From: osama bin kenobi
Approved: APPROVED - Jedi Council
Subject: US Marine Colonel Questions Bu$h's Phony Satanic Claims
Keywords: Rebel Alliance Galactic Usenet News Service
Summary: May The Force Be With You...Always
Organization: Rebel Alliance Galactic Usenet News Service
Date: Wed, 02 Oct 2002 08:30:02 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 02 Oct 2002 01:30:02 PDT
I got a question for Bush too. Why the hell did his daddy create the
Taliban with Pakistan's ISI and Bin Laden, and why did he send
Anthrax, West Nile, Botulism, Dengue Fever, Gangrene and other
weaponization-friendly pathogens to Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war? I
bet it's got something to do with oil, just like Desert Storm did...
By William Raspberry
Washington Post / R.A.G.U.N.S.
Larry Williams, a retired Marine colonel now teaching at George
Washington University, has a few questions he'd like to ask his
commander in chief. They aren't smart-aleck questions -- this is a
serious military man, whose service included stints in Vietnam and
And though his questions may seem obvious, I think you'll be struck by
how few of them the president has answered -- perhaps, as Williams
says, even for himself. Here they are, abridged from his recent open
letter to President Bush and elaborated in an interview:
What is the actual threat to the United States -- the purpose of war?
Chemical and biological weapons, Williams argues, are not weapons of
mass destruction. "They are very inefficient and unpredictable and
hard to use effectively. Casualty-producing, yes, but not on a large
Says Williams: "Even if the Iraqis make a nuclear device -- which also
concerns me -- what would they do with it? The Mideast region is not
alarmed. Why are we -- thousands of miles away -- alarmed to the
degree of war?"
How many American lives will we expend to punish Saddam Hussein?
Baghdad has nearly 5 million residents. It is reasonable to expect
that many would see America not as a liberator but as an invader --
and that many of these would see our military as at least as great a
threat as Hussein. "If," says the professor, "one million of them
resist an American invasion in street-to-street resistance -- under a
local threat of chemical and/or biological weapons -- how many
Americans will die?"
How long will public support last when hundreds, possibly thousands,
of body bags start arriving home?
"Desert Storm and Afghanistan make war look so easy, with so few
casualties. When support at home wanes, how will you turn back the
How, militarily, do you plan to fight this war?
The Army is too "heavy" to get there short of a Desert Storm-style
buildup. Air power and advanced technology get you little in the fight
to conquer cities.
How many Iraqi citizens do you plan to kill in order to bestow
"You can't level cities by bombing, as in World War II. When
newspapers and TV broadcasts around the world start to show pictures
of Iraqi mothers carrying babies dead from U.S. bombs -- pictures real
or staged, it doesn't matter -- the world will be inflamed in
anti-American sentiment, and U.S. public support will dissolve."
How will you govern a defeated Iraq?
"Of course, a military victory is as assured as it was at the outset
of Desert Storm. But then, how will you govern a country probably
still resisting through guerrilla activity and in which we do not
speak the language? Will your military forces be confined to
cantonments at night because they do not control the streets of
How does the war against Iraq contribute to winning the war against
"The origin of the attacks of 9/11 and the preceding chain of attacks
against the embassy in Beirut and the Marine barracks in 1983 and
other embassies thereafter were in the Arab/Muslim world. Victory in
the war against terrorism must necessarily be found in that worldwide
presence. How does alienating every facet of that world contribute to
victory in the current war on terrorism?"
Williams, a career Marine who insists that his thoughts are his and
not to be linked to George Washington University, says he learned in
Beirut and South Vietnam that his government didn't always have better
information than he had -- not because officials lied but because
critical details were filtered out as communiques made their way up
the chain of command. "That experience," he said, "convinced me that
the most senior leadership does not always have the best counsel."
He then offers Bush his own bit of counsel: "As president and
commander in chief, you clearly have it in your power to move a
reluctant nation toward war. But if war is too important to be left to
generals, it is also too fraught with unforeseeable catastrophe to be
left to the personal whim of one man. Please, sir, ask yourself my
questions -- and make certain you have the answers right."