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Ollie North: Troops In Iraq Have a Gift for You

December 23, 2007

By Oliver North
The Washington Times
December 23, 2007

BAQOUBA, Iraq.

It is nearly Christmas and most of the young Americans with whom we have spent this month of December will miss the holiday with their families. For many, it is their third Nativity season away from home since Operation Iraqi Freedom began in 2003.

Though you may not have noticed it beneath your tree, the troops here have sent you a gift that is far more valuable than a new hand tool or iPod. It’s a present they made by hand, with extraordinary care so you can use it every day for the rest of your life — and that your children can use after you are gone.

Haven’t heard about this gift? It’s no wonder. As things turned around here in the “land between the rivers” — Iraq disappeared from America’s televisions ….

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Diplomat Jack Croddy: You Don’t Want to Go To Iraq? Step Forward and Meet the Families of the Fallen and Those that Serve

November 4, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
November 4, 2007

Last Wednesday, October 31, 2007, Senior Foreign Service Officer Jack Croddy stood up at a “Town Hall Meeting” at the United States Department of State and addressed the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with these words:

“Incoming is coming in every day, rockets are hitting the Green Zone….It’s one thing if someone believes in what’s going on over there and volunteers, but it’s another thing to send someone over there on a forced assignment. I’m sorry, but basically that’s a potential death sentence and you know it. Who will raise our children if we are dead or seriously wounded?”

After 36 years of service, Mr. Croddy, this is the example you set for young and eager Foreign Service Officers?

O.K., Mr. Crotty: Who will raise the children of the fallen Soldiers? Who will raise the children of the fallen Marines and Airmen, Sailors and Civilians in the service of America? Who will raise the children of the fallen from the USS Cole, from the embassy bombings at of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya? Who will raise the children of those that died in the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon and on flight 93? Who raised the children of those Marines killed in the Beirut Embassy bombing?

We want you to meet all of the families of the fallen and all of the families who serve their country. We want you to explain why you take the money from the taxpayers, took the oath, and now like a mule refuse to cross the bridge.  You are now refusing to follow orders and would closely fit the military definition for a deserter or mutineer

I could go on and there are no words to express my rage.

You sir, were sworn to serve. You took the same oath military men and women take. You have taken my tax dollars for years – long enough for your hair to become grey. And now you are spitting on your flag, your oath, your fellow citizens (and taxpayers) and your president.

Mr. Bill Crystal on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace” on Sunday, November 4, 2007, called you “disgraceful” and an “embarrassment.” Britt Hume said you were a “black mark on the Foreign Service.”

But these are measured and articulate men. You and your family could not bear to hear the words I have for you in my mind. My pastor would have to restrain me.

Mr. Crotty: if you feel so strongly that you are ready to refuse assignment: you should resign immediately. You have served enough. More than enough.

Do the honorable thing, man. Go home.

Related:

Halfhearted at State?

State Department Memories from The Hanoi Hilton

Diplomats Who Refuse Assignments: “Hit The Road, You are Terminated with Prejudice and Without Pay”

The Abyss Between State and Defense

In Iraq: Reporters More Dedicated than the U.S. Foreign Service?

Diplomatic Infighting Hurts Terror War Effort

Rice Tells State Department Staff: You Took an Oath

A Diplomacy of neighborhoods

“Gaffe Machine” Karen Hughes Leaving State Department

Protection of U.S. Population a Must

September 5, 2007

By Kamala Sarup

The U.S. is obligated to defend its people and its democracy. Since the Middle East is of vital importance to the U.S., it follows that the US will protect countries like Israel and many other countries do provide significant  value to the U.S., so the U.S. will spread democracy.However, there are so many terrorists willing to die for fundamentalism principles that, and because of their large numbers, the ultimate outcome of this war will be indecisive, in my opinion.

On the other side, however, the only reason for the U.S. to establish democracy in the Middle East has always been to protect its democracy and the oil supply, which a U.S. consortium of companies obtained in the 1933 Saudi oil concession.

Moreover, the Europeans and U.S. were in the Middle East to spread Democracy. U.S. supported Iraq in the Iraq-Iran war because the Iranians threatened the oil supply to the West by their overthrow of the Shah in 1979. However, when Saddam became too ambitious and threatened to control Kuwait as well as killing his own people, then he had to go.

If some important countries would cooperate in waging this war against terrorism abroad, it might be winnable, but they have domestic problems, and are afraid of U.S. commercial and political democracy in the Middle East, so they are limited in their willingness to fight.

The war is pretty much a U.S. affair. In addition, the “establishment of democracy,” etc., U.S. media publish because Americans do really care whether Muslims adopt them and leaders want the political forms that limit their power (sic).

Even the London attack will further enrage the western powers against radical terrorists and possibly unite them more in a common cause. I hope that will be the case.

“I think the U.S. should increase taxes and devote more resources to defeat the terrorism. If people don’t get more serious about terrorism and violence, then it will go on for a very long time – as long as they are able to finance the terrorists.

For example, after the 1983 Beirut bombings that killed 17 Americans at the embassy in April (63 total deaths) and 241 U.S. marines in barracks in October, why did the President remove the troops instead of declaring war on terrorists, pursuing them, and improving domestic security? That might have prevented 9/11.  Instead, his action demonstrated to the radicals that the U.S. was vulnerable and could be cowed,” said American scholar, Stanly.

Journalist and Story Writer Kamala Sarup associates and writes for http://www.mediaforfreedom.com/. She is a regular contributor to United Press International – Asia News. She is specializes in in-depth reporting and writing on peace, anti-war, women, terrorism, democracy, and development. Some of her publications are: Women’s Empowerment in South Asia, Nepal (booklets); Prevention of Trafficking in Women Through Media, (book); Efforts to Prevent Trafficking in for Media Activism (media research). She has also written two collections of stories. Sarup's interests include international conflict resolution, cross-cultural communication, philosophy, feminism, political, socio-economic and literature. Her current plans are to move on to humanitarian work in conflict areas in the near future. She also is experienced in organizational and community development. A meeting of jury members held on March 21, 2007 in Geneva decided to honor Sarup, with an Honorable Mention International Award for reporting on women’s issues.