The victorious NVA -- bankrolled by Moscow.
Our attention was drawn recently to Wikipedia’s list of 28 successful and 38 unsuccessful guerrilla campaigns. Bellum readers could undoubtedly pick apart the list in short order, but that might take too long. For now, consider that an awful lot of what makes insurgencies ’successful’ turns on two related points that draw little mention.
First, from 1945 to 1991, Moscow would pick up nearly 100% of the costs of such wars. Hanoi, for example, would likely have gone bust running its war in the South on their own. The same likely holds true for the MPLA in Angola, although oil money helped at the end.
On Tuesday, 6 July in Baghdad, the Department of Defense preferred two criminal charges against Army Private First Class Bradley E. Manning, a 22-year-old intelligence analyst from the 10th Mountain Division. Arrested in May, Manning had been held without charges in Kuwait. The charges, consisting of 12 specifications, are under Articles 92 and 134 of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice. Manning is accused of the unauthorized transfer and possession of classified information in the form of videos, Department of State cables, and a PowerPoint presentation to his personal computer, and then the further transfer of classified photographs, video, and Department of State cables to unauthorized personnel.