Generals & cops, trained by Pentagon, staging coups all over the world

Source: In These Times
Nick Turse

"Winning! It’s the White House watchword when it comes to the U.S. armed forces. 'We will give our military the tools you need to prevent war and, if required, to fight war and only do one thing: You know what that is? Win! Win!' President Donald Trump exclaimed earlier this year while standing aboard the new aircraft carrier U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford. Since World War II, however, neither preventing nor winning wars have been among America’s strong suits. The nation has instead been embroiled in serial conflicts and interventions in which victories have been remarkably scarce, a trend that has only accelerated in the post-9/11 era. From Afghanistan to Iraq, Somalia to the Philippines, Libya to Yemen, military investments (in lives and tax dollars) have been costly and enduring victories essentially nonexistent. But Amadou Sanogo is something of a rare all-American military success story, even if he isn’t American and his success was fleeting. Sanogo learned English in Texas, received instruction from U.S. Marines in Virginia, took his intelligence training in Arizona, and underwent Army infantry officer basic training in Georgia. Back home in his native Mali, the young army officer was reportedly much admired for his sojourn, studies, and training in the United States." (08/10/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20419/foreign-policy-pentagon-U.S-coup-military-power-FMT