Rumsfeld Critic Zinni: USS Cole Blunder My Fault
Because of his political philosophy of using US sailors and soldiers as "citizen diplomats". It got us into trouble in Somalia as well.
The Cole was vulnerable for 3 reasons, it was a interdiction ship capturing oil smugglers from Iraq,
Yemen was an enemy port, but General Zinni had this incredibly stupid idea that our sailors are diplomats so sending them into the hands of the enemy is good diplomacy.
They were not allowed to defend themselves in port, no weapons were allowed on the quarterdeck. When the boat came at them, they could not respond because their firearms were locked up by orders of the Central command (diplomats don't need guns you know).
In other words, our foreign policy made the USS Cole a sitting duck. The bombing was an act of war perpetrated on sovereign US territory (a navy ship) and this fact was artfully dodged by the press and the government officials responsible for those dead sailors.
20 posted on 03/16/2004 7:12:59 AM PST by hedgetrimmer
posted on 04/18/2006 10:49:31 AM PDT
("I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
"I pass that buck on to nobody."
I thought it was Friends of Algor that stood to make a buck if the Cole refuelled there?
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