Correspondence

Correspondence ON SADDAM'S DOLE I JUST FINISHED A SECOND READING of Stephen F. Hayes's "Saddam's Cash" (May 5). What a revelation! Maybe I'm naive, but it never occurred to me before that our...

...national security in the future...
...As former Marine commandant Gen...
...The third might require them to support humanitarian relief efforts...
...STEVEN GRUBER Syosset, NY GREAT MINDS, GREAT WALL AS DIRECTOR of the Mandarin Service at Radio Free Asia, I monitor what callers from China say every day on our toll-free "Listener Hotline...
...I suggest Israel...
...Donnelly is right about the Marines' old equipment...
...This is the main reason why the Marines will continue to have a major role to play in helping to ensure U.S...
...JESSE MCVAY Dover, DE STEPHEN F. HAYES wrote an excellent piece on "Saddam's Cash" but gives Saudi Arabia a backhanded pass with these two sentences: "The Saudis, of course, have financed public works throughout the Middle East and Africa...
...JOSEPH SHIER Toronto, Ontario HOME BASE AS TOM DONNELLY POINTS OUT in "There's No Place Like Iraq...
...The first block might require the Marines to engage in high-intensity combat...
...Case in pointóduring the recent anti-corruption campaign, former party secretary Jiang Zemin warned that rampant corruption, if unchallenged, would eventually threaten the existence of the party...
...Krulak was...
...Such nonsense goes back a long time...
...General Charles Krulak, former commandant of the Marine Corps, used to argue that Marines had to be prepared to fight a "three-block war...
...The Marines have developed an expeditionary mindset over decades...
...In Abbas's speech this week, I heard no call on the Arab nations to accept Israel's rightful presence...
...But in the meantime, the Marines make do with what they have...
...And there was certainly no demand that the other Arabs help those Arabs and their descendents who left Israel in the 1940s to make homes in the Arab world...
...IAIN T. BENSON Lourdes, France JUMPING THE SHARK THE WEEKLY STANDARD has done a conscientious job of pointing out the unethical tactics the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has employed to further its agenda, but it has taken a letter from one of PETA's own to crystallize the group's, and the entire animal-rights movement's, logical inconsistency, not to say hypocrisy...
...Carl Mundy was fond of saying, "'Expeditionary' is not a mission...
...security and development...
...And wouldn't such an agreement remove the irritant ostensibly preventing Israel's neighbors from normalizing relations...
...What if he is Arafat's ally despite their occasional differences...
...If he is as compromised by terror as Arafat, what message does it teach to embrace him...
...Barnes makes no mention of the one thing Abbas could implement immediately without fighting Hamas, et al...
...JENNIFER CHOU Washington, DC MARINES AND MACHINES I AGREE with much of what Tom Donnelly has to say in his piece "Lessons of a Three-Week War" (April 28...
...Unfortunately, the "road map" is far from being a "real peace process...
...All the talk of halting terror never says that terror includes attacks against Jews outside of the 1949 armistice lines...
...And again, what did Abbas say this week about the armed groups in the PA...
...It was flexibility and adaptability, as well as their expeditionary culture, that enabled the Marines to deploy, without fanfare, more rolling stock into Iraq at the outset of the war than an Army heavy division, something that has caused consternation on the Army staff...
...THOMAS MCINTYRE Sheridan, WY...
...I think as far as SARS is concerned, the factional infighting caused by the disease will not be as threatening to the party's claim to legitimacy as the economic slump SARS will undoubtedly sink China into, because the party's only claim to legitimacy has been the degree of economic prosperity it has brought to many of its citizens...
...Not that the PA would be demilitarized, but that the armed forces should be under a central command...
...Maybe I'm naive, but it never occurred to me before that our uphill struggle in the propaganda war, despite clearly being on the right side of the argument, was due to Saddam's having many of the opposing politicians and journalists on his payroll...
...once that goes, so will the party's claim to legitimacy...
...I wondered what his motives might be...
...But no one played the game like Saddam Hussein...
...I can't help but wonder what other revelations may be in store for the world as more and more captured Iraqi documents are revealed...
...But I take issue with some of his observations about the Marines in Iraq...
...The Marines figured out some time ago that the American people were not going to pay billions of dollars for a military that just waits around for the big one...
...I have supported President Bush's aggressive Iraq policy from the start, but I admit I paused to reexamine my own position when Scott Ritter started to speak out in opposition...
...Iraq illustrates just how prescient Gen...
...Is this logic compelling...
...namely, ceasing the glorification of anti-Semitism and replacing it with acceptance of the Jewish claim to political independence...
...Tommy Franks to use Marines in the early phases of Afghanistan to carry out what has always been understood as a textbook Army mission, the seizure of an airfield in a theater of operations far from any shoreline...
...What if he is as committed as Arafat to the Arab dream of destroying Israel...
...He did not say what those forces would be used for...
...The types of missions for which land forces will be needed in the future will be expeditionary in nature...
...There was no call on Egypt to end its cold war on Israel, nor on Jordan to become a friend...
...When it comes to the Communist party of China, the loss of human lives has never been a matter of overriding concern...
...MACKUBIN OWENS Naval War College Newport, RI MUGGED BY REALITY IN HIS INSIGHTFUL REVIEW of Gregory Wolfe's biography of Malcolm Muggeridge, "A Hundred Years of Muggery" (May 5), Christopher Hitchens asks whether Muggeridge has an aphorism for the age...
...Some people call this flexibility and adaptability and believe these are military virtues, especially given the fact that wars rarely go as planned because of what Clausewitz called "friction" and the "fog of uncertainty" in war...
...It's a mindset...
...The second might require them to carry out constabulary operations...
...friendship...
...If a man with his credentials and reputation had misgivings, might I not be mistaken in my support of the president...
...The Weekly Standard has been hard-hitting on Saudi Arabia, and there isn't any doubt in my mind that the Saudis distribute cash to buy U.S...
...May 5), a permanent U.S...
...It amounts to a political victory for Arafat in his terror war...
...They want to replace their antiquated medium lift helicopter with the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and their current amphibious assault vehicle with an advanced amphibian...
...I listened carefully to his arguments, but found them unconvincing...
...Maintaining legitimacy to assure its continuing existence has been the only core value to which the party adheres...
...The title of Ellen Bork's "Great Wall of Lies" (May 5) caught my eye because that is exactly how one caller described the Chinese government's approach to the SARS epidemic...
...But how many of those honorable dissenters were unduly influenced by others who were on the take...
...presence in a friendly, allied Middle Eastern nation would be a boon to regional and U.S...
...Who can forget the claim of Harry Truman, a notorious hater of the Marine Corps, that the Marines had a propaganda machine equal to that of Stalin...
...The wars in the Middle East cannot be resolved by pretending that the conflict is between Israel and the Arab Palestinians alone...
...Cheap shots notwithstanding, his substantive claims are just as questionable...
...Why wouldn't Saddam think he could get away with it as well...
...It is a problem, but one the Marines would like to rectify...
...If what our callers say is any indication, the Chinese government is still underreporting SARS figures...
...He suggests Iraq...
...Barnes maintains that as Abbas is working to improve security for Israelis, Israel must reduce checkpoints, allow Arab Palestinians to work in Israel, and release prisoners...
...I think Mugg's "copulo ergo sum" mentioned to me in conversation in the early 1980s is one that might last...
...Marines, of course, are used to such gratuitous comments like the one Donnelly makes that the Marines don't travel anywhere "without a full complement of embedded reporters...
...Clearly most of the opponents of the war spoke from conviction and were not just indulging a greedy self-interest...
...Now I suspect I may have some insight into that subject...
...It would be safer for our troops, not to mention a great relief to them, to be stationed in a friendly, Western-looking, democratic country...
...Donnelly criticizes the Marines for their "jack-of-all-trades" mentality...
...To wit, correspondent William Rivas-Rivas in his letter of April 28, decrying the Navy's use of dolphins to detect mines in the Persian Gulf, speaks movingly of "putting innocent animals in danger in shark-infested waters...
...After all, South Korea and the former West Germany were kept safe for decades in just the same manner...
...Am I the only one who wondersówho will speak for the sharks...
...Wouldn't such a base solve Israel's major security issue, thereby contributing greatly to the prospect for agreement with the Palestinians...
...It was the flexibility and adaptability of the Marines, as well as their expeditionary culture, that led Gen...
...It cannot be repeated often enough that 15 of the 19 terrorists on 9/11 were Saudi citizens...
...GEORGE HULSHART Myrtle Beach, SC ROAD MAP TO NOWHERE IN HIS MAY 5 EDITORIAL "A Real Peace Process," Fred Barnes writes that Israel has a vested interest in the newly named Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas "since the alternative is Arafat...

Vol. 8 • May 2003 • No. 35


 
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