Defending America
David Hackworth
25 November 1997


Saddam Hussein is like a rabid dog, and the United Nations and Bill Clinton are acting like the leaders of a kinder gentler chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The U.N. says, "That dog won't bite anymore. Leave him alone, give him a few bones and let him roam the neighborhood." Meanwhile, Bill Clinton, who ain't exactly acting like JFK during the Cuban Missile Crisis, is treating Saddam like he is an Arkansas political problem, trying to bring him in line with the promise of a suitcase full of money rather than busting his sorry butt.

Mad Dog Saddam cannot be trusted. He has already bitten his neighbors and growled at the world half a dozen times. But the U.N. and Bill Clinton think that appeasement will work with this hydrophobic beast.

The soft approach didn't work with Hitler or Stalin. Both gave the word holocaust a new meaning. And during their reigns of terror they developed incredible weapons of mass destruction -- yet in spite of their evil natures they never used these weapons in their attempts to conquer the world.

Besides killing over a million people by conventional means over the last 20 years, Saddam has already used these horror weapons against the Iranians, the Kurds, the Israelis and probably the coalition forces during Desert Storm. He's as bad or even worse than Hitler and Stalin. Yet for some inexplicable reason the U.N. and Clinton treat Saddam as if he is redeemable.

He's not, and he must be hammered. The United States will be damned by the world if it does and damned if it doesn't remove him from power. One thing for sure, the longer he sits on his throne, the more threatening he becomes, not only to his neighbors but to the world.

I know well the horror of war, and like most soldiers who have witnessed it, the military solution is not one I easily advocate. But with Saddam we're not involved with a rational human being that can be dealt with through puffing on a peace-pipe. The record shows he only respects force.

Since the end of Desert Storm he has become only more powerful and influential. When the embargo is lifted, he'll have bags of oil money to buy even more weapons of mass destruction and probably buy more than a few Russian, Chinese and French missiles with which to deliver them.

He has committed crimes against humanity that make him one of the most heinous men in the history of humankind, continually violated the most basic rules of civilized behavior and even used his country's women and children as hostages to protect himself.

Not to use force now simply delays the inevitable. George Bush let him walk, and Clinton has again put the Saddam problem in the too-hard box.

The solution of what to do with Saddam can no longer be treated like a hot potato to be passed to the next administration. As soon as our forces are ready, we should execute the military option. We should start with bombing his capability to produce oil, cutting off his cash flow. Simultaneously, fuel explosive bombs should be dropped on all of his chemical and biological plants.

After his cash register no long rings and he's been defanged of his mass destruction weapons, if he's still in charge, then we should kick up the pain by:

-- Putting real teeth into the embargo, and stopping all traffic -- coming and going into Iraq.

-- Extending the no fly zone to include all of Iraq.

-- Taking out his air defense, command and control and chewing up his Republican Guard.

-- Declaring Saddam Hussein a war criminal as we did with the thugs who ran WWII Germany and Japan and more recently in ex-Yugoslavia and demanding the goody goodies in the U. N. put him away.

-- Block the Tigris and the Euphrates River. No water, no Saddam.

Saddam must be dealt with. You cannot cut a deal with the devil. If he's not taken out, down the track Americans can expect chemical, biological and nuclear terrorist attacks on our cities which will far surpass the horror and casualties that devastated America during our Civil War.