defensive weapons, either.
A ballistic projectile has no other purpose than to
destroy its fixed or else relatively slow-moving target.
More than that, Saddam Hussein has power projections,
which are by their very nature offensive in purpose.
Combine this knowledge with the particulars articulated
by Iraqi defectors who detailed Hussein’s possession of two
nuclear devices, and one can understand how close the monster is
to realizing his goal for the destruction of Israel and even for
the reprisal of those Western European and Arab nations that
assisted in the coalition that disgraced him back in 1991.
President Bush and his policy surrogates understand this threat.
Their pro-active decision to strike at the veritable
lynch-pin (fiber-optics) of Iraqi military modernization is a
welcome sign of a more realistic foreign policy.
However, this one
instance of pro-activeness on the part of the White House
certainly doesn’t wipe away all of the damage inflicted on
U.S. hegemonic status by the reactive, interventionist-crazed
Clinton administration, but it is a start.
Recent statements from the top military and intelligence
bosses convey a more sensible take on the Iraqi dilemma. General
Henry Shelton’s early January, 2001 address to the National
Press Club wherein he articulated a much more realistic view of
the threat Iraq, China, Iran, Libya and North Korea pose to
American security spotlighted a new sense of urgency.
CIA chief George Tenet contended much the same in his
appearance before the House Select Intelligence Committee
earlier this month. It
seems that after being muzzled or else being afraid to speak out
about the reality of communist China and Hussein’s Iraq, these
military and intelligence leaders are free to speak the truth
about the current geopolitical power-scheme.
Saddam Hussein has had nearly two years to progress unimpeded on
his nuclear weapons programs after the previous administration
failed to see to the re-introduction of UN weapons inspectors
into Iraq. And I
will congratulate the Chinese and Russians, who in the spirit of
Soviet “war by proxy,” seized this opportunity to assist
Iraq in the upgrading of weaponry, and thereby agitated and
weakened American superpower status in the region.
As a consequence of Clintonian naiveté, Iraq was
literally laying the groundwork for the demolition of Israel.
If you doubt, consider the recent reports of Iraq’s
massing of troops on the Syrian border; Iraq isn’t planning on
invading Syria, one would think…unless, of course, Syrian
territory provides the perfect launching point for an invasion
of Israel. Which it
that President Bush and his team of pragmatists recognized that
Hussein was on the verge of loosing one of his pets on Israel or
some other unfortunate state.
Accordingly, they punished Iraq for it’s insolent saber
rattling. My hope
is that we continue to be pro-active, to position ourselves once
again as an effective, credible protector of Israel.
Containment of Hussein is the operative phrase, and to do
so we must have a believable deterrence in the Middle East and
eight years now, our spoken word, our handshake, our signature
has meant little. As
President Bush works to restore legitimacy to American
diplomacy, it is important that the administration maintain a
firm pro-Israeli posture and not this ambiguous nonsense
employed by the please-all Clintonistas.
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