How To Avoid Another Defeat in Iran (GateStone Institute) by Kenneth R. Timmerman 04/25/12)
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We should, for example, provide money for a strike fund; provide
secure communications equipment and training on how to use it, and
airlift WIMAX wifi transmitters that can provide internet service to
all regions currently under a regime-ordered communications-blackout.
Why? Because it is in our national security interest to do so.
Thirty-two years ago this week, on April 24, eight U.S. servicemen
died in the southeastern desert of Iran when their mission to rescue
52 Americans held captive by the revolutionary regime in Tehran was
aborted by President Jimmy Carter.
Operation Eagle Claw was one of the first missions conducted by the
recently-formed Delta Force. Depending on whose account you read, it
was either an unlucky masterpiece of complex planning or a desperate
attempt to save a doomed presidency that never should have been given
the green light in the first place.
The mission´s failure convinced U.S. military leaders to rethink how
they would conduct special operations in the future: formulating
plans that were simpler, carrying them out under unified command, and
managing the risk.
While our military has learned the lessons of the failed hostage
rescue mission, however, our political leaders have not.
When the first reports came in of the deadly aircraft collision
during a sandstorm in the Iranian desert, Jimmy Carter lost his
nerve. Rather than follow the advice of his military advisors and
continue the mission with a smaller force, he pulled the plug and
exposed it to the world. His fear of defeat trumped his will to win.
The result? Our enemies smelled weakness and sought to deepen our
humiliation by parading about the sand-clotted bodies of our dead
servicemen like trophies in a Roman Triumph.
Jimmy Carter´s multiple failures in Iran have given us thirty-two
years of state-sponsored terrorism in the Middle East. By allowing
the forces of chaos and extremism to unseat the Shah of Iran, a
staunch U.S. ally, Carter not only destroyed the future for two
generations of Iranians; he ushered in an era where a sovereign
government operating under the guise of terrorist proxies was allowed
to murder, maim, and bomb with impunity.
The victims of Iran´s terrorist rampage included people such as
Robert Ames, the CIA Near East chief of operations, who was killed
when Iranian-backed terrorists blew up our embassy in Beirut on April
As one of the first journalists on the scene after the bomb ripped
off the front of our seaside embassy, I will never forget a dust-and-
debris-covered press officer named Ryan Crocker emerging from the
rubble to tell us that he had seen the U.S. ambassador, saved by the
weight of his office desk, climbing down a broken fire escape at the
rear of the embassy .
The victims also included people such as Donald G. Havlish, Jr., an
insurance executive from Yardley, Pennsylvania who missed taking his
daughter to her first day of preschool on the morning of September
11, 2001 so he could attend a business meeting in New York. He worked
on the 101st floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center, and
was killed by the al Qaeda terrorists who crashed a hijacked airplane
into his building that morning.
Although I did not know him, I came to know his widow, Fiona, and
helped her and other families of 9/11 victims trace the origins of
the 9/11 plot back to Iran. These brave families won a measure of
justice in a federal court on December 15, 2011, when District court
judge George B. Daniels, after hearing our testimony, determined that
the Islamic Republic of Iran shared "material responsibility" for the
9/11 attacks with the al Qaeda terrorists.
Mihaela, their daughter, who had turned 13 by then, and she impressed
me to tears as she stood near me in the cold winter winds where once
the South Tower had stood. With TV cameras trained on her, she made a
brushing of her father´s name in the commemorative marble plaques
around the foundation. "I am Mihaela Havlish, the daughter of Donald
G. Havlish, Jr, who died on September 11, 2001," she said. Simple,
We have an opportunity today to ensure that Robert Ames, Donald
Havlish and so many others -– including hundreds of our servicemen in
Iraq -- will be the last American victims the evil regime in Iran can
claim. We have the opportunity today to craft effective policies that
will end the rein of terror in Iran.
And yet, President Obama has embarked on a different course – a
course that I believe will lead directly to a major war with Iran
that we do not need and that we can actually prevent.
His course is called appeasement. It begins with the notion that you
can rationally discuss matters of import – such as nuclear weapons
development and terrorism -- with a regime that seeks just one thing:
to negotiate the size of your coffin.
The Islamic Republic leaders have shown repeatedly that their only
goal in these negotiations is to buy time to complete their nuclear
weapons development. During their latest round of talks with the
Obama administration on April 14, they succeeded yet again.
If you read the opening of this Bloomberg News wire story; you´ll see
what I mean:
"The first international talks with Iran on its nuclear program in 15
months produced a promise to reconvene in May amid calls for urgent
diplomacy to avert military strikes."
See anything there about getting the Islamic Republic to stop uranium
enrichment? Neither do I. Forget about any calls on the regime to
lift its stranglehold on the Iranian people.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Senator Barack Obama,
backed by top Congressional Democrats such as Maryland Rep. Chris Van
Hollen, were calling for "negotiations without preconditions" with
the Iranian regime.
To their mind, it was U.S. "intransigence" that was causing the bad
behavior of the Iranian regime. If only we would relent, they would
Almost immediately after taking office, Obama sent emmissaries to
open a chanel to Teheran. Six months later, the Iranian regime got
its first payback: When three million Iranians took to the streets
after a fraudulent presidential election and publicly begged for U.S.
help (with signs in English for the benefit of international TV
cameras), President Obama remained silent.
When he finally spoke, it was to declare haughtily that the United
States had a bad history of intervening in Iran´s domestic affairs,
and so we would abstain from playing any active role in aiding the
Iranian people in their quest for freedom.
This, too, was appeasement.
Remember what Winston Churchill said after Neville Chamberlain
returned from negotiating with Adolf Hitler in Munich, "You were
given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and
you will have war."
And that is precisely where we are headed now because of the
appeasement policies of Obama, J Street, and the Obama Democrats.
I believe we have a real alternative, but one that has never been
tried before: we must urgently launch a massive program to help the
pro-freedom movement in Iran.
We need a comprehensive strategy that uses all the tools of power
diplomacy to help them achieve their freedom frm tyrrany. Why?
Because it is in our national security interest to do so.
We should, for example, provide money for a strike fund to support
the families of Iranian workers who leave their jobs to protest the
We should provide secure communications equipment and training on how
to use it.
My own favorite is to airlift in WIMAX point of site Internet wifi
transmitters at a cost of $500,000 each, a relatively small
investment in terms of defense, that can provide free, secure
Internet service to all regions of Iran that are currently under a
regime-ordered communications black-out.
We should provide the pro-freedom movement with the best political
consultants money can buy, who know how to wage high visibility grass
roots campaigns. During the Cold War, such operations were carried
out covertly by the CIA. These days, ironically, they mostly are done
by George Soros and the Democrat party.
We owe it to our men and women in uniform to try this approach before
they get called on once again to pick up the pieces from the mistakes
of our politicians.
When the war from the dishonorable decisions hits, who can predict
the ultimate consequences in terms of regional stability, oil prices,
and, worse, the number of Americans who will lose their lives?
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