of a Syndrome 1 involvement: T hated what Vietnam was doing to the United States and I hated what it was doing to the army. . We in the military hadn't chosen the enemy or written the orders - our elected leaders had. Nevertheless, we were taking much of the blame. ' Here there was no reflection on why the war was being fought: it was enough that the American public were disenchanted.

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