Skip to comments.Ret Lt. Gen. M DeLong, rebuffs Sen. Kerry on Steve Malzburg, resoources were not diverted.
Posted on 09/26/2004 7:46:28 AM PDT by Perdogg
Lt. Gen. Michael P. DeLong, USMC, has rebuffed Sen. Kerry, along with Ret. General Tommy Franks early this week, saying that resources were not diverted when Operation Iraqi Freedom began in March of 2003.
He said it was his responsibility to watch Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. Before the war began, as recounted by general Delong and General Franks, President Bush asked them if they were ready. He [DeLong] said yes.
He also said that Iraqi WMD were moved into Syria before the war started.
He said that President Bush was "..in Charge and Focused" on the job at hand. He said that President Bush was a presence at top national security briefings.
John Kerry is a liar.
If Kerry ever attended his security breifings as a senator, or his committee assignements, he would know this. It is he who is AWOL!
Absolutely!!!! I want to know why the LSM has picked up on this.
Damn..I wish there was a way we could prove this!
Yeah, but he would still be spouting the same lies. It's in the democrat DNA.
John Kerry has always been a liar.
I have a feeling this is going to break big in the coming days or weeks.
We can. According to Loftus (I know, I know), the DIA photographed them. Maybe Assad would turn them over. I know that's naive, but it could happen. Probably not.
It's getting easier to do as Kerry's stunning ineptness becomes more and more obvious.
Why doesn't someone remind the public that WWII had multiple theatre's of operation. Did we ignore Germany to focus on Japan entirely? No.
OT a bit, but isn't it odd that liberals bitch about a 5 year plan called welfare-to-work claiming it moves too fast, but has a fried hemmorage that the war is taking too long in Iraq? They have no sense of porportionality. They have no sense at all.
Too bad FR doesn't have a billionaire backer to buy the FReepers a TV station. Can you just imagine what Buckhead and his ilk could do with that?!?! We'd have that FOX on the run fo' sho'. Good thing we're not in England.
That's a good analogy! The malignant narcissists who compose the Democrat party are lacking in any kind of analysis of the world situation.
Email your friends and get the word out!!!
All of us should rally and use this battle cry up until the election.
"John Kerry was and still remains AWOL!"
Good in pointing out that had he been present during his Senate committee assignments and votes, that he'd be well aware of the past and current situations which he continuously lies about.
Occasionally, depending on which way the wind is blowing, he windsurfs into the truth (as when he spoke just prior to going into Iraq), but it's purely accidental. The truth is just another prop to use for self-gain, of no more value to him than all the lies in his prop-box. The man has no values, except self-gain.
I'm Shocked ... you can't possibly believe that. He showed me his secret CIA hat just last week.
That was already done as soon as I finished reading!
I hope everyone else starts e-mailing...now.
If there ever was a more perfect time for GWB to chastise the media, it is now. The forged documents would be a huge advantage toward his re-election. Instead, he remains silent. As much as I disrespect Clinton, he knew how to use the pulpit.
The LSM will continue to cover up, and will continue to protect Kerry, and after Kerry, comes Hillary.
I like to bring up WWII when talking about this, too. Perhaps it's because I'm older than dirt and remember some things about it--such as, we didn't win it in a few weeks, or months--it took years. After we won it, we didn't exactly put the world back in order in a few weeks or months, either. It took years. It didn't go easily. Even after the hostilities had supposedly ended, there were attacks from groups of die-hards. It wasn't cheap, either.
If we had fought WWII with the carping ninnies we have now, I wonder if we could have won? Back then, we won because the nation was truly united in winning it--yes, a few objected, but not in polite company, not if they wanted to leave the room without a bloody nose!
Exactly.. We didn't try to rebuild the damn place while the bullets were still flying either. This is a whole different kind of war where we are fighting the Taliban wing of the Democrat party here at home, a country-less, ununiformed army, and a world of dirtbags in the UN that sip the blood of the murdered whilst enjoying priviledge and safety in their NY suites. They never met a genocide they didn't love; rolling their hands together at a business opportunity they could exploit for personal gain. And somehow the left in this country loves them. LOVES THEM. Perhaps the main difference between WWII and the WOT, is that human decency was still prevalent. We have to make sure we support the bravest among us, by ensuring this is still a country worth defending.
What could possibly happen is Assad could "discover" they were "illegally smuggled" into Syria without the Syrian's knowledge. This would give him an opportunity to stay in power.
Pissing off the men who would serve under the 'commander in chief' is not really a good thing to do.
Especially, if it's YOU Mr. Kerry, who wants to be CIC!
Common sense would tell us that the WMD's were moved to another country as Hussein had ample time (with all the UN stalling and game playing) to move stuff where he wanted it.
Why doesn't Bush make more of the idea that WMD's were moved into Syria before the war?
We could do much better than a tv station without a billionaire backer. We just all have to be willing to devote our resources to the cause. I wonder how many are willing?
The idea that the US couldn't fight AQ and Iraq at the same time is ridiculous. Hell, we fought Japan and Germany at the same time. Moreover, our current force structure is based on a multiple theater scenario. Iraq is part of the WOT.
I'd just like to FIND it.
|United States Marine Corps (Ret.)
Michael P. DeLong
Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command
|At the time of his retirement, Lieutenant General Michael P. DeLong served as Deputy Commander, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
Lieutenant General DeLong is a Naval Academy graduate and holds a master's degree in industrial management from Central Michigan University.
Lieutenant General DeLong's operational assignments include tours with Helicopter Medium Marine (HMM) Squadron 262, Quang Tri, Republic of Vietnam; Standardization Instructor, Helicopter Training Squadron 18, Naval Aviation Training Command; Maintenance Officer, Helicopter Marine Light (HML) Squadron 367, where he participated in Operations EAGLE PULL and FREQUENT WIND (evacuation of Vietnam); Operations Officer, Helicopter Heavy Marine (HMH); Commander, HML 367, Detachment C; Executive Officer and Special Projects Officer, Marine Air Base Squadron 24; Plans and Operations Officer, Marine Air Group 36; Executive/Commanding officer, Marine Air Group 30; Executive Officer, MAG-26; Commanding Officer, HMM 266; Executive Officer and Commanding Officer, Marine Aviation Weapons/Tactics Squadron 1, where he participated in Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM; Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, where he served as the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) for Operation RESTORE HOPE
in Somalia; Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA; Deputy Commander and Acting Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Atlantic, Norfolk, VA and his previous duty as Commander, 3rd Marine Air Wing, MCAS Miramar, CA.
His principal staff assignments include Officer-in-Charge, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific Command Center; Intelligence Requirements Officer, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific; Aide de Camp to the Deputy Commander, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific; Arms Control/Strategic Weapons Action Officer in the Strategic Requirements Branch of the Plans Division, Headquarters Marine Corps; and the Director for Joint Training (J-7) and Director of Joint Training Analyses and Simulation Center, U.S. Atlantic Command. Lieutenant General DeLong's professional education includes the Basic School, Naval Flight School, Amphibious Warfare School, Defense Intelligence School, Armed Forces Staff College, Army War College and a Defense Department fellowship at the Brookings Institute. Lieutenant General DeLong also holds an Honorary Doctor of Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College.
Lieutenant General DeLong's personal decorations include: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross, two awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Flight Strike Numerals 69, Navy Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. General DeLong has logged more than 5,600 flight hours in all models of aircraft and more than 800 combat hours.
(Updated 14 May 2004, HQMC)
Every Presidential candidate, after his party's nomination, has been given a National Security briefing since the 1960's.
John Kerry has yet to schedule his.
Can somebody please ask him WHY NOT!
"John Kerry is a liar"
Exactly! Why do you think he's got all his minions out there calling Bush a liar. It's just the typical "projection technique" in action.
These idiot liberals STILL HAVE NOT FIGURED IT OUT.
Let's go. You wanna start something?
Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004 4:03 p.m. EDT
Ex-CENTCOM No. 2: Intel Showed Iraq Smuggled Out WMDs
Lt. Gen. Michael DeLong [USMC Ret.], who until last September was the number two in command of the Iraq war under Gen. Tommy Franks, revealed Sunday that U.S. military intelligence had determined that weapons of mass destruction were being smuggled out of the country as the U.S. prepared to invade.
"I do know for a fact that some of those weapons went into Syria, Lebanon and Iran," Gen. DeLong told WABC Radio's Steve Malzberg, while discussing his new book, "Inside CENTCOM: The Unvarnished Truth About the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."
"Two days before the war, on March 17 , we saw through multiple intelligence channels - both human intelligence and technical intelligence - large caravans of people and things, including some of the top 55 [most wanted] Iraqis, going to Syria," Gen. DeLong explained.
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"We also know that before then, they buried some of the weapons of mass destruction," he added. "There are also some in Lebanon and probably a small amount in Iran."
The WMD smuggling operation didn't require large vehicles, the ex-general explained.
"In order to transport their biological weapons, they could take their entire experimental weapons system in one or two suitcases - pretty easy to hide," he told Malzberg.
As for Saddam's chemical weapons cache, his deputies could have fit them into "a van - probably one van or two vans and either bury it or drive it across one of the borders," the former number two CENTCOM chief said.
Human intelligence, said DeLong, indicated that Saddam's deputies also "took billions of dollars with them when they went into Syria."
It's no surprise that weapons buried in Iraq have yet to be uncovered. "Seven-eighths of the country is arid desert and it's the size of California. You could probably bury 100 Empire State Buildings in Iraq and not find them," the former Marine said.
by Khidhir Hamza
with Jeff Stein