The Ugly American Analysis

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Set in a fictitious country named Sarkhan in Southeast Asia, The Ugly American tells the tales of foreign diplomats, dignitaries, and humanitarians who attempt to implement or impose U.S. policies and customs onto sovereign nations. The backdrop for these exploits takes place during the time of Communist expansion in the region with the help of Russian and Chinese influence. The book shows how American behavior can positively and negatively influence the perception of its citizens and affect the outcome of American efforts. The authors illustrate the struggles America encountered in combating Communism and the strategies employed by our adversaries to allow it to flourish. The issues described in the book are as relevant today as they were almost 60 years ago when first written. In this paper, I will juxtapose some of the characters in the book with the ARSOF imperatives - the guidelines SOF operators need to know, understand, and employ to achieve mission success when working in the joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) environment, highlight the successes and shortcomings each person encountered, and discuss the…show more content…
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