Forging a fateful alliance: Michigan State University and by John Ernst

By John Ernst

Forging A Fateful Alliance is a crucial examine of the Vietnam battle and American larger education-- revealing how mystery and semi-secret institutional involvement in that clash resulted in public disclosures that undermined the integrity of academe. After Indochina's de facto department in 1954, Michigan kingdom college provided South Vietnam an array of technical aid as a part of the "nation-building" software. This help integrated constructing a possible nationwide public administrative constitution and, whilst, education South Vietnam's infamous army police. In go back for those providers, the U.S. govt supplied the college with beneficiant clandestine and open monetary remuneration -- funds that the collage might use to extend educational courses, build new amenities, and gas its dramatic growth. 
     in any case, even if, the association proved to be a Faustian discount. Like many universities, MSU used to be accused of being a device of chilly battle international coverage, of sending professors in another country to employees grandiose "outreach" courses that have been dependent extra on ideology than on scholarship or examine. eventually, flaws inherent within the state- construction scheme, together with its failure to handle cultural ameliorations 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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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. Fishel first met Diem in Japan in July 1950. The men enjoyed each other's company and exhibited several similarities. Both were well educated, firmly anticommunist in their political views, and short in stature (5 feet 4 inches).

12. Warren Hinckle, Robert Scheer, and Sol Stern, "MSU: The University on the Make," Ramparts 4 (April 1966): 13. 13. Ralph Smuckler, interview by the author, 13 May 1993. 14. Lucian W. Pye, "Foreign Aid and America's Involvement in the Developing World," in The Vietnam Legacy: The War, American Society and the Future of American Foreign Policy, ed. Anthony Lake (New York: New York University Press, 1976), 378-80. 15. Stephen G. Rabe, "Eisenhower Revisionism: A Decade of Scholarship," Diplomatic History 17 (winter 1993): 106.

S. spend "millions to reestablish police service" in Vietnam, but he needed assistance in obtaining data. He received the information. 69 Although all of the mission's major recommendations were adopted in some form and contracted through three periods, 1955-57, 1957-59, and 1959-62, sig- Page 13 nificant modifications were made. S. State Department had reservations about allowing Michigan State too much independence. S. ambassador and the FOA mission chief. S. embassy and its aid division, the United States Operations Mission (USOM).

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