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After reviewing the Winners and Losers video along with the other recommended subjects, it is easy to say that the current anthropologic approaches are all worthwhile and necessary areas of concern, except for the issue of anthropologists in the military. With all the past known history of secret operations that involve our military, how can we be sure that it would not led to purposes other than what was originally disclosed. As stated in the article “Should Anthropologists go to War?” (Shay, 2009); some anthropologists feel that it could lead to some unethical results. After all, just how far does trust go when the military is involved? Being almost totally protected from any kind of outside questioning regarding tactics or intent, where is the checks and balances that are needed? I understand the need for secrecy but who can be in trusted to make the decision of just how far secrecy should go. Of course it is of importance to know all you can about your combative foe when engaging in war and it has been said that that is not the real purpose of this kind of tactic, but then again is there really anyone that has would have the last word on this? Putting too much power in the hands of one entity like the military is all to risky. After all, what was really accomplished in Vietnam? The “evil ones” still forced an withdrawal of our troops and civilian personal for what? The people of South Vietnam still lost their country to the people we were to defeat
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