blackjack21 wrote:When he "retired," he was part of an American delegation to the Central Treaty Organization, reporting to Ambassador McClintock at the US Embassy in Beirut. His job was to "vaccinate" livestock and stamp out hoof-and-mouth disease, mange, etc. throughout Lebanon.
That was just an operative cover. I mean, he did actual work, but having the appearance of some sort of beneficial activity is why he was there.
The NOCs were basically bribing the farmers and ranchers in the hinterlands (more or less the Beqaa Valley) so that they would not side with the communists. He probably wasn't supposed to write that stuff in his diaries...
Thanks for this personal anecdote, bj.
May I share it on the "The Impossibility of Capitalist Charity" thread?