By John Ernst
Forging A Fateful Alliance is a vital learn of the Vietnam conflict and American greater education-- revealing how mystery and semi-secret institutional involvement in that clash ended in public disclosures that undermined the integrity of academe. After Indochina's de facto department in 1954, Michigan country collage provided South Vietnam an array of technical aid as a part of the "nation-building" application. This aid integrated constructing a achievable nationwide public administrative constitution and, even as, education South Vietnam's infamous army police. In go back for those providers, the U.S. executive supplied the collage with beneficiant clandestine and open monetary remuneration -- funds that the collage might use to extend educational courses, build new amenities, and gasoline its dramatic growth.
in spite of everything, besides the fact that, the association proved to be a Faustian discount. Like many universities, MSU used to be accused of being a device of chilly warfare international coverage, of sending professors overseas to employees grandiose "outreach" courses that have been established extra on ideology than on scholarship or study. eventually, flaws inherent within the country- construction scheme, together with its failure to deal with cultural transformations or realize the big corruption in South Vietnam's govt, foreshadowed the enormity of the tragedy that happened in Southeast Asia after 1965.
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Irreproachable nationalist "credentials" reportedly provided him with Vietnamese political support, and his firm anticommunist views served American geopolitical goals. Until the early 1960s, policy makers continued to support Diem and viewed his role as that of a local modernization manager. An examination of Fishel's and Michigan State's roles in Vietnam shows why America intervened there, what it hoped to do, and why it failed to establish an effective South Vietnamese government and military.
Embassy and its aid division, the United States Operations Mission (USOM). S. 73 In addition, Washington's hands were tied because of Diem's great confidence in Michigan State, based on the prime minister's friendship with Fishel. S. government. S. S. S. government employee. 77 However, mission chief and political science chairman Ed Weidner requested that he stay in Saigon. "78 In addition, he advised Hannah that Fishel should be Michigan State's first Vietnam project head. Hannah approved, and Fishel moved his family to Saigon, where he remained project head until 1958.
With the onset of the cold war and heightened concern over communist expansion, this relationship solidified. The federal government offered grants to the universities for defense and weapons research and to educate individuals to serve as "foreign-area specialists" and technical-assistance engineers in the Third World. In the mid-1950s, universities received about $300 million a year from the Pentagon. 21 For financial and patriotic reasons, university presidents eagerly helped in this effort.
Forging a fateful alliance: Michigan State University and the Vietnam War by John Ernst