“Hanoi Jane” Fonda is claiming that ever since Vietnam, U.S. troops have been trained to commit atrocities against innocent civilians as a matter of military policy.
“Starting with the Vietnam War we began training soldiers differently,” the anti-American actress says in an email to the Washington Post.
Fonda claims she learned of the policy switch in “secret meetings” she had with military psychologists “who were really worried about what was happening to our combat personnel.”
One doctor, she insists, told her U.S. troops had been deliberately trained to be “killing machines.”
“This began,” Fonda maintained, “because the military discovered that in World War II and Korea, [U.S.] soldiers weren’t killing enough.”
“So they changed training procedures” to teach troops how to commit atrocities.
Still, the anti-war gadfly cautions, it’s important not to blame the soldiers themselves for carrying out war crimes.
Recalling the “Winter Soldier” hearings that she and John Kerry staged in 1971, Fonda lamented: “When you put young people into an atrocity-producing situation where enemy and civilian are commingled, where the ‘other side’ is dehumanized, we cannot be surprised.”
Anti-war vets now returning from Iraq, Fonda cautioned, should be listened to instead of being dismissed as “unpatriotic.”
Jane, meet Jimmy Massey.
Reader Stephen R. e-mails: “I’d rather see Jane meet Betty Dawisha.”
Oh, and go read National Guardsman Charlie Munn’s reply to an aging hippie who heckled him at a Hardee’s.
McQ and Q and O hears echoes of the past:
Actually the training didn’t at all change, the lethality of warfare changed. Another thing which changed was we went from a draft military to a professional and volunteer military. What that means is those who volunteer for specific duties rather than being drafted are more likely to do what those duties call for them to do. But Fonda would prefer you to believe that we purposely dehumanize our enemies and thus our military kills indiscriminately and commits atrocities as a matter of course. This is the same charge Kerry made in front of the Senate during Vietnam.
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