Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Today -100: March 8, 1911: Of “maneuvers”

The US is moving 20,000 troops, one-forth of the entire army, to California and Texas along the Mexican border. Also part of the fleet. The government is claiming that these are just “maneuvers” to demonstrate that the army can be rapidly mobilized and that they have nothing to do with the Mexican Revolution. But what will the troops actually do? Enforce “neutrality” by preventing the movement of rebels and arms back and forth across the border? Engage in a full-scale military intervention? Or wait for the inevitable chaos in the event of the (falsely) rumored imminent death of 80-year-old dictator Porfirio Díaz?

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