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Bad timing in the resumption of military aid from the USA to Cambodia

Am I missing something? The logic of this donation – in which 31 used GMC cargo trucks will be given to the Cambodian military – escapes me.

The United States has not given direct military aid to any Cambodian armed force since the 1997 coup de force that installed Hun Sen as the sole political leader in the country. Why resume now, when the U.S. military is facing unbelievable costs and strain as it pursues its war in Ira*? Why resume aid to a regime which has shown no determination to reduce the illegal logging and landgrabs which are destroying the natural base (and thus, the economic base for upwards of eighty percent of the population) of the country?

Taken from Avon Hill Company

These trucks are more likely to be used to transport illegally cut and traded wood than for border security.

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2 thoughts on “Bad timing in the resumption of military aid from the USA to Cambodia

  1. erikwdavis says:

    Hi Caroline! Thanks for leaving a note here. Your single-word comment is probably dead on, though my sense is that the other side of the coin is our nation’s (and certainly our current administration’s) obsession with the possible expansion of so-called ‘global terror networks’ in Southeast Asia.

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