RE: Bush's War on Terrorism

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    >From: "Lawrence DeBivort" <>
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    >Subject: RE: Bush's War on Terrorism
    >Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 19:04:53 -0400
    >Thanks for the thoughtful post, Scott. What is the Weinberger doctrine?

    Scan down on this URL and you'll see the basics pretty much as I recall
    them. The W.D. might be an unattainable ideal for many cases where military
    force is contemplated, but it's a good starting guideline to use before
    getting involved in something serious.

    Overall I'd exclude solely humanitarian and peacekeeping missions from the
    scope of U.S. military involvement. That should be the job of the U.N. IMO.

    The Gulf War pretty much passed the litmus test where Somalia failed. I
    remember when troops were being sent there during the last part of Bush the
    Elder's term and I thought the move was a mistake (with the W.D. in mind at
    the time). Part of me thought Bush was trying to leave Clinton with an
    instant headache to deal with, but I'm probably wrong.

    Sending U.S. troops to be "peacekeepers" between Israelis and Palestinians
    would be a serious mistake. The military is, to be blunt, for breaking
    things and killing people, and I can see no clear reason for doing either in
    that insoluble conflict.

    > > I watched "Politically Incorrect" with Bill Maher last night and
    > > have come
    > > to the concusion that we in the US do have a deep set tendency to
    > > view that
    > > conflict through the lenses of pro-Israeli sentiment. It's hard for us
    > > see the Palestinian POV. It seemed from some of Dubya's rhetoric and
    > > Powell's stances that the US would have a more neutral or even-handed
    > > approach. If we can't be neutral, this matter needs to rest
    > > solely with the
    > > U.N. The US does NOT need to commit our forces to that region as
    > > peacekeepers. I don't think we've got the necessary objectivity, plus
    > > for commitments more in line with the Weinberger doctrine.

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