TROPLOIN OLIVE - DRAB REBELS
SUBVERSION OF THE US ARMED FORCES IN THE VIETNAM WAR


 

OLIVE - DRAB REBELS

This Antagonism Press pamphlet contains two texts. Harass the Brass is a San Francisco leaflet. The Olive-Drab Rebels: Military Organizing During the Vietnam Era (1974), by Matthew Rinaldi, offers a detailed account of attempts by soldiers and civilians to organize within the US army. The latter « provides a lot of interesting and useful information (..) not widely available elsewhere, which, unfortunately, is provided from a leftist perspective. 

 (..) the experience of Vietnam has had ongoing repercussions and can still point to ways in which we can resist and undermine capitalist war.

One of the most obvious effects is the deep reluctance of the US to commit large number of troops to any one place for prolonged periods, along with a reliance on bombing its victims into submission rather than fighting  bloody conflicts on the ground. At some point the possibility still exists that its present colonial adventurism will come badly unstuck and it will be forced to occupy territory physically rather than rely on client states and puppet regimes to do its dirty  work.

The fact that almost all armies in advanced capitalist states are volonteer-based does not necessarily mean that they will always be willing to die pointlessly, as Rinaldi points out: « There is a common misconception that it was draftees who were the most disaffected elements in the military. In fact, it was often enlistees who were most likely to engage in open rebellion. » » (Antagonism Press introduction)


Published in October 2002 by Antagonism Press
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