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Failed Containment Made Iraq War Necessary

Wednesday, 13 October 2004 12:00 AM

Nearly 500 combat aircraft flew from bases in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. The aircraft included both U.S. and U.K. fighters, bombers, tankers and support aircraft.

F-15s, F-16s, F-14s, F-18s, B-1s, B-52s, B-2s, A-10s, and F-117 stealth fighters dropped tons of bombs on Iraq.

The U.S. dedicated its front line reconnaissance U-2 spy planes, electronic warfare planes, radar planes, and space based satellite surveillance all upon Iraq for ten years. Unmanned aerial vehicles flew regular spy missions while manned aircraft struck at Iraq almost on a daily basis.

The Clinton administration fired nearly 500 cruise missiles at Saddam at various times during the 1990s. The most intense Clinton air strikes were called "Monica Storm" instead of the official title of "Desert Fox" because of the suspicious timing of the attacks.

At any one point, over 100,000 troops were in the region keeping the box in place. The cost was enormous.

AMERICA ATTACKED

When the terrorists struck America on 9/11 the U.S. air defense was flying missions in Iraq. While front line combat planes patrolled over Basra, the U.S. could not muster fighters to cover New York City and Washington D.C.

The years of Clinton neglect of American defense are best summarized by the F-16s from the D.C. National Guard who struggled into the air on that fateful day. There were only two aircraft available because there was no money budgeted to keep any jets on alert.

The two planes that did make it over D.C. were armed only with 300 rounds of "lead" non-explosive ammunition each. Because of the Clinton budget cuts the aircraft could not be armed with missiles or live cannon shells.

The two National Guard pilots were well aware that they might not be able to down a hijacked airliner with the badly planned ammunition load. So they agreed that once they ran out of bullets they would try a suicide dive to ram any airliner.

If anyone questions the bravery or necessity of those who served in the U.S. National Guard then they should reflect upon the two civilian soldier pilots who were willing to sacrifice their lives over Washington D.C. on September 11.

The lesson here is that those who cut defense budgets should also reflect upon what threat they might face - personally - because they were so foolish.

BROKEN BOX

While America suffered under attack, the Iraqi box started to leak. To be sure, the ill thought out policies of Bill Clinton helped Saddam re-arm.

While the U.N. passed a resolution banning arms sales to Baghdad, the U.S. ignored weapons transfers to Iraq from some of its leading allies.

While France voted for the ban on arms sales to Iraq, it does seem that Saddam managed to keep his force of French made Mirage jets in the air for a decade.

Modern jets cannot fly without a fresh supply of spare parts and trained maintenance. Unlike the F-16s of the D.C. National Guard, Saddam's Mirage force was well funded.

The U.N. oil-for-food program provided ample cash to bribe middle-men to provide spare parts fresh from French factories to keep the Iraqi Mirage force active.

Paris turned a blind eye to where the spare Mirage parts were going as long as the money was good. The Clinton adminstration did nothing to stop the violations.

China too voted to support the arms ban on Iraq, and then promptly violated the embargo. The Chinese example, outlined in detail in my book "Deception", included direct assistance from the Clinton Secretary of Defense William J. Perry.

China sold and installed an advanced air defense system; NATO code-named "Tiger Song", for Saddam during the 1990s. The system consisted of American and French made fiber optic parts exported to China as commercial items.

The system originally made its way to Beijing through the direct assistance of William Perry. The trail of evidence shows that Perry worked with Chinese General Ding Henggao and a Chinese defector who later defected back to China.

In fact, the technology transfer was led by Perry's personal "paid" consultant, Dr. Lewis of Stanford University with the assistance of Chinese defector Hua Di. The fiber optic system was sold to a so-called commercial Chinese firm led by the wife General Ding, herself a two-star in the People's Liberation Army.

The Chinese Army took the secure fiber-optic system, converted it for military use and sold it to Iraq where it became the "Tiger Song" air defense network. China also sold a version of Tiger Song to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The documentation shows that Perry's paid assistant was taking money from the U.S. Defense Dept. and the Chinese Army at the same time. After the GAO wrote a report on the transfer, Hua Di left the U.S. and returned to China.

TIGER SONG

During the late 1990s, the U.S. bombed the Tiger Song system in the Iraqi desert on a regular basis. Saddam's troops used it to shoot missiles, modified by their Chinese contractors, back at the U.S. aircraft.

The Bush administration openly complained about Chinese military sales to Iraq and eventually bombed several sites occupied by Chinese military engineers working for Saddam Hussein.

"We raised earlier in the Administration concerns about what might be going on with Iraq," stated Bush national security adviser Condoleezza Rice on Chinese missile proliferation.

However, the Chinese Army sales to Iraq did not stop. PLA front companies continued to provide camouflage for Beijing as it tried to export more advanced weapons to Iraq.

For example, the harmless sounding Shandong Arts and Craft Company paid a visit to Baghdad. The only problem is that the Shandong Arts and Craft Company is made entirely made up of missile engineers from the PLA Second Artillery Corps. In 2001, the firm acted as a cover for a PLA military delegation to Iraq seeking to sell advanced long-range missile technology to Saddam Hussein.

Today, the threat is gone and with it the U.S. forces. The U.S. now only dedicates one carrier and a small number of aircraft to the Persian Gulf region. We no longer base planes in Saudi Arabia and have few in Turkey and Kuwait.

Squadrons of planes that have not been home in over a decade have returned to U.S. skies to defend America. The U.S. has finally stationed a nuclear carrier group in Pearl Harbor for the first time since World War II. Finally, we are building a long overdue National Missile Defense to protect America from attack.

While many - such as Senator John Kerry - wish to speculate what life would be like with Saddam, it is well worth noting what the world is like without the madman in Baghdad.

Clearly, those who would leave our defense to our U.N. allies in Paris and Beijing are fools not to be trusted with the reigns of power.

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RADIO AND TV SCHEDULE Charles Smith will be on: The Jerry Hughes Show on Friday, 10/15/4, at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Show information at http://www.cilamerica.com. The Charlie Smith Show on the American Freedom Network on Monday, 10/18/4, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Show information at http://www.americanewsnet.com/

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