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UNLIKELY OPPOSITION TO BUSH WAR PLANS
Zinni Criticizes Bush War Plans
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2002 19:48:15 -0700 (PDT)
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in the Bush administration may be making deadly
Bush continues to encounter war critics in the unlikeliest of places -- the
United States military, for example. Last summer, retired Gen. Brent
of them was Gen. Wesley Clark, a former NATO military commander. "If we go
in unilaterally, or without the full weight of international organizations
behind us, if we go in with a very sparse number of allies, if we go in without
an effective information operation ... we're liable to supercharge recruiting
for al-Qaida," Clark said.
comes retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, former head of Central Command for U.S.
forces in the Middle East, who has worked recently as the State Department's
envoy to the region with a mission to encourage talks between Palestinians and
Israelis. Zinni, a Purple Heart recipient who served in Vietnam and helped
command forces in the Gulf War and in Somalia, spoke last Thursday in Washington
at the Middle East Institute's annual conference and laid out his own
reservations about a potential war with Iraq.
a keynote address striking for its critical assessment of the Bush
administration, Zinni stressed the need to get the Israeli-Palestinian peace
process back on track, build a broad coalition against Iraq, create trust among
allies in the region -- and put Saddam Hussein's threat in perspective.
also took issue with hawks in and around the administration who downplay the
importance of Arab sentiment in the region. "I'm not sure which planet they
live on," Zinni said, "because it isn't the one that I travel."
And he challenged their suggestion that installing a new Iraqi government will
not be especially difficult. "God help us," he said, "if we think
this transition will occur easily." ##
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