Skip to comments.3-Star General Mike DeLong says intel shows Saddam moved WMD just before invasion
Posted on 11/28/2006 7:11:13 PM PST by ikez78
Mike DeLong Inside CentCom
If you want the inside story of what was being said and done at the top levels of U.S. government from the September 11th attacks until the fall of Saddam Hussein, you can ask one of two men -- Army General Tommy Franks, or Marine Corps General Mike DeLong, who was Franks' deputy.
Listen to Mike DeLong at link....
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>>>>>>"Holy crap! Better alert CNN. They'll want to get right on this"<<<<<<<
Add Dan Rather and Katy to that "must alert" list
The audio link over on the right side of that page is very interesting though.
Dealing with the UN -- a monumental mistake.
I've been saying this for years. Now that Rick Santorum is looking for work, put him out there every day, on every show confronting the lies and making the case.
"Lieutenant General Michael DeLong was second-in-command of Central Command under General Tommy Franks during the liberation of Afghanistan and Iraq. He and General Franks are probably the most authoritative sources on these wars.
"DeLongs book is exactly what one would expect from a Marine clear, concise, and to the point. There is no fluff, and no sugar-coating. DeLong calls it as he sees it, and his viewpoint is one well worth paying attention to. DeLongs book is explosive in some aspects: He states with near certainty that Iraqs weapons of mass destruction will be found. He explains why, and he flat-out states that Syria was a hiding place for Iraqs WMD. He also states, Syria and Iran are problems that will have to be dealt with.
"DeLong also lays out the reasons for a lot of the post-liberation chaos, and does so with honesty. Saddams release of as many as 50,000 violent criminals, along with the melting away of the Iraqi police and the Iraqi Army (and its later disbanding) combined to make a perfect storm for the post-war chaos. He also sets the record straight about the missing artifacts (which were hidden by the museum staff and later returned) and which the American media never corrected the record.
"He also states that if anyone was to be blamed for the Mission Accomplished speech the President gave on the Abraham Lincoln, it was him and General Franks because they wanted to get assistance from countries that had promised assistance once major combat operations were over.
"He is not complimentary of Ahmed Chalabi, the head of the Iraqi National Congress and the darling of neoconservatives, and he backs it up. Chalabi and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz were classmates (and friends), and he admits that Wolfowitz made a mistake. He also points out Wolfowitzs strengths, and that he liked Wolfowitz.
"DeLongs defense of the decision to liberate Iraq also warrants mentioning. He cites the many factors in the decision, and he particularly points out that there never was a chance of seeing UN approval because of the vested interests some nations, particularly France, China, and Germany, had. His frustration with the media for not reporting this is palpable in his comments. But perhaps his best defense of liberating Iraq is his description of the encounter he had with Chemical Ali. His last sentence says it all.
"What is equally important is that like General Franks, DeLong has NOT complained about Rumsfelds performance as Secretary of Defense. If anything, DeLong confirms what is apparent in Franks memoirs and Scarboroughs biography: Donald Rumsfeld might be a demanding SecDef, but he also will back his people up. As in other situations, DeLong backs this up, citing the way Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz defended the successful November 2002 attack on a car full of terrorists in Yemen.
"DeLong and Franks dealt with Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz on a daily basis from September 11, 2001 on. That neither have compared Rumsfeld to McNamara in fact, both have said positive things about him speaks volumes, and should be taken into account when Rumsfeld is criticized. The only area where DeLong and Franks did not comment was on their thoughts about Rumsfelds initial reaction on 9/11. DeLong merely mentions seeing Rumsfeld assisting victims of the attack, and Franks merely says DeLong told him what Rumsfeld was doing. The reviewer is somewhat puzzled by this reticence.
"Ultimately, DeLongs book in conjunction with General Franks memoirs, and Rowan Scarboroughs biography provide a superb first draft of history for the initial part of the war on terrorism, far more accurate than much of the media coverage."
No, the 'rats were making Bush jump through Congressional and UN hoops, dragging out the time before the invasion, to allow Saddam the time he needed to hide the WMD's......it's amazing how short some peoples' memories are
"The problem is why hasn't the administration made this case???"
Maybe Dubya has been listening to too much advice from Bush 41, James Baker, and Colin Powell.
They already have, it goes like this: See, if Bush hadn't invaded Iraq the WMDs would still be in Iraq, safe and sound.
Here's another excellent read!!!
How many muslims are pan-islamist?
"L.T. Gen."??? You can't judge a book by its cover but you can judge the proofreaders.
Months back when Rick Santorum pushed to have that one WMD report released, he was on Sean Hannity's radio show to talk about it
Hannity kept asking him that question you asked .. Rick at first was side stepping the question .. they he said that he couldn't get into it
But he also commented that the President felt is was better to let himself take the hits from the media then to put our troops in harms way
What's with the punctuation on the book cover?
Well, the last time I look they were in harm's way. We are going to have resolve the Iranian/Syrian question soon.
I think there is a lot of truth to that. His father allowed the Clintonistas to savage him during the '92 campaign with hardly a peep in response.
Gen. DeLong has been TV since his retirement. Alltheweb his name and you'll find some transcripts from CNN and it looks like he's also been on O'reilly.