ARMED FORCES: The Executive Mercenaries

With the recent brouhaha about what extreme circumstances might prompt U.S. intervention in the Middle East and the revelations about the nature of covert CIA meddling in Chile and elsewhere, the Senators might be forgiven for seeing spooks under every bed. Minnesota's Hubert Humphrey found the prospect "fraught with danger." Henry Jackson declared that the notion "completely baffled" him and demanded a Senate investigation.

What upset the pair, along with a good many others, was the disclosure by Associated Press Correspondent Peter Arnett that the Pentagon has hired a U.S. company to train Saudi Arabia's 26,000-man national guard. The company,...

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