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Go After Them and Eliminate Them
U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 3 October2001 | James Webb

Posted on 10/24/2001 4:23:34 PM PDT by SMEDLEYBUTLER

Go after Them and Eliminate Them

HARRY GERWIEN

When the terrorist incident occurred at the Pentagon, I had just finished breakfast with General James Jones, the Commandant of the Marine Corps. I had left the building about ten minutes before the airliner hit it. When I reached my office, which is relatively close by, I heard a loud noise and looked outside. The Pentagon was burning. As much as I’ve loved to throw darts at it from far away, I have a deep affection for the Pentagon. I spent five years of my life in that building. I have a tremendous admiration for the people, uniformed and civilian, who work there, and my heart sank. Beyond how it hit me as an American, that sight hit me personally.

Two things came to my mind in the days following the attack. I remembered when I returned from Beirut in 1983. I had been covering the Marines there for "The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour." I came back to the country just before suicide bombers attacked the base there. As I was riding from the airport to my house, I noticed how quiet everything was. And it occurred to me how blessed we were as a people; how few in this country ever had been under attack. That was 18 years ago. Now, we can no longer say that.

When Secretary Webb saw the Pentagon on fire, the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine base in Beirut—which killed 241 Americans—came to mind. The separate groups who perpetrated these acts, he says, understand "only one thing: the use of force."


U.S. MARINE CORPS (JASON INGERSOLL)

I remember I was speaking at a book author dinner in Houston soon after the attack at Beirut. I told the audience that we knew who these people were, we knew where they trained, and we knew that they understood only one thing: the use of force. And we needed to get them. Gloria Steinem, the famous feminist, followed me to the podium and looked at me like I was a lost child. She proceeded to explain to me that violence has never solved anything in the world.

That was 18 years ago, and the Muslim extremists have considered themselves to be at war with us ever since, whether we considered ourselves to be at war with them or not. If nothing else, I believe that distinction now has been clarified. At least I hope so.

The second thing that came to my mind was my resignation as Secretary of the Navy and the reason for it. One issue that had been brewing was whether we were going to cut back the force structure of the Navy. It’s always difficult to say where you’re going to draw a line. But I drew a line. I decided I was not going to walk the budget over, cutting the force structure of the Navy. I turned around to my Under Secretary of the Navy that morning and said—half as a joke—"I do not wish to become the father of the 350-ship Navy." Well, guess what! The last time I checked, which was several months ago, we were at 272.

Now we are facing a situation that the sea services understand, I think, better than anyone in this country. When you must commit yourself to a war that is not a total war, you still have to do all your other jobs. And the logic behind a larger force structure for the Navy, in my mind, was always sustainability. How do you sustain yourself when you have to speed up your tempo for a long period of time? How do you do this and not wear out your equipment and your people?

We know that with the situation in Afghanistan, we have four carrier battle groups participating in current operations. The good news is, the arguments over the validity of the aircraft carrier seem to have passed away quickly. We could not do what we are doing in that part of the world without carrier battle groups.

The bad news, or the worrisome news, is if we must sustain ourselves for a long period of time, and meet other commitments around the world, we are going to be—as a nation and as a military—stretched very thin. Other future situations may require the same kind of attention.

What do we do? First, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and for the people that President George W. Bush has in his national security apparatus. I think the steps that have been taken have been smart ones. They’re looking long-term. I have no day-to-day connection with what’s going on, but from a distance I feel a great deal of confidence.

What we need is a clear articulation of the national strategy to the American people. When we commit to something like this, which involves many unknowns, people need to know what the endgame really is. In my view, there are two endgames.

The first is homeland defense. We must create an environment here in the United States in which our intelligence apparatus has been reinvigorated. So we can feel secure inside our borders, we must find terrorist cells, penetrate them, and eliminate them. And we must develop a capability to prevent similar groups from entering and operating in this country. It’s sort of like rule number one in any operational military environment: you cannot go on patrol if your perimeter isn’t secure. This is our highest priority, in my view.

Step number two is to convince every country in the world to accept responsibility for policing and eliminating terrorist training and other activities inside their own borders. In a way, this is my reading of what this administration began when it told several countries that have very bad records in this area, You have the chance to demonstrate to us that you will do this.

In those countries that do not agree with us, I think we need to do the policing for them for a while. And we need to start with a basic premise: if fundamentalist Muslim terrorists want to die for a cause, you are not going to stop them. The most important thing you can do, if you are their adversary, is to kill them on your terms, not on theirs. That makes some Americans—particularly American media—squeamish. But that is the reality of the situation we are in.

The Taliban is probably the most clear-cut prototype for looking forward into how we should be addressing the situation. We have given those people clear signals. They obviously are not complying, for a number of reasons. As a result, we are taking action to ensure elimination of this cancer that has grown inside their country. We have the right to do that, under the United Nations Charter. This is clearly self-defense. And if we establish the right kind of management prototype, so to speak, countries now sitting on the fence on the issue will be much more likely to take responsibility for activities inside their borders.

Who should we be going after? I’ve spent a lot of time studying and thinking about the Vietnam War and what measures taken by the Vietcong were successful against the Vietnamese people. We talked about winning the hearts and minds. The Vietcong had a very simple philosophy. Starting in 1958, they reintroduced assassination squads into South Vietnam. And by the early 1960s, people asked, Why did John Kennedy send in the first 15,000 advisors in late 1961, which started the ball rolling on the Vietnam War? By that point, the Vietnamese communists were killing, on the average, 11 government officials a day. Their message to the Vietnamese people was: If you affiliate with the government of South Vietnam, in contested areas, we will kill you. If you leave them alone, we will not bother you.

When the United States entered the war in earnest, we looked at the use of force in Vietnam principally as a military tool. Most of us were militarily trained, and we used force randomly. But we used too much supporting arms at different times. In some areas—such as in central Vietnam, where I was—I think we alienated a lot of the people and we killed a lot of people who didn’t need to die.

Looking at these examples, you come to a conclusion about the use of force in this situation. In my opinion, we need to articulate clearly that we do not have a quarrel with the Muslim world. But the part of the Muslim world that considers itself at war with us must be on notice. Who are these people? They are the ones conducting terrorist activities and those training and providing logistical support to them. All those people, in my opinion, should be fair game. Over time, we should see the people who are conducting this international campaign of terrorism being cut away from their support base. Many good people were cut away from the support base of the South Vietnamese government. I think there’s a direct parallel.

As we watch the diplomacy play out, we must keep our eye also on the activities of China. I’ve been pushing my view for more than 12 years that China has consciously pursued a strategic axis with the Muslim world. And even though it has some problems with activities on its western border, it gets a great deal of mileage out of this relationship. China helped Libya. China has been trading or selling weapon systems and invigorating its trade with Iran ever since I was Secretary of the Navy. China enabled Pakistan to develop a nuclear capability.

Why this is so? Because China still has designs on Southeast Asia, and it always has been heavily Muslim. But recently, it has become more and more heavily fundamentalist Muslim. Look at Malaysia, Indonesia, and the southern part of the Philippines. A big training base for terrorist activity is on Mindanao, and it’s been there for years. China is also becoming a net oil importer as it modernizes its economy.

When I'm in Asia, I’m very rarely with Americans. It has been fascinating over the past ten years to watch Asians in what we would call the second-tier countries—Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines—adjust to the United States receding from the region, as our military, and particularly our Navy, has grown smaller. And they’ve watched China expand and, in effect, fill the vacuum. Last summer I was in Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar, formerly called Burma. My experience in Burma was an eye opener. Because the Chinese, just through an accretion process of moving people across the borders into Northern Burma, are affecting that country dramatically at a time when we have put up barriers and embargoes on the issue of human rights. What is on the southern end of Burma? The Indian Ocean. And many signs point to the Chinese looking to build a naval base there.

The other part of this formula, of course, is that we have warmed our relationship with Pakistan, at least temporarily. In doing so, we risk our relationship with India. And over the past couple of years, India has started to become known as a natural counterbalance to the Chinese. We’ve seen a healthy movement over the past several years, as the Indians have started to position themselves a little bit away from Russia. And as we have started to reposition ourselves from the closer relationship we had with China, we need to watch the situation very carefully.

My final admonition—and I got into some trouble with this during the Gulf War—is that we are not in a position as a nation, and particularly as a military, to occupy large pieces of territory. The Wall Street Journal editorialized repeatedly during the Gulf War that we should set up a MacArthurian regency in Baghdad. There has been a lot of discussion about why we did not take Baghdad during the Gulf War. I would like to see Saddam Hussein go. To my knowledge, I was the only guy in the Reagan administration who opposed the tilt toward Iraq, in writing, in 1987. I do not think we had nor have the resources to occupy Iraq.

If you think we have problems in Israel, try putting a Judeo-Christian military system in the cradle of Muslim culture. And when you think about a military of 1.4 million people, with other responsibilities around the world, that is not a winnable situation. I tried to say ten years ago, over and over again, that we must be involved only to the extent that it directly involves our national interests. These arguments have been going on for 3,000 years. And when they do relate to our national interests, as this international terrorist movement does, we must act with a great deal of specific lethality. We must go after the people who are doing this and eliminate them.

James Webb was Secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration and is the author of several best-selling books, including A Country Such as This (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000), Fields of Fire (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000), and A Sense of Honor (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1995). His new novel, set in Vietnam, is Lost Soldiers (New York: Bantam, 2001). The preceding is an edited excerpt from his address to the Sixth Annual U.S. Naval Institute Warfare Exposition and Symposium on 3 October 2001 in Virginia Beach. To order audiotapes or audio CDs from past Naval Institute Seminars (all sessions since 1994 have been recorded), including Secretary Webb's full address and question-and-answer session, call A.V.E.R. Associates at 410-796-8940.

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1 posted on 10/24/2001 4:23:34 PM PDT by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
Gloria Steinem, the famous feminist, followed me to the podium and looked at me like I was a lost child. She proceeded to explain to me that violence has never solved anything in the world.

Gloria Steinem, still a famous idiot after all these years.
2 posted on 10/24/2001 4:28:38 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
Bump for later read
3 posted on 10/24/2001 4:28:40 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
Good post, a lot of common sense
4 posted on 10/24/2001 4:33:16 PM PDT by Tom Bombadil
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
Gloria Steinem, the famous feminist, followed me to the podium and looked at me like I was a lost child. She proceeded to explain to me that violence has never solved anything in the world.

Wow! I had no idea that Gloria Steinem had become pro-life!?!

Or did she really mean that "violence has never solved anything in the world, except when it's applied to an innocent unborn child in her mother's womb"???

I guess it should really surprise anyone that a prenatal terrorist would serve as an apologist for the postnatal variety, though.

5 posted on 10/24/2001 4:33:28 PM PDT by Campion
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
I turned around to my Under Secretary of the Navy that morning and said—half as a joke—"I do not wish to become the father of the 350-ship Navy." Well, guess what! The last time I checked, which was several months ago, we were at 272.

Let's see, who was president during the time the number of naval vessels sunk to an all-time low?

6 posted on 10/24/2001 5:12:16 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER; *Hugh Hewitt
Thanks, SMEDLEYBUTLER - I heard Hugh read this today from YOUR e-mail!

I will be bumping this to my "Hugh Hewitt PING list" - next...

First, I am indexing this for the Hugh Hewitt bump_list.

YOU can do this, too!
If you find ANY thread that may be of interest to Hugh Hewitt (or his listeners), just post a reply to "Hugh Hewitt," and THAT thread will be marked for retrieval, when that bump_list link is clicked.

(See also the OTHER interesting "bump_lists" on John Robinson's official "Free Republic Bump List Register.")

7 posted on 10/24/2001 6:02:54 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: doug from upland; ALOHA RONNIE; DLfromthedesert; PatiPie; Irma; SMEDLEYBUTLER; flamefront; onyx...
If you think we have problems in Israel, try putting a Judeo-Christian military system in the cradle of Muslim culture. And when you think about a military of 1.4 million people, with other responsibilities around the world, that is not a winnable situation.

I tried to say ten years ago, over and over again, that we must be involved only to the extent that it directly involves our national interests.

These arguments have been going on for 3,000 years. And when they do relate to our national interests, as this international terrorist movement does, we must act with a great deal of specific lethality.

We must go after the people who are doing this and eliminate them.

If you listen to Hugh Hewitt, or read his commentaries,
this PING list is for YOU!

(If you want OFF - or ON - my "Hugh Hewitt PING list" - please let me know.)

Please post your comments, and BUMP!

8 posted on 10/24/2001 7:44:24 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog
Thanks for the ping.
9 posted on 10/24/2001 7:47:42 PM PDT by Fiddlstix
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To: RonDog
Thanks for the ping.
I remember when I first saw Webb being interviewed in the 1980s, my first thought
was "what a cocky @sshole!".

Later I found out who Webb is and what he has done and is doing.
I was such an idiot!
10 posted on 10/24/2001 7:58:22 PM PDT by VOA
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
Love that Jim Webb!!

Ever read FIELDS OF FIRE?

11 posted on 10/24/2001 8:00:31 PM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: RonDog; SMEDLEYBUTLER
bump
12 posted on 10/24/2001 8:01:26 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
Can't they bomb those cave entrances with some kind of napalm to suck all the air out of the caves and kill the Islamic monsters hiding in there.

For craps sake, this is the 21st centruy, we should be able to smoke out those animals or kill them in there!!!!

13 posted on 10/24/2001 8:03:32 PM PDT by timestax
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
Can't they bomb those cave entrances with some kind of napalm to suck all the air out of the caves and kill the Islamic monsters hiding in there.

For craps sake, this is the 21st centruy, we should be able to smoke out those animals or kill them in there!!!!

14 posted on 10/24/2001 8:03:43 PM PDT by timestax
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
Can't they bomb those cave entrances with some kind of napalm to suck all the air out of the caves and kill the Islamic monsters hiding in there.

For craps sake, this is the 21st centruy, we should be able to smoke out those animals or kill them in there!!!!

15 posted on 10/24/2001 8:04:04 PM PDT by timestax
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To: RonDog
good read Ron...better find any allies in countries like Iraq, cultivate them, and give the military the resources and political cover to go in a do the dirty work, and let the new regimes sort things out, mindful that any recidivism will bring a visit from the Delta Forces.
16 posted on 10/24/2001 8:05:18 PM PDT by habs4ever
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To: habs4ever
bttt
17 posted on 10/24/2001 8:07:13 PM PDT by timestax
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
Good article. Bump for later read.
18 posted on 10/24/2001 8:10:47 PM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: RonDog; SMEDLEYBUTLER; Sabertooth
100 of our men , OUR Troops, took out an airfield North of Kabul. They left pictures of the firemen with FREEDOM ENDURES on the pictures.

I just saw this across the screen tonight on Fox News Channel.

Thanks also for the ping my dear friends.

19 posted on 10/24/2001 8:12:42 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny
That airfield was deserted--as in ghost town deserted...

What they need to do is start napalming those cavern entrances. WHAT ARE THEY WAITING FOR??

Seal up the entrances!

20 posted on 10/24/2001 8:24:33 PM PDT by timestax
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To: Snow Bunny
100 of our men , OUR Troops, took out an airfield North of Kabul. They left pictures of the firemen with FREEDOM ENDURES on the pictures.

I just saw this across the screen tonight on Fox News Channel.

LOL! If it is on Fox News TODAY, that means it was on Free Republic YESTERDAY, or the day before!

Army Rangers Leave Taliban Photos
Posted on 10/21/2001 19:21:57 PDT by mdittmar

Snow Bunny, did you hear Hugh talk about your USO thread on his radio program?
He did (briefly) in his first hour yesterday. Perhaps he will AGAIN someday!

He is a BIG fan of our military; never served, but married into a Marine Corps family.

21 posted on 10/24/2001 8:24:59 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog
Thanks for the ping BUMP........good article!
22 posted on 10/24/2001 8:26:12 PM PDT by JulieRNR21
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To: timestax; Snow Bunny; RonDog; SMEDLEYBUTLER
What they need to do is start napalming those cavern entrances. WHAT ARE THEY WAITING FOR??

Seal up the entrances!

A couple of thoughts...

While they'd really rather not take bin Laden prisoner, they wouldn't mind a body. Same with Hayman al-Zwahiri (sp?).

Second, i think we want to have a look-see into some of those caves, and see what they've got stashed there. Do they have WMDs? What kind?

It would give us a better idea of what we might be dealing with here on the home front.

23 posted on 10/24/2001 8:31:50 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: RonDog
And when they do relate to our national interests, as this international terrorist movement does, we must act with a great deal of specific lethality. We must go after the people who are doing this and eliminate them.

Agreed. Good article; thanks for the flag.

24 posted on 10/24/2001 8:36:06 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: RonDog
Thanks for the ping RonDog.

These arguments have been going on for 3,000 years. And when they do relate to our national interests, as this international terrorist movement does, we must act with a great deal of specific lethality.

Couldn't agree more.

But this conflict will be a more covert operation then American's are use to and it will be a protracted conflict, that will take many years, perhaps even many decades, before terrorism is brought under control. World wide terrorism is here to stay, but that doesn't mean that western civilization should roll over and watch our citizens being murdered by scumbags who have no respect, or regard for human life. Not even their own!

We have started this crusade first against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Eventually we will have to take out Saddam Hussein, destroy everything associated with him, once and for all. There's no two ways about it.

Go after them and eliminate them, until the job is finished!

25 posted on 10/24/2001 8:36:26 PM PDT by Reagan Man
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To: Reagan Man
It's going to be a long war, but we'll get good at fighting it. The only wars we ever "lost" are those we chose to walk away from (Vietnam, Korea), or those we chose not to fight (not taking out Sadam). When we decide there is no choice, then we win. I'm pretty sure that the American people are behind this one. There will be no walking away from this one. We will win this one.
26 posted on 10/24/2001 8:43:49 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
In my opinion, we need to articulate clearly that we do not have a quarrel with the Muslim world.

But the part of the Muslim world that considers itself at war with us must be on notice.

Who are these people?
They are the ones conducting terrorist activities and those training and providing logistical support to them.
All those people, in my opinion, should be fair game.
Over time, we should see the people who are conducting this international campaign of terrorism being cut away from their support base.
Many good people were cut away from the support base of the South Vietnamese government.
I think there’s a direct parallel.

GOOD STUFF!! We need to get this guy BACK in a position of authority in our government!

27 posted on 10/24/2001 8:44:12 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog
OH wow.....I missed it. I mean Hugh mentioning the USO Canteen thread. wow, what an honor to have him mention it.

Tonight when I do the new thread for tomorrow I will have to post about Hugh and that he did that. Maybe some of the troops reading the thread will know Hugh too.

And thank you so much for the info. about the thread here about what I posted. heh heh...That is why I do not do information threads here , there are others so much better at being on the cutting edge. Me, I am just a cheerleader for our veterans and military and a lover of FR and I am so hungry to learn things.

Thanks for so much my friend.

May I have your permission to post about Hugh in the thread I will do for tomorrow and also do a plug for Hugh too of course ....???

28 posted on 10/24/2001 8:44:36 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: aruanan
......GRRRRR.......Gloria Steinem.......She knows nothing, not even how to be a woman and appreciate men. All she is , is a womens lib and who needs there opinion about anything. YUK.
29 posted on 10/24/2001 8:46:44 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
As we watch the diplomacy play out, we must keep our eye also on the activities of China. I’ve been pushing my view for more than 12 years that China has consciously pursued a strategic axis with the Muslim world...

It has been fascinating over the past ten years to watch Asians in what we would call the second-tier countries—Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines—adjust to the United States receding from the region, as our military, and particularly our Navy, has grown smaller.

And they’ve watched China expand and, in effect, fill the vacuum.

Thank you, James Webb! We live in a dangerous world. It is time for MORE people in Washington to deal with that fact.

30 posted on 10/24/2001 8:49:50 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog
Thanks for the ping.
Please leave me on your ping lists. Thanks.
Regards, LH
31 posted on 10/24/2001 8:50:36 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
Time to use 2 nukes: Samson 1 and Samson 2

NOW!!!

32 posted on 10/24/2001 8:53:19 PM PDT by maestro
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To: RonDog
bump to this post!
33 posted on 10/24/2001 8:55:01 PM PDT by goldilucky
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To: timestax
What they need to do is start napalming those cavern entrances. WHAT ARE THEY WAITING FOR??

Well, for one thing we don't have any napalm left in the arsenal. It's all been destroyed. FAE's, fuel air explosives are still available, but they are a different weapon. I would think that there are quite a few caves in Afghanistan where these SOB's could be hiding. It will take time and people on the ground to find him. Just be patient, they'll get him and his cronies.

34 posted on 10/24/2001 8:57:40 PM PDT by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
Good work, Smedley!
35 posted on 10/24/2001 8:58:36 PM PDT by jo6pac
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To: RaceBannon
Sure have. I've read that and Sense of Honor. I've started Something to Die For and waiting on the shelf are The Emperor's General and The Lost Soldiers. He's having Fields of Fire made into a movie.

Check out more of Webb's work here.

36 posted on 10/24/2001 9:01:27 PM PDT by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: maestro
Time to use 2 nukes...

I was a wonder'n whether those suitcase nukes have those little wheels and extensible handle, like airline stewardesses use, because I would then volunteer to haul one down the tunnel to an OBL cave myself and light it off.

37 posted on 10/24/2001 9:09:00 PM PDT by Sara Dorian
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To: Snow Bunny
May I have your permission to post about Hugh in the thread I will do for tomorrow and also do a plug for Hugh too of course ....???

I am CERTAIN that Hugh would approve of a mention on your thread.

Of course, while he really likes this forum, and lurks here OFTEN, and promotes Free Republic BIG TIME, he still might not realize the power of this place! His website (www.Hugh Hewitt.com) is currently displaying the following message:


www.hughhewitt.com Temporarily Unavailable

This account has surpassed its bandwidth allocation at the present time. You may reach the account administrator at www@www.hughhewitt.com

LOL! Our traffic melted down his website - temporarily!

Not sure EXACTLY what he said about your USO Canteen thread, though. I was listening over the Internet in my office, and it was NOISY. (Perhaps someone else hear also heard it.) It was at about the time that Tarzana Joe was talking about Ella Wheeler Wilcox, and AT FIRST, I thought that he said that SHE was in the USO! (She was not. Right?)

It had to be YOU that he was talking about!

I had asked him (via e-mail) to promote your good works - you and Billie - and he e-mailed me back at 4:44 pm on 10/23 that he just did.

38 posted on 10/24/2001 9:11:14 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER; RonDog
Thanks for the ping. I feel we should nuke em myself. But this is interesting.
39 posted on 10/24/2001 9:20:54 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: RonDog
Thank you I can use these links when I do the thread. Tralalalala...this is goodk, very good. I love it when a plan comes together. heh heh
40 posted on 10/24/2001 9:22:25 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: timestax
What they need to do is start napalming those cavern entrances.

The soviets tried that for ten years, with a notable lack of success.
The reason we are even in afganistan is two fold, 1 because that's where hasbin and his gang of thugs are.2 to get a stable government there, so it will be easier to get bin laden.
As to weather a stable government can be formed there I have my doubts it seem that Afganistan is not so much a country as it's a collection of tribes that don't like each other and want nothing more than to kill each other.
As to weather we'll get hasbin I have NO doubts, maybe not today or tomorrow, but soon. He may not realize it but he's already dead. And that will end step one of this war.

41 posted on 10/24/2001 9:59:30 PM PDT by Valin
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To: RonDog; SMEDLEYBUTLER
Ron, please, put me on the ping list if I'm not already there. Thanks a bunch. Hugh's got THE best radio show there is, and if anyone isn't listening to him, you need to check it out.

Smedley, thanks for the article!!!!!!

42 posted on 10/24/2001 10:05:53 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma
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To: RonDog
It's funny how these people ignore history- the bloody road to WWII was littered with "peace" treaty and promises.... and the Axis's goal of world domination was stopped by rough men with guns in their hands- not pretty words....
43 posted on 10/25/2001 2:11:03 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
Excellent article. The truth of it is enough to make you weep.
44 posted on 10/25/2001 2:19:05 AM PDT by brat
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bump
45 posted on 10/25/2001 2:37:41 AM PDT by GretchenEE
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To: RonDog
Thanks for the ping. I read the Song of the Nightingale after it came out and all the McCainiacs gushed over how it showed him as a leader. While I gained a great deal of respect for the Senator after reading of his imprisonment, the one who jumped out as a wise leader was Secretary Webb. I would have that man as my leader any day. Hopefully, he will continue to hold a high profile (and voice) in our war against terrorism.
46 posted on 10/25/2001 5:04:28 AM PDT by Corporate Law
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To: RonDog
Thanks for the 'ping'. Only caught 'bits and pieces' of Hugh yesterday, jumping from place to place. Appreciate all that he, you, and FReepers are doing to improve education in America.
47 posted on 10/25/2001 6:55:41 AM PDT by d14truth
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To: RonDog
"We must go after the people who are doing this and eliminate them."

Really, RD; isn't that statement the bottom line to all this poppycock?

Debate time's done & so are these crazies.

48 posted on 10/25/2001 7:56:02 AM PDT by Landru
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To: RonDog; SMEDLEYBUTLER
Thanks for the flag, RonDog!

Awesome stuff, Smedley!!

49 posted on 10/25/2001 9:09:36 AM PDT by PatiPie
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To: LoneGreenEyeshade; boston_liberty
Ping!
50 posted on 10/25/2001 9:12:38 AM PDT by PatiPie
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