FIU-SOUTHCOM's Strategic Culture mentioned in El País

Gusano Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere Frank Mora tries to save face for orchestrating the surreptitious introduction of arms and communications equipment to Argentina for State's Drug War (forgetting to inform the Argentinian government, which busted him), and fails, in today's El País article titled

The Pentagon Lowers its Voice About the Plane: "As Soon As Possible"

Of particular interest is the following passage, which speaks to the importance of our colleagues' efforts to translate the FIU-SOUTHCOM reports into Spanish:

Mora has met several times with foreign minister Héctor Timerman, whom he has tried to convince of the need to employ the Armed Forces to counter "narcoterrorism", since the police are corrupt. Timerman has responded that it would be a mistake to mix two distinct phenomena like terrorism and drug trafficking, and reminded [Mora] that in the United States the law prohibiting the use of military forces in matters of internal security remains intact. The same is true in Argentina, a collateral effect of the last military dictatorship, due to the lack of professionalism demonstrated by the Armed Forces when they were used to repress political dissidents, armed or not, using criminal methods. The Pentagon doesn't like this restriction. As part of its efforts to penetrate academic circles, the Southern Command signed an agreement with Florida International University, whose Applied Research Center is carrying out a project on "Strategic Culture." Its 2010 report on Argentina questions the absence of military and diplomatic officers in the design of defense and foreign relations policies, complaining that in the best of cases they are only allowed to carry out orders elaborated by the president and her inner circle. "The military is in total state of abandonment and disarray" and "The use of force, as one of Argentina’s tools of statecraft, appears to be a thing of the past."


Mora se ha reunido varias veces con el canciller Héctor Timerman, a quien trató de convencer sobre la necesidad del empleo de las Fuerzas Armadas para enfrentar al "narcoterrorismo", ya que la policía es corrupta. Timerman le respondió que era un error mezclar dos fenómenos distintos, como el terrorismo y el narcotráfico, y le recordó que dentro de Estados Unidos sigue vigente la ley que prohíbe el uso de fuerzas militares en cuestiones de seguridad interior. Lo mismo ocurre en la Argentina, efecto colateral de la última dictadura militar, debido a la desprofesionalización que las Fuerzas Armadas padecieron cuando se las usó para la represión de la disidencia política, armada o no, con métodos criminales. Esta restricción disgusta al Pentágono. Dentro de su trabajo de penetración en los medios académicos, el Comando Sur firmó un acuerdo con la Facultad Internacional de Florida, cuyo Centro de Investigación Aplicada está realizando una investigación sobre "Cultura Estratégica". Su informe sobre la Argentina, de 2010, cuestiona la ausencia de militares y de diplomáticos en el diseño de las políticas de Defensa y de Relaciones Exteriores, a los que en el mejor de los casos se les permite participar en la implementación de las directivas que bajan del Poder Ejecutivo, elaboradas por la presidente y su círculo íntimo, se queja. "Las Fuerzas Armadas están en estado de total abandono y desorganización" y "el uso de la fuerza como una de las herramientas de gobierno parece cosa del pasado".